Happy weekend! What are you all up to? Unfortunately, it’s rainy and dreary here in New York (the picture above was taken a couple days ago when it obviously was not rainy and dreary, and I was very excited about SPRING!), but at least it’s not cold so there’s that, I guess. We have Joanie’s best friend’s birthday party today, some volunteer gardening at Jackson’s school tomorrow, and tonight Drew is going to a concert with some friends which means I will probably take a bath (with my fave bath product), binge watch some Queer Eye, and maybe finish my library book that’s like two weeks overdue (i.e. living my best life tonight).
Sorry I didn’t post any Friday links yesterday. I had some appointments and then the day got away from me, but here are a few for weekend reading:
You Are Not as Good at Kissing as You Think. But You Are Better at Dancing.
Just posting this as a sort-of PSA as I know so many women, including good friends of mine, have embraced the Keto diet and have had success with it. I don’t have much opinion about it except that I’m not really a diet person and so I won’t try it. If you do though, this is maybe something to keep in mind: “Why Long-term Success On Keto Can Be Challenging For Women, According to Hormonal Experts”
America is in ‘sex drought’ and here’s why it matters
I Thought I’d Make a Handsome Man. I Was Wrong.
Tiny Love Stories: ‘He Left Me on April Fools’ Day’
Cloth, cow dung, cups: how the world’s women manage their periods (I usually take two Advil, a shot of tequila, and calculate how many more months until it’s reasonable to expect menopause to begin)
Chrissy Teigen Reveals The Blunt Phrase Women Should Use More Often
Have a great weekend!
On a Reddit thread the other day, a 40-year-old woman complained that despite having a conversation with her 44-year-old boyfriend about what kind of engagement ring she would like, he proposed to her with a ring she hates and that she would be prohibited from wearing at work (she works in the medical field, directly with patients).
My boyfriend of a year has been divorced from his son’s mother for 21 years. They attempted to reconcile several times years ago. He had a terrible drinking problem then but has been sober now for 13 years. They have not attempted getting back together in many years but have maintained a pleasant relationship, mostly on the phone. He emphatically says that, while he loves her as the mother of his child and respects her for bringing up his son in a loving, appropriate home, he has no romantic interest in her whatsoever. She tends to hit him up for financial help every now and then (maybe once every 1-2 years). She is facing retirement due to ongoing sickness and I foresee financial woes. I’m worried he may want to help her out and I don’t like it. Should I, if I find out he is going to help her at times, break it off or just not worry about it? — Suspicious of Financial Woes
If you’ve enjoyed watching these DWDW videos but haven’t actually tried any of the recipes yourself yet, I urge you to break the trend and make this one. It’s loosely inspired by a drink served at a restaurant in our neighborhood that I’ve always loved. I watched how the bartenders made it — with vodka, aperol, among other ingredients — and tried to replicate it at home with no luck. Then, unrelated, I had an idea to mix gin and cappelletti, along with some lemon juice and honey syrup and club soda. I played around with ratios until I finally had something undeniably delicious. And then it dawned on me – even using different alcohol, my drink tasted a lot like the Painted Ladies I’d been drinking at Faun for the last year. I call mine a Pink Lady, and I hope you’ll try it and let me know what you think.
2 ounces cappelletti
1 1/2 ounces gin
3/4 ounces lemon juice
1/2 ounces honey
2 ounces club soda
Shake the first four ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice, fill a glass 3/4 full, and top with club soda. Garnish with lemon wheels and an adorable paper straw.