Girls' Night In - issue #300: strangely satisfying 🤞

Issue #300 - January 13, 2023
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Hi there,

You know that feeling you get when your leftovers fit perfectly in the Tupperware? 

1) There should be a word for it. (Is there?) 
2) That’s the energy we’re channeling this week—and all the weeks to come. 

We want more over-celebrating incredibly minor things, like that book you’ve had on hold from the library finally coming available, or a package you were excited for showing up a day early. And yes, you did nail that email to your colleagues! That joke you added last minute was very funny!

On that note, wishing you the kind of weekend in which you get two fortunes in your fortune cookie. –Team GNI

P.S. In the spirit of the new year, we’re partnering with our friends at obé Fitness to give away 3 free 1-year memberships to obé (a $169 value). Think: Doable workouts, not impossibly strict fitness regimens. Enter the giveaway right here! You've got until Jan 17, 2023.

This Week's Picks

  • A morning ritual for fellow Type A’ers: Manually flip the date of this perpetual calendar. No need to buy a new one each year—it lasts forever! Bonus: The color scheme is somehow bright and muted at the same time.
  • Snack alert: These Moonshot crackers have recently shown up at our local Target (and lots of other stores), and they are what every cracker should be: sturdy, no added sugar, and just enough salt so you know it’s there.

  • LMNT electrolyte drink isn’t just for athletes—it’s delicious as a cocktail mixer (think: mango chili) and hangover cure, plus it’s sugar- and gluten-free. Get a free sample pack with any purchase here*Sponsor 
  • You wash, I dry: Why a small act of kindness is an act of “immeasurable profundity.”
  • Weekend watching: My Year of Dicks is a charming 25-minute coming-of-age short film told in 5 chapters, each featuring work by a different indie animator. It’s currently available to stream for free, and FYI, the title refers to a character trait of various boy characters in the film more than the body part…
  • Raid the toybox: Have you seen the totally gorgeous LEGO Botanical Collection? The dried flower centerpiece and the wildflower bouquet just debuted this month. While the collection claims to be for ages 18+, we’ve seen both a 3-year-old and a 37-year-old delight in the building process. And, you really can proudly display the finished products in that cool vase you’ve been trying to figure out a use for…
  • Lentil! Soup! Season! Is! Here! There’s a thousand different ways to make (here’s a decent base recipe) and season it, so we’ll just share an unranked list of condiments we like to drizzle or dollop on the finished product (not all at once, pick your fighter): chili oil, labneh, the good olive oil you were gifted, sherry vinegar, harissa, schug, sambal.
  • Jinkies! The first two episodes of Velma (voiced and executive produced by Mindy Kaling) are here!
  • Spirituality for everyone: The Nearness is a six-week journey to cultivate a deeper connection with yourself, others, and the world. The experience centers on affirming conversations, intentional exercises, and expert workshops. Signups close Sunday—get 20% off with code GNI. *Sponsor 
  • A worthwhile rabbit hole: Eunoia is a database full of "untranslatable" words in 70+ languages. For example “Pålegg” is Norwegian for “anything that you can put in a sandwich” and “Enxebre” is “something pure and very authentic” in Galician [via Untranslatable]. 
This week's Sponsor:

There’s nothing like starting the new year with a fresh book and a positive outlook on the days ahead. 

Chronicle Books has three of our current faves, like Revolutionary Women, by author and illustrator Ann Shen, which celebrates the stories of 50 groundbreaking women of color—from Gloria Estefan to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

If you’re hoping to stick to a journaling routine this year, You Already Have the Answers by Amanda Deibert is a daily gratitude journal that encourages you to reflect on a single question each day, ranging from light and humorous to offbeat and motivational. 

Finally, Courageous Discomfort is an every-person’s handbook on how to navigate conversations around race and racism with candor. The authors (and best friends!), Rosalind Wiseman and Shanterra McBride, ask and answer 20 of the most common, uncomfortable, but critical questions they get asked about race and racism so you, too, can be a better advocate. 

Chronicle Books is giving two lucky winners a set of these three inspiring books. More info on how to enter and contest rules here.*

*Note: this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, and the two winners will be emailed on Friday, January 20, 2023.

Cutest. Cheese plate. Ever. Image source: @celineyrs
 

This Week's Reads

  1. “The Cheesecake Factory breaks rules in a way that most of us don’t feel like we can.” (Vox)
  2. A late person’s guide to being on time (The Cut)
  3. A recipe-meets-narrative column about braised chicken thighs, shame, and wedding rituals (Catapult) 
  4. It’s definitely the Year of the Fjord. Or maybe the Year of the Cornichon. (Olive It)
  5. “Can I accept that I will never again find The One Place that feels absolutely right?” A beautiful essay on exploring the notion of “home” as a collective of several parts. (Cup of Jo)

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