Reading: “Becoming” Michelle Obama
Other than she was Ivy League-educated, had toned arms, and was First Lady, I didn’t know much about Michelle Obama before picking up her memoir. I’m happy that this lack of knowledge didn’t deter me, because it’s a great read. I love how thoughtful she is on topics like her childhood in Chicago’s South Side and her time as an undergrad at Princeton.
Obama’s not afraid to point out times when she was quite judgmental or how her upbringing has shaped those values she holds dearest. I loved hearing about election night 2008. I lived in Washington, D.C. at the time, and I’ve never been part of something so electric.
The best parts, though, are Obama’s reflections on what it meant to share her husband with the country — the world, really — and how her own goals were affected. Basically, I’ve finished this book and want to enjoy a glass of wine with this talented gal.
Listening: “I’m Not in Love” Kelsey Lu
There have been so many covers of this song in the 40+ years since its release. This version, though, is one of my new favourites. I discovered Kelsey Lu as I often discover new music, via NPR’s All Songs Considered. The rest of the album is well worth a listen as well.
Watching: “Love” Netflix
Judd Apatow (of “Freaks and Geeks,” “Knocked Up,” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”) is the brains behind this Netflix rom-com. I’m a little late to the party—the show’s final season aired more than a year ago—but I’m loving the story of nice guy Gus and wild child Mickey meeting and starting a relationship in LA. If you’ve dated in your late 20s or early 30s, some of the scenarios will feel a liiiittle too familiar. The episodes range from 25-35 minutes, perfect for squeezing an ep or two in before bed.
If you’re in Melbourne: Bowery to Williamsburg’s chocolate chip cinnamon cookies
Yes, you read that right—chocolate chip and cinnamon, a seriously winning combination. I’m not sure why Bowery to Williamsburg believes these cookies/biscuits have anything to do with New York City, but for flavour like this, I’m willing to overlook that detail. Best enjoyed on your couch accompanied by a cup of tea for ultimate cosiness.
“Dead to Me” on Netflix, with Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, is perfect for a lazy Saturday night binge, preferably with a glass of red.