I'm home from Guatemala, where I barely glanced at email and did yoga every day without dying! I owe it all to my dear friend and retreat co-conspirator Gracy O. Thanks to all of you for putting up with my pre-programmed newsletters while I was gone. I'm so back:
What's the password? Obama talks about racism. '80s shopping mall vibes. Baby Ruffalo. Also, I finally started listening to Serial. I am interested but nowhere near obsessed. Then again, crime dramas (true or fictional) have never really been my thing.
*Sort of like Oprah's Favorite Things, only Ann's Favorite Things. Or, more accurately, Stuff Ann Saw Online and Liked, along with some nonmaterial gift ideas. Spoiler alert for my friends/fam: You're not getting any of this. I'm giving you all textiles from Guatemalan women's weaving collectives.
Perhaps you've heard of This.cm, a new, invite-only site where users share only one incredible link per day? If you've read everything I linked here and are looking for even more great stuff to read, I've got 25 invites to give away. They go to the first 25 people to hit reply.
"@annfriedman's GET IT TOGETHER list... I could cry tears of joy for how validated I feel." -Katie Kather. The thing that makes me a truly modern internet user is that I'm happy to repurpose my failures as "inspirational" content. I'll publish our collective 2015 To-Do List in an upcoming newsletter.
"You have changed my Saturday morning game completely. All those tabs give me a warm glow in my heart. They also make my computer fan sound like it's breathing heavily in anticipation." -Manya Scheps. This is a really hot testimonial!
"Another Friday, another ridiculously good @annfriedman weekly. Schwing!" -Caira Conner. This tweet prompted me to google "schwing" in search of a good Wayne's World gif, and it turns out Schwing is—I KID YOU NOT—the name of a pump manufacturer. Hahhahahahahahahaha.
"I thought this was a personal email. I got GOT." -my dear friend Samhita Mukhopadhyay. Lesson: I should email my IRL besties more often.
"Everyone should just be subscribed to it, because it is THE BEST." -Brightest Young Things recommends you sign up your loved ones for this newsletter... as a Christmas gift. Hey, at least it's free.
"My mother on the phone, asking why I can't be more like @annfriedman." -Valgeir Valdimarsson. Next time my own mother is disappointed in me, I'm forwarding her your tweet.