It’s the last Wednesday of 2020. THANK GOD!
Soon, we will be free of this hellish year. Are any of you celebrating New Year’s with lowkey plans? My boyfriend and I are toying with the idea of buying a lovely meal to pick up from a local restaurant. Obviously, we aren’t going out, but I still want to eat some fancy food!
Cheers and Happy New Year!
This profile on the bucatini shortage of 2020 is a wild ride and one that we’ve all been reading on the SBTB Slack.
Before the pandemic, my friends and I had plans to do a PowerPoint party, where you make a very niche PowerPoint and present it to the group. This captures that same energy, and yes…you can view the PowerPoint:
spent like 6 hours today working on this powerpoint pic.twitter.com/S5F5NdynM9
— alice :~) (@diealicesis) December 28, 2020
Even more pasta content! Author Sarah Gailey compiled a list of the smuggest pasta shapes. I definitely agree with their number one selection.
Sarah was interviewed in this piece from Prism on romance’s ability to organize, as shown by the very successful Romancing the Runoff auction!
Roxane Gay is launching a newsletter and book club! I believe on Twitter she announced her book club selection, which includes at least one romance.
For all you tea drinkers out there, you’ll love this ode to tea rituals at Teen Vogue.
Don’t forget to share what super cool things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!
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Yes, THANK GOD. Great links, Amanda. Off to explore them all.
Happy New Year, everyone. Let us leave 2020 in the rear view mirror.
Our family tradition for years has been fondue (both cheese and chocolate) for New Year’s Eve. We set up stations with bananas, strawberries, and pound cake for the chocolate; sausage, veggies, and cubed French bread for the cheese. Whilst we nosh, someone will put “Blackadder: Back and Forth” in the DVD player. By 10:00 PM, I’m nodding off. Someone is kind enough to wake me with a glass of Asti at 11:59 and we count down to the New Year. I’m generally ready for bed by 12:05. I’ve never been one for big New Year’s Eve celebrations, so not much will change for me this year.
I loved the bucatini story—my brother sent it to me the other day and I was literally laughing out loud as I read it.
@DiscoDollyDeb, you just motivated a fondue night in our house!
I love the pasta links. And they are so right about fettuccine.
OMG that powerpoint LOL
Finished binge-watching Bridgerton followed by the Spanish Princess. Need moar historical/romance TV!!!
“Bucatini is the most sensual of the pastas!” is, very possibly, the funniest thing I’ve read anywhere all month.
Also finished binge watching Bridgerton, are you to going to do a review? I have thoughts on thoughts!
Tea is a good little ritual! I’ve been making the chai recipe posted by Kevin Wilson (@crossculturechristian) on Tiktok. I even got a mortar and pestle. Grinding your own spices doesn’t take very long, but it’s a good way to work out frustration. Just let the hate (or anger) flow through you for about 30 seconds and you got a spice mix!
One word, Bitches.
Investigative journalism at its finest, uncovering the Big Pasta conspiracy! This was an unexpected delight of a rabbit hole. There’s some gold in the comments too.
The single minded obsessive research reminded me of this book, which I’m totally going to finish reading some day:
I raise my teacup to you all – white peach oolong, by Stash tea, from Amazon
@LMC: I hope it’s ok to post from another site here, but there’s a big Bridgerton thread going on over at All About Romance:
@DiscoDollyDeb: Thanks for posting the link! I read the whole thing and while it was great to see some discussion of the show with the romance reader community, it reminded me of why I drifted away from AAR. Maybe I’m wrong, but I got a distinct whiff of nice white ladyism. Ah well. Hope to see a future post here as I’m much more interested in the Smart Bitch take.
@sula: oh yes, there are definitely two different “corporate cultures,” as it were, between SBTB and AAR! Lol
@Sula – we are working on our take now, discussing it internally and figuring out what we want to talk about and how we want to do it. It’s complex and takes a little time – but stay tuned!
@SB Sarah: thanks for that! I can imagine that it is complicated, but definitely looking forward to a smart and nuanced take. 🙂
I have never been so impressed by pasta research!
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