The List: The Best Way to Spend a Saturday and My Favorite Movie of 2018

Plus the most meditative (non meditation) podcasts.
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Hero image and top image via NYT Sunday Routines series (more on them below!)

Hero image and top image via NYT Sunday Routines series (more on them below!)

We have a running joke in the office that the best possible situation is to make plans with a friend, then have them cancel. You get all the credit for going out plus an unplanned night. Maybe it's because we're all chronic over-planners, but it feels like a present to have nothing to do but order in takeout (just us?). Because of the chaos of the holidays (and wrapping up Q4 goals), a lot of my plans got cancelled this week—but that also meant I had lots of time to catch up on podcasts, movies, and books, which I took full advantage of. Here are some of the things I loved this week: 

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A few weeks ago, I read a piece in Manrepeller than reminded me of an entire genre of podcasts I never listen to: cooking podcasts. In her hilarious and totally relatable piece, contributor Jennifer Epperson single-handedly convinced me to download episodes with the line, "Honestly, I’m pretty sure the Milk Street podcast activates the same dopamine receptors in my brain as my favorite Arcade Fire song." Umm, yes I want that too, please. This Saturday, I queued up a series of Milk Street episodes, including interviews with Nadine Redzepi and Ina Garten, as I baked an olive oil cake to bring to a friend's party. And let me tell you, believe the hype: The combination of losing myself in a recipe and food interviews made for a perfect Saturday afternoon. 

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I didn't think I'd ever be recommending a culture deck as a "good read," either, yet here are! Netflix co-founder Patty McCord is credited with establishing the unique culture at the company, which includes their policy of "radical honesty" and her book Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility is essentially a guide to how she did it. Whether you're interested in reshaping your own habits or even office culture, or are just curious about what working at Netflix is like—it's worth a read! Plus, it's short enough to finish in a day.

Speaking of controversial founders... I also have Lululemon founder, Chip Wilson's, book Little Black Stretchy Pants on my to-read list after reading this interview

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Alfonso Cuarón's latest movie Roma is available on Netflix later this month, but it's really worth seeing it in theaters if you have the chance! This review puts it best:

Monumentality is intrinsic to Cuarón’s memory piece, which, alas, means that when it begins streaming on Netflix, viewers won’t be able to fully see — or experience — its wonder.

The semi-autobiographical movie, about a family and their live-in housekeeper in the Roma district of Mexico City, is as breathtaking and thought-provoking as everything else Cuarón touches (i.e., Gravity, Children of Men)—especially on the big screen. It just might be my favorite movie of 2018!

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I could read about people's routines all day, especially morning and weekend routines, which is why I felt like I'd struck gold when I came across the New York Times series, "Sunday Routine." As the title suggests, it shares inspiring, intimate windows into actors', advocates', and founders' days off in and around New York: A Ford Foundation's program officer hosts brunch, a trend expert for Etsy meditates and flea market shops, a book publisher tries to stick to his neighborhood. I love how different each Sunday is, and have yet to read one that hasn't directly inspired my own downtime. 

P.S., If you live in L.A... you may want to buy tickets now to the Moth Grand Slam in January for some excellent live storytelling! And my favorite Danish design store, HAY, is opening in Costa Mesa soon—RSVP to their open house party here!