Nostalgia (& Friday links)



The final season of Mad Men starts this weekend. I have such affection for that show. Besides just feeling it has some of the best writing on television and some of the most compelling characters, I rewatched the entire first two seasons while nursing Hudson—usually horizontal—on the couch in our New York apartment. It brings me back to those warm afternoons with Hudson—slightly sweaty, breathy-little-baby-filled afternoons. So sweet. You can bet that the Kodak Carousel scene that ended the first season (perhaps my all-time favorite pitch in the show) especially got me that time around: “in Greek, ‘nostalgia’ literally means ‘the pain from an old wound.’ It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone.”

I’ve loved reading all of the interviews coming out with creator Matthew Weiner and the stars of the show, in anticipation of the series’ end. And this one, with Kiernan Shipka—who plays Sally—was fun because you get to look back at how much the actress has grown up in front of us. (Isn’t she stunning?)

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I’ve also been looking back at how Hudson’s sleep patterns shifted to one nap a day. I think we’re almost there with Skyler and it’s a little confusing right now (though she’s pretty happy regardless). I’ve been pulling out my favorite baby reference books; this one is my go-to pick for sleep and sample schedules.

Some other items of note… 

This one slightly related: Sleep deprivation.

Looking for last-minute Easter inspiration? Some favorites.

I love the playful style of the city map prints.

A fun personality quiz about habits. I’m an obliger, you?

Are you familiar with Roadtrip Nation? I loved that series. There’s a new book by the team called Roadmap (a great gift for a soon-to-be graduate).

I was looking at sandals (again), and spied a perfect formal dress for pregnant friends. (But back to shoes: Amazon is offering 20% off with the code SHOESNBAGS through the 6th.)

Aron has been obsessed with this podcast. Podcast fans, what are your favorites?

“Consistency without banality.” The success and branding of Madewell. It was funny reading this right on the heels of this post about how we all like the same jeans. (For the record, I’m a big fan of this cut.)

This mushroom paté sounds delicious! And I can’t wait to make this frozen strawberry treat.

I’ve been fielding a lot of questions about that basket inside our fridge (you never know what will be the interesting thing in a post): it’s actually an expanding colander that I use over the sink and am smitten with. Depending on the day, it’s a fruit-rinsing station, a pasta-strainer, a drying rack…

Have a great weekend! Will you be watching Mad Men



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