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How was your Thanksgiving, guys? I celebrated with my guy and his family and tried to impress all of them by bringing this. Friday I wandered around Redwing with my family eating roasted chestnuts and trying to pat reindeer.Also! I’m looking for interviewees for the ‘Mornings In….‘ series. I’m interested in interviewing natives (rather than expats) living in:
* Latvia
* Japan
* South Korea
* The Philippines
* Fiji
* Chile
* Denmark
* Egypt
* Uruguay
* Iraq

Email me at sarah (at) yesandyes (dot) org if you’d like to be interviewed!

Some links for you!
I saw Amanda Palmer live a few weeks ago and she was wonderful. If you’re in the market for a good cry, this will get you started.
I’m reading this book and dog-earring like crazy. One of my favorite excerpts:
I took the one action I could think of, besides calling Bonnie and praying. I wrote Amy’s name down on a bit of paper and put it in my god box, an old Sunshine Biscuits tin that I use as a mail drop to God. “Here,” I said to Jesus, with enormous hostility, “have a go at it,” and closed the lid. 
Are you following Tweets of Old? It’s a twitter stream that gleans tiny, funny updates from real, old newspapers. Each tweet is capped off with the state abbreviation and the year it was originally published.
Two tramps with unkempt hair and rough faces were seen loitering around town Friday lunching off cheese and crackers. MO1893
If you’re looking to engender some good karma this holiday season, what if you helped buy presents for kids whose moms are incarcerated?My friend Hayley interviewed me about my makeup and hair routine!

My friend Justine (veterinarian extraordinaire) recommended this as a cat Christmas gift and I’m getting it for everyone on my list!Also, the cat lovers in your life need this t-shirt.

This house tour is adorable and obviously it’s in Scandinavia. Of course.I love these earrings!

And I really like this ‘double finger’ ring.

A reminder that anyone we admire – writer, performer, politician – is still an actual, fallible human being.
Here’s the truth: Nicki isn’t some goddess who gets it all right, nor is any other celebrity. Onika Maraj is a human like the rest of us— including Beyoncé. (Never forget her elevator fight, the baby bangs debut or that epic tumble down all those stage stairs.)
We have to relinquish the idea that just because someone is famous, they are better than the rest of us, or have some cosmic understanding of how to navigate the world more efficiently. It’s not true.

Presented without comment: It’s not your kids that are holding your career back. It’s your husband.

I spent years as an ESL teacher and nearly everyone in my family works in education. I loved this piece about teachers and ‘that’ kid.
Your child, this year, in this classroom, at this age, is not THAT child. Your child is not perfect, but she generally follows rules. He is able to share toys peaceably. She does not throw furniture. He raises his hand to speak. She works when it is time to work, and plays when it is time to play. He can be trusted to go straight to the bathroom and straight back again with no shenanigans. She thinks that the S-word is “stupid” and the C-word is “crap.” I know.

Joan Didion, why are you so good?

Did you have an awkward conversation over Thanksgiving about being self-employed? This will help you when that happens again at Christmas.

Hope you had a lovely long weekend, guys!

P.S. I’ve got space for a few more people in December’s Network of Nice! Send me 100 words about the hookup you need or can provide and I’ll tuck you into it – sarah (at) yesandyes (dot) org.



I loved the video from Amanda Palmer! I heard her on a Ted Talk a while ago, and I was so impressed by her.

Sarah Von Bargen

Yes! (Also, weren't you dyyyyying over that drunk girl who kept yelling?! She was sitting about ten feet away from me and I wanted to fall out of my chair with second hand embarrassment!)


Hi Sarah! I love your "Mornings In…" series because I always exciting about daily routines and life in different side of earth . I'm not living in countries you interested to interview, but can I send you an e-mail for "Morning In…" series? I'd like to share a morning routine in my country too.
I'm living in Indonesia by the way :)) Thank you


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