Friday Finds: Late November


Starting in January I’ll be doing the HerTake friendship column twice a month so keep those anonymous questions coming! November’s question and answer is here if you missed it. Next radio spot on the Jordana Green show will be on December 10th!


favorite quote and my journalsThe first good read is the great quote in the photo. Those are my two journals on either side of the words. The blue one is a small notebook I keep with me at all times to jot down ideas as I go about my days. The brown/orange one stays in the house. Every so often I transcribe my notes (blue one) and more journal-ish entries (brown one) into my computer and rip out the pages from the notebooks. This is because I’m what you might called a little bit paranoid.

This Scandal/90210 comparison chart was funny and in some cases spot on. If you watch Scandal and are well versed in the universe of 90210, you will find this post at Vulture very amusing.

Loved the post (the rant, really) on Slate calling out the inappropriate use of apostrophes in holiday cards. Favorite quote: “If your goal is to make your last name possessive, then, by all means, use an apostrophe. If your goal is simply pluralization, however, forgo the apostrophe. In the spirit of the season, I beg you.”

I’m in the middle of reading the novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and it is so good. Our lead reviewer at Great New Books, Jennifer Lyn King, recommended it last month.


I’m obsessed with NPR’S podcast Serial. I’ve heard them all and have my theories. Catch up and let’s discuss.

Really enjoying the audio version of The Rosie Project, a novel by Graeme Simsion.


A few weeks ago I mentioned my husband’s tendency to stock up on random items he loves for fear the company will stop making whatever he’s attached to at the moment. The latest example, aside from these coffee tumblers, is his favorite pillow. A few people asked for a link. Here it is: Therapeutica Pillow. In Bryan’s lifelong search for the right pillow, that one apparently passed his stringent test. We now have six in our storage room. I would sell them to you directly if I could get away with that. I’m against storing things.

You know I love the Inspiralized blog run by Ali Maffucci. Her first print cookbook, Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals, is coming out in March. Apparently the magic forces of book sales depend on pre-orders. So if you’ve used Ali’s site and think you’ll want the book, it would help her if you pre-order the book. I know that Amazon gives you the better price if it goes down before the book ships.

I guess a March release is not exactly the best gift, except that you can make a little certificate to say the book is coming and buy your loved one a spiralizer for now?! Actually, that’s a good idea! The spiralizer is about $35 and the book is about $15.

For coffee lovers, this is what I drink when I wake up at 5AM five days a week and am too tired to deal with brewing coffee. It’s really good! 

The Fitbit Zip is a fantastic gift for anyone and it’s under $50. I use it every day and it’s been the best addition to my exercise routine in years.

That’s all I have for today! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

November Friendship Advice

HerTake with Nina Badzin

I’ve been getting some great questions for my HerTake friendship advice column over at The HerStories Project. I’m always taking new questions so feel free to try me! But the question I chose for November required such a detailed answer that I decided not to add a second one for this post. (And that was hard,…

Friday Finds: Texts With Bryan

some texts with bryan

#1. THE PERFECT COFFEE TUMBLER I had a recent text exchange with my husband, Bryan, that was so typical “Bryan” it felt worth sharing. Bryan is often a central voice on my blog, even if it is behind the scenes. He thinks through every decision very carefully, which is why when I’m uncertain about a…

Celebrating Four Years of Blogging

four years of blogging

We’re celebrating four years of blogging in this space! Well, I’m celebrating, but I’m hoping you’ll humor me for the next few minutes and stick around for a giveaway at the end. In years past I’ve shared some advice about what I’ve learned about blogging and what I’ve learned about life through blogging. I stand by…

Early November Finds and Catch Up

Badzin family photo

First, let’s catch up. Before we dive into the true “finds” I wanted to do a quick catch up on what’s happening around here on the writing/blogging front. #1. The Friendship Column is Going Live on THE RADIO This one is actually pretty major. A few times in the past few years I’ve been on Jordana…

The First Day: Writers on Writing Series


I used to worry about the fact that my writing identity fits no particular niche and that my career seems headed towards no particular goal. I’ve had short stories published in obscure and “artsy” literary magazines and Twitter tips featured on the technology page of the Huffington Post. I’ve written two novels that will never…

Judging a Writing Contest

mashstories podcast

Hey writer friends! I was asked to be one of the judges for the current Mash Stories competition, which runs until January 15th. We’ll get to those details in a minute, because I think you should enter. Yes, all of you! Why? Well, that’s what I want to tell you first. You may remember that…

Friendship Advice: October Column

HerTake with Nina Badzin

Welcome back to HerTake: Practical Tips for Modern Connections, my advice column for the HerStories Project all about friendship. For October I answered two more questions from readers about challenging friendship situations. I’d love to hear YOUR thoughts and suggestions for the women who shared. I think many people will be able to relate to the two issues from all sides…