Holiday Binge

The Holiday Binge Season officially starts this week.

Except these binges aren’t going to ruin your waistline.

With holiday travel and – let’s face it – long afternoons to fill with “quality time” with long-lost relatives you barely know, you may be looking to occupy your interest elsewhere.

That’s where this list comes in.

Each one of these is a satisfying use of your time, and it’s ok to be a glutton once in a while. (These would also be great company during marathon gift-wrapping or holiday card writing sessions, not to mention your four hour layover in Detroit).


  • Serial. If you’re not already listening to this podcast/phenomenon, you’re in for a treat. Seriously, I am so addicted to this true crime story that’s being told one chapter at a time (ergo, “Serial”). The people behind it are also involved with “This American Life,” which I’ve mentioned before. It’s free to download the podcast but I would encourage you to donate to support Season Two.


  • Celebrity Mean Tweets. These clips from the Jimmy Kimmel Show are short and hilarious. I thought #8 (above) was particularly funny. Check out their crazy YouTube viewing numbers – 29 million!


  • Arrested Development. I am so jealous of you if you’ve never seen this. So jealous. I would love to go back in time and watch it for the first time. 


  • Orange Is the New Black. I have to slowly dole out my access to this Netflix darling, lest I go nuts all at once. You have my permission, though, to go nuts all at once.


  • A buoyant round of “Cards Against Humanity.” Yes, this card game was funnier and cooler last year, but it’s still a ton of fun. Select players carefully. Aunt Agnes may not get some of the references, and explaining them to her will just mortify you both.


One (Ok, Two) More Thing(s), #22

What are you doing this weekend?


I don’t have a lot planned, but I hope to get some time to finish watching Season One of “Orange Is the New Black” (I’m late to the party, I know) on Netflix, and/or  finish reading this book:



I have a rule at the gym: When I am running, I can (if I want) stream Netflix and watch “Orange,” and when I cross-train on the elliptical machine, I (can) read “Cuckoo.” Both are captivating, in different ways. 

[“Cuckoo’s Calling” was pseudonymously written by J.K. Rowling and even though I’m not quite done yet, it’s good. And this is coming from a person who hasn’t read a single word of “Harry Potter”).

I’m also excited that “Orange” is having a new season released in June (so I hear). The series is based on a book by the real Piper, and while it’s less salacious than the TV series, it’s also got insight and empathy into the quotidian details of prison life. Check it out.

Have a great weekend!