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Woman With A Plan - Issue #11

'Twas the night before Christmas and scattered around the tree,Mommy was wrapping presents until half

Woman With A Plan

December 22 · Issue #11 · View online
Weekly thoughts, ideas, and information from one woman to another.

‘Twas the night before Christmas and scattered around the tree,
Mommy was wrapping presents until half past three.
When the children awoke and shouted, “Santa Claus was here!”
Mommy said, “Kids, a man won’t take credit for my work this year.” 🎄

'Tis the Season
I’ve been thinking a lot about Christmas surprises this week. I have a few up my sleeve that I’m dying to share (stay tuned to my Instagram if you’re curious). Growing up, my dad was the king of Christmas finales (likely to the horror of my budget-conscious mother). Every time we assumed the last gift had been opened, he’d shock us with one last extravagance. One year it was an exotic Abyssinian kitten. Another, it was my very own desktop computer. He once surprised my rural Connecticut mom with a swanky floor-length leather coat he bought in New York City (it was the eighties, after all). At the height of Nintendo mania, he miraculously procured a sold out copy of Super Mario Bros 2 - a surprise that prompted a blood-curdling scream of joy. He didn’t always knock it out of the park, however. Tickets to a Broadway performance of Sophocles’ Electra went over like a lead balloon. And there was a confusing set of pink Tiffany champagne flutes during my sophomore year in college. The all-time worst present will forever remain a 10-speed bicycle at age seven. It was huge and unwieldy, with handlebars like the head of an angry ram; all the more poorly received since I had not yet learned how to ride a bike. I’m pretty sure my chronic anxiety began on that day. I can’t blame him though, especially now that I know his true secret: it’s way more fun to plan the surprises than to receive them. Now if only the discontinued Harry Potter Lego set I ordered off the black market would arrive on time… 😬🤞🙏
The look on my face says it all.
Media Diet
Bah Humbug, you greedy Scrooges
It’s a Christmas miracle! Microsoft has announced they will be waiving forced arbitration of all sexual harassment claims going forward AND they’ve publicly endorsed Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Lindsey Graham’s proposed legislation to end this practice on a national scale. #progress 
Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock made a whopper of a confession via Twitter last week regarding prior sexual misconduct. The running theme: “I am part of the problem.”
Arguments like this concern me that men will simply categorize sexual misconduct allegations as “bad” and “not as bad as that guy.” Please don’t mansplain how one form of sexual assault should be less traumatizing than another. 
I was talking with a friend this week about Cat Person (the now viral New Yorker story); like many women, we could relate all too well. We got to talking about our experiences of sex ed, and neither of us could recall the concept of consent ever coming up. I won’t repeat that mistake.
What do they say about the arc of the moral universe? Anita Hill has been tapped to lead a newly established Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace to tackle widespread sexual abuse and harassment in the media and entertainment industries.
Congrats to Mindy Kaling on the birth of her daughter! Speaking of Mindy Kaling, this looks pretty fantastic. Danny who?
Earlier this week I was asked to pick my favorite holiday song, and I had to go with Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses. Check out this interesting history behind the unintended hit. Sufjan Stevens is always in heavy rotation as well; here’s a complete ranking of his top 100 Christmas songs (I’m partial to Joy to The World). And does it get any better than Darlene Love’s Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)
Are the holidays stressing you out? I’ll leave this here, just in case. 
A personal note to my husband: don’t even think about it.
With that, I leave you with Lindy West’s classic takedown of Love, Actually. Ho Ho Ho.
Holiday Party Prep via @libbyvanderploeg
Open Tabs
This is an exceptionally good roundup of the year’s best beauty products. I can personally vouch for Kristin Ess Beach Wave Spray and Rihanna’s line of Fenty foundation (seriously, it’s the best I’ve ever used).
There’s something a little retro about this sweater and I dig it. I’d pair it with my favorite Cali Demi Boot Jeans and possibly these Rivka heels (extra 30% off!) from Madewell.
Great deal on a brand new pair of No. 6 clog boots in size 41 (equivalent to US 9.5). 
While searching for a specific Pendleton beach towel (don’t ask), I came across this very cool shop of vintage apparel and home goods with a New England vibe. I’m pretty sure I had this in my high school closet.
This week’s episode of Fat Mascara (one of my favorite podcasts) featured an interview with Vicky Tsai, founder of the luxe beauty brand Tatcha (fun fact: she hocked her engagement ring to raise startup funds - that’s commitment, folks). I’ve hesitated to try this brand since the prices are steep, but I discovered many affordable travel-sized options on their website AND a free travel-sized jar of the classic rice enzyme powder with the promo code WELCOMEGIFT. 
Happy Holidays, from my family to yours!
Have a Very Merry Christmas! 🎄❤️
Woman With A Plan is weekly newsletter by Sarah Richey, a Seattle-based working mom of three feminists in the making.
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