Goodness knows the holidays can be stressful for a lot of reasons — shopping, spending time with your family, travel, being needled into conversations you don’t want to have, attending parties when you’re an introvert and would really just like to stay home but you don’t want to insult your friends, and so on, and so on. To help you unwind and cheer up, here are 11 cocktails that taste like Christmas and help you get past your anxiety-inducers and find the reason for the season! (If the reason for the season is delicious booze.)
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What happens when your parents kick you, their last remaining single daughter, out of their Christmas card? If you’re as mind-blowingly awesome as our friend Bridget here, you create your own Christmas card that celebrates the joy of being single in all its alcohol-soaked glory. Read more on The Gloss…
Caution: Do not try this at home, ladies and gentlemen. (But if you do, please record it and send it to us, because that shit’s bound to be hilarious.)
When Redditor dkbobby‘s family gathered ’round the table to play a harmless game of Jenga, little did they know they’d all witness what I’ve declared as one of the greatest moves in the game’s history. Dkbobby’s sister-in-law decided to try and karate chop the bottom of the block stack, which they obviously needed to record because it’s practically impossible, but what happened next is MIND-BLOWING. We can all hope to be even as half as athletically skilled during our upcoming holiday game nights. No word yet on how this move can be applied to Scattergories. [Happy Place]
“It took nine months to build. It should take nine months to get off. I wanted fettuccini alfredo. I didn’t want a barbell…I was like, ‘Don’t talk to me about how fast and fabulous you are or it came off. That was not my experience. I’m having to work my ass off until I even think about getting it off.”
Drew Barrymore gave birth to her second daughter in April, and as would be the case for any actress, most people seem more interested in the state of Barrymore’s dress size than the fact that she brought a new life into the world. She told People that she had better things to focus on this year than dieting (like, I don’t know, raising two young kids and nurturing a career at the same time) and is just now considering ramping up her fitness. I’m bummed that she actually had to justify this to a reporter and that it’s considered a novel, newsworthy response. I’m still holding out hope for some far-off day in which new mom’s bodies aren’t up for public debate. A girl can dream, right? [People]
Earlier this month, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), a U.K. organization that provides national health care advice and guidance, released a report on the care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth. The report stated that low-risk women would actually be safer delivering with a midwife — either at a birth center or at home — than with a physician at a hospital.
Ever since the report came out, there has been a lot of discussion as to how it might impact birth here in the United States. In fact, this week, The New York Times published a statement from their Editorial board, asking “Are Midwives Safer Than Doctors?”, and suggesting that many women would benefit from midwifery care. Like the Times, I too hope that NICE’s report will have an impact on the care received by those who are pregnant. I should note that I have a double stake in this issue. I’m currently working on my second book, this one delving into the concept of the “Perfect Birth.” I’m curious about the way we think about, talk about, and experience birth. I’ve teamed up with Deborah Wage, a Certified Nurse Midwife currently practicing at a university hospital. Together we’re looking at the research and data already out there on birth in this country as well as gathering our own, along with the stories of those giving birth to see how it all weaves together. The stories I have heard so far that span the spectrum of birth experiences is overwhelming. The way we treat women in this country is only magnified during the birth experience, where any semblance of control and autonomy is ignored, and marginalized women are treated poorly, resulting in poor birth outcomes for themselves and their babies. Just look at the basic facts and you can’t help but understand we have a problem. The U.S. spends the most when it comes to birth in the world, despite the fact that we’re the only developed nation whose maternal mortality rates continue to rise. Clearly, there is a systemic issue that needs to change.
But my interest in this is also personal. Keep reading »