T LOunge for January 16th, 2023

Posted on January 16, 2023

Alala’s Bar – Neutral Bay New South Wales, Australia


WAKEY-WAKEY, darlings! It’s MONDAY, although for the U.S. kittens, it’s possibly a holiday. Either way, whether you’re chilling at home or procrastinating on the job, today’s bright, perky lounge is just for you. Grab a seat and get a little Vitamin D with your daily cocktails.


Why Jennifer Coolidge is the Hollywood icon we all need
Sometimes success and happiness arrive in your second act, as Coolidge proves

After years of being given exclusively one-note buffoon roles, she was finally given the chance to show off her charisma, talent and experience. She was given a further boost after carrying Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series The Watcher last autumn, giving it the silly, unhinged energy it deserved. Her real skill, aside from being brilliantly funny, is bringing depth and empathy to characters that might on a surface level seem challenged. While most people previously knew Coolidge as either Stifler’s mum from American Pie or bend-and-snapping Paulette in Legally Blonde, no one is now in doubt of her comedic timing and genius. For all the ills in the world, we can all agree we are very lucky to be living through her career renaissance.


Could sound healing be the ancient answer to modern stress?
Harness this time-honoured practice to soothe stress and find balance

Without knowing it, you’ve probably benefited from sound healing multiple times in your life. Putting on a softly spoken podcast to help you drift off, selecting a soothing playlist to enhance your yoga practice, or simply listening to the rustling of leaves or the steady thrum of rain – these are all, albeit rudimentary, forms of sound healing.


Meet Tina Battock, the Colorado Mom Dominating the Sport of Professional Bull Riding
“I started my career with quilting and will likely head off into the sunset with bull riding,” says Battock, who’s 54. Somewhere along the way, she’s adopted the uniform here—she’s wearing a tan fringed suede jacket, jeans, and boots, and while a cowboy hat isn’t always atop her long blonde hair, it’s usually nearby. “It’s a strange world, but it’s all come quite naturally. A long time ago, someone told me: Be the water, not the rock. I’ve tried to keep that in mind.”
During last year’s inaugural PBR Team Series—essentially the second half of the PBR season, with the first focused solely on individual competition and the latter centered around eight teams in eight cities, each with five competing riders, battling each other for points, money, and glory—Battock’s Nashville Stampede team staggered into the finals in Las Vegas in last place. “And then we pulled off a Cinderella story,” Battock says, beaming. “We ended up winning the thing.”


Rihanna releases a fashion-filled Super Bowl halftime show trailer
She hints at new music in the 30-second teaser

Rihanna had a tongue-in-cheek way of addressing her six-year-long musical hiatus in a new commercial for her upcoming Super Bowl Halftime performance.
The 30-second teaser shows the star walking through an empty set with a lone spotlight shining on her. Voices reflecting on Rihanna’s pause from music echo in the background: “Dude, Rihanna, we’ve waited for you;” “RiRi, where have you been;” “The fans just predicted the end of Rihanna.”
The voices come to a deadening silence as the spotlight focuses on the Barbadian singer, who brings a finger up to her lips as if to say, ‘shhh’. Then, the chorus of her 2016 single, “Needed Me,” blasts as she begins to dance.


Matcha Fans, It’s Time to Meet the Latte Of Your Dreams
The earthy and nutty hojicha latte is the highlight of my winter mornings.

Much like its treasured green counterpart, matcha, hojicha is all over bakery, restaurant, and bar menus in the United States. In New York City alone, you can find it in tiramisu at the viennoiserie heaven that is Lysée, in a cranberry tart at Patisserie Fouet, or, perhaps most excitingly, as a marinade for octopus at high-end Chinatown sushi joint Nakaji.


There is zero science behind the concept of Blue Monday
It’s billed as the most depressing day of the year, but Mind says marking Blue Monday does more harm than good

Blue Monday is the name given to the third Monday of January, allegedly the most depressing date in the year – a baseless concept that mental health foundation Mind strongly disagrees with. In fact, the charity argues that the term does more harm than good, trivialising mental health issues in order to sell holidays, diets or alcoholic drinks.
To understand how little foundation Blue Monday has, it’s worth noting that the concept was first published in a Sky Travel press release based on an equation by a tutor called Cliff Arnall. Cardiff University, which was initially linked to Arnall, quickly distanced itself from the findings and their former staffer. Scientists have since called the Blue Monday calculation – which is based on factors including weather, debt level, time since Christmas and failed New Year’s resolutions – “nonsensical” and “farcical”.


Ben & Jerry’s Just Released It’s Newest Flavor and It’s Both Vegan and Gluten-Free, and Absolutely Delicious
Here’s what we thought of the new flavor.

Ben & Jerry’s just launched their first new flavor of the year (hold for applause) and it’s a good one. We got the chance to try the newest addition to the lineup — here’s what we thought.
The Vermont-based ice cream company kicked off 2023 with what is expected to be a fan favorite: Oatmeal Dream Pie. This new addition comes after a similar offering, Oatmeal Cookie Chunk, was discontinued in 2012 after an eight-year run. But in a twist, the newest flavor is both vegan and gluten-free. The company is known for their over-the-top mix-ins and this pint is no exception.


How the Hebrew Version of ‘Fight Song’ in ‘Fleishman Is in Trouble’ Aims to Bridge the Divide Between American and Israeli Jews
It’s a tender sequence, and a wistful one, marking a pivotal flash of radical acceptance for Toby, a Jewish hepatologist whose ex-wife (Claire Danes) has gone missing, leaving in her wake a fractured family struggling to remain afloat amidst the detritus of modern-day divorce. The rendition, by Israeli musician Yuval Ben-Ami, is stringy and raw — no polished mixing here — and acts as an anthem and a protest dirge, signaling Toby’s resolve to venture forth despite the dizzying loss.


How to Clean Under Your Refrigerator, Stove, and Dishwasher
Round up a few key cleaning essentials to tackle the hard-to-reach places under these major kitchen appliances.

Out of all the rooms in your home, the kitchen sees the most action. It’s where you prepare dishes ahead of get-togethers and turn cherished recipes into meals the whole family loves. With all of the cooking, baking, and entertaining that goes on in this space, it’s bound to get a little messy over time—even in places you’d least expect. Take underneath your major kitchen appliances, for example. Your stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher see all kinds of spills and stains, since they’re where you most commonly handle food. It makes sense that crumbs would get lodged underneath each of these appliances every now and then.
If these tough-to-reach areas are in need of cleaning in your kitchen, turn to the advice we’ve gathered from appliance and cleaning experts to help you tackle the task.


Gina Lollobrigida, Legendary Italian Screen Siren, Dies at 95
The exotic charms of the dark-haired, independent beauty made her an international sex symbol of postwar cinema.

Gina Lollobrigida, the Italian film sensation whose exotic charms and voluptuous curves made her an international sex symbol of postwar cinema, has died, Italian news agency ANSA reported on Monday. She was 95.
The dark-haired, independent beauty, of whom Humphrey Bogart once quipped, “She makes Marilyn Monroe look like Shirley Temple,” died in a clinic in Rome, her former lawyer Giulia Citani told Reuters.
For her first well-known English-speaking role, Lollobrigida appeared as Bogart’s wife in John Huston’s Beat the Devil (1953), shot on location in Italy. She starred as the glamourous queen in Solomon and Sheba (1959) and was there when Tyrone Power collapsed and died during production (Power was replaced by Yul Brynner).


What Was Gardening Like in the Middle Ages?
Getty medievalist Larisa Grollemond discusses plants and gardens of yore

Are you a modern-day plant parent?
Medieval Christians believed that plants, like everything in nature, were divinely created by God at the beginning of time.
One of the most famous gardens in medieval times was the Garden of Eden, described in the Biblical book of Genesis as a terrestrial paradise: verdant, abundant, and bursting with life.


Quiet hiring and the endless quest to coin terms about work
From quiet quitting to the Great Resignation, why we won’t stop making up words about work.

“What we’re seeing is an effort to try to relate changes in the way work is done to historical paradigm,” said Joseph Fuller, a professor at Harvard Business school who leads its Managing the Future of Work initiative. In other words, the nature of work is shifting, and these terms help us fit those changes into our worldview.
Perhaps the biggest reason these terms are so pervasive, however, is the simple fact that work is still such a strange and confusing place these days. The economy is supposedly collapsing, and yet there are still so many unfilled jobs. We’re in an era of worker power, where wages are rising rapidly, but not rapidly enough to keep up with inflation. People find meaning in their work, but their work has become so demanding that it saps the meaning out of life.


This Underrated Train Is the Most Picturesque Way to See the Mississippi River, Glacier National Park, and the Pacific Northwest
Amtrak’s 46-hour Empire Builder runs daily, with stops in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

Embrace slow travel and take in some of the most underrated natural sights in the U.S. by riding the rails between the Pacific Northwest and Chicago on one of Amtrak’s most scenic routes: the Empire Builder.
The 46-hour long-haul journey has daily departures in both directions. Heading eastbound, the route starts at either Seattle’s King Street Station or Union Station in Portland, Oregon. The two forks meet in Spokane and then continue on to Chicago’s Union Station. Of course, passengers aren’t required to make the entire journey and can book trips between any of the dozens of stops along the route.


The Power of Instant Pudding Mix
Your favorite dessert may have a not-so-secret ingredient.

The pistachio Bundt cake at Claud has a secret.
It’s one that Joshua Pinsky, the chef, has been hesitant to share. After all, this dessert at his French-influenced restaurant in the East Village may be one of the best in New York City right now, with its plush crumb, candy bar-like flavor and mint-green hue.
But he’s finally ready to reveal the key ingredient. It’s not high end vanilla paste or heirloom wheat flour. It’s instant pudding mix.


The Transgressive Power of Alba de Céspedes
A best-selling novelist and political activist in her native Italy, she was admired for her sensitive depictions of women and their predicaments. Recently rediscovered, her work has lost none of its subversive force.

Alba de Céspedes y Bertini (1911-97) was born in Rome, the daughter of a Cuban diplomat and his Italian wife. Her grandfather helped lead Cuba’s fight for independence and served as its first president, and she kept alive her family’s political commitment, often running afoul of Italy’s Fascist regime.
The government banned two of her novels, including “Nessuno Torna Indietro,” or “There’s No Turning Back,” which, published in 1938, became a best seller and was translated widely. De Céspedes was imprisoned twice for anti-Fascist activities, first in 1935 and again in 1943, after she had joined a resistance radio program, broadcasting from Bari under the pseudonym Clorinda.





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