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On a High Note: Vol 27 (The Home Stretch Edition)

Nov 2, 2020

Hi friends!

The big week is finally here! Whether you’re feeling anxious/restless/scared/nervous/ hopeful/excited/all the feelings about tomorrow, we hope this roundup can add some brightness to the start of your week and inspire, distract, and uplift you!

Let’s fill up our coffee cups and start a new week off On a High Note: Our Monday roundup series full of motivating, interesting, fun and/or helpful snippets and ideas to try, read, make, cook, drink, do, shop, and so on! Read on for our favorite highlights to check out this week–the most important week of 2020! 

On a High Note: Vol 27

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When we will find out who won the presidential election

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Image via Elle 

“With a spectrum of voting methods being used in an election during a pandemic, will we know who is elected by tomorrow night? This Elle article is really helpful in breaking down how every vote has, is, and will be counted — and what a potential timeline looks like for announcing the winner.” — Kendall 

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Today’s episode on The Daily 

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“I also thought The Daily’s episode today was really informative on the most likely scenarios and ways the election could break down and how to interpret the results as they roll in tomorrow night. Michael Barbaro will also be live broadcasting tomorrow night from 4pm-8pm EST, if you’d rather listen in there vs. tuning into a news network.” –Jess 

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Comforting Chili! 

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“I’m not usually a big chili person, but over the weekend, I had it served over plain macaroni noodles and it was a game-changer for me! (Add a carb to anything and I’ll be a convert). Chili is the perfect, comforting thing to make for Election night–plus, you’ll have lots of leftovers to bring you comfort the next day (and as long as it takes to figure out who wins. ????) I love Gimme Some Oven’s recipes, and this one for classic chili looks delicious! (Of course, you’ll have to improvise with the noodle part. ????)” – Jess

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Jamie Beck’s #IsolationCreation Posters Part Deux

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“(Not directly election-related, but couldn’t help but share the news!) Unfortunately, France is back in lockdown, but the silver lining is Jamie Beck’s #IsolationCreation series is back. I shared Jamie’s work back in April- she creates a stunning print each day and an accompanying write up that expresses her feelings as a creative response to isolation. (She created 63 in round one- many of which are incredible self-portraits like the one above). She also takes you behind the scenes of how she creates each one in her stories, which is so fascinating! Ten percent of her poster proceeds go to the Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund.” — Kendall 

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A Whiskey Smash [The Patriarchy]

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“We did a Cocktails with Neal on VP debate night featuring a fall variation on a whiskey smash–and it was a hit! I can’t think of a more perfect thing to make for Election night! (Apologies for the awful quality photo–it was the only one I took when we made it ????) It’s VERY easy to make and only requires three main ingredients.” –Jess 

How to Make a Whiskey Smash The Patriarchy: 

(Makes one serving) In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, mix together… 

  • Whiskey or Bourbon of your choice (AKA a jigger or about a three-second pour) 
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon
  • Apple cider (about a 4 second pour–adjust to your tastes depending on how strong you want! You’ll want more apple cider than whiskey.) 
  • Shake, and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Optional: Sprinkle cinnamon on top, and garnish with a lemon rind or thin slice of apple.

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Election day and night self-care

Election day and night self-care

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“As we’re all bracing for election night, it’s hard to know what will make feel best. Do we step away from social media and the news? Do we watch the results with virtual or in-person friends? Would it be better if we were alone? Do we distract ourselves or dive in headfirst to the analytics? This article, 7 half-assed but effective ways I’m practicing self-care on election night, highlights the ways in which an editor is *realistically* preparing herself for 24 hours of election day — and I’m definitely stealing some of these ideas!” –Kendall 

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Saved the most important for last- vote, vote, vote! If you’re voting in-person, make sure you know where to go and how to safely cast your vote tomorrow (if you haven’t already). Head over to this post where I break down the easiest way to get ALL the info you need from filling out your ballot, to where to vote or drop it off, and more! (Also, make sure to double-check with your family and friends that they have a voting plan in place!) 

Let’s make it a historic week to remember! ✊????

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