There ain’t no rest for the wicked, so let’s dive right on in this week:
- Haircuts for Homeless: I’m not saying this story will make you cry, but I’m not saying it won’t. Brennon Jones is a barber in Philadelphia and gives free haircuts to the homeless there. Sean Johnson was a stranger to Jones, chatting about the service; and months later, Johnson called to meet him at — surprise! — a space he’d bought for Jones to set up shop. Who am I kidding, cue the ugly cry.
- Winter Is Coming: This has nothing to do with “Game of Thrones,” except for the obvious tagline. Winter in SF is legit on its way, evidenced by the nightly mid-40 temps and scattered storms all week. Snuggle up, buttercup. It’s about to get frosty in here (not really; I know it was 20 degrees in NYC last week). I’m just really good at being dramatic and blame it on my thin Floridian blood.
- The Ramen Bar: With cold weather comes hot soup! The absolute top of my soup list lately is this delightful lunch spot, which serves spicy pork, tasty tonkotsu and ridiculous ramen recipes I’ve only dreamed of before. I especially enjoyed it today, while catching up with a former boss lady whom I love. Oh, another bonus: Their Boba tea is to die for.
- “Thunder” – Imagine Dragons: It could be the stormy weather or it could be my need to get really pumped to get through the days lately, but regardless, this song is the ticket. I don’t know why I’m surprised every time I like one of their singles, but they continue to impress me and get stuck all up in my ears.
For some reason, my brain fast-forwarded this week right past Wednesday and believed today was Thursday until about 10 minutes ago. So mea culpa, my friends, and here’s the quickest WO you’ll probably ever see.
Sunday’s shooting in Texas had me all kinds of upset, naturally; and news of a family friend’s illness worsening put me in a funk as well.
With all the shitty shit shit going on, it’s easy to lose sight of the positive things, no matter how small they may seem in the moment.
This week, I’m especially grateful for the technology that connects me to loved ones 3,000 miles away. For the music I get to enjoy during one of my easiest commutes ever — plus I get a whole week without a work trip! I’m glad it’s currently raining, as we need it desperately. And I’m blessed for the friends who’ve become family here, who comfort and guide me during my darkest days.
While it’s cliche to discuss gratitude this time of year, I have to look for the positive among all the tragedy. I imagine a world where tomorrow and the days ahead bring much more light than darkness.
And just like that, it’s No-freaking-vember. I understand yesterday was Oct. 31, so naturally, today is November, but HOW? I feel like a new mom when I say the days are long, but the years are short. Before we know it, we’ll be saying “sayonara” to the garbage dumpster of 2017 and embracing the newness of 2018 for all of about two hours. Woo-hoo!
- Join the Movember Movement: My friend Nate is back at it again, raising money and awareness for men’s health in his fifth consecutive Movember campaign. He’s already more than halfway to goal — and it’s only Nov. 1 — but you can still support and get a super-sweet pic if you donate $50+. And, with VISA checkout, donations are matched (up to $25, so split ‘em up if you want extra points)! It takes seconds but can save so many lives.
- “Stranger Things”: Uh, duh. I couldn’t dress as Barb yesterday and not be totally hooked on this Netflix original. I binged all of season 1 over the weekend in preparation for my role (and a friend’s themed party!), but I have yet to dive into season 2 so NO SPOILERS. From what I’ve watched you’ll be just fine if you can get through the spookiness of S1:E1. Plus, these kids are so talented — and hilarious!
- “The Good Place”: After bingeing on a creepy show, I obviously needed a mental break. So I binged the first season and was pleasantly surprised. Again, NO SPOILERS on season 2 so far! Kristen Bell and Ted Danson are devilishly funny; and I highly recommend it, as one of the freshest comedies I’ve seen in years. Even the Rotten Tomatoes critics and reviewers give it an 86-90% approval rating!
- “I Put a Spell on You” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: There are plenty of haunting Halloween classics I could write about, but this one’s been in my head lately so it takes the cake. Notice, I’m not even touting the version from “Hocus Pocus” — personal growth again? Screamin’ Jay sure knows how to grab your attention and make you want to groove. What’s your go-to Halloween song? We can still talk about it, despite so many attempts to make Christmas happen, like, today ::eye roll::
It’s my favorite holiday — aside from my birthday, which is an actual holiday — but I digress. So, it’s only fitting I share this year’s costumes.
Yes, you read that right. I had both a personal and “professional” costume this year — not profesh like “Look at that boss lady,” but rather joining my team’s idea instead of doing my own thing for once.
I think that’s called personal growth.
A real-life fidget spinner in the wild. I hate the trend but couldn’t ignore it.
Part of my SF team appearing as the “Stranger Things” kids!
However you’re celebrating tonight, have fun and be safe! #Boo!
Here we are, another Wednesday come and (mostly) gone, and what do I have to show for it?
Y’all, I am beyond tired from what I believe are adult onset allergies, plus the fear of serving jury duty, and a little thing called “work-life balance” going out the window. When meditation isn’t enough, I’m finding furry friends to soothe my soul.
Thankfully, the fine journalists at BuzzFeed (WINK!) have curated plenty of scrollable content to ooh and ahh over.
Some recent fave finds:
- 45 Dog Memes Guaranteed to Put You in a Good Mood
- It’s International Sloth Day So Look at These Slow Precious Babies
- And the seasonally relevant 18 Dogs Who Completely Won Halloween
Now, don’t you feel better? Point me to your favorite posts so I can peep them when I can’t sleep tonight.
I feel a little like Dory after the past few weeks … Telling myself to just keep swimming, just keep swimming. It seems harder than ever to balance being well-informed with remaining sane. So what do we do? We swim, swim, swim. And buy 1/2 price wine.
- The Serenity Prayer: Another tactic for me to stay somewhat centered in a topsy-turvy climate is this reminder. An added benefit is remembering my Pop referenced it often. His angelversary is in a few weeks, so he’s on my mind more than usual, and these words echoing in my head bring him that much closer to my heart.
- #MeToo: No doubt, you’ve seen the social media movement to share stories of sexual harassment and assault. It started with activist Tarana Burke years ago and went viral this weekend with a tweet from Alyssa Milano. The discussions are unsettling, uncomfortable and eye-opening for some — but the point remains: No one should ever be physically, verbally or mentally abused without consent. Say that C word with me now: CONSENT.
- Getaround: Despite 22 months without driving and my stubbornness to make it through numerous work trips without a car, I was foiled this week with a two-part trip through northern California. Thankfully, Getaround made it easy to, well… you guessed it. I booked an affordable SUV, backed out of a garage into traffic blindly and navigated my way through 200+ miles of freeway fun. Even a hiccup at the end (my fault) was handled swiftly. Use this link to sign up for $20 off your first trip!
- “I Get Around” – The Beach Boys: Obviously, #3 above has a lot to do with why this song has been stuck in my head. If it’s not already the soundtrack for their commercials, then I hereby claim this genius idea and shall await the profits. Plus, who doesn’t love the timeless California coolness of The Beach Boys?
PS: Last week marked SEVEN years since I began this blog — I’ve been a bit preoccupied to make a whole special post about it, but thanks for sticking with me whether you’ve been around since the first post or just joined me here today. Cheers to that!
When I ask what more can we take, that isn’t a challenge to be smited, I swear. The firestorms ravaging Napa, Sonoma and Santa Rosa are nothing less than devastating.
Many are missing or dead; homes and buildings are decimated; and it’s another example of feeling helpless for our fellow residents.
It’s an odd feeling, no doubt one we’ve all had through the year’s many tragedies and natural disasters. I feel like I’ve run out of ways to express it, and it feels ignorant to post about anything else each week.
So, if you’re looking for how to help: Here’s what you can do. And if you’re local, please call ahead before visiting shelters — they’re often overwhelmed by drop-ins.
The unspeakable continues to happen, yet we have to talk about it. Here’s hoping there’s much better news to come soon.