I’m fighting off a nasty summer cold this week, so here’s what’s helping my get by:
- “Meaty”: This collection of essays from Samantha Irby was originally published in 2013 and recently updated with a reprint. A thoughtful friend and her bf gifted me a new copy for my bday, and I speed-read it in two sittings. It’s that good. From lazy-girl recipes to a loooot of information about GI issues, it’s not for the faint of heart. Which is exactly why I loved it.
- Cacio e Pepe: What’s arguably the simplest pasta dish has become a weekly staple for me. When my energy is gone, this satisfying combo of pasta, cheese and garlic (duh) can’t be beat. It’s an especially gratifying comfort food when you don’t have to hover over the stove for long. Add some garlic toast and you’ve got the perfect meal. Mangia!
- Breathe App: Don’t get me wrong — I still love my Daily Calm from the Calm app, but this is another way to get zen. Answer a few quick questions about how you’re feeling in the moment, and the app will recommend breathing exercises and plans for you to try. It’s weirdly satisfying and has lately helped me get to sleep faster. Win-win.
- “Delicate” – Taylor Swift: Is it possible for Taylor Swift to release a song that isn’t an earworm? I think not. This one has been rolling around in my brain for weeks and I can’t seem to shake it off. Yeah, I went there. I’m not even mad about it; I just had to warn you before I put it in your head now, too.
Dreams really do come true, people. Wanna know how I know?
- “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine”: I heard about this novel through fellow word nerds, and could literally see its popularity with the lengthy library waitlist. Luckily, I got a copy just in time for this month’s Book Club, and I promptly devoured it in two sittings. Reese Witherspoon sure knew what she was doing, buying the rights to make a major motion picture. And I’d say author Gail Honeyman is doing just fine.
- “Sharp Objects”: Speaking of page-to-screen adaptations, are you all watching this HBO miniseries based off the Gillian Flynn novel? I love Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson and Chris Messina to begin with, but I can’t take my eyes off this dizzying, dark and dramatic tale. Catch it Sundays at 9pm local time.
- This Diffuser: I mentioned this godsend on my birthday gratitude list but my appreciation has only grown since then. My nightly ritual now consists of turning this diffuser on as soon as I’m home so my room can be flooded with the scents of citrus, lavender, bergamot or whatever else I’m feeling. It’s ahh-mazing.
- “Africa” – Weezer: It all started with a tweet but Weezer made a teenager’s dream come true by covering Toto’s “Africa” (and “Rosanna,” because they’re expert trolls). It’s obviously catchy, or the OG wouldn’t have stood the test of time. And now bros of all generations can scream over TWO versions of the bar-room classic.
I’m told Sunday was National Ice Cream Day, and although I didn’t celebrate it then, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for a little treat I’m cooking up. *Not literally cooking, because it’d melt.
As part of my office’s “Tasting Thursday” series, tomorrow I’ll be co-hosting a blind tasting of various ice cream flavors, along with a BINGO game. Name a more iconic duo than ice cream and BINGO. I’ll wait.
In preparation, I found this free BINGO card creator — side note, is it all caps? I feel like it should be — and we’re assigning different flavor profiles to the squares. Our colleagues will taste blindly, guessing which flavors they’re tasting, and the first to get BINGO wins a free pint and gift card!
Am I taking this totally voluntary assignment too far? Possibly. But I’m enjoying every sweet second.
Am I still blowing out birthday candles? Yes. Am I mad about it? No.
- The Never-Ending Birthday: Yes, it’s been seven days since my birthday and YES, I am with you, hating on people who are still setting off fireworks. But I’ve been quite surprised to enjoy so many celebrations, from a pinata at work to a park picnic to a delicious dinner and more. I’m feeling the love, folks!
- SFPL Is #1: You may recall my infatuation with the library and this article cements why the San Francisco Public Library is truly top-notch. From engaging programs to redefining the role of librarians, it’s clear the SFPL is #1 in our hearts and the Dewey Decimal System. (Don’t @ me for a DDS joke, y’all.)
- “52 Lists for Happiness”: This weekly journal has made the rounds on plenty of gift-giving lists and must-have articles. It was gifted to me last year, and while I wasn’t diligently sticking to the habit (and am therefore, not done), I can honestly say it’s given me a healthy and helpful way to document the things I’m proud of. Plus, it’s preeetty.
- All Drake Everythang: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about Drake’s latest record-breaking album “Scorpion” and mega collaborations. Just look at the Billboard Hot 100 — he’s on 13 of the top 21! If that doesn’t scream “Success!” I don’t know what does.
If you’ve been here a while, you already know the 4th of July happens to be my birthday. And while I’ve certainly learned to embrace the annual red, white and blue theme, I was woefully unprepared for this year’s mid-week mayhem.
In any case, and in honor of my 31st birthday, I thought it fitting to acknowledge 31 things I’m especially grateful for. These aren’t in any particular order after the top 10 😉 and while some sound silly, I’m a hundred percent serious:
- My family
- My friends
- My faith
- My freedom
- My health
- My home
- My education
- My career
- Food + water
- The library
- Road trips
- The DVR
- Promo codes
- Guilty pleasures
- Being informed
- Healthy debates
- My new diffuser
- The ocean
Here’s hoping you each had a safe and celebratory 4th ❤️💙 Cheers!
The sad irony of this week’s obsessions is that I have about a hundred things I want to recommend, and no high-fidelity way to show you. Despite being shut off for a solid few days, my computer has taken a turn for the worse. Could it possibly be that my 2008 MacBook has finally gone kaput? Sigh.
So without being able to access my handy template (even my mecca, Google Drive, isn’t cooperating!), I’ll take it as a sign that Mercury might as well be in retrograde and any additional attempts are futile.
What I can tell you, is to watch this music video; read “A Working Theory of Love” if you have a six-hour flight without a TV; check out “RBG” and prepare to be inspired; aaand don’t forget to send cards to your favorite birthday girl via Postable (use promo code: MRHSIRZN).
Until next time, folks!
It’s nearly 6pm PT on this hellish Hump Day and I’d like to say I have four things to share with you. Operative word being “like” … but sadly, that’s not the case.
Between the emotions of Father’s Day, my parents’ anniversary, a work trip in Sacramento, a friend’s wedding in NYC and the dumpster fire that is the immigration debate, I just don’t have it in me this week.
And since I’m working really, really hard on self-care, I’m not pushing myself to do it. I would apologize, but that’s also part of learning self-care.
So instead, please take the 10(?) minutes you’d spend reading my WO to do a meditation, journal, call a friend, make a playlist, read, or whatever you do to take care of yourself.
Consider it my gift to you, friends.