Things on my mind/making me smile/causing distraction these days…
Jumping back into work, starting a new finance program, building a daily gym routine, and trying to catch up on the dozens of errands/appointments I’ve put off since like…October has left me feeling a bit like the proverbial hamster on a wheel lately. Seeing several friends share this article, on the uniquely Millennial prevalence of burnout, seemed particularly appropriate as I stare down the administrative headaches of medical bill reimbursement, taxes, and sheer time management in a life that seems increasingly frenetic.
One of my very generous Christmas gifts was a big old Anthropologie gift card - a dangerous weapon, especially in the post-holiday sale season! I used a little bit of mine to treat myself to these adorable teacups by British artist Yvonne Ellen - I love the traditional bone china paired with the deliciously irreverent branding. Not satisfied with the three-piece “gin,” “prosecco,” and “rosé” sets, I sought out her website and also picked up “champagne” and “wine.” It’s going to make cutting back on alcohol just a little more fun - what’s better than making everyone wonder what’s really in your teacup, after all?
Instagram may know me better than I know myself at this point - their targeted ads have really been doing a number on my resolve to buy less shit lately. I discovered Always Fits, a quirky, funny, often outright snarky gift boutique, through an ad, and had more than a few fits of giggles browsing the site. Particular faves: these oven mitts (all of the oven mitts made me laugh…I want them all!), this dishtowel (similarly, I want to stock up on all of them), these socks, which really are basically my life motto, and - duh - a Sunday Funday mimosa-scented candle. Seriously - these people know my life.
Dave shared the New York Times list of 52 places to visit in 2019 with me a few days ago, and we had a good time clicking through the mobile version of the article opining on whether we would or would not want to visit the selected places. While I’m lukewarm on Huntsville, Alabama, I’m all in for five kinds of penguins on the Falkland Islands…who’s coming with me?!
In my ongoing quest to do more things in the city, I’m looking forward to checking out LMNL, a OneDome “immersive experience” that “exists at the evolutionary edge of technology, art, and human connection.” While I have thoughts, many thoughts, about the whole "Instagram factory” aspect of things like The Museum of Ice Cream, Color Factory, etc, this looks like it may actually be about more than getting the right square photo for the Gram.