Favorite Things, Vol. XXIV

It's been a busy week - got to do make some signs for a local brewery, tried a delightful new restaurant in my neighborhood, ran a 10K with one of my best friends - and am getting ready to head out of town for a vacation with my family in one of my favorite places on Earth.  The world is still seeming dark and scary and hard for so many, but let's please carry on with love and cheez-its and dancing and listening. We must.

YOU GUYS. Thanks to your orders of these Love Is Love pieces, $475 was donated to the Human Rights Campaign. Thank you, thank you, thank you! When the world seems dark and overwhelming, even a little something like this makes a huge difference. <3

TO READ

My Twenties: A Retrospective: As someone in the midst of their twenties, this is a hilarious/accurate/wonderful look into all the things you ought to be doing as a twenty-something. Parts of this seem frighteningly real, and once you realize how satirized it is, you start to ease up a bit on yourself. Or if you’re not easing up on yourself, maybe this will be a good cue to do so.

Look Behind You: The View Across The Street From The World’s Most Famous Monuments: I’ve aways found it fascinating to watch other people who are watching what you’re watching. Sometimes their reactions are the same, sometimes they are completely different, and you never know exactly what their path has been to lead them to seeing that thing at that moment. DEEP. Oliver Curtis, a photographer, has started an intriguing photography project in which he shoots the scene across the street from monuments and works of art, and they are fascinating. 

 

TO LISTEN

Watch Maya Rudolph and Emma Stone Cover “Call Your Girlfriend” With Butter Tub Percussion: Two of my favorite hilarious ladies, one of my favorite songs, and a skill I will never be coordinated enough to do - what could be better? 

Anna Faris Is Unqualified: My roommate has been talking about this podcast for months, and I just joined the train, but am now VERY enthusiastically riding it. Anna Faris, her best friend Sim, and various guests talk about life, love, and so much more - I’ve snorted from laughing, I’ve cried, and think this will be a pretty good fill-in for weeks where I don’t see my therapist. Although they may not be qualified by someone’s standards, the heart and soul and compassion and hilarity they share with one another and the guests they call spills over and warms your heart whether you agree with them or not. 

Bombay Bicycle Club: I was introduced to Bombay Bicycle Club in college, and so many of their songs immediately transport me back to a time or person or place. I got to see them live a few summers ago, and was blown away at their talent. Their lyrics are amazing, their songs make you get up and dance, and they are some of the most musically talented individuals (and group) I’ve seen. Somehow, I haven’t listened to them in awhile, but needed a dance break with my nanny kids today and they popped into my brain, thank goodness.

 

TO INSPIRE

This Girl Gang Is Taking On The Patriarchy One She-Moji At A Time: I am absolutely a feminist, and in all honesty, I’ve never thought about how females are represented on the emoji keyboard - dancing lady, painted nails, getting their hair done, two girls in matching black unitards, etc. While there is nothing wrong with any of those things, it kind of sucks to only have those as your options. Thank goodness some more badass females WERE paying attention, and have created She-Moji, with 400+ original emoji. Not only do they make incredible emojis, they also donate 50% of their profits to the Malala Fund, helping to ensure all girls have access to 12 years of free, safe, quality eduation. GO GIRLS.

It’s Never Been Harder To Be Young: Heather Havrilesky is one of my favorite writers, and I’m ridiculously excited to read her new book. Her “Ask Polly” columns are consistently wonderful, and this article is no different. Being a millennial myself, I’m grateful for her words, and resonate with many of them. But no matter how old or young or middle-aged or newborn or elderly you may be, this applies to you. Yes, YOU.

“Obviously, as an advice columnist, I’m always at risk of becoming part of the problem. I tell people to believe in the lives they really want, to set their expectations high and strive tirelessly to achieve their dreams. But I also want to say to them, time after time, that there is no “better version” of you waiting in the future. The best version of you is who you are right here, right now, in this fucked-up, impatient, imperfect, sublime moment. Shut out the noise and enjoy exactly who you are and what you have, right here, right now.”  

 

May your weeks be full of changed perspectives, old songs and artists that may have slipped your mind for awhile, and moments where you allow yourself to be exactly where you are. You are magnificent. 

 

xoxo

H