hello, 2019

If you’ve been around a while, you probably know that I’m not afraid of making resolutions and intentions and I dive headfirst into a good goal-list so here we are; a new year, a new list.

For me, the best part of list-making is that I know I will not achieve everything but if I write it down or say it, it’s more likely to happen.

10 things I want to work on (but may not) in 2019

  1. Swimming: Once I’m in the water, I’m happy as a clam but mygawd it’s hard to get in. I know the benefits, I have a membership to a pool, my kid swims three days a week… I have no excuses.
  2. Self-acceptance: I’m going to get into this later but it’s something I need to work on. I have ideas, I just need the confidence to believe that I am capable.
  3. Barre: I fell in love with barre classes a few years ago but haven’t done it in ages. I should. I will. My aching body will thank me.
  4. Photography: I am planning to take some time this year to learn more skills (lighting, styling, etc.) It’s been an intention for a few years but I need to stop thinking about it and start doing it. (see #2)
  5. Entertaining: Who says it has to be fancy and involve several courses? I love having people over but it doesn’t happen enough. I’m thinking games nights or simple gatherings. Murder Mystery anyone?
  6. Hooking or pottery: Two somewhat newish things I discovered that brought me joy. I am not planning to hook 1000 pillows or become a professional potter but I need to focus on stuff like this.
  7. Cooking: I don’t love cooking because I want to be good at it, and I am not. I want to get more comfortable in the kitchen.
  8. Personal projects, like a website or whatever this space is: The woes of any self-employed person is they never put the time into their own projects. I need to organize my days better for this.
  9. Reading: I’m already pretty decent at this, I read a lot and I listen to a lot of audiobooks but I want to make it more of a priority.
  10. Gratitude: I have a lot of things to be grateful for but sometimes it’s hard to not dwell on the hardships. I need to remind myself of the good stuff. Make simple things more fun!

No pressure, but 2019 is kind of a big deal. It’s the end of a decade, the end of my thirties and I am approaching my #fortybeforeforty deadline with a long list of items to tackle so why not add more and make it fun!

Have a happy new year, make it a good one.

(image) all gifs from Giphy

top ten of 2018

Closing off 2018 with a quick thank you and happy 2019!

Who knows where I am heading but it’s a new year and I am full of big intentions and goals… (stay tuned)

Here’s a list of the most viewed posts of 2018. Spoiler, “Let’s Taco Bout a Party” is still going strong for hits *???* does this mean we need to have another party? After all, I still have a few bottles of tequila.

  1. It’s Calendar Time
  2. Let’s Taco Bout A Party (2015!)
  3. Summer Starts Nowish (Year 5!)
  4. I Am An Early Morning Runner
  5. Regrets, I’ve Had A Few
  6. Wineglass Marathon Recap (2017)
  7. Top 10 Look-A-Mikes
  8. Meanwhile, Elsewhere: May 4
  9. 10 Words I’m Not Fine With
  10. 13 Reasons Why

Happy New Year!

merry times

Merry Christmas to all! Wishing you a safe and happy holiday and best wishes for a happy new year.

Love your people and be kind to each other.

Meanwhile, elsewhere:

meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.

  • Not to brag, but I’ve watched all four (Vogue)
  • AMEN! Self-Care Is Not An Indulgence. It’s A Discipline. (Forbes via Laura Richardson)
  • The startup allows customers to pick a bathroom out of a catalog of options designed by interior designers, receive an instant quote, and have that exact bathroom installed within three weeks (Fast Company)
  • Rediscovering My Daughter Through Instagram: Social media has been blamed for ruining our democracy, shortening our children’s attention spans and undermining the fabric of society. But through it, I was able to be with Paulina out in the world again, to see what she sees, to virtually stand beside her and witness the people and places she moves through, in nearly real time. Not in a parent-policing role, but in a wonderful-world sort of way. (NYT)
  • “Is It Ever Okay,” Bon Appétit’s etiquette column: When bringing beer/wine to a friend’s dinner party: Who cares if the host drinks the wine, they can dump it on a campfire for all I care. The point is, you gotta bring the thing. And leave it. Goddammit, LEAVE IT.
  • “YES, BITCH,” IT RUMBLES TO PASSERSBY, “I’M THAT SUITCASE”: I used all the best stuff for a week and it nearly broke me (VOX)
  •  “This is about stamina, and stamina is some combination of yes, strength, but also psychological will. It begs the question, is there something going on for women perhaps given our very long evolutionary history as mammals who spent a long time gestating and then giving birth, that gives us a psychological edge in extremely long-term endurance events?” (NYT)
  • I am love with this ornament (A Beautiful Mess)
  • Is Listening to a Book the Same Thing as Reading It? Each is best suited to different purposes, and neither is superior. (NYT)
  • Oh man, as soon as I finish The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, I think I’ll quit (MEL Magazine)
  • Yummy (Cookie + kate)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus Acts Out (The New Yorker)
  • Climate Change Is Stealing Our Children’s Futures. 15-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed the UN plenary meeting at the COP24 climate talks in Poland. In it, she blasted world and business leaders for their political inaction on climate change, calling them immature (Kottke)
    <<MIC DROP>>

Have a great weekend! I hope my office party on Monday is THIS dreamy!

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it’s that time of year

Merry Movie Award Season!

The good ones are rolling out and I’m starting to panic. Every Oscar-Morning-After I say “next year I’ll go to way more movies” rather than begging my sister for illegal downloads and cramming them all in once nominations are announced, but it never happens… Guys, it’s a struggle.

However, the bigger internal struggle I have is The Movie poster. As much as I love a good film, great acting and Hollywood gossip, can we please discuss this serious problem with the movie industry.

Who designs these? I have a bone to pick:

Why are the names of the actors not placed above them in the photograph? I hate it so much. I am sure there is a reason, but as a designer, it’s THE WORST.

Let me know if this drives you crazy as well.

Cheers to the good ones!