What are the things you do purely for your own enjoyment? Not the things you are supposed to do, or should, but things you do just because you can?
Here are a few of mine —
1. Reading fiction
I’m currently reading The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant.
2. Taking walks in my neighborhood
I walk to the library to pick up and return books. I walk whenever I’m on the phone. I walk when I want to listen to podcasts or music or my thoughts.
3. Doing face masks
Do you have a favorite I should check out? Always looking for new ones to try!
4. Photographing my cat
My camera roll is literally 98% pictures of Wink. (Only a fraction end up on Instagram.)
5. Watching YouTube videos
Here are a few channels I’ve written about (and still love!): Latasha James, Kara and Nate, and SuperHolly.
Share yours below! xoxo
P.S. If listening to podcasts is something you do for enjoyment, I’d love if you’d check out mine! RIGHT THIS WAY. 🙂
What’s everyone up to this week? My sister and her friend came for a visit over the weekend, and we had a great time exploring the huge park in my neighborhood and eating the yummiest Cuban food. On Sunday we went to The Deering Estate where Katie participated in a table reading of a brand new script written by an up and coming playwright. It was so good! Wishing you all a beautiful spring day, and now on to the links…
Top chef turned cafeteria lady.
Never underestimate the power of a woman — or 100.
Real female actors reading real casting calls.
Picasso’s multi-billion dollar empire.
What happens when you dress like Lorelai Gilmore for a week?
A St. Patrick’s Day feast you can fix up in a single skillet.
How Braille won the war of the dots.
Mail used to come with a side of MEOW.
Was Chipotle the victim of corporate sabotage? (Someone should make a documentary!)
Speaking of cool posters, you can now download 2,000 turn-of-the-century posters courtesy of the New York Public Library!
To men I love, about men who scare me.
I’m feeling a pair of these for spring! What do you think?
P.S. ICYMI – Thoughts on tackling unfinished projects and a Cincinnati chili recipe!
According to several news sources, winter has arrived in South Florida! While that translates to temperatures in the 60’s, and high 60’s at that, I’ll take it! Keeping our giant sliding doors open during the day for a cool breeze to blow through the apartment is amazing. How’s your winter faring? However it’s going, I hope you enjoy these links…
Keep your chopping board from sliding around.
Have you watched Making a Murderer yet? So gripping!
Many people thrive in the aftermath of adversity.
A Ragdoll’s favorite things.
How gorgeous is this nail color?
It seems these days that every major global event attracts a corresponding counter-narrative.
A beautiful (and free!) way to stay organized in 2016.
A bunch of drunks and a few cops achieve art’s “golden ratio.”
Taking the home office to a whole new level.
Challenge yourself in 2016 with #BustleReads.
A great long-form read, if you’ve got the time.
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Enjoy the links…
The best explanation of Uber ratings.
How did Chris McCandless die?
Congrats William & Kate!
Espresso in space could have strong scientific impacts.
This essay is a heart-wrenching reminder of the emotional power of food.
Oh, NBD…just pictures of ragdoll cats.
I think I need to adopt this little guy!
Lessons in emergency eating.
I’m totally a #4 but now I’m looking to become a #6.
The comment section on this post was enlightening to explore.
Style sudoku would be a great resource for summer packing.
And click over to THIS POST and enter to win my FREE GIVEAWAY!
As I’ve mentioned before, I share my little abode with a sweet, cuddly, mischievous Ragdoll cat named Wink. While it seems like he sleeps about 18-23 hours a day, when he’s awake he’s absolutely my spirit animal and spoiled as they come. I can’t help but to give him butt rubs whenever he cuddles up next to me or pop him out an ice cube whenever he sits by the freezer and mews. He’s got me wrapped around that little white paw, y’all! But sometimes all this love and attention makes him forget that his Mama loves sleep just about as much as he does. When I shut my bedroom door at night I imagine he has all sorts of kitten adventures (the most recent of which involves hopping from dining room table to bar cart…not cute)! Sometimes he gets excited in the middle of the night and wants to fill me in. Sometimes he feels like I should get up and get his breakfast on the table (errr…floor) LONG before my alarm has signaled the start to my day. And how does my dearest pet voice these concerns? By giving the carpet by my door a good once over with his claws. He’s definitely not as much of a scratcher as other cats I’ve met, yet, this ONE little patch of carpet is irresistible…and who can blame him, really? Yours truly is on the other side of that door!
Seeking a simple solution, I found Carpet Scratch Stopper. Basically a plastic/vinyl mat fitted to your doorway, this new product completely eliminates the possibility of a feline friend digging his/her claws in where they shouldn’t be. The website features mats that will fit 28”, 30” and 32” doors. I got a 32” mat and it fits great, even allowing me to open and close the door as needed. The Carpet Scratch Stopper could definitely stand up to some bumps and scratches from high traffic/having animals afoot and would be fairly easy to clean. So far Wink has been interested in laying right by it, bringing his toys to it and *drum-roll please* NOT scratching…I’d say that’s a win. If you want to save your carpet (or your security deposit) this product is well worth the price! And how cute is the website’s “About Us” section written by the company’s founder Joanne? She even has introductions to her 4 cats: Chloe, Ripley, Rose and Blackie. Adorbz. Speaking of adorable…look at this pensive fellow! Uuuugh, I can’t get enough of him…claws and all.
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