How are you guys doing? This week was rattling to the say the least. I’m truly just at a loss of words. I feel so tired. So drained. Disturbed. Angry. Frustrated. Sad. Terrified. Mike and I were both working in the living room so we could have the news on to watch the electoral count. Watching things unfold and escalate was absolutely horrifying. I couldn’t believe I was watching real life it looked much more like a scene out of a Hollywood movie. I called my mom on the way to my volunteer shift and had her dictating what was happening while I drove. At the food bank, we had the news on the whole time and we could not believe what we were seeing. Just when you think it can’t get worse, it does.
Anyway I just don’t even know. It feels so bizarre to have to just keeping putting one foot in front of the other. But here we are.
ON MY RADAR 1.8.20
Here’s what has been on my radar this week. Kind of a mixed bag. Honestly including what I normally would. Not to say that it’s not a normal week. Personally I’ve been glued to the news and can’t seem to turn away, just sharing some lighter things today.
It’s no secret that I love Morgan Harper Nichols. She has a way with words that I find so comforting and reassuring. I read her entries every morning in her app Storyteller. Yesterday she shared this article she wrote for Medium. I read it four times in one sitting (and have gone back to re-read it again). It really spoke to me. “Unity” feels impossible because, as MHN puts it, “we can’t just say ‘I love your ingredients no matter what they are.’” It’s needed but I feel hopeless. I liked what she had to say and how she said it.
One of my guilty pleasures are those soft sugar cookies you get from grocery store bakeries. You know the kind, right? They’re fluffy with lots of icing (that somehow weirdly tastes better if it’s just a little stale… just me?) and always, always colorful sprinkles to match whatever holiday is around the corner. This NY Times cooking video walks you through how to make them at home.
THREE // Ann Mashburn Buckle Shoe
Ann Mashburn is my ultimate style icon. I just have a huge girl crush on her, honestly, and love everything she does. Somehow she strikes the perfect balance of chic and effortless. I have one pair of her buckle shoes and they’re classics– definitely a shoe I’ll have for years and years. The entire collection is gorgeous– all the prints and colors. Hard to pick a favorite. I have nowhere to wear them and yellow isn’t a color I can easily pull off, but the satin yellow pair is stunning.
This article is about knitting, but I think it could apply to so many hobbies. I think we’re already seeing a resurgence of crafting and needlework and I think it’s only going to continue to grow. I have experienced the mood boosts and mental wellbeing from needlepoint and sewing. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Need to cry some happy tears? Watch these parents get surprised on live television by their children. I was bawling and they keep raising the bar throughout the entire segment. One word of caution: don’t watch this unless you have a tissue (or a box of tissues!!!) handy. It is so freaking sweet.