I am suffering from a serious case of writer’s block this week, y’all. The heat has given me a raging headache all week, which makes me much less than my usually delightful self, so to cheer up, I’m going to share with you all the things that make me happy in the hopes that, should you need perking up, I can help.
Of course we have the usual items- my fabulous husband, my freaking awesome family, my adorable little dog, Lola- but you guys can’t have those (we might be able to work out some kind of rental or visitation; I’m open to reasonable offers); however, there are plenty of things that I find great joy in that are easily shared. Try it, you’ll like it!
1. Hippie/friendship bracelet making
I have no idea why I have suddenly reverted back to fifth grade, but I am obsessed with making bracelets out of beads and string right now. I think it all started innocently enough about two months ago while tooling around on www.manrepeller.com . The author of the blog is quite witty and her outfit stylings are things of wonder. I definitely do not have the funds or the guts to try much of what she does, but she has posted a few times about her current fascination with covering her arms in bracelets.
Suddenly, my need for bracelets became overwhelming. On vacation a few weeks ago, I found a fantastic little jewelry store and started stocking up. When I got home, I hit Barnes and Noble to find a book to show me how to make them. Alas, I was unable to find a grown-up book, but the Klutz books for children ages 8-14 totally hooked me up. They have this one, which comes with its own loom (!) and this one, which teaches you how to make them using a crochet loop. I sit at work all day wishing I was home making bracelets. I am finding deep and calming satisfaction in tying knots and stringing beads. If you are somewhat concerned that one of my current hobbies is somewhat juvenile in nature, you may not want to see where I’m going with number 2.
I think it is bullshit that coloring is reserved for little kids. They can’t even stay in the lines!! Seriously though, coloring is an exceptionally useful relaxation tool. I mean this wholeheartedly. If you haven’t colored in a long time, now is the time to get back to your kid roots. You can google “coloring pages” for tons and tons of options, but my favorite pages come from the weekly sampler from Dover Publications. If you sign up for their emails, every Friday morning you get one with the weekly “Sampler.” This link takes you to a page full of different books they are showcasing, many of which are coloring books. Mandalas, geometric designs, every week it is something different and awesome. If crayons are just too childish for you to get behind, treat yourself to the big variety pack of Sharpies to color with. My nieces know that the Sharpies are for “grown-up coloring,” and they respectfully leave them alone and use their own washable markers.
Can any parents/aunts/nannies/caregivers out there back me up on this? Isn’t coloring awesome? Isn’t it unfair that it is not deemed socially acceptable for adults to color for fun?
3. Watch Parks and Recreation
I know I am preaching to the choir a little bit here, but for those of you who haven’t yet had the pleasure of viewing this series, you need to do so ASAP. Amy Poehler and crew have created something magical with that show and I cannot get enough. It’s quirky, smart, laugh out loud funny, and the characters are so much fun to watch. Netflix Instant Watch has Seasons 1 and 2 available, so get on it, people!
4. Netflix Instant Watch
This is perhaps one of my most favorite things on the planet. We have this hooked up through Jon’s XBox so we can watch whatever is available on the main TV, and it is magical. My top recommendation? Louis C.K.’s stand-up special “Chewed Up.” I have watched it at least 15 times and laugh until I am in tears every single time.
5. The Science Channel – Specifically Oddities
The Science Channel is pretty much the only one Jon and I can consistently find something we are both interested in watching. Oddities is quite possibly one of my favorite shows ever in the history of the world. It takes place at an antique store in New York called Obscura and follows the owners and customers as they travel around finding super creepy, macabre, horrifying, and just plain interesting stuff. From fossilized kidney stones to hybrid taxidermy to torturous old school medical equipment, they have seen it all. Even my mother-in-law, who watches Fox News almost exclusively, enjoyed watching this show with me because it is just. so. interesting.
So there you have it, folks. The current things that make me smile, get me through the day, give me a few moments peace in an otherwise too hectic world. All can be had for free or a minimal amount of money, so what’s the harm in trying? If you make any hippie bracelets, I want pictures!!