Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and my new iPhone!

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and my new iPhone!

Ok, well it’s not that new—I’ve had it for about a month now. But I still can’t stop playing around with it. In the morning, all throughout the day, at night, and before bed. I know, I know, it’s so bad for me. My eyes are going buggy. My morning and bedtime rituals have gone out the window. That dang blue light I stare at all day cannot be good for me. Yet . . .

Still I play with the phone. First of all, it’s like when you get a shiny new toy and you have to play with it ALL THE TIME. How can I resist? Second, I must answer every text, email, Snapchat and check the weather, stock prices, news ALL THE TIME. Because, you know, I might miss something I haven’t seen in the last two minutes. Besides, what else am I supposed to do when I am waiting in line at the dry cleaners? Check Instagram, of course.

Do you ever get like that with something new? Or with your phone? I think for my own sanity, I’ll take a break this weekend and put down the phone. Maybe go to the driving range, do some yoga, and cookout if the weather is nice. And I won’t look at my phone . . . well, maybe just once or twice.

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . The Sympathizer and Madonna in a Fur Coat. Yep, still. I’m definitely picking up steam and am more than halfway through The Sympathizer, which is so good. Each sentence is so rich, you can’t gloss over it. Viet Thang Nguyen says so much in one sentence yet his writing is not heavy handed or erudite. There’s no wasted words. Every word, every phrase has a purpose that adds to the story. I find myself underlining words and sentences that grab me—I’ve got a lot of underlining going on in this book.

I’ve been watching . . . The Voice and Life in Pieces. When I work all day and my brain is fried, I need something easy to watch, something positive, and something funny. Both of these fulfill those needs.

I’ve been listening to . . . Leon Bridges still. Usually it’s a song’s lyrics that get me, but with him, it’s the music, the style, and the soulful sound . . . until now. I’ve been listening to “River” over and over and finally took in the lyrics. This song haunts me in a good way. As melancholy and slow as the song is, it’s achingly hopeful. I feel like I can wash away the darkness with this song. The video beautifully conveys the feeling of the song.

Bridges intended the song as a message of hope and light. Love what he shared on Twitter:

River-Leon Bridges

Have a wonderful weekend!


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Glad you finally got your new phone! I totally know how you feel…every time I get a new one (even if it’s the same model) I can’t seem to put it down. 😉 Have you figured out all the new tricks??

I know, right? Gotta play with the new toys. I haven’t figured out all the new tricks. Guess I’ll have to keep playing! Have you? What are some you’ve figured out?

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