Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and beautiful sunny days.
We’ve had a really great week with some beautiful weather here, and, in Chicago, you take advantage of those nice days when they come around.
Who wouldn’t be distracted by these near-perfect days? I know I am. All week it’s been hard to focus on work when all I want to do is go outside and play.
I’ve got that ‘ol FOMOOSD again and I got it bad.
How about you? Do you feel the urge to make the most of beautiful days? I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the good weather to last this weekend.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .
- 7 times you should give into your FOMO vs. 5 times you should resist it
- These guys crack me up. Will be interesting to see what they do when they host the Emmys Monday night.
- Emilio Estevez made a new movie that raises a really great issue. Check out the trailer.
- This is my kind of raffle. How did I miss this?
- The 2018 longlist for the National Book Awards for Fiction has been announced.
- “We have a deficit of wonder right now.”
- How to be considerate on the Internet
- Because this is good news
- Because this commercial made me laugh
I’ve been reading . . . My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan, which I finished, The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr, which I am still working on, and The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid, which I just started.
I enjoyed My Oxford Year yet I didn’t love it. Doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, I just didn’t love it. The writing was mostly good and the story was mostly engaging. It was the book I needed after a few heavy reads. A perfectly enjoyable, decent book to read if you are looking for something meatier chick lit yet lighter than literary fiction.
I’ve been listening to . . . this playlist on Spotify. It’s a sweet morning mix with songs like “Be Kind to Yourself,” “Take It Slowly,” and “Known & Loved.”
One song really stood out for me: “The Pressure” by Ryan Corn. I never heard of the singer or the song before. With simple and loving lyrics, the song comforts and uplifts me.
When you’re feeling the pressure, you’re feeling the doubt
I’m gonna love you while you work it out.
This line is a simple yet powerful lyric that serves as a good reminder for me to do for myself, for others, and to expect from others.
(Photograph by Olu Eletu)