–I’ve been struggling to get posts up, even as my health has improved. Mentally, I’ve still lacked the focus and mental energy necessary to string words and pictures together to form a post. I have the ideas. I just need to build the mental capacity needed to write. It’ll come. Having a chronic illness has made everything harder, including writing, but that just makes it all the sweeter when I succeed.
–I’m starting a new feature on the Snapshot post, as you can see from the bar below, called “Recommended Reading.” Here I’m going to highlight stuff from other bloggers that caught my eye. I want to support the larger blogging community as a whole, or at least, the ones I think deserve support. Blogging is over-saturated, and while I love that anyone is able to start a blog (and I absolutely think you should, if you are on the fence, DO IT, we need your voice) the problem with so many out there is that so many that the great blogs and posts get lost in the sea of monetized mediocrity. I want to highlight the good stuff out there, so it doesn’t get lost, and help it rise to the surface. This week, to start things off, I’m highlighting four posts, though the number will fluctuate based on what I’ve read lately. Find you find something good, I encourage you to share it, and make everyone’s life more interesting.
–My friend Bethany has one of the best eyes for vintage treasures in thrift shops around, and recently I purchased this gorgeous bag from her while she was out hunting and posting to IG. The bag is everything she claimed and more, and I get compliments on it whenever I use it, and I’ve only owned it a few short weeks. I can’t recommend her or her shop enough.
–We had another great mail day last week when my friends Leah & Stefan (both of whom I met ages ago when I first joined twitter) heard about the rough patch I’ve been going through physically and decided to send me a care package: a box full of books (aka, a box full of happiness). They thoughtfully included titles for the whole family to enjoy. I can’t wait to get reading. Thanks again, friends!
–Last week was a bit of a calamity. Anthony has been involved in campaigning for Bernie Sanders in his very limited spare time, and although I support him, too, I haven’t been able to participate. I suggested we host a phone bank at our house for people to call around in support of Bernie, and so we set it up for last Thursday. Anthony didn’t want to host unless it was okay with me, because I was the one who had to take down Christmas and do the vast majority of cleaning to get ready. But I saw this as an opportunity to contribute to a cause, something I could do, so I spread the tasks out over a week to be sure I could handle it. Unfortunately, last week coincided with a major arthritis flare-up. I didn’t cancel, I just limped along and pushed through the pain and managed to get everything done. At the last minute, as people were literally arriving at our house, we realized we couldn’t host after all, as something happened to our power and we only had electricity in half our house. The side of the house with the internet connection. Things worked out fine, as they were able to find another place to have the phone bank and get the work done, but I was so frustrated I cried. I know how silly it sounds, to cry over nothing, especially when it all worked out anyway, but I worked so hard, through so much pain, to get this done, and in the end it didn’t matter. I complained to Stef about it, and we concluded that at least I had a really clean house to cry in. Positive thoughts.
–While I was putting our Christmas decorations away I made a wondrous discovery in a forgotten box in our rafters: some vintage clothes I haven’t seen since I lived with my parents were tucked away and waiting for me to find them. Three shirts, a blazer, and a skirt–all vintage from the seventies, and just my taste and size! It was like going thrifting in my own home!
–Elias loves the vacuum cleaner, and he loves it so much that when he saw me get it out last week, he ran over and kissed me.
–I mentioned some cousins came to visit us a week or so ago. They had just recently returned from a trip to Europe, and when people over there found out they were American, everyone wanted to know: What did they think of Donald Trump? If I were going over there, I decided I would need a simple phrase I could memorize in several different languages to communicate my true feelings on Donald Trump. I settled on, “I hope he dies in a hair fire.”
On Baby Sitter’s Club & Where Are They Now. My friend Noel, a writer, editor, and bibliophile, recently started a blog, and my favorite post so far is this one. Noel breaks down what happens to each BSC member after they grow up and become adults. It’s hilarious and as an avid reader of BSC, I found myself nodding along to what I imagine to be very accurate depiction of the adults these women become.
Books of 2015. My BFF Stef has posted about the books she read last year and I found a few to add to my “to read” list.
Better Late Than Later. I love Diana’s outfit. Like her name, she is a goddess.
Top Thrift Style Posts of 2015. Bow down to Troy. Her fashion and thrift sense is always on point. I admire her and her blog so much.
RIP Brian Bedford, the voice of the only cartoon animal people willingly admit to being attracted to. He was absolutely my first crush.
“In an interesting mix-up, Washington lawyer Jonathan Nichols has been receiving calls and text messages intended for Seattle hip-hop legend Sir Mix-A-Lot.” “That’s when it all made sense,” he told The Seattle Times. “It was Sir Mix-A-Lot’s birthday.” This is GREAT.
The Onion has been bought for twice the valuation of The Washington Post. This is not an Onion headline.
Hoverboard catches fire during unboxing video. Finally! An interesting unboxing video!