Things of the Week: Post Thanksgiving Edition

A greyhound won the National Dog Show:



Thanksgiving Miracle: Our greyhounds are cuddling.

Commercials: I’ve noticed that commercials this holiday season have a particularly tenderhearted quality about them. It’s nice.

I Got Gilmored: Yes, I’m a fan. Yes, I’ve been bingeing seasons 1-7 for the last several months. Yes, I bought a box of Pop-Tarts to toast Gilmore Girls: A year in the Life. Yes, I might have squealed when I heard the opening music and saw the beloved gazebo. No, I did not expect the #lastfourwords.

Swimming in uncertainty about whether or not we’ll return to Stars Hollow, I’ve been reading as many think pieces as I can to hold on to that Gilmore feeling. Here are a few I particularly liked or was amused by:

“Turns Out, Rory Gilmore Is Not a Good Journalist” by Megan Garber, November 28, 2016, on The Atlantic 

“Watched All of the ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival? Let’s Talk About It” by Margaret Lyons, November 29, 2016, on The New York Times

“A Play-by-Play of the Only Thing That Matters in the New ‘Gilmore Girls’: Logan Huntzberger”  by Kara Brown, November 28, 2016, on The Muse/Jezebel 

Reading (too many things at once): With the semester coming to a close and lots of papers to grade, I find that I keep collecting books to read without finishing them, assuming the next one will satisfy something in me that the previous one didn’t:

You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment by Thích Nhất Hạnh

 How to Train A Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness by Jan Chozen Bays

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston

(These three books are all an attempt to remedy semester stress)

Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson

(Recommended to me by a friend because I had never read anything by Anne Carson. I’m reading this with the hope that it will make me feel smart. Instead, it makes me feel like endeavoring is pointless. So now I pull it out and read it when I feel like I’m trying too hard at something).

Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology Edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel

(Reading this one slowly, a story at a time. Have been pulling it out when I need something to put reality in perspective.)

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

(Picked this up because I wanted to get lost in beautiful sentences. So far so good.)

New Addition to the Brain Injury Glossary: gravel brain – when it feels like there are pebbles sitting on top of my frontal lobe, small but still heavy, with spaces between them that allow brief moments of lucidity to shine through.


Things of the Week

I listened to a podcast yesterday from Note to Self called “What Happens When We Skimm the News.”  The episode is part of their Infomagical Project which addresses information overload. In the first half of the episode host Manoush Zomorodi talked to the creators (Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg) of The Skimm, a news-focused email newsletter. In the second half of the episode Zomorodi talked with New York Times writer John Herman. By contrasting these discussions, Zomorodi presented what I took to be a “quantity vs. quality” debate as it applies to the Attention Economy.

This got me thinking about how I consume information. I appreciate quality, but I admit that I’m guilty of seeking out quantity in fear of missing out. After listening to the podcast I did subscribe to The Skimm and realized that I package information (or seek out packaged information) all the time.

So, I’ve decided to start a series of posts, as much for myself as for anyone else who is interested. I consume or engage with different ideas and inspirations all the time–more than I can remember. I’d like an archive of these discoveries to return to when I’m like,”What was that thing I read about the sloths at the circus?”

I’m calling this Things of the Week, somewhat inspired by Pop Culture Happy Hour’s “Things Making Us Happy This Week” except my list may include things that are neutral or slightly less than happy, as well as things unrelated to pop culture (but let’s be real, there’s probably going to be a fair amount of stuff about pop culture). With that, my inaugural Things of the Week:

Nostaligia: Hermoine Granger and Matthew Crawley making me feel like a little girl again. 

Subscribed: The Skimm

First Time: Hosted my own yard sale

Bingeing: Weeds Season 4 (second time around), Scandal Season 2 (first time around)

Reading: Rooms by Lauren Oliver, Finding Water by Julia Cameron

Researching: fitness wearables, sailing, Meyers-Briggs Personality Types

Catching Up On: The Mindy Project, New Girl

Current Obsession: Tumblers with Straws, Sparkling Water, Infused Water, Infused Sparkling Water

Yoga Intention: Staying in the present

Looking Forward to: dinner with friends, lunch with friends, trip to Yellowstone Nat’l Park

Fun Brain Injury Side Effects: replacing the word “mosquito” with words that begin with “z.” Examples: “You can use it to keep away zucchinis,” and “They have bigger zebras than we do here.”