The best mornings lately have started with tea and internet burrowing while the caffeine slowly circulates.
It’s been especially hard to get moving in the mornings since we’ve settled in and the ‘moving process’ has been completed. So, basically, for the last 5 months. Which is weird because when I was working all the time I would imagine how my mornings would go if I didn’t have a job to rush off to and those visions never looked like this. I thought I’d have more umph and energy to get going on my day quickly if my agenda were wholly self-directed. I’m discovering I’m not the self-starter I thought I was in the absence of a larger structure for my time.
Still, as I’ve settled into my tea and internet routine in recent weeks I’ve found myself more inspired and curious than before. I engage in less mindless internet behaviors throughout the rest of the day than I had previously, dedicating more of my screen time to knowledge building activities instead of numbing my mind with the morphine drip that is instagram. Of course I still spend time on instagram but overall less of it and I’ve made an intentional effort to follow more accounts with content I find meaningful.
Here are some things that have caught my attention recently:
- A much needed reminder that breakfast is a concept that has been packaged and sold to us, shaping our expectations of and for the meal in unrealistic and often unhealthy ways. (vox)
- Relatedly, if you haven’t read this history of orange juice, you should. (the atlantic)
- Do you listen to podcasts? This one changed my mind (and made me acknowledge how often we form strong beliefs about things we don’t really know much about). This one was intriguing, infuriating, and heartbreaking. (crime junkie)
- Using the internet to make kids smile for Valentines day. (reddit)
- Binge watched Killing Eve and can say with enthusiasm, “watch.it.!!” And, once you watch it, please explain to me how Sandra Oh was nominated for an emmy for her performance but Jodie Comer was not. I really felt that Jodie carried the show and was relieved to find at least one other person who sees similarities to the under-acknowledgement of Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black (which, by the way, is also incredible in the first few seasons). (refinery29)
- Nothing really matters but not everything is meaningless. (popula)
- Anxiety baking as a defense mechanism for being alive in 2018… and 2019 too. Keeping this in the back of my mind as I embrace my desire for another massive baking spree. (the atlantic)
- Here’s what I’m listening to next week while I hike. So, so excited. (audible)
- YSK: period-tracking apps aren’t for women. Do you use one? Do you know a woman who does? I’d love to hear about your/her experience. (vox)
- I totally called it. And, are we surprised about this? How long does progress take and are we actually going backwards? (buzzfeed)
- Why can’t rich people save winter? Part click bait, part worthwhile pondery. (new york times)