Ten Things | June 28, 2015


Ten Things | June 28th, 2015

Ten things going on on my life this week:

1. Inside Out. Go see it. It’s a game changer. Aside from the fact that you get to listen to the voice of Amy Poehler for most of the film, this movie explains memories and emotions in the most straightforward, easy-to-understand way possible. ‘All the feels’ was invented for this movie. Literally.

2. Parks & Rec. So clearly I can’t get enough of Queen Amy. I started a rewatch of Parks and Rec a little while back, and I just finished up the sixth season. I’m not sure if there’s ever going to be a television show that speaks directly to me the way that Parks and Rec did. Leslie Knope is my actual hero — she’s a civil servant, a woman in American Politics, she scrapbooks, she’s in love with Joe Biden, and she is always striving to bring out the best in herself and others. It just makes me cry. A lot.

3. Emotionally full week. This was just one of those weeks where it just felt like all of my emotions were heightened. It wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, it wasn’t like I was just extra sad all week. It was all my emotions. I was extra happy, extra sad, extra silly — I think it’s probably all stemming from the stress I’m feeling with the Find Your Voice workshop starting in a few days.

4. Another TV show — Catastrophe with Rob Delaney. We watched the entire season (5 episodes) in one night. If you don’t know Rob Delaney, he’s an amazing human. Saw him at the Largo in LA last January. He is absolutely hilarious, and his humor is empowering to women, which is a rarity in comedy — especially male stand up. The full season is on Amazon, the first episode is free and 2-5 are available with Amazon Prime. There’s an Amazon Prime Instant Video 30-Day Free Trial going on right now — so it’s a great time to binge.

5. Alhambra. Board game of the month. Our friend Chris brought over the Alhambra big box early in the week. It comes with the original game and five expansions — each of which have four additional game mechanics. We’ve already played through sixteen of the additional game mechanics and I’m pumped to play again soon. It’s quickly become one of my favorite board games and I think I’m probably going to need to get a copy of my own.

6. June has been an amazing outdoor month. This week I put the finishing touches on our outdoor planter boxes — I stuck in a few handpainted wooden signs for our tomato and pepper plants. I’ve had the wood painted for about half a year now, and this week I finally cast aside my fears of screwing up the writing and just went for it. I wrote tomato in red and pepper in green with wet-erase chalk markers.  Even though I cringe a little bit at how sloppy my handwriting is, I think they look pretty badass.

7. My sister is moving to Chicago next week. She is amazing and got the job of her dreams after working her ass off as an undergrad. She found a great place to live and J and I are going to help her move her stuff in this week. I’m thrilled that she’s going to be less than four hours away from me, but I’m also a little sad that my parents are back in New Jersey without either of us. I miss them a lot and I can’t wait to go home in September.

8.  Court stuff. This was a great week for court stuff. I love reading US Supreme Court decisions, and this week was a gold mine of opinions, descents, and the hot takes. Even though politics are a huge part of my life, I tend to keep them off my blog because these are conversations that deserve our full time and attention — and this isn’t the setting for that dialog. But I’d be a liar if I omitted all the court stuff from my weekly re-cap.

9. Find Your Voice Pre-Workshop is going strong. If you’re like me and you want to get a head start this weekend and early next week, head into the classroom and download the pre-workshop worksheet and start thinking about the concepts we’re going to get into over the next six weeks. While you’re there you can also drop into the introduction forum and tell us a little bit about yourself!

10. Staying on the work/scrapbook thought — I added some new ink pads, dual tipped markers, and puffy paint to the shop. I’m on my way to becoming a fully stocked scrapbook shop! Sometimes it’s hard to reconcile the fact that I’m a shop owner and a part of the retail-industrial complex. I just need to remind myself that as long as I stay true to who I am, and help people find the things that they love, owning and operating a retail business can be amazing.

Hope you’re having a great week.

Lots of love,


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