HEALTH + GIRLY GEEKERY :: I really didn't do New Year's resolutions this year, just my usual January reset to better choices. (Read: Less peppermint bark and wine, more green food and water.) I've particularly been killing it at drinking water, and it's kind of amazing--in addition to the other benefits I'm sure that I'm reaping--what it does for my skin. I love slathering on yummy moisturizer and all of that, but I'm becoming more and more convinced that the best magic skin potion comes from my tap.
That being said, I got one of these last week and I'm loving the nightly ritual of getting it all warm and gently buffing it over my face.
Also, whilst we're being girly, what's the longest you've ever gone without washing your hair? I decided to challenge myself last week (don't ask me why, it was just a thing) and I made it from Wednesday morning to Sunday, so basically...I dunno, 4 days? 5 days? (I think I could've gone longer, but I went for a run with my friend on Sunday morning and I can't not wash out the sweat.) That was double my previous record, so I was kind of impressed.
I do use dry shampoo every morning that I don't...um, wet shampoo. (I like this kind. It's a bit spendy, but a bottle usually lasts me two or three months. I think of it as buying extra sleep.) This is what my hair looked like mid-Saturday. A little funky at the roots, but, on the whole, totally livable.
READING :: Changing gears now, I want everyone, men and women alike, to read this and this. I don't think I make much secret of the fact that I am a proud, liberal, feminist, but, even so, both of these gave me that jolt of "oh my god, I'd never thought of that quite that way...and it's so messed up." One is more explicitly about sex, and the other is more general, but both make some very shrewd points about how ridiculously women are trained/expected to suffer so that men can be comfortable.
LESS SERIOUS READING :: I recently finished this book by Chris Cleave. I loved the characters (give me a plucky girl fighting for equality in the middle of the Blitz any day), but the ultimate resolution felt...unsatisfying somehow. I needed one more chapter. I'm going to give him another chance I think, but I feel like I need to go to something lighter first.
Also in book news, my high school friend, Melissa, is getting ready to publish her third book of poetry. (Insert image of proud friend, beaming.) It's available for pre-order here.
FOOD :: I'm excited to try this recipe this week. I could eat a poached egg with some broth, spinach, and grains every single day, but thus far my experiments poaching an egg at work (we only have a microwave) have been pretty gross. If this works it could be revolutionary!
LISTENING :: The other day one of my friends posted that she was looking for pals to go see the band Lord Huron. I had never heard of them (shocker!) so she sent me a few songs and I'm kinda getting into them. Mellow, but not sleepy. Pretty, but not sweet. It's like, what you want to listen to as the night winds down after a really great party. (I also have this song on repeat right now. I'm on the hunt to find the album on vinyl!)
LOOKING AHEAD :: To Valentine's Day and the Kid's birthday, which are all right on top of each other in February, hence, the planning ahead.
The Kid is in the midst of a minor shark phase (as opposed to his current MAJOR dinosaur phase), so he picked out these valentines this year. Little Miss decided she wanted to go with the valentine set she saw me photographing for Sparkle Stories last week, so I happily just printed a few extras. (They'll be available as a free download on the Sparkle blog on Thursday, I believe, so I'll post more about them later. But they're adorable and they come with a free hour of stories, so you don't even need to attach a treat--win!)
I think I'm down to just remembering when I'm supposed to pick up several orders of various baked goods (birthday school party cupcakes and Valentine's Day class party cookies and birthday arcade party cupcakes--can you keep that straight?)...oh, and Amazon'ing up some shark toppers for half of the aforementioned cupcakes. The school party ones are getting already-purchased dinosaurs, but I must find some sharks for the arcade party. Goodness, the things that end up on my to-do list these days!
Farewell, January! I can't say I'm sorry to see the end of your dark, cold days. I'm heart-ready for some February frivolity.