Thursday, April 16, 2020

Wake Me When It's Over and Other Stories

Lately, I've had a lot of thoughts and opinions about stuff. But I've also taken a lot of online courses on mindfulness which are keeping me from verbally vomiting all over you. You're welcome. Also, I don't want to become the Gen X version of Andy Rooney.

The alternative to boring you with what's wrong with society right now is sleep. Today I had the thought that maybe I should incorporate several naps throughout my day. It's odd. The weeks feel like they are going fast, but each day is so painfully slow. I suppose it is the lack of scenery. Even the view of tail lights and asphalt would be a welcome change to the same room day after day. The big highlight is now my dog is shedding because we had a couple warm days, so I can watch the fur tumbleweeds roll across the floor until I am compelled to sweep.

I digress. Sleep. That is the topic for today. More sleep, less waking hours full of boredom. Have you read the book My Year of Rest and Relaxation? I didn't think it was all that great, though sales and book charts disagree with me. But the concept is soooo appealing right now. Just maximize my sleep time and start anew next year.

To pair with this concept and novel, may I suggest some music?

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Amabie Will Save Us!

Sorry, I know it's been a few days, but losing Bill Withers really bummed me out.

Unfortunately, we are still in this fresh hell of coronavirus, which seems to have no end. On top of that, it's raining here, as if our collective sadness has manifested itself. But there is hope! Atlas Obscura brought to my attention the mystical Amabie, a spirit from Japanese folklore associated with refuge from epidemics. This half-merperson, half-bird obviously knows something we don't, and I'm willing to believe anything EXCEPT things shared on Nextdoor.

Here's a very old image of Amabie found in the public domain, dating back to 1846. There are lots of colorful new interpretations as well crafty version so you can make your own. But I don't have rights to those images, and I know enough about Copyright and not enough about Fair Use, to know that I don't want to be THAT person.

Need another song for your pandemic playlist? How about this one:

You're preaching to the choir, Iggy. If you are the Chairman, then I'm the COO.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Bill Withers

RIP Bill Withers

If you aren't listening to his music right now, stop what you are doing and make it your soundtrack for the weekend.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Fast Food, Downsizing, and Dragonball

Hello, again. Today's topic is food in the time of quarantine. I don't eat fast food very often, maybe 4 times a year. But I have never wanted to eat fast food more than I want to eat it now. The convenience! The satisfying levels of salt and fat! The low, low prices! The availability! It all looks so delicious in comparison to whatever I can happen to find during my once a week outing for groceries. But don't worry, readers. I have yet to cave into the cravings. Mostly because I've gained weight on top of my holiday weight gain which I never managed to shed. And if you know me, you know that I have invested way too much into my closet to walk away, or limit myself to the multiple sack dresses I own. What are you eating during social isolation that you don't normally eat?

Speaking of my closet, I put together about 12 items to consign today, because I need the money and I have no need for most of my stuff. "What do you mean, Alison? Of course you need everything in your amazing closet." No, reader, I do not need everything in my closet. You see, I work at a public library, I need to tone it down a notch. Five-inch heels and a maxi dress are no good for shelving books that are on the bottom shelf.

So in honor of my dearly departed designer items, here's a link to a new video from Thundercat, who is wearing head-to-toe Gucci, yet the video is so low-budge and is for a song called "Dragonball Durag." This is the ultimate in high-low fashion with a nod to anime, and I absolutely adore it.

Sorry, no thought for today, I actually was kind of busy!