Remember childhood days of laying out in the grass in cut-offs, staring up at the blue blue sky, and making up stories about cloud shapes?
When did having an imagination and making up stories become such hard work? Maybe it’s time we lay out in the park and let the puffy white clouds inspire silly stories. Maybe we need to think like a kid again.
Maybe we need a little wonder in our lives.
I took these photos from the rooftop of the Met. What shapes do you see?
One of my favorite bloggers, Joy of … wait for it … Oh Joy!, likes tzatziki sauce. In a recent post, “My New Favorite Breakfast Sandwich…” she calls tzatziki sauce the “extra special ingredient” to the breakfast sandwich she’s been making and enjoying that includes egg and avocado slices on a toasted English muffin.
The Simple Pleasure
After watching beauty guru Elle Fowler’s YouTube video on tea, I was inspired to drink more tea. I ran out to Trader Joe’s and got a few variety of teas. I’m now obsessed with Trader Joe’s delicious jasmine green tea. It’s such a great alternative to the stale coffee at the publishing house, and it also dehydrates less than coffee does, which is important as we head into the colder, drier months.
I must be keyed into all things jasmine suddenly because I just opened an email from Korres, a Greek makeup brand that sells here in the States too, and they were promoting their jasmine product line. Korres is Greece’s fastest-growing natural skincare company, and I really value the fact that they have an eco-conscious policy.
Fun fact from the Korres email: Greek monks used jasmine for giving thanks.
What are you thankful for today? I’m thankful for life’s simple pleasures like a hot cup of tea on a cold day and the way a fragrant lotion can lift my mood.
Happy birthday to Astrid Lindgren!
Every once in a while I like to throw in a little blog on Swedish culture on this blog, and Astrid Lindgren is one of my most favorite Swedish authors. She’s the author of the Pippi Longstocking books, which I actually came to through the movies made in ’69/’70, starring Inger Nilsson.
What I love about Astrid Lindgren is not only her silly, witty, award-winning children’s books that encouraged children to embrace their uniqueness and creativity, but she also was outspoken about being against corporal punishment and for animal rights.
After I graduated from undergrad, I had the opportunity to travel to Stockholm, where some of my mom’s side of the family was from. On my must-see list was the Junibacken Museum, which celebrates Lindgren and her works. I’d like to share with you my Literary Traveler article on my experience there on Astrid Lindgren’s birthday.
“I Shared My Flags with Him!”
Okay, so did anyone else catch the prevalence of the Greek flag in this week’s Model UN episode (actual title: “The Treaty”) of Parks & Rec? Even after the camera panned away from the mini flags, where Greece’s blue-and-white-striped flag was decidedly present, Galanolefki was one of the few larger flags in the background of another scene. I couldn’t help but think it was a cheeky way of commenting on the recent UN bailout of Greece.
The episode itself was had so many great, quotable lines:::
Ben: You know, I didn’t really do Model United Nations in high school, so– oh wait, I SUPER did!
Ben: Leslie and I aren’t dating anymore, but we’re friends so it’s fun… It’s just fun. It’s fun.. It’s… fun. It is fun.
Ron: And teach kids that not only is government good but there should be a worldwide supergovernment? I’d rather sand down my toenails.
Andy: I just traded Finland’s military to Kenya for 50 lions. That’s pretty good, right?
Leslie: Madame Ambassador, pourquoi?
At first I was a bit annoyed that Parks & Rec was doing a Model UN episode since Community just did one. I mean, is Model UN something people are really into? I’ve never heard of any high schooler doing Model UN outside of on sitcoms. It turned out to be one of the best episodes in a while, though. It’s fun.
What are you doing today?
It’s so easy to have a mentality of just trying to get through the day. Or just trying to make it through the week to get to the weekend. Isn’t that part of why we celebrate “Hump Day”?
Writing Wednesday is fun alliteration, but having a post on writing mid-week is also motivational. It’s a reminder to get writing! We’re midweek, so don’t let the rest of the week go by without writing, if that’s your goal. Today’s as good a day as any to write.
Can you squeeze a few moments of writing into your Wednesday? It doesn’t have to be a lot of time. Maybe you can write on your lunch break. Maybe you can write on your commute, if you take the bus or the train. Maybe you can write while you’re waiting for the water to boil on the stove. You might not accomplish a ton of writing in that time, but it may spark something in you that makes you more adamant about carving out more time soon to finish what you started writing.
And for those of you who aren’t writers, you can also use that same amount of time to sketch something you want to later paint, look at a map to determine where you want to next travel, make a phone call to make plans with that new friend you’ve been meaning to get to know, or send out that application.
Today could be the day that brings you a little closer to achieving your dreams. Or, it could be just another ordinary day.