Before I get to this week’s list of happy distractions, I want to thank everyone for their response to my last post. It wasn’t difficult to write but it was difficult to publish. Truthfully, I wrote 90% of that post a week earlier without intending to publish it, but something came over me that morning and I decided to throw it out of the nest and see if it would fly. It wasn’t a coincidence that I spent the next three days away from the computer to resist the temptation to go back and edit or wait for each comment to roll in. I’m still marching through it, but your response has been such a comfort and I have already learned so much from you. Thank you! And, actually, after the post, Emily, a longtime reader, emailed me to suggest reading Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection and it is EXACTLY what I need right now. I’m only a few chapters in, but if you are one of the folks who mentioned wanting to make one of these lists for yourself, or just doing some self-examination and hoping to shake off the shame, this is the book to help you through it. Let me know if you are reading it — if there are enough of us, maybe we can do a bookclub or even just schedule one of those Facebook discussions. I want to keep it simple, but selfishly, I really want to explore this topic separate from my own experiences. Okay? Okay.
Now for the important stuff!
Men’s knitting: is it the new yoga?
I love, love, LOVED Cecily Strong as host of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. Her ‘Hillary pledge’ (around the 15:00 mark) was my favorite moment of the night.
Canadian slang. It’s a thing and it is adorable.
This map will let you know when/what your state can cheer “We’re #1!” Looking good, Minnesota.
And, for those of us who can’t/won’t/don’t do minimalist, here is a glimpse inside the maximalist home of my rhinestone spirit animal, Iris Apfel.
Ummm. This poor chicken laid a big egg. You need to see this egg.
What is the difference between résumé virtues and eulogy virtues? The moral bucket list.
Hat’s off to Bruce Jenner. I was hesitant to watch the interview with Diane Sawyer, not because I don’t support Bruce’s choice but because I didn’t want to be a spectator to a private experience. It was so inspiring to see how frequently Bruce smiled in that interview, don’t you think? This essay from Bruce’s ex-wife, Linda Thompson, added a layer of depth to my empathy and understanding for what must be a incredibly painful (and happy?) experience. Go Bruce!
If you need a video that will give you tears of joy, this would be it.
All the hugs for Cleo the cat. All of them.
An infographic of design icon Jonathan Adler’s career. I wonder what it would look like if we all sat down and made our own infographic? Interesting.