Next week we will let go of Summer time, our days will become shorter, and apples and oranges will fill our fruit bowls for months to come. I look forward to all of it (probably because sub-zero temperatures and snow blizzards are not in the cards where I live). For now, I will enjoy the last truly hot weekend of the year. Have a great one, wherever you are, whatever the weather.
Tag: Austin Kleon
I came back from vacation to two weeks of insane work. Still basking in the relaxation of the time off and the reframing that always happens when very far away, I got through it all without hiccups. But I am glad to have the next few days to myself with no other plans than to plan my birthday. I am going to sit back, relax, read and waste time looking at cute animals on FB. Your plans?
I knew the day would come when this sign, from Austin Kleon’s blog – always a source of inspiration – would come in handy. It pretty much says it all about the mood on this side of the sofa. To fight off emotional tiredness, I have been revelling in things that make me feel good.
I have never understood the venom hurled at Gwyneth Paltrow, by the press and bloggers alike. Since she started her lifestyle site, Goop, not a month has gone by without some critic feeling compelled to ridicule her or just be plain mean. Gwyneth happens to be beautiful, talented ad comes across as a decent human being. And no, she doesn’t quite live the life the rest of us do, but so what if most of the vacation suggestions to be found on Goop require a platinum card and most of the fashion on sale is beyond my reach? The woman has style and I sometimes draw some inspiration the same way I do from Vogue – I won’t buy St. Laurent but it can give me ideas. And, this week, I found a couple of interesting things on Goop I felt worthy of a share.
I want to share beautiful things this week. Because I think we forget how much beauty there is in the world. Especially when what we read is negative and fearful and out of our hands. We forget that beauty is not perfection – that often beauty is in the discomfort and cracks and spills and fails. That sometimes beauty is awkward and ungainly. That sometimes it just isn’t our cup of tea. It may not be – sure – but we can appreciate it anyway.
One: Across America, there are dogs of all breeds riding in highways and byways in motorcycle sidecar. “Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America’s Sidecar Dogs” is a fabulous documentary about beloved canine co-pilots and their motorcyclist companions.
I won’t lie – sometimes whipping up the enthusiasm to write a post for campari&sofa is tough. I want each post to sound like me, to be relevant, interesting and add value to the reader’s (and my) life. Reading back anything that strays from that makes my chin jut sideways – the sure tell of an internal cringe.
There’s been more than a few of those lately … I start posts only to delete, get in the flow only to end up in a dry dock. Last week I resorted to dredging through my mental files: the stuff I don’t tell people. Only to come up with slim pickings – dried fish heads and the remnants of weird, never-had-before dreams (caused I suspect, by the IQ-boosting supplements Claudia and I are testing at the moment – more of that another time).