It’s been entirely too beautiful this week to sit inside and work on my computer. We had an impromptu picnic and subsequent sunset witness that was fantastic! I also went on a leisurely morning walk and enjoyed to cool (i.e. low humidity) air. But here are a few things that I did stumble across and that I want to finish reading.
The hubs and I haven’t had cable for several years now — yep, we’re “one of those” couples. But believe me, there is plenty of TV-watching still happening in our house. Between Hulu and Netflix, we’ve always got something to watch. (FYI — I do not think that Hulu+ offers anything different/better than their regular free streaming videos… AND they still have commercials!) Well, we are the new demographic of viewers who like to “binge” on our shows — that is — we’ll watch nearly an entire season of episodes during a weekend (or two, or three). There is a great article in the NYT about this very phenomenon and how Netflix has capitalized on it with their all new original series, House of Cards. Over three weekends we fit in all 13 “chapters” and well, we’re hooked. Kudos to Netflix for taking such a risk on a new idea and better yet, for making a quality show to boot. I hope we can expect more of this in the future, (and it looks like we can.)
I love that I have vivid dreams. I had another really weird dream last night. It involved a variety of folks: friends from my past, present, and a few TV shows! My sister’s childhood bedroom, where I was sleeping, had the window open and people were walking by like it was a drive through — on foot — to go into a movie theater. It keeps getting more and more strange, but it doesn’t compare to some I’ve had in the past. Some of those include it RAINING ANIMALS (alligators and hippos specifically) and another dream I remember from my adolescence was that I turned my sister into a snickers bar and then days later I was hungry and ate said bar only to realize it was her after the fact! I recently dreamed I was pregnant and my water broke after having to mitigate a situation with two neighbor girls who had someone after them. I used to have a reoccurring dream as a child too, but I can’t remember many details now. I find dreams fascinating and particularly dream interpretation, but I haven’t found a consistent resource for it. I tend to just google dream interpretation and go from there. I really love the idea that my subconscious can communicate with my conscious mind; here’s hoping it reveals something good and interesting!
Love these pillow cases (for sale here) because this is definitely the rule in our bed!
We’ve recently changed up our Sunday morning routine — and I like it. The alarm goes off at 5:45 and the first thing I do after I manage to not fall crawl down the ladder is grab the radio remote and hit the power button as I stumble to the bathroom. After catching news highlights, one of my favorite new shows begins. It’s called On Being. Krista Tippett is the host and she’s moderating discussions on topics that typically don’t lend themselves to civility and grace. Per their website, “On Being is a spacious conversation — and an evolving media space — about the big questions at the center of human life, from the boldest new science of the human brain to the most ancient traditions of the human spirit.” It’s an hour-long program so we always miss the second half; but for the last 5 weeks I have gone home Sunday afternoon and downloaded the rest of the days discussion to continue to engage my own thoughts. I’ve even downloaded the podcast so I can listen to it during my long Monday morning commute. A show about meaningful things, delivered in a meaningful way… I’m in.
This is a thought provoking (and short!) TED talk video by Eli Pariser about an ever increasing insulated on-line experience. Watching it made me recall two different articles (1 & 2) reminding me there are forces out there vying for my attention (and dollars) and I can’t just assume I’m being given the whole picture.
I’m not quite sure why I found this article so particularly funny. Maybe it’s because of all the bat-shit crazy things going on in the world and someone decided to track the colors worn by the Queen of England. Trite as it may be, it still made me smile.