welcome to the stuff i’m obsessing over now…
i’m writing this on a big daddy airplane on my way from detroit to la. listening to old school massive attack in my headphones. it’s a gargantuan miracle that they can get this puppy airborne. it’s a 2x3x2 across. i swear i can hear it saying “i think i can, i think i can, i think i can” as it flies down the runway.
i love flying. nothing – almost nothing – is more beautiful. my favorite part is when you break through the clouds to the pristine blue sky and separate from the clouds. i always ponder the fact that is how life is <sigh>. sometimes you need to clear through the clouds to the clear opening to get a new perspective. here’s the riveting footage i took, if you’ve never seen this:
obsession #1: chatelaine magazine
we already know i’m obsessed with magazines, but this one is a new one to me. my friend, alex, may know of it because it is canadian. there are few magazines i believe have truly useful information in them. real simple is one of them + country living is the other. all the others are just fine and fun to flip through- no offense.
chatelaine totally fits in with the need-to-know bunch. i found this gem when i got 2 free months of #nextissue on my ipad (see next obsession) it is jammed packed with fashion, recipes, travel ideas and music …for those in the know.
obsession #2: nextissue app on ipad
just get it now. don’t hesitate. 130+ magazines that download quick, you can read off line – what else do you need? i don’t know.
free month on sign-up then $15/month. it’s the spotify of the magazine world. i just saved us about $500/year, ROF.
obsession #3: food52.com
get hip to this and quick. not just the recipes, not just the fun emails – the shopping! oh my- do they have cool stuff. i’m constantly putting stuff in my virtual basket (and then taking them out because i ask myself, do you really need this, and i say no. but then i say yes later and go through the process again and again…)
obsession #4: sam smith
not new, i know. but when i saw him on saturday night live singing this song, i’m not going to lie, my first thought was “this guy is that young and… white?!” my second thought was “how the hell-o does his voice go that high?!” slightly obsessed with this boy and wearing him out on spotify. don’t listen to this song early in the morning, you won’t get it out of your head!
obsession #5: homemade sugar scrub
i wrote about this here. but i have to say that after using this pretty much every day or every other day throughout the winter, i didn’t get any of those awful dry spots. my skin is silky smooth and i can tell a noticeable difference.
my recipe now is plain white sugar (can’t eat it, might as well slather my skin with it!), a huge glug of vitamin e oil, lots of almond oil and any kind of essential oil you’d like to smell in the morning.
when in the shower, don’t take a little dab – no – this is the kind of stuff you want to grab a huge handful and scrub (thus the name) your arms, shoulders – everything! but don’t shave before you do it. that will hurt. shave after.
obsession #6: being relevant
this is bringing in my day job a little. i work with car dealer groups around the country on social media. the reason why i love my career is not because i believe engaging in social media is important. i do. it’s because consumers are communicating differently now and some advertisers don’t see the opportunity. and usually it’s because they don’t use the medium of social media themselves. and it’s changing so fast now! by the time you get caught up, it changes again. some things are relevant, some aren’t. but if advertisers aren’t tracking with consumers, it is money well wasted. i like taking my clients to a place that is uncomfortable for them at first but by educating and being willing to experiment, learn that it’s a place they should be.
obsession #7: marcona almonds with rosemary
at trader joes. salty. crunchy. obsessed.
obsession #8: cardiac arrest by bad suns
playing it over and over. especially effective at accelerating a good mood. can’t help but to jump around like the silly 25 year old i think i still am.
obsession #9: my mom
this is an on-going obsession. i think about my mom all the time. is that weird? she has been my best friend for my whole life – since day one. one thing she’s taught me is unconditional love. she has told me that there is nothing i could do that would make her not love me. think about how strong of a statement that is. i will say that i tested it, for sure.
i really tried to get 10 obsessions, but they don’t come that organized.
i guess you could say i’m obsessed with beating ROF in our on-going annual gin game. the year comes to an end on 7/23. he has won the last two years and won’t shut the hell up about it. please let me surge ahead! it’s a great “couples activity” by the way. i read about that a while ago – having a couples activity together. what is yours?