This is another post I’m writing early because Friday at 5, I’ll be hurtling down I-81 on my way to Tennessee for the weekend. It will be my first time doing the long drive with David by my side, not waiting for me at the end of the journey. Wild.
I have a few good reads for you this week, but first consider donating to help the Houston area in recovering from the storm and waves of flooding.
- The Twelve Stages of Burnout. I’ve talked about this article with like 5 different people since I read it. Burnout is going to be something we’re all talking about in the next year, I think – from floods to political activism to an economy that is squeezed dry, we’re all working harder than ever and feeling drained. Self-care is one antidote, but remember that resilience is not always a virtue and that it’s okay to just stop for the day. It’s also okay and important to ask for help, and to seek care that doesn’t come from yourself alone.
- This Buttercream Kills Fascists, Eater. This is a good read because it doesn’t fawn over Tina Fey, whose flopped SNL skit is the most bare-minimum, back-patting white feminism (LET THEM EAT CAKE!?), but it does dig into some pastry-as-protest moments in history. “Food isn’t the only thing that’s politics — look at anything closely enough, you’ll start seeing the levers and seams, and once you’ve adjusted your eyes to it, it never really leaves your field of vision.”
- The Alternative to Thinking All the Time, Raptitude. I went to my first guided meditation this week, and I can’t wait to try it again. This article talks about mindfulness as “tasting” the flavors of the everyday.
- Roxane Gay on Lust, InStyle. Roxane Gay always.
- This is How Your Fear & Outrage Are Being Sold for Profit, Medium. Great visualizations in this article, and a more worthwhile contribution to the whole “What shall we do about fake news?” conversation than most pieces.
- What Your Voice Sounds Like to Other People
- Who’s Your Celebrity Look-A-Like? Party Ice Breaker I got a lot of Ellen Page in college because Juno had just come out and I was small and weird and had a ponytail. During the era of bangs it was Zooey Deschanel. How about you, what celebrities do you get a lot?
- Pick Up Lines That Would Actually Work on Me