Happy Monday. And also, happy second to last day of March? We’re back with what may be my new favorite column… the weekly distraction! Catch last week’s here, if you missed it.
Oh man. Quarantine is really bringing out my worst crazy. I lost my sense of smell for five days last week (it’s more or less back now) and it was so bizarre. I feel like I’m constantly like, “is this just allergies, or do I have COVID-19.” “Do I have shortness or breath or COVID-19?” and…. “Am I tired and achey from COVID-19 or am I just a little bit depressed from not going outside for several days?” These are strange times and also strange feelings. (For the record, I’m pretty sure it is just allergies – it rained on Saturday and all of my symptoms mysteriously vanished as the pollen washed away.)
There are days (yesterday was one) where I am super depressed.
Yesterday I slept til 11 and mostly just napped/watched TV. I made myself rally to take a walk and do my chores and do some work but it was not my best day. Other days are better (Saturday!) and I am struck by waves of productivity and creativity. So I’m just trying to be gentle with myself – to ride out those waves of productivity to get as much done as possible and then be gentle with myself when I’m feeling down.
I find myself getting irrationally mad, too. I’m not a very angry person and tend to live by the “good for her, not for me” rule BUT then I saw an influencer I’ve always respected and admired pack up her huge family and rent an RV to make a cross country road trip and was horrified and really upset. Of course when you’re already upset, things like this just magnify but I truly don’t understand how anyone could even think about leaving NYC after the shelter-in-place was put in effect. It’s selfish and puts others at risk, no matter how careful you are. As The Atlantic says, please don’t even think about leaving New York City right now!
Anyway, I digress. On a much lighter note, thank you for all of the TV recommendations! I had completely forgotten about Damages but it was one of my favorite shows years ago. So I started rewatching that yesterday which has been PERFECT. Also, over the weekend I spotted this cashmere blend hoodie and shorts. I didn’t have a shopping roundup to stick them in, but if you are looking for cute affordable cashmere loungewear; this is a good little set!
Whoa. Do yourself a favor and go watch this show. Tiger King is completely wild (literally and figuratively!) …a 7 episode mini-documentary series on the life of the tiger breeder / zoe owner Joe Exotic (and quite a cast of supporting characters). It’s got something for everything. BIG cats, cults, polygamy, a potential spousal murder, and murder for hire! Tiger King is probably the only thing I can think of that is crazier than real life. I watched the whole season of Tiger King on a Sunday afternoon… I had to stay up late to watch the whole thing! PURE GOLD.
Jessica Simpson’s Memoir
Okay honestly this is out of character for me as I’m not really an audiobook person AND I generally just do not care about celebrity culture. But everyone was talking about it and then Kate Kennedy talked about it on her instagram, talking about how much good gossip there was and how juicy it was (particularly about her relationship with John Mayer). So I downloaded it on Audible, and I have to tell you… I’ve been SUCKED in. Jessica keeps me company during chore time and walks… It’s called Open Book for a reason… she does not hold back.
This one is fun as an audiobook as she narrates the whole thing herself. I now feel like I’ve spent a good chunk of my quarantine with my dear friend Jess. Highly recommend this as a fun, lighthearted, incredibly juicy distraction!
It may be silly but little routines and luxuries are giving me life right now. When I was staying at the Four Seasons Surfside a few weeks ago, they had these giant dispensers of delicious flavored waters waiting for us in the lobby on the way to the pool. It was so nice – I’d just fill my water bottle up a few times every day.
My take has been using this infusion pitcher (I’ve had it forever!) to make my own. You can do just plain old lemon or get a bit more adventurous (I just got some fresh mint for my next batch).
My Favorite Cookbooks
This has been very requested so I also wanted to share my favorite cookbooks! (Would love for you to share yours in the comments!!) And if you missed it: my favorite Alison Roman recipes!!!
The cookbooks I probably cook from the most are probably the Alison Roman ones (Nothing Fancy and Dining In), the Oh She Glows one (her vegan cream of tomato soup is one of my all time holy grail favorite recipes) and It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow (especially the soups, the meatballs… well really all of it – lots of healthy comfort food!).
from top left: Cravings // Dining In // Cook Beautiful // Salad for President // Tasting Table Cooking with Friends // It’s All Good // Nothing Fancy // A Modern Way to Eat // Antoni in the Kitchen // Hungry for More // It’s All Easy // Oh She Glows Every Day
Beautiful Dried Florals
I noticed that East Olivia (she makes the most GORGEOUS dried flower/feather arrangements) just launched an online shop! Here in New York, she does the arrangements for a lot of the events I’d go to, and of course a lot of the best restaurants. I think it’s so cool that she has launched a storefront – now we all can own a little piece of her work. I always like to decorate with fresh flowers but the great thing about these arrangements is that they’ll last for a year, maybe even longer!
My personal favorite is the Kate – and at $45, including the vase, it’s a pretty good deal… they’re the perfect quarantine flowers since all my local florists are currently of course closed.
A Fun Way for Kids to Get Clean.
Of course we all are washing our hands a lot more than usual, so my friend Chassity’s new business, Sohp Shop is more relevant than ever: it’s a fun way to get kids to wash their hands… cute soaps, with clever little toys hidden inside of them! I really love that Chassity launched this with her daughter Lilly – so cute. They’ve been working on this for over a year and I’m so proud of them. Obviously not a parent but my niece and nephews would love this!