Monday! We are back with our weekly list of distracting things. Today is day 33 of quarantine for me. I am not sure what to tell you. Overall, the weekend was pretty positive? I’ve settled into a new routine of solitude, with a semi-active social calendar thanks to my new best pal, Zoom. On Saturday evening, a friend hosted a Zoom book club to discuss Open Book. Yesterday I had a Zoom brunch with my old coworkers. Social interaction was really nice. It’s definitely helping. Though I reallllllly do just miss hugs.
Productivity ebbs and flows. On Saturday I did the most: vacuumed, scrubbed the bathroom, took out all the trash. On Sunday, I did the least. So much TV, a little bit of tears, a lot of moping. I got my period and had terrible cramps so just let myself be a ball of mush. There was a lot of media consumption, to say the least. It’s up and down.
ANYWAY – I watched a lot of mindless movies this weekend…here’s the full list.
Honestly, it went from good/medium to… worse?
- I started with Book Club (so cute, felt like a Nancy Meyers movie but isn’t!) on Friday night. I had seen it before but it’s very cute and has a fantastic cast.
- On Saturday I watched Sleeping with Other People with Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis. I actually ended up loving this one!
- Then I watched A Simple Favor on Amazon Prime on Saturday night. It was fine, but a little weird. Like a mix up of a thriller/comedy but not quite successful at either thing.
- On Sunday morning I watched Love Wedding Repeat on Netflix. It was fine but definitely not my fav. The premise is cute – a beautiful wedding in Rome with alternating endings depending on one small thing. If I’m being honest I am not sure why it’s trending on Netflix.
- And then I really just trashed it up last night with The Roommate on Netflix. Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester… pure 2011 goodness (or badness). Leighton plays Minka’s crazy roommate. It was distracting but definitely not great cinema.
In somewhat more intelligent news, I’ve also been reading No Filter, by Sarah Frier – the inside story of Instagram, out tomorrow! This book is a fascinating look at how Instagram was built. It is taking me longer to read (I’m only about 130 pages in) but I am really enjoying it and learning quite a bit. It’s been interesting learning the backstory on the app we all know and love so much!
The Escape List Podcast
Becca turned me onto The Escape List this week! It’s a podcast dedicated to escaping, which is definitely the thing we all need right now. The hosts are deeeeply relatable (i.e. talking about zoom overload) and give you good ideas for how to escape/distract yourself. It’s short (the longest ep is 24 min), sweet, and fun. This week they talked about Little Fires Everywhere, cleaning tips, and more. I ordered the Tub O Towels last night, purely on their recommendation – can’t wait to spend my conference calls scrubbing the walls… consider me #influenced.
Cute (Non-Medical) Face Masks
Cute (Non-Medical) Face Masks
Okay so first of all (because talking about masks can be a sensitive subject) I want you to know that I don’t actually go anywhere. I haven’t been inside a building that is not my apartment since quarantine started. I’m extreeeemely fortunate in that I haven’t needed anything from the pharmacy and I get my groceries delivered, either from my fav CSA or Instacart.
So when I do go outside, it’s just for a walk in my neighborhood… never anywhere crowded. So I bought a few fabric masks as a precautionary measure. I ordered this cloth mask in a few patterns (the leopard is the best one though!) and my friend from high school makes these cute lips masks – I liked them so much that I got one for two of my best girlfriends. And it hasn’t arrived yet, but I also ordered this fun tie-dye mask! SO GOOD.
A funny, v distracting site that will make you laugh is Bored Panda. This site is nothing new. It’s been around for ages and I’d definitely heard of it before but a friend of mine brought it back on my radar because of all its funny cat content!!! So many fun distractions.
It’s packed with amazingness like this roundup of funny cats on Snapchat, and this hilarious roundup of convenience store cats. They don’t just have cats… there are all sorts of animals… but cats are what I personally very much need right now!
At home workouts (And Gear)!
Okay so what is everyone doing for workouts? I have been really into Melissa Wood Health. I love that the workouts are short enough (I don’t get too distracted!) and manageable, but hard enough to notice a difference. Sometimes I will do Sky Ting’s live stream workouts, and I just discovered Ryan Heffington. He has the most amazing Instagram Live dance parties… I did one yesterday!
I would LOVE your recommendations for fav home workouts though... And I find that the key is to mix things up so that I don’t get too bored.
As for equipment: I already owned a yoga mat, strap, and two yoga bricks. I bought these resistance bands (recommended by Liz!) and love that they’re fabric (the plastic ones always slip and cut into me sometimes). Yesterday, I ordered a few more things: ankle weights, slider disks, this pilates circle, and these (oddly pretty!) bracelet wrist weights! (if it’s helpful for later, the “at home workouts” section of my Amazon Shop has all of these things linked!)
My favorite BRIGHT workout wear!
Cute workout gear is EVERYTHING. It motivates me and makes the whole thing more fun. I’m loving dressing myself as a human rainbow. It’s fun, it’s cheerful, and it makes my daily workouts much happier. The bright green OV set (top + leggings) is prob my personal fav!
clockwise from top left: All Access Leggings // Tory Sport Leggings // Girlfriend Collective Leggings // Outdoor Voices Zoom Leggings // Outdoor Voices Warmup Leggings // Tory Sport Cross-back Bra // Girlfriend Collective Sports Bra // S’well Water Bottle // Outdoor Voices Sports Bra // Outdoor Voices Crop Top // Amazon Dinosaur Airpod Case // Tory Sport Hoodie // Tory Sport Graphic Tee // adidas by Stella McCartney Sports Bra // Nike Neon Sports Bra
What is distracting you right now!?