Every Friday, Rob and Ender and I wake up a little early and walk to the coffee shop in our neighborhood. It's my favorite part of the week.
So I'm sitting here with my laptop, on the couch with my coffee, looking forward to a weekend of sleeping in and Christmas decorations and a few breweries with friends. This time of year is so beautiful and complex: there's something really sad about the holidays for me sometimes, and I'm not sure why. We lost Rocky almost two years ago and I always think about him even more than usual around this time. My parents are moving, I have my first MRI scheduled, and life is generally stressful for me right now. But the weather, the music, the twinkly lights--I love it all. I think nostalgia just creeps its way into every little corner of Christmas and the new year, which makes the season beautifully layered and complicated. Just some December thoughts for you this Friday morning.
But before we call it a week, I wanted to share some links with you:
- A very important PSA: How to Make Your Name Plural this Christmas Season.
- 'Paris is a Party': Responding to Tragedy, France turns to Hemingway. Literature matters.
- Something I'm working on all the time: Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier.
- I think we could all use a little more of this in our world today.
- Mark Zuckerberg's letter to his daughter is so wonderfully optimistic.
- Would you ever give up coffee and alcohol? Frankly I'd rather give up booze than coffee!
- I really loved this list: 50 Ways Happier, Healthier, And More Successful People Live On Their Own Terms.
- Sponsored by Nestle: some Toll House coupons (apparently it's National Cookie Day!)
And it wouldn't be the holidays without a wish list:
Wishing you a warm and cozy weekend, friends.