what to do when you're annoyed with yourself {9/100}

Today wasn't a bad day, but annoyance leaked out of my heart all over the place.

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Mostly with myself: for messing up that one email, for failing to follow up, for not knowing the answers, for feeling overwhelmed, for forgetting the little steps of normal chores, for being behind on deadlines, for having a headache for no damn reason.

And that's when I put myself to bed early with a beloved book, Anna Karenina. Needed to get lost in somebody else's journey and follow the swoop and spin of Tolstoy's words. I remember reading this novel six or seven years ago, and feeling all the feels at certain lines.

Nothing's changed. A good story is medicine to the spirit; it reminds you there's more than you, better than you, but also that you're just like everyone else. And it's gonna be okay. 

libraries, man {2/100}

Libraries, man.

Even though I love the convenience of e-readers and keep a million tabs open on my laptop for various articles, nothing beats the feel of a hardcover book in your hands.

Nothing replaces the sensation of thumbing thick white pages, carefully dog-earing corners when you're *technically* not supposed to just because you have to remember those words, that sentence, this storyline.

Nothing matches the experience of reading about people and times completely unlike your own or so similar it's scary.

Books are the best.

ALSO: I checked out Patients Come Second as well as The Age of Miracles. The process was so slick and I felt like a grandma exclaiming about the technology: "Wow! You just scan it and you're done!" S/O to my local library for being really great in general.

ALSO NO. 2: Did you know if you do have an e-reader, you can usually check out books electronically from your library? I forgot, but that's definitely going to be my new jam.

Sunday Snow Day

Yesterday, I heard we were supposed to get a winter storm and up to ten inches of snow. It didn't start snowing, however, until the evening, and I assumed it wouldn't be too bad. Then I woke up at 6:30 a.m. (part of a new resolution to be an early bird) to 6+ inches and counting.



I took Stanley outside, and the poor little pug was not thrilled to walk around in cold drifts of wet, white powder. Once back inside, he dived into the covers for a few more hours of shut-eye and I lit a candle, poured some hot green tea and turned on my laptop. 

Later, I did venture out down the street for a cappuccino and egg sandwich ingredients (Post to come on why this particular sandwich is the best ever). I felt thankful for local stores that open amidst winter weather, for a warm home, and for a car that could survive slippery streets. I also plan to spend the rest of the day relaxing, reading, writing and binge watching Parenthood. (Can the Braverman's be real? Pretty please??)

Yes, I know it's also the Super Bowl. I'm indifferent.

So if you're like me, and your only plan today is to avoid leaving the comfort of your cozy couch, have no fear! Below is a list of things to read and watch that will certainly keep you occupied for hours.