My friend Zach made an album, and it’s a great piece of writing/music/art. “Debt Sounds” deals with dark themes and is crazy relatable for a recent grad like myself, as well as someone who’s battled anxiety for most of her life. Plus, Zach’s an amazing lyricist. Give it a listen here on Bandcamp and buy it on iTunes.
(team Blurry Photo / No Makeup Weekends who’s with me?)
Wow, friends, it’s been a week right? My rent is going up (got that letter this week, yikes), this whole Russia thing is p crazy, and now D.C. is officially the steamy, swampy, humid melting pot of sweat that it will be for the rest of the summer. Oh, sweet, sweet spring breezes, how I’ll miss you. I got to work on Friday and had to put my hair up to cool down. Long hair is weird but ponytails are awesome. These are my takeaways.
What were you reading this week?
I’ve always been interested in astrology, and I recently figured out my birth chart (ik, I’m weird), and this Man Repeller article is a super awesome primer for astrology newbies! (Also, no, I won’t be blaming Mercury retrograde any time soon, but it’s cool to see what “you’re like” based on things totally out of your control!). Some of my chart is accurate and some of it isn’t – it’s fun to explore, though! (<— SUCH a Gemini, amirite)
I’m slowly but surely making close friends in D.C. (even if my closest homies seem to be moving further and further west), but this guide to making friends in a new city is fire.
Why do we insist on socializing at night (sincerely, the girl who has STILL not mastered the art of adult bedtime)?
Lol Coach has a NASA-themed space collection so goodbye hard-earned money.
I am crying (in laughter) at this New Yorker essay.
It’s a $44 t-shirt but, like, this is very much on-brand for me.
Also, causal reminder to pay for your freakin’ news. I’ve got a lot of skin in the game because **J-school alumnae** so subscribe to the NYT here and WaPo here (despite their melodramatic new slogan). Paying for a subscription directly affects funding for business travel, healthcare coverage, salaries – all stuff we want our news orgs to give to their employees right? Right.
Okay. I have to do a million things and go eat some eggs. Talk at you again soon! Wear sunscreen!
(This is like the fall of 2014)
I still thought I was going to be a news reporter, but had my sneaking suspicions that maybe I wasn’t so good at it (#honesty).
And that’s when I first heard about a “podcast,” and that “podcast,” was Serial. Full confession: I still haven’t listened to all of Serial. I’m a little nervous to go whole-hog on it, to be honest, given that I have so many friends who swear it’s one of the best things they’ve listened to. I tend to treat podcasts like radio shows – perfect for filling empty airwaves while I’m cooking, cleaning, commuting or getting ready for work.
I knew just how addictive and well-produced This American Life was but assumed for a long time that, in the same vein as Serial, I just didn’t have time to follow a podcast.
Long story short: I was wrong.
Here are five of my favorite podcasts. Tell me yours? Then we can all read the comments and bask in the glory of good storytelling, sound editing, and content production:
- Pod Save the World: I fully recognize how self-serving it is to listen to three white guys discuss whatever Donald Trump has done this week, and while I love Pod Save America for purely indulgent reasons, Pod Save the World does an excellent job interviewing various players on the global diplomactic stage. Tommy Vietor gets access on access thanks to an old gig at the NSC, and the interviews are substantial enough (they can get soft, of course, too). One you can’t miss? His interview with The Intercept‘s Glenn Greenwald about Snowden. They disagree, and it’s so good.
- Dear Sugar: This is chicken soup for the soul, and also a really good way to talk back to your phone (#guilty). Cheryl Strayed (yes, of Wild fame) and Steve Almond give good advice to people who write into the show. I know what you’re thinking (“I don’t want to listen to a Dear Peggy podcast.”) and it’s not that. It’s empathetic with a dose of #realtalk. Just give it a shot. I promise, it doesn’t suck.
- The Daily: For seven months while I was working the morning shift at a digital news hub, I was a morning person. I got up at 5AM and went to bed at 10PM, sharp. That time in my life has passed, and while I miss the productivity I used to have early in the morning (and the discipline to stick to an early bedtime), I use podcasts to feel productive. The Daily isn’t a comprehensive news podcast – instead, it’s what you really need to know, and why.
- Up First: All right, so look: I’m a hardcore Morning Edition addict. If The Daily is curated news, this is an overview of the news – what you need to know, and a little bit of why. It’s perfect if you want everything newsworthy for the day in around 12 minutes.
- On Being: I stumbled upon On Being when they interviewed Mary Oliver, one of my favorite poets. The talk is long and in-depth – these can be heavy listens, but the storytelling is lush and deep.
What are your favorite podcasts? Tell me in the comments!
Happy Kentucky Derby weekend! I really don’t get into horse racing except for this weekend – my family has a group text, winner takes all, and it’s a lovely way to connect with family across the country for a day or two, even if we are all talking trash. I’m seeing a friend I haven’t seen in aaaaages this morning for coffee, and I hope to finally deep clean my apartment post-flu. (Please, please get your flu shot, and don’t be like me. I was down for the count for around a week!) What’s on your weekend to-do list?
I religiously wear sunscreen, mostly out of habit. I burn anywhere, any time. Winter. Summer. I can get a sunburn on the fifteen minute walk to work in the morning. It’s annoying. For me, sun care is just part of life, like washing your face in the morning or taking off makeup at night. I’ve also recently started using Differin, a low-grade OTC retinoid (eep!) which means I’m even more sensitive to sun damage. However, I wasn’t always so steadfast in my sunscreen love, so I’m sharing what I use to keep all those nice Vitamin-D filled rays at their best (and from wreaking havoc at their worst).
If you’ve entered my life recently, you know two things:
- I have a deep, deep love of skincare.
- I have a deep, deep distrust of makeup.
As someone who’s had spots since teenagerdom (I like to call them “spots” and not acne because “spots” is cuter???), makeup has been a necessary evil. Can’t go outside without it, but it’ll make your sad pores even sadder. Until recently, I thought this would be the cycle of my life. Fighting spots, covering them up, removing makeup, finding more spots.