Iâ€™ve written about theÂ Instagram effectÂ before â€” of feeling like your life doesnâ€™t measure up to someone elseâ€™s because they (and most of us, really) just post the highlights on social media.
Iâ€™m going through some real-life lowlights right now (and no, not the â€œmake me a little less blonde for fallâ€ kind) that Iâ€™m not ready to write about publicly (though Iâ€™m journaling about it in case I ever do). Iâ€™m not going to pretend things are â€œnormalâ€ right now, but Iâ€™m going to try to keep this space as normal as possible for now.
So in that spirit, hereâ€™s some random stuff on my mind lately:
LOVEÂ this post from JessÂ about taking time to reflect â€”Â alone. Iâ€™m great at sharing my feelings in therapy or with friends, but spending time alone reflecting is different and, frankly, scary. I say I treasure my alone time â€” and I do â€” but I either spend most of it still busy (I make to-do lists for home before I leave work that, realistically, I could never get through) or completely depleted on the couch. Like Jess, I love baths, but Iâ€™m usually bringing something to read in thereâ€¦or, my phone, despite knowing really well that IÂ shouldnâ€™tÂ be doing that.
I need to get my cashmoney flow in order. Asking you: how do you budget? Paper and pencil? Excel? Some fancy program?
Iâ€™ve had some complaints from my neighbors (one cranky neighbor?) about Bailey barking. I just bought him aÂ ThunderShirtÂ to try/swaddle â€” any of you have experience with these helping your dogs?
I saw Boston: The Documentary, a documentary on (yeah you guessed it) the Boston Marathon, tonight in the theater. The movie examines the history of the storied race, weaving it in with the story of the 2013 bombings and the 2014 redemption year.
The movie is directed by Jon Dunham, who also directed the Spirit of the Marathon movies, narrated by Matt Damon, and the score is recorded by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. All this to say: it was exceptionally well done. Even though we all knew Meb won the 2014 running, we were on the edges of our seats.
Itâ€™s a good thing I stalk IG stories, because last night I saw that Iliza Schlesinger,Â one of my favorite comics, was playing at Gotham Comedy Club, just blocks away from me. (Sheâ€™s who I saw for my birthday at Foxwoods!) She will have her own show, starting next month, which Iâ€™m really excited for.Â