There are a lot of things to love about Instagram, but my favourite would have to be the “Discover People” section under the search tab. There is something incredibly awesome (and also considerably creepy) about how the app knows exactly what to bring up for me out of the thousands and thousands of users.
I can dwell on the question of “how much the internet knows about me”, but no, I am not going to go there because that would just be going down the rabbit hole and I love the internet too much to do that.
So, the plan is to regularly point you to accounts that I am smitten with for their good looks (yes, I am shallow like that) and/or creativity. Feel free to share feeds you love with me!
For some reason, I have been waking up a good two hours before the alarm goes for the past week. As a life-long deep sleeper, I find this early waking (sometimes coupled with short night wakings) to be quite disconcerting. I mean, I can almost always sleep in when I want to (although falling asleep at night is another thing altogether).
I suspect that it has something to do with the baby being particularly active during the night and early morning. Uncomfortable as I am with having my sleep cycles messed up, I cannot really find it in myself to complain about this – feeling the baby move feels like a mini-miracle every single time.
So, what happens when you are pregnant and find yourself wide awake at 615am, with falling back into sleep not being an option? Answer: You quietly obsess about being a mother in your head. I should know, because I have had a lot of practice doing that for the last few days.
Other than panicking in a general way about how everything is going to change, how you know next to nothing about caring for a tiny human being, and if eating (or even saying) something is going to be safe for the kiddo inside you, this is also the time to wonder (or more accurately, worry) if you are ever going to become one of those mothers in novels who are superhumanly inspiring and stylish, whose endearing “wrong decisions” are always forgiven in a heartbeat and who inadvertently become beloved icons for their grown children to model after.
Other times, I am fixated on the teeny, insignificant things – for instance, whether I would become someone who would put her hair up with one of those hair claw clips that are probably modelled after an old-fashioned animal trap.
On the bright side, I can always blame all of this on the potent cocktail of bad sleep and hormones. [Plus, I feel that I am entitled to an illicit cup of tea afterwards because this is obviously an emergency.]
He probably would have gotten married if he’d ended up with anyone else, but he liked the idea of two people choosing each other every day, rather than feeling stuck with one another, as though they were a failure if they couldn’t make forever happen.
- The Engagements, J. Courtney Sullivan
A little way into this book and finding it a breeze to read. In addition to the fascinating story about how the “tradition” of the diamond engagement ring was invented by an advertising agency for De Beers (whatever you may think about this, “A Diamond Is Forever” is a really great piece of copywriting), there are also several other related stories about “love, marriage, commitment and betrayal”. Nothing too heavy, but still emotionally engaging, which is just what I want right now.
:::A Few Links:::
- I have always known that the British tell better children’s stories than the Americans.
- As someone who is more-than-a-little nervous about flying, learning that air turbulence is never as bad as it feels is very reassuring.
- Those lucky Swedes are moving to a six-hour working day.
- 18 children’s books with inspiring heroines for little girls. And little boys.
- If you are thinking of starting your own business in 2016, why not take the Start Small / Dream Big e-course to get started?
- This may be the cutest lip balm that I have ever seen (I know, I say this a lot).
- A laugh for the mamas: Hello stranger on the street, could you please tell me how to take care of my baby?
- I am always on look out for easy-chic hair-dos (although I rarely pull them off, however easy they may seem), like this casual double-knot ponytail and this sexy loose chignon.
- Do you think that you are really an adult now or are you just making it up as you go along?
- Very classy golden ang baos by Burberry – love that signature check.
- Hooray, The New York Times’ Modern Love column is getting its own podcast! (And if love is not your thing, you may want to subscribe to the very hot Sex Lives podcast instead.)
- Too cute: sticky notes that look like pieces of sushi.