Thursday, September 30, 2021

Stuff I Like: Early Autumn Edition!

It's decorative gourd season! Yay! Okay, it's fine. I am giving in to fall like I do every year even though it's not my favorite season. Things are getting very autumnal in Oregon and I am trying my best to lean into it and appreciate sweater weather. I AM TRYING. Here are a few things that have made the transition easier:

This Happy Light That Is Standard PNW Issue.
I bought this Verilux Happy Light back in June because I knew I was going to need it the minute the weather started to turn. That happened this past week so I've got it set up next to my desk and it's definitely making the gloomy, dark mornings a bit easier. It's early days, but I'm hoping it'll stave off the seasonal depression I've been expecting. PS. It is extremely bright and you're not supposed to look  directly at it which I found out by looking directly at it. Learn from me! Don't do that. 

This Candle That Is Perfectly Autumnal.
I returned something at the mall recently and almost immediately spent the return money at BlueMercury on this fancy LAFCO candle. It's like I was in a trance (why is the BlueMercury store so close to Madewell??) and when I got home I was like, oh no why didn't I buy the candle I already know I love? But, turns out I didn't make a mistake at all because the Amber candle is everything I was looking for - warm, spicy, soft, rich. It's not floral or too sharp or too sweet, it's just perfect and cozy. 10/10 would purchase again. 

I Know This Isn't Autumnal, Hear Me Out.
I work from home in the top floor loft space of a corner townhouse. It's lovely! So full of windows which is great until Wednesday when the lawn crew arrives and spends seven hours blowing around leaves and shit on both sides of the building. The dueling leaf blowers drive me batshit insane and the last time I whined about it Marianne suggested I get a set of noise cancelling AirPods Pro. And y'all, they are truly amazing. I put them in and my shoulders drop - I'm instantly less murderous. I don't even have to listen to music! They just bring everything down a few notches. Also, they're on sale right now at Target and Amazon so if you've thought about it, now is probably the time. 

This Cozy Read That Is Just Right.
If you listen to the Bad on Paper Podcast you probably already know that The Magic of Found Objects by Maddie Dawson was their most recent book club pick. I went to purchase it and discovered it's included in Kindle Unlimited so it was a really low-stakes choice. I wasn't expecting much but this book ended up being surprisingly charming, with interesting characters that felt like real people. It was better and more complex than I was expecting and I burned through it! The basic premise: two thirty-something best friends give up on online dating and decide to get married to each other. I won't spoil it further, I'll just say if you need an easy, cozy book to read, this one is just right.

This Podcast I Already Talked About.
I'm pretty sure I posted about this last fall but The Great British Baking Show is back and so is my very favorite companion podcast, On Your Marks, Get Set, Bake! I already love Joy and Claire from their other podcasts and I'd been hoping they'd revive this one with the new season. I especially love that Claire tries out the technical challenge every week and reports back. Get going with that malt loaf! 

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