1- I am intrigued by this book! I’m only half through, but I am already ready to level up my Apple Notes organization. (It’s not bad, but now I see that it could be better — and I could probably put more in there).
2- I loved this episode of 10% Happier – it’s a re-air, but I didn’t hear it the first time and I listened to it on the plane.
I have become very interested in attention lately (and relatedly, the types of inputs we are faced with that may impact, deflect, or absorb our attention).
3- Suzanne wrote about her total cost outlay on beauty products. Let me just say that if you read this and shrank back in horror because your haircare budget alone eclipses her yearly total . . . well, you are not alone.
I am not going to calculate mine. Truthfully, I don’t spend a ton on cosmetics and skincare but my Japanese straightening is expensive (though for me having hair that takes 0 minutes to style is worth it). My dermatologist gets a chunk of the pie, too. Side note, I generally do not take beauty-related spending out of my allowance. The societal expectations and pressures are so different between genders that I have decided that this is fair and haven’t gotten pushback 🙂 .
Shout-out to the Allure Beauty Box (this; I have no affiliation with them!) which I now share with A — for $27/month you get an array of skincare and makeup products and I almost always have some nice high-end creams that I’m working through. It means switching frequently (because many of them are sample-sized) and I don’t love everything sent, but the value is definitely there and it’s even better now that she is interested in sharing.
I also don’t consider running-related spending to be in the beauty category (Suzanne included fitness). To me, exercise and running is part hobby, part health. (But unlike my hair straightening, my running expenses DO come out of my allowance.)
It was a fascinating post!
4- Q1 Reading: I’ve decided to create a Q1 TBR list based on ‘best of 2023’ lists! If you’ve posted one, it would be amazing if you share the link in the comments. Obviously this list will not contain every recommendation but I’m thinking ~6-7 fiction picks and 6-7 non-fiction picks. I already know I am including The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese and The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride (which I already started but won’t finish before 1/1!).
(I think a loose theme for each quintile this year might be fun – thinking Spring = backlist titles; Summer = summer reading picks probably mostly from Modern Mrs. Darcy; Fall = genres I don’t usually gravitate towards; Reflection Season = wintry picks + reflective/personal development books.)
5- Vacation Report: Fairly good so far! OF COURSE travel with kids is never 100% relaxation, but there have been some nice moments. Yesterday we went to the beach and they ran around and got wet/sandy for an hour (wearing sweatpants; it wasn’t that warm!). We had lunch at Timoti’s (tried and true fave, it did not disappoint!) and then toured Fort Clinch for the first time.
Then groceries and some chill time. I started my official 2024 Planner move-in!! Then I made baked ziti, we had ice cream and we all watched Leo. I fell asleep at 9:45 and Josh put the kids to bed so I have no idea how late they were up.
Today’s plan: run (soon), the girls and I want to get our nails done, mini golf or skateboard park, and possibly Wonka at the theater nearby. Probably Wicked Bao for dinner!
Happy last Friday of 2023!