Happy Sunday. How’s your weekend been? Welcome to weekly list of small, good things.

*I really love the light this time of year. Early yesterday morning I took a walk in Central Park—I need to do that more often.

On my way back, I picked up some much-needed groceries, chatted with the fruit-stand guy for a bit, and then came home and made a yogurt mess for breakfast. This morning it was a green smoothie with cereal and a drizzle of coconut oil on top, as I’ve been having almost all week. I usually prefer hot breakfasts, but this time of year, having something cold in the morning is so refreshing. green smoothie with cereal

*A cousin sent me this “guided meditation”  the other day, and it was so funny, I just had to share. If you’re sensitive to language, though, might want to sit this one out.

*Yesterday afternoon, I took advantage of a last-minute ticket deal and went to see Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton at Lincoln Center. So up my alley. I am not allowed to buy shoes this month, but I am allowed to spend my “fun money” on experiences like concerts and dinners out here and there. Totally worth the $49. At one point, Elfman himself actually came out and sang, like, all of The Nightmare Before Christmas with the orchestra. It was awesome.

*I have a new cocktail recipe coming your way watermelon mimosa

*I briefly mentioned on Wednesday that an old friend of mine passed away recently. It’s been a strange week, but one positive thing has been the music. Thinking about him got me thinking about all the different music we used to listen to riding around in the car or hanging out with friends on summer nights. A few bands I’ve been coming back to a lot this week that I had almost forgotten about are The Olivia Tremor Control, Sufjan Stevens, and Neutral Milk Hotel.

The first song I thought of when I heard he’d died was this one—it was like instant time travel ten years back to the very first time I heard it. I fully admit to crying like a dope in my kitchen as I unstacked the dishwasher. I actually had to sit down and just listen. Music can be very healing, even when we don’t totally understand how.

Sorry about all the feels posts this week. Thanks for reading anyway : )

What are some things that have brought you joy this week? 

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