sometimes i throw together the most random collection of songs and it hits just the right note (pun intended). enjoy this eclectic 57 minutes of awesomeness.
police + thieves — the clash
the world has turned and left me here — weezer
all the wine — the national
best one — anderson.paak
muscle’n flo — menomena
them changes — thundercat
wolf like me — tv on the radio
all my friends — lcd soundsystem
mystery achievement — the pretenders
bike dream — rostam
lost + found — pretty lights
we used to wait — arcade fire
over and down with — the proclaimers
listen in full on spotify.
i snuck out on a ride this afternoon, just a quick one before the rain started. i love that there is a killer loop right from my house. i get curvy wooded roads, views of the water and the mountains, a few hills and an espresso stop on the way home. at the coffee shop, i borrowed a pen and the barista gave me a piece of scrap paper so that i could jot down whatever popped up while i was peddling. 1. the past few weeks, i’ve lost the fun element of what i’m doing. it’s hard, yes. and sometimes the first thing to go when that happens is the joy of the thing you’re doing. i can shift that. i can bring back the fun, the joy. it’s not entirely gone, but it’s certainly waning. 2. there is always, always, always time for a ride. or a walk or a run. moving and taking a break from the screen flips a switch and i’m usually able to make some kind of progress when i sit back down to work. 3. the right tools make all the difference. when i moved to seattle, i treated myself to a good pair of 3/4 bibs and a rain jacket from velocio. they are worth every penny. if i’m comfortable riding in the rain, i’ll fucking go for a ride in the rain.
this song on repeat. i like it so much it hurts a little.
have you heard of oliver jeffers? he’s the delightful illustrator behind my favorite children’s book, the day the crayons quit. this video is beyond charming and i love getting a peek into his creative process. spend some time browsing through his artwork, as well.
belated merry merry + a happy new year from oakland.
i went on a bit of a podcast hiatus over the holidays, and when i logged on this morning, i was greeted with a slew of amazing new episodes. i cannot WAIT to dig in.
taking a step backward, though, here are some of my favorite episodes from the past year:
on being with krista tippett
here’s the thing with alec baldwin
the moment with brian koppelman
design matters with debbie millman
i know i’m slightly biased on this one, but there are some REALLY great conversations!
i’ve also listened to a fair number of west wing weekly episodes. let’s just count that whole podcast as a favorite episode.
i love this recipe. i’ve made it the past several years around the holiday to hand out as little gifts. by this point, i know that i can’t keep it around the house because i could eat an entire jar mindlessly in 5 minutes flat. it’s so simple and so tasty.
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup raw pepitas
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup maple syrup*
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
*if you like your granola a little sweeter, do 1/4 cup maple syrup and 1/4 cup honey instead
preheat oven to 300.
combine all ingredients and spread over a parchment lined baking sheet. bake for 35–45 minutes, tossing occasionally.
cool and enjoy!
(print via / available on grandpa)
i’ll admit, i shop on amazon, (a lot). but when it comes to just browsing, it’s not the best experience—i usually turn to canopy. with a clean interface and curated selection of goods, it’s a joy to scroll. you can heart your favorites and click to buy directly from amazon. here are a few of my recent hearts:
from the top: casa tissue box cover $7; vintage nasa tee shirt $22; roadie 20 cooler $250; personal survival first aid tin $9; alarm dock $28; creative confidence $18; ripple towel $18; swing arm natural wood desk lamp $35; rectangular modern minimalist white ceramic succulent planter $18; crinkle bag vase; everything i want to eat $28; zebra series alborg end table $160.