Here are some things I’ve been up to as of late. (Some way more exciting than others…)
Reading. I definitely go through phases where I read 17-million books in a row, and then take a hiatus from reading for a few months. It’s kind of weird. But I’m back on the book train and have been reading some fun ones: The Space Between Us (so sad but so beautiful), Orange is the New Black (annoying, liked the show better), The Marriage Plot (still reading, undecided), Under the Banner of Heaven (haven’t started), aaand The Lowland (Jhumpa Lahiri’s new novel [!!!], also haven’t started).
Watching TV. The last TV show I actually watched was LOST, until…recently? I decided to watch Orange is the New Black, and then after hearing all this crazy talk about Breaking Bad, gave it a whirl this past week when I was sort-of sick/sort-of extremely exhausted (I camped out in bed for far longer than I wanted to). And..holy shit. Breaking Bad is terrifying. I keep having nightmares. I was running the other night and swore I heard gun shots. I’m never doing meth.
Unplugging. Soon I’ll be heading up to the Adirondacks to join my parents in Inlet, NY, the small town we vacationed at every summer growing up. I am a little more than eager to get out of the city and say hello to the fall, mountains, hiking trails, lakes, donuts, crisp air, friendly people, black bears, deer, etc etc. Below is a picture of me and my brother, super stoked to be in Cabin 2 — where we always stayed. I will be sure to thumbs-up this tiny cabin when I get up there. I might even wear purple.
Personality test. I took the Myers Briggs personality test at a conference this past week and was stamped with INFP, which stands for Introvert, Intuitive, Feeler, and Perceiver. I agreed with a lot of things it says about me: flexible/laid back, does not like conflict, highly sensitive to people’s feelings/needs, excellent at establishing relationships, and not straightforward with others which can harbor resentment. I think it makes me sound a little too passive, though, and I didn’t agree with a lot of the career options. (I don’t want to be a rabbi in low-dogma faiths anytime soon.) Still, it was cool.
Two-year anniversary. Speaking of careers (love that segue, must be cause ima INFP) I celebrated my two-year anniversary at Greatist. Holy Shit. So much has happened. I wrote a blog post about my one-year ann, and its crazy to think how much has changed since then, too. Aaand to celebrate, a barber shop quartet came to sing to me during our happy hour. It was horrifying/hilarious (attention on me makes me want to vom) but it was delivered with love and appreciation and for that I am super grateful. Plus, one of my co-workers handed me a stiff drink as it happened. That helped. ❤ you all.
Pumpkin waffles. I met Nicole in the park one day after work to write a to-list for fall. It’s my favorite season, and I can’t help but feel melancholy in NYC. It’s harder to experience autumn – you really have to make an effort – so we now have a long list of “autumn activities” we’ve been doing (either together or separately) to make sure we’re making the most of it. First up was pumpkin waffles for dinner. Sadly, they didn’t come out looking too hot (they were vegan, and we think waffle irons don’t like batter w/o eggs & dairy) but they were delicious. With slightly/very burned pumpkin waffles and maple syrup (with glass of warm cider on the side) it certainly felt like fall.