Yesterday Emma celebrated Remembrance Day at her school. Here’s the postcard for peace she wrote for Canadian Armed Forces members:
They also made a “Wish Tree“:
So happy I took the initiative and put her in a new school this year.
Here’s a list of my current guilty pleasures, in no particular order:
My therapist yesterday suggested I start practicing therapeutic writing — which is funny, when you think about it. What has this blog been for me over the last 12 (!!) years but a place for me to write therapeutically? Of course over the last few years, I haven’t been here as much as I’d have like — life gets into the way, and sometimes it’s easier to send out a quick tweet than it is to write a whole post.
And I’m not quite as honest and vulnerable in this space as I used to be. Again, I guess life gets in the way. The older you get, the more hedged you become, and the less willing you are to open yourself up. There’s too much risk in being judged or rejected for what you say.
That said, I still think I reveal more about myself online than many people do. Despite being an introvert, it’s liberating to be able to write down your thoughts and opinions down and then hit ‘publish.’ To a certain extent, I don’t care if the world knows what my secrets are.
Anyway, I have a feeling I’ll be publishing more secrets and utilizing this space in the coming weeks. Big life changes ahead.
So my epically melancholy playlist has reached its milestone of making it to a full 24 hours! That’s a whole day worth of sad for your listening pleasure. Here’s the link to check it out: Can’t stop the signal: an epically sad fucking playlist
It turns out there’s SCIENCE to back my current desire to drown my sorrows in sad tunes. Recently a study from the University of Berlin found that “music-evoked sadness can be appreciated not only as an aesthetic, abstract reward, but [it] also plays a role in well-being, by providing consolation as well as regulating negative moods and emotions.”
This is why I’m not in the mood for happy happy songs. Just give me some time, and let me wallow in this amazing collection of blue tunes.