What’s On My Mind 3.27.21

Erica holding a Christine Tenenholtz mug

Happy Saturday! This week has been a really good week. The weather has been absolutely beautiful in Austin. Greg and I try to eat dinner on our back patio as many nights as we can in the spring before it gets hot. We had our first al fresco dinner this week, and it’s making my soul happy. As always, I’m also excited to share the things that have been bringing me joy lately:

  • I love Christine Tenenholtz’s ceramics. I bought a rainbow mug from her most recent site restock, and it’s such a bright spot in the morning when I’m drinking my coffee.
  • I picked up Wicked by Jennifer Armentrout this week, and I could barely put it down until I finished it. It’s a fantasy novel with a good bit of romance mixed in. There were several parts that were so funny I literally laughed out loud. Romance aside, the storyline was riveting, and I can’t wait to read the other two books in the trilogy.
  • I’ve loved pretty much everything Haley Williams does since I first heard Paramore in 10th grade. I just bought a candle she created in collaboration with Apotheke. It smells lovely, light, sweet, and clean. Greg said it makes the house smell like fresh laundry.
  • I read Ready Player One several years ago and enjoyed it, but never got around to watching the movie when it came out. Greg and I watched it last weekend. It’s officially on my list of movie adaptations that are better than the books they’re based on. If you like action and adventure with a side of nerdiness, this movie is for you.
  • This one might sound morbid: I recently learned about “green” burials, and it’s changing my wishes for when I die. I hope that’s not weird to talk about. I personally find a lot of peace in the idea of going back to the earth in an environmentally friendly way.
  • My company recently encouraged its employees to watch a documentary called Coded Bias. It talks about how racial and gender biases work their ways into AI and facial recognition technology. I highly recommend watching it for insight into another facet of the antiracism conversation.
  • I appreciated this perspective on the “trash jar” trend in sustainability conversations. This article talks about how living a sustainable lifestyle should be about progress, not perfection. I’ve struggled with feeling like I’m not doing enough when I look at other people who are far enough on their sustainability journey to keep their trash for a year in a mason jar. It was refreshing to hear a perspective that focused on how sustainability involves so much more of the supply chain than just the trash at the end. It’s good encouragement to keep striving for progress in my own life, even if I still need a trash can.

What have you been loving this week? We’d love to hear from you, either in the comments below or on social media!

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