1. Happy Friday. How are you? Here we are at the end of Week Eight of this new normal. To be honest, I'm sort of used to it. I've let myself accept and almost embrace it. Not sure if that's good or bad. I'll go with good. I know I'll struggle to adapt when Boston eventually begins to open back up, but I'd rather feel okay about how things are, than twisty about how things once were. I honestly can't imagine doing so many of the things I used to do all the time: squishing into a packed Red Line car at the Broadway stop, going into the little vegetable store in the North End and paying Albie cash for one lemon, sitting directly across from Tom getting a manicure. What alternate reality was that? I am seeing other states opening up and people eager to get tattoos and haircuts and I just... I dunno. I feel so grateful that I can, at least for now, stay home and still do my job and take care of myself. Endlessly grateful.
2. I'm also grateful for this glorious hair product: MILK Anti-Frizz Leave-In Treatment. That has a lot of hyphens in it, huh? I guess only two. Anyway, this stuff is making me very happy lately. I haven't really used anything other than shampoo and conditioner for a number of years. Maybe a dusting of hairspray occasionally, but I'm not really a hair product girl. I impulse purchased this stuff when I saw some influencer post about it on Instagram during my first week of being in quarantine when I was PANICKED and soothing myself by shopping online. It. Is. So. Good. I've sort of given up on blow drying my hair for now. I put this stuff in right after I towel dry, let my hair air dry, then give it a little brush and a shake and I really couldn't be happier. It smells so damn delicious and makes your hair just... better. Softer. Gives it a really nice texture. A little pricey, but highly recommended if you feel like treating yourself. You really only need a tiny bit, I think the bottle will last a year.
3. Last week I rented the new-ish Little Women. I was sick of the news and the internet and needed to look at something lovely. And it was LOVELY. What a beautiful film. I loved Laura Dern and it's always nice to see Meryl. However, I did like the 1994 version better. I'm sorry. Are you mad at me? I didn't feel like I got to know the characters as well in this new version and for some reason Amy bothered me SO MUCH I almost had to leave the room when she spoke. I did enjoy it, though. You just can't go wrong with that story, but I might rent the '94 version this weekend because I miss it.
4. I made this Vegan French Onion Dip this week and it is TO DIE FOR. I am not vegan, I just feel like crap lately when I eat dairy, so I made this with Kite Hill sour cream and it was downright wonderful. Have it with crisp veggies or go all-in with a nice bag of Ruffles.
5. The Class is offering a free two-week membership to its Digital Studio. What is The Class? I mean, honestly, I don't know how to accurately describe it to you. It's definitely an exercise class, but it's also... therapy in motion? It's cardio, strength, breath work, you might cry, you'll definitely sweat. Lots and lots of salt water going on. I first took The Class last fall at Hub Week. I signed up on a whim (another impulse purchase) and went with one other friend very early in the morning to see what it was all about. I left knowing I really enjoyed it but unable to explain why. Basically it's a one-hour workout presented in a number of different segments. The basic concept is doing one or two movements over and over again for an entire song and getting totally lost in what you are doing. There are some modifications but in general it's quite challenging. The music is FANTASTIC. I would say if you're brand new to exercise it's not the safest thing to do. There aren't a ton of safety cues and that makes me cringe a tiny bit, but if I weren't an instructor I might not notice that quite so much. I should be less picky. In general, I am obsessed. Doing the two-week trial and might just go for it and join officially after that. Movement is ALWAYS the fastest way for me to figure things out and feel better about them, The Class takes all of that to a new level.
Have a good weekend, everybody.