1. My heart broke a little bit this week when I learned that Lord & Taylor on Boylston Street will be closing. Yes, it's just a store, but it's always BEEN there. It was my base of operation in the Back Bay. It had a reliably clean ladies room and great, great sales. It was where I got my first interview suit when I was 20 years old and where Doug got his wedding suit earlier this year. It was where I puttered around when I was waiting to go teach a class or go see Tom at Miniluxe. Most of all, though, it was always where my mother and I liked to shop together. These past few months whenever I've pictured "Life After Covid" I've consistently pictured my mother and I at Lord & Taylor doing some shopping and then going for lunch. It's something we've done a billion times. It's the most regular thing with my favorite person, and I'm just so sad I won't be able to do that again. I have MUCH to be thankful for right now, but this was just a gut punch and I had a BIG ugly cry about it on Wednesday morning.
3. I'm about to start reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. I'm excited. It's been recommended by SO many people I know. It was also featured on my favorite podcast this week. Have you read it? Shutting my phone off and reading has been helping my anxiety lately.
4. Speaking of anxiety, my mental health has been in a ROUGH place lately. I'm sure I'm not alone. I was glad our wonderful former First Lady brought up her own struggles this week. I'm doing my best. I am a firm believer in therapy and talk to my therapist once a week. Exercise helps, so I do it as often as I can. Got myself some new CBD that's pretty good so far. I'm eating a lot of green things and writing in my journal and trying to mediate and go to bed early. But yeah. No. Nope. I'm still a big ball of very distracted, snappish, jittery anxiety. I signed up to participate in an Anxiety Reset next week that Kerri Axelrod is presenting. It's free! Sounds like it's going to focus a lot on how your gut health impacts your mental health, I've always wanted to learn more about that.
5. What are you doing this weekend? Doug and I are going to see a few houses (we are moving) (eventually) (fingers crossed) and then hopefully just relaxing and cooking and such. Have a good weekend, all. Wear a mask. Over your mouth and your nose. xoxo