This year, I:
- Finally made the transition from regular deodorant to not. I mentioned this to a friend the other day and he said, "like... from using it regularly to not?" HA HA. No. I think I've reached an age where conventional deodorant doesn't really work anymore. My skin has built up a tolerance and i'm scared. Scared I've actually achieved a reconfiguration of my chemical make-up and I'm just not sure I want that. I also grow ever aware of the realities and commonality of cancer and I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that deodorant has chemicals (parabens?) and toxins that are linked to it. SO. I've switched. Sean has been using Crystal for yeeears and swears by it. I finally tried it and I like it too. I like it too! I also bought a fancy deodorant online that took like two weeks to arrive and it's nice too, when i want to smell like something. So, that's a pretty big deal.
- Met a hair person (who does my hair) that I love and want to stick with. For my entire life I've jumped around getting my hair cut by this random person at that random place with this groupon or by a friend for free. I met this new stylist at the Great Clips, of course, and she and I hit it off right away. We always have the best time. Love chatting with her, love that she knows my hair and the evolution therein. I send her an SOS haircut text and she gets me right in. And she just gets me. And my follicles.
- Threw a backyard dance party with the help of a camp shelter, a disco light, and a top drawer dance playlist. Am thinking of making it an end-of-summer tradition. Dancing with children is my favorite and so cathartic. Highly recommend.
- Downloaded Marco Polo on my phone. I am app-resistant. Well no, social media app-resistant. I have what i like and I need nothing else. And then my friend who I trade 4-min. long voicemails back and forth with sent me an invite and now we can send videomails of ourselves back and forth. It's simple and a lot like what's already out there but sort of specialized and separate and I like that.
- Said goodbye to a bubble tea place I truly loved. There's not a day that I don't think about that avocado bubble tea. I happily drove the 30 minutes just for that. But now I can't because it just up and closed one day and I've never found a place with tea that compares and it is a true tragedy.
- Read The Chosen, which little bit kind of in a big way changed my life. I loved it so much. I feel like it's the best book I can think of to depict my own religion (which is not Judaism) to and religiosity to non-believers. Or at least what I might aspire to. It was truly remarkable.
- Fell more deeply in love with someone very close to me-- our cat. He is the softest, snuggliest, strangest, at times wildest little fur-buddy and I am so happy he is here with us. Cats are the best. The very, very best.
- Took a tennis class with a friend that gave me the breath of life. I used to play daily when I was in college and everything was at my fingertips. I think Sean and I played one time in NY but there you had to reserve courts and probably pay a hefty sum of hush money or something and it was just too hard. But here it is too easy and this class was AWESOME. I loved being part of a class environment. I soaked in all of the helpful information my teacher gave us and even was the smart kid sometimes when he asked questions. It was just a dream and I smiled like a nerd on crack the entire duration of each class. Just so happy to be there playing a sport I love. Nothing like it. I remember pausing one cool night on the college courts some 15-odd years ago, looking around me at the shadowy trees standing against the light of dusk. I was just so happy to be alive and playing, and I remember telling myself to soak it all in and remember that moment. And I always have. And the very same feeling finally returned. Bliss.