Just today, I really got sick of winter. I wanted to run out in JUST leggings and a crewneck sweatshirt, and instead had to grab my bulky coat. The ONLY redeeming quality of that coat is the giganto pockets that hold my wallet, my phone, legal pads for my lists...everything!
I did some quick calendar calculus in my head and realized that it is almost March, which means that we should start to have a few days pop through where the ground smells alive and the sun's rays warm our faces. We definitely have a full month left of Winter-ish, but we're headed in the right direction.
Winters in the midwest (and indeed in my life) are strange. Most of them are brutal. But, each year is brutal in a way all its own. Some winters are lip-quakingly cold where your tears freeze in your eyes. That's obviously brutal.
However, some winters are brutally long. They're not so acutely awful as chronically awful. Those are the winters that no amount of cozy-making can mitigate. Eventually, everyone tires of wet, gray days snuggled inside.
BUT, here we are. We are in winter-ish, the upswing of the season. It will start warming up--however shyly--here soon.
Here are some of my favorite things right now.
Maggie Rogers, particularly On + Off and Light On -- Maggie's music is the perfect "home alone" kind of music. You can sing out loud to it, it's got a vibe, it's kind of dance-y in a weird way. It's pretty much perfect for those nights when you've got the place to yourself, some take-out, and you need to clean up before you plop down for your night of Netflix.
Heather Day is a low-key art superstar. She creates abstract paintings "informed by sensory interpretations bridging the thoughts between what is known and how it is felt". She's collaborated with Google, Facebook, Madewell, and Uber. And, her work can be found in the collections of Facebook, JCREW, The Ritz-Carlton, AirBNB, Snapchat, Dropbox, Warner Brothers, YouTube and The Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra.
There's this fun new podcast called 10 Things to Tell You. The host Laura Tremaine has long been one of my fave people on the Internet. She's smart, she's well-read, she lives in LA with her fam, and she's always got something new she's curious about. Her insta-stories are some of my favorites, too, but I can't quite put my finger on why. Go watch and listen and let me know what you think!
Next time I write this column, maybe it will be spring-ish instead of winter-ish. I'll bring you some more interesting women doing interesting things. Keep your eyes peeled.