What's Making Me Happy: February 2018

I spent the last couple of days absolutely knackered with viral gastroenteritis. The last 36 hours have been a blur of IV fluids, soda crackers and probiotics. And before I even get to my list, I have to say that the first thing that's making me happy right now is that I am finally out of it. #blessup

 Photo credit:  Ace Hotel

Photo credit: Ace Hotel

  1. In travel news, things are moving merrily along. My Airbnb in Van City has been booked and so have my Seattle accommodations. Excited to check out Ace Hotel's first ever spot in Belltown. My trip is still a few months away but it's been fun to see it coming together. Next on the agenda is to book my flights and rack up those miles.
  2. Bark Thins Dark Chocolate Pretzel with Sea Salt. In an effort to snack healthier this year, I've been relegating all my snack-shopping to Healthy Options. I stock up on Kombucha (probiotics again), apple chips and THIS. Just a bite a day keeps the cravings away! It is the perfect marriage of salty and sweet, crunch and melt-in-your-mouth softness. 
  3. Holly's Low Fat Yoghurt. Speaking of digestion, my uncle owns this farm and it has seriously the best yoghurt I've ever tasted. (In fact, I'm going to get myself a bottle right now).
 Photo credit:  Netflix

Photo credit: Netflix

4. Queer Eye. I was living in San Francisco when Queer Eye for the Straight Guy launched and I loved it. I used to tape episodes on Bravo (on a VCR) and send them back home because you could watch nothing on the Internet in the early aughts. Now that it's back, I'm beginning to realize just how much I'd missed the Fab 5! This Netflix reboot has a lot more doe-eyed earnestness and way more tears than the first iteration of the show—and that's a good thing. This show carried me through my gastroenteritis!

5. The Bronte Sisters. It only took me four years to finally read "Jane Eyre" and by some miracle completed "Wuthering Heights" in just a week. I can now move on with my reading and have got "The Scarlet Letter" lined up.

 Image credit:  Sunday Dog Parade

Image credit: Sunday Dog Parade

6. Dolly Alderton's podcast, "Love Stories." I know Dolly Alderton through her podcast with Pandora Sykes, The High Low (which made last month's list); and when I saw she was coming up with her own pod, I immediately subscribed. I LOVE IT! Her interview with Vanessa Kirby, who plays Princess Margaret (my fave!) on "The Crown" made for a superb first episode. Each show tackles relationships and all shapes / kinds / forms of love. This is truly making me want to order Alderton's book, "Everything I Know About Love" on Book Depository.

7. Speaking of podcasts, it's been a hoot and a delight seeing one of my friends and co-Crooked Media fans Patty put up her own: 30ish Going on 13. I know the horrors of having to listen to my own voice over and over again (from years of transcribing interviews) and have to give her mad props for putting herself out there. Go give it a listen.

8. Speaking of Patty, I am also an avid follower of her blog, Fan Girl Interrupted. Click away, friends! Patty is forthcoming, highly entertaining, smart and earnest. 

9. And since I am doing segues, let me direct you to another favorite online, my pal Macy. I met Macy and Patty through magazine work and I am happy to say our friendship has outlived many of the titles we worked on together (teehee). I am in awe of Macy's ability to stay up and on top of pop culture and the digital space without ever losing her sweetness.


10. The Windsors. At about the same time I was hooked on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, I was also spending a lot of time in the British DVD section of Virgin Records along Market Street in SF (RIP). Through my perusing, I learned about BBC One's "Absolutely Fabulous" and spent many a lunch break with Patsy and Edina. Thus began my affinity for British parodies, satires and the like—which is why, The Windsors, has won my heart (and has also kept me alive through my sick days).

My favorites? Beatrice and Eugenie (and their fascinators) all the way. 

Holler back if you've got any questions or want to share your own faves too. :)