Every Saturday, we're each picking our favorite non-pencil, at-home activity from the week to share with you! We'd love to hear what you've been loving this week in the comments.
Esther: It's easy these days to fall into a pit of bad news and anxiety, and then forget to step back out when you need it. This week's mini-playlist is your reminder to do that. It's lighthearted, opening and closing with songs you're likely to recognize– familiar throwbacks that I hope can trick you into setting your stress aside for the moment. If you're ready for some easy-listening, tune in here. Pictured is Shugo Tokumaru's Port Entropy, an album I picked one of the songs ("Suisha") from. When listening, you should know that he plays every single instrument you hear!
Alyx: I also have an escapist pick this week: Haegreendal's video's on YouTube. This person in Korea makes beautiful (both in look and sound) videos of her life in an extremely clean and organized house. Sometimes she cooks, sometimes she cleans (the cleaning ones are my favorites). Sometimes you catch glimpses of her extremely adorable child. The videos are light and airy, inspiring in their simplicity, like a lemon sorbet on a hot summer afternoon.
Edna St. Vincent Millay - photo: Arnold Genthe - Library of Congress
Julianne: Did you know April is National Poetry Month? I've decided (just now while reaching around for something to share with you!) to celebrate by memorizing a poem. I was recently introduced to "Spring," a somber poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay that captures the pain of this current moment unfolding right as all the trees blossom around us.
It's not a very cheerful diversion, I'll admit. But there's something really calming about hanging out with Millay's work. Reading the poem aloud, even just to myself in my living room, and feeling the words roll around in my mouth really changes the whole experience.
Caroline: As probably everyone with a sewing machine feels inclined to do right now, I've been making masks. Until last month, I hadn't touched a sewing machine for 10 years so there's been a bit of a learning curve involved but I had all of the things I needed so I gave this pattern a go. They're definitely not perfect but they're cute and they're better than nothing. I ended up making two batches because after the first, more people reached out to me who needed them. I've officially run out of fabric, unless I want to dip into my pencil fabric stash, so I'm going to retire from my short-lived career as a PPE seamstress.