Friday, November 1, 2019

Care Package 001 | November 2019

This morning when I stepped outside, it was nice. Not humid, not balmy - but nice. For the first day of November in Florida, that is saying something.

Two weeks prior, I hopped off a plane at LAX with a dream and my cardigan into Michigan, where it was cool and serene and all the trees were crispy with color. 

I gathered as many fall leaves as I could, and put them in my suitcase back to the land where palm trees abound. And just like that, we're in November, and just like that, my quick fall trip to a northern state feels like eons ago. And as much as I've been wanting to write, I've been busy and sleepy and time just keeps marching on.

Maybe you feel the same way.

Maybe you're feeling a bit burnt out. Maybe as much as you want to work on your creative thing, you just as equally want to take a nap and not feel bad about it. And to you I say, take that nap! But also: here is your complimentary care package.

Small backstory: I know this wonderful human who saves up little things during the week for himself to read and enjoy later, and that always stuck with me.

It's like a little care package from yourself. And when I heard that, I started creating my own care package, too. And now - one for you. Disclaimer: I always start new post series (series-es?) on this blog with the best of intentions, but I don't always keep up with them. BUT! I wanted to create a Care Package series to share little delights for you to take with you, at least for this month. Just in case.

So without further ado, please enjoy Care Package 001, from me to you:

For a laugh: These were the Halloween costumes my family and I decided on this year. My sister was Post Malone, my cousin Daisy went as Daisy sour cream, and ya girl's a bat. How about that!

To Read

* Oh my word, this articleAKA the best thing I've read in a long time. It gave me goosebumps, and I promptly ran out to the bookstore despite having a cold to pick up the full Modern Romance anthology because WOW. If you love love stories (even heartbreaking ones), this is for you, my dude.

* Normal People by Sally Rooney: This book was so good that I promptly devoured it on my five-day Michigan trip. I've never read anything quite so aching. This book was, to me, the literary equivalent of the Julien Baker song, "Good News" (a must listen). 10/10 would read again.

To Listen

* Half Moon Run: Only listen if you're ready to find your new favorite fall folk album. I've been waiting literal years for Half Moon to drop this record, but hey - it takes years to make a masterpiece. Try out "Flesh and Blood" and "Razorblade" for a taste of their tunes.

* Waterparks: If pop-punk/emo/experimental tunes are your thing, and you don't mind language or cartoonish green hair, please do yourself a favor and give the FANDOM record a listen.

* NF: Can't say enough good things about NF's latest album and I'm not even a hip-hop/rap fan.

To Do

* I would highly recommend finding your human and giving them a hug: Because sometimes your human could use a hug, too.

* Be kind to yourself: Someone wise once told me to treat myself with grace and compassion. And if you've been burning the candle at both ends, and trying to be everything to everybody, don't forget to be a friend to yourself, too.

* Meme-palooza: Just keep clicking > 1, 2, 3, 4.

And there it is! The first Care Package post. If you have any recommendations for me, as always - I'm all ears!

Drinking way too much coffee,


  1. Cute Halloween costumes! So creative :)
    Oh man, I remember I was listening to the exact same Modern Love podcast while I was working in the office :)) I love listening to their stories, and I love how they're in essay form~
    I always hug my mom; I've always done this back when I was little, but growing older, I don't really hug her as often as I should. So now I want to give her more hugs just like before.

    Anna Jo |

    1. Thanks, we had a lot of fun! Oh, I love that. I haven't gotten a chance to listen to the podcast yet, but I've really enjoyed reading some of the essays. People's lives are so dang interesting! And it makes me want to write essays of my own. <3
      Aw, you totally should! Hugs are the best. Thanks so much for reading!!

  2. This is such a pretty post idea!
    I don't know if I have enough self-restraint to put aside things to enjoy later (for example, I bought a book last night, with the plans to read some of it after writing in my NaNo project...that didn't happen >_>)

    - also, fellow florida girl here...I am SO enjoying this brief cool weather. It came at the best possible time and I'm so happy with it. <3

    1. Thanks so much!! LOL I totally feel you. Sometimes I'll put things aside only because I know I won't have time to get to them until later, but other times....ya just gotta start reading a good book right away. :) Yeah, a fellow Floridian! I am hoping this next week is going to bring even more "chilly" weather. I'm ready to wear all the sweaters! Thanks so much for commenting! <3

  3. Such an amazing idea for a post!!

  4. This was such a nice thing to read and I'm glad you had a good trip! Looking forward to the rest of this series and definitely want to give these things a try ♡

    1. Aww, thank you! I hope you get a chance to check out the article and some tunes. I seriously cannot say enough good things about the new Half Moon Run record, it is the jam. <3

  5. this is such a cute idea, i adore this
    1. FABULOUS costumes hahah
    2. as a fellow infj, i strongly relate to the first addition to the meme-palooza, incredible

    1. Thanks so much! ^_^ We tried to give it our A game this year, lol, and I daresay we had a fun time in the process. YES, I swear I was did they get live footage of me? *INFJ fist bump*

  6. I ADORE NF! As for hugs -- they are my jam. I love hugs so much -- both giving and getting them. <3

    1. NF is so freakin' talented! What about a hug with NF? That would be the ultimate!! lol

  7. Those costumes are too good! XD
    I just started listening to Waterparks
    Loving the sound of Half Moon Run.

    1. Thanks so much, Skye! Waterparks is slowly becoming one of my favorite bands when I'm looking for a semi-moody/pop-punk vibe. And Half Moon Run will forever be one of my favorite bands. They were absolutely incredible live! <3


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