Appreciating: the Northwest cherry blossoms. Just one of the many special perks to living here. There's a good amount of cherry trees in my neighborhood, but the best place to go is on the University of Washington Quad. According to the official UW cherry tree watch, they're now at full bloom. Hal and I went last year and all of Seattle seemed to have joined us. I'd like to visit again next time the sun comes out.
Listening: to the Classic Girls Groups channel on Songza. It takes me back to when I sang in a trio in middle school and quartet in high school. I miss harmonizing. My girl Kate and I are thinking about starting up a duo for fun! If you like girls groups too, you must watch the How Are You Doing video by The Living Sisters directed by the one and only Michel Gondry. If it sounds familiar, it was the song that aired at the end of the Beach House episode of Girls! So good.
Reading: Red Rising. This is my book club's latest selection.. for a funny reason. Without mentioning any names, one of us (not I) used to date the author, Pierce Brown! It's pretty crazy, but at 26, he's slated to be fiction's next big superstar. Critics are comparing the sci-fi trilogy to Ender's Game and The Hunger Games. Have you read it?
Marveling: over a turntable that plays slices of wood. Serious. Bartholomäus Traubeck converted tree rings into data that outputs piano music. You can find the digital album here. There's also a limited edition vinyl record with wood on one side so you can play it on your own record player at home. The coolest!
Loving: this inspiring video using an audio excerpt of Ira Glass on Storytelling about trusting in the creative process. First Marie Forleo linked to it in B-School. Then I saw it again on Linda's blog. The universe really wants to sink this message into my skull! And now I want to sink it into yours.
What have you been appreciating, listening to, reading, marveling over, and loving lately?