Discover more from The Commonplace
5 Quick Things, #124 🍗
beacons of light, all hail tikka masala, & the beloved Belgian mustachioed detective
Last Friday, I decided to delete Instagram from my phone, then download it only on Thursdays to post a quick hello, tell people there about the new episode of The Good List, scroll for just a bit to see what’s up, and then delete again until the next week. It’s a cumbersome plan on purpose, to add friction to this app that acts like it wants to be the boss of me.
So far, it’s been a delight. I’ve done it with Twitter, too (though that space doesn’t bother me as much, so I pop on a few times per week via laptop), as well as a few apps that take up more space than delight. This was mostly done as an experiment, but so far I’m enjoying it so much I may just keep things this way. I’ll keep you posted here.
In the meantime, I’ve currently got this simmering in the Instant Pot for dinner. It’s a favorite!
5 Quick Things ☕️
1. This year I’m writing a monthly letter to myself-10-years-ago, in honor of this being the last year of AoS. This month’s focus? Parenting.
2. Crystal shares with us her current Good List (I’ve actually had my eye on her first item for a while now).
3. This week on The Good List, I’m sharing a habit — regularly visiting this ancient-of-origin, ubiquitous place that’s probably in your neighborhood.
4. This heartbreaking legacy, stitched with 56 words on a common cloth sack.
5. I ‘yes’ed and ‘amen’d every word of this from my lovely friend, Erin. “We are settling for a smattering of one dimension when we have three available to us, in ourselves and the next door neighbor and the grocer down the street.”
“You want weapons? We're in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room's the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!”
―Russell T. Davies, Doctor Who
Time Machine ⏰
Four years ago, Katie reminded us that even if it feels like it, we probably haven’t missed our “life’s calling.”
Have a great week!
p.s. This week on the train home a random-but-kind stranger recommended to me the British show Poirot (he had no idea in advance of my love for cozy mysteries and Brit lit!). Have you ever seen it? If so, would you agree it’s worth it? I’m in the mood to find a new thoughtful show…