Things I Love: Comfort

Seeing as how this is the end of a very long week, all I can think about is getting into some comfy clothes, pulling out my fuzzy socks and a hot cup of something delicious to drink, and settling in between the pillowy covers of my down blankets.

Today’s thing I love is comfort.
On every non-weekend day, I try my best to ignore my instinct to be comfortable. How else can you explain wearing high heels, the application of mascara, or running on a treadmill like a hamster at his wheel? But come Friday, I need my comfort items.

Bean-filled Neck Warming Pillow Thing.

Okay, so I don’t really know the official name for this magical product, but I do know that if the second coming occured in pillow-like form, this would be our new savior.
I tend to carry my stress in my shoulders and neck, and as a result the muscles therein become more knotted up that a group of hormone-filled middle-schoolers playing twister. I pop this thing in the microwave for a few minutes, and then let my muscles soak up the heat and the pleasant aroma of lavender fill my nostrils. (please note that, contrary to the picture above, wearing one of these does not make you narcoleptic.)

Comfy, Oversized Clothes.

This has to be my weekend uniform: huge sweats, t-shirt washed time and again until it is soft and threadbare, tube socks and my old track sweatshirt. Most of these things can fit me with room enough for one or two additional people. It’s glorious.

My Bed.

It’s getting colder now, and the house is pretty frigid when I wake up lately. It’s getting harder and harder to get myself out of my warm and cozy bed as a result. I’ve crafted the perfect place to push the snooze button; two comforters, 4 pillows and memory foam.
In addition to this, I have the most awesome fleece blanket in the world, a gift from my 15 year-old brother. I’m not sure how he intuitively knew that this would be my favorite blanket I’d ever owned. It might be because I’m 90% sure that I’m 1/16th Cherokee (math never really was my strong suit, though). Whatever it is, something about this majestic image of a wolf howling to the moon stirs me deeply. And it’s just so danged goofy.

Soothing ‘tunes.

Lately I’ve been listening to Colin Hay on Pandora, and I think it really sets the atmosphere for a comfortable night in.

Well, this concludes my week of Things I Love. It turns out, I love Vintage things, snarky things, nerdy things and things that are as goofy as all get out. Enjoy your weekends, everyone! Maybe think about what it is you love.

Things I Love: School Supplies

I graduated last June. It’s taken me until this fall to realize the full effects of this act. September came and went without one of my favorite yearly rituals: buying new school supplies.

How can I say this so it doesn’t seem exaggerated? I LOVE school supplies. It’s my reason for being. I love shopping for them, I love organizing them on my desk, I love the smell of sharpening pencils just before my electric sharpener gets overheated and poops out. After 16+ years of education, I’ve finally honed in on the best supplies for my exact studying habits, only to graduate and have these habits completely changed. In homage to this love of school supplies, I will list some of my favorite office supplies.

Because a visit to Office Depot can sometimes be a religious experience.

Daily Planner

Now, I’m something of an organizational freak. I love to plan, and to color-code, and to know the conversion between Fahrenheit and Celsius. Choosing the right planner is not a task I take lightly. I need space in each day, for each hour of the day (even if all I put into the hour is what rerun episode of Boy Meets World I’ll be watching). The perfect planner for my hyper-intensive needs is the Moleskine weekly planner, complete with pocket, appointment stickers, and a miniature notebook that is just blank pages and can be removed in a note-taking emergency. It also comes in red, which is a huge plus.

Colorful Pens

pens

Because I write and doodle and color-code a lot, a good set of pens is essential for frist drafts and good note-taking. I like to write with an ultra-fine tip. It keeps my handwriting neat and easier to read, and I generally use felt-tip because ballpoint can either get clogged up or goes too fast, so that my thoughts don’t have time to catch up with my hand. This is a fun set I keep with me almost always, I love the color options.

Notebooks

Finding the perfect notebook  is something that I’m still working on. I like a larger size because I have this niggling theory in the back of my mind that small pages can only contain small ideas. Plus, I like to gesticulate wildly in my writing, and I need the space to do so. I also prefer unlined paper. That way I can write or draw or just scribble any which way and nothing breaks the continuity. If pressed, I can be okay with graph paper, but that’s pushing it. I also have a block against fancy, leather-bound or otherwise important looking notebooks. They tend to seem too proper for my little silly thoughts, and then I never actually write them. Scattered across my bookshelves are beautiful journals, wihtout a single line in them. The best I’ve found so far is the simple Mead Composition book. It’s portable, incredibly durable, and comes with clean, unlined pages.

Highlighter-Flags

I read books. Every once in a while, a phrase will strike me as important and I’ll think to myself, “How can I shed light on this phrase later, should I want to find it quickly?” In these situations, the highlighter is my best buddy. But a highlighter with little flags in it? That might be my new soul mate. You see, after highlighting a phrase, you still have to flip through the pages looking for your neon pink peals of wisdom. With this two-in-one item, pictured above, I can mark the page, and put a flag on it to cut out this page-flipping process. The only thing that could possibly make this any better is if it were somehow dispensing chocolate and had an automated laugh track that followed me around like a bad sitcom.

Are there no more school supplies in my future?

While I miss shopping for school supplies, carefully choosing the vehicle of my term papers and semester’s notes, I have discovered a world beyond school supplies: Office supplies. No, you don’t get to choose these things for yourself, but they are paid for by someone else and come in bulk! This is also where I discovered my love of stamping the exact time and date onto any and all documents that come across my desk.

See, fellow post-graduates? Not all is lost.

Be sure to check out the other things I love this week, including key chains, rude blogs, and old stuff! And if you aren’t already, go ahead and follow me on twitter @emaydavis and you’ll get to see some of the fascinating inner-workings of my mind unravel before your very eyes!