Monday, July 23, 2012

Stuff and things.

On my mind of late:

1. My next-door neighbor (the one who once banged on my door at 3 a.m.) and her friends have a new habit of having Late Night Porch Talks these days—and by “late night” I mean “also at 3 a.m.” and by “porch talks” I mean “right outside my back door on the steps that lead to the back alley.” Needless to say, this is rather disconcerting, as waking up to voices in a location very close to your bedroom is wont to be.

Here's the conversation I heard the other night:

Neighbor: So, yeah, it's really weird when one person says “I love you” and the other one doesn't say it back.

Neighbor's Friend: Yeah, man, that is really weird.

Neighbor: I mean, what do you say back to it? “Uh, thanks”? It's just so weird.

I mean, I'm all for relationship analyzation—really, I'm all for analyzing anything; I am nothing if not a bit obsessive—but is 3 a.m. really the appropriate time for that? Actually, come to think of it, 3 a.m. is a great time to overanalyze a relationship; it's the location that I take issue with. Amirite, friends?

(Side note: I do agree that the above situation must indeed be rather weird.)

2. Speaking of sleep, my internal clock has decided that 1 a.m. is a good time to go to bed these days, even when I have to work the next morning. For example, last Thursday night I found myself making ice cream at 12:35 a.m., and no, I am not kidding.

I'm thinking the weird timeline has something to do with the fact that I've been exercising later in the day and therefore eating a later dinner (a dinner that often includes a big glass of iced tea), etc., but it's weird and I haven't been able to break the pattern, no matter how tired I am. In fact, what I've been doing instead is making a very strong cup of cold-brew coffee and happily downing it at around 2:30 p.m. It does the trick, but if any of you have any pointers on how to readjust your sleep schedule, I'm all ears.

3. And while we're on the topic of exercise, does anyone want to help me sell a kidney so I can continue to finance the insane amount of Pure Barre classes I've been attending each week? Anyone?

4. Apropos of nothing, I'm rethinking the way I write this blog. I want to start focusing more on writing about personal experiences that you all might be able to relate to and less on, well, stuff. That's not to say that I'm going to stop posting about products or objects I love; just that if I do, I want there to be a story behind them. That means less frequent blogging, but hopefully posts with more thought behind them. What do you think?

Photo by Olivia


  1. Love posts like these, a random dumping out of the contents of one's brain. I don't think I've done one in a while - perhaps I'm due. No insight into sleep schedules or Barre classes, but I did want to say that I already don't think of your blog as one that posts about stuff, or maybe it's just that I pay more attention to the posts that have the personal stories and thoughts behind them. So if you started to focus more on those, that would be just fine by me - those are the ones I like best anyway!

  2. I love your blog and I love reading the stuff that you right that is personal. And I think that you should do/write about what's important to you. xoxo

  3. Post about whatever you feel at any given moment, I will be happy to read it all. I've never thought of your blog as a consumerism driven blog anyway. Oh, and I like the ice cream at midnight event. Ice cream is great any time. ; )

  4. Deep analysis was happening on that porch ;) I've sometimes heard conversations I really really didn't want to ...

  5. hah. Oh my goodness. It's always rather interesting the things you overhear at 3 am. I used to have neighbors that would insist on breaking up weekly... right in front of my door at like 2 am. So annoying. Some people really have no shame.

  6. Haha I think it's time to invest in some earplugs! And I've tried SO hard to break my night owl sleeping habits, but it's totally useless. Let me know when you find a solution :-)