With all the awful things going on in the world lately, I was yearning for a bit of an escape this weekend, and did so by binge watching new Queer Eye. Does anyone else cry during practically every episode? I think this season is even better than the first. Jonathan is still my favorite of course, but Tan is a close second.
“Winter and Spring” is officially over in LA. It feels like summer again. I wore this alpaca mix cardigan out today and quickly overheated. It’s been a staple during the work week as well. It keeps me toasty in my frigid office.
The other day, one of my patients, a 90 year old woman, became obsessed with my cardigan. She touched it and pulled it towards her, examining the inside, asked where it was from and how much it cost, then asked if she could have it. I didn’t answer immediately. She said she was serious and asked me again if she could have it. I was laughing inside, thanked her for the compliments, but had to say no. I love it so much, it was easy not to let myself cross that boundary.
In other news, did anyone else watch the PBS Newshour special series on the world’s plastic problem? It’s hard not to feel utterly demoralized by it. There was an interesting Still Processing podcast episode titled “Circulars” that’s worth listening to as well on how the solution to climate change isn’t going to be conscious consumerism or how much we recycle; its essentially going to come down to who we vote into office. It’s nothing I didn’t already know, but I felt like I needed a reminder of that anyway.
Sometimes I think we can get caught up with anxiety over what we are consuming (eg. how I was frantically googling whether or not the mackerel fish I bought at the grocery store was sourced from the right region of the world, or feeling guilty when I threw away the styrofoam tray it came in). At the end of the day, it’s not about all that. It’s going to be about who’s in power and what we enact into law. Amidst all the noise, and virtue signaling out there, it was a bit of a relief to refocus on the real solution.