I guess I expected Sundance to be more mellow, like hippie ski bum style? Low-key cool and indie? This is not the case. Sundance is insane. Walking down the street is like being at a rock concert. SO MANY PEOPLE in such a small town. Lots of fur. Even the men were in fur. Fur boots. Fur coats. Fringe and fur.
But we had a blast last weekend in Park City for the premiere of Being Evel. We stayed in a condo that was right off of the two main streets, so we could walk almost everywhere. It's always fun to stay in a condo with friends and no kids. We stayed up late every night, wandered for coffee each day, wore Everest-style snow boots even though it was 50 degrees outside. You know, the usual LA-goes-to-the-mountains shenanigans.
The documentary The Gorilla produced played great. It's a really good film, I can't wait until everyone can see it. This was one of two docs he did last year (this one he produced, the other one he directed), and it is so fun to see them finally play for large audiences.
If you want to read more about it (or if you're a fan of The Gorilla and his movies in general), this is one of the best interviews with Knoxville about the jack.ass franchise I've ever read.
I was super honored to be featured on Problogger this week talking about maintaining privacy on the internet while still being authentic. This is a topic on which I'm well versed, and Problogger has been one of my favorite resources since I started this little space 5 years ago.
On the HH facebook page I shared a post I adamantly agreed with (and one I didn't), an instagram account that cracks me up, and we had good threads about trying new perfume and backing up camera phone photos.
On the reading front, I finished two non-fiction (this one and this one) and tried to start a novel, but I can't seem to get my head in the game. Don't forget that if you're joining the Read Great Books challenge (and I hope you are), you have a little over two weeks to read Pride & Prejudice before we discuss it.
For your weekend reading pleasure:
- There has been a lot of extra talk lately about PTSD, mainly because of the movie American Sniper. I think this is an important read from Kristen Howerton about life after surviving the Haiti earthquake: 5 Years post-quake and the statute of limitations on PTSD.
- I started a mindful meditation class this week with some friends. Breathing techniques have long been used to help with emotion and chronic pain and I've been learning a lot about the power of being still. I thought this little trick could be used by almost everyone: How I learned to fall asleep in under 1 minute.
- Did you see this heart stencil wall over at Baby Rabies? So cute.
- Missing Serial? Here are 5 Crimes the hit podcast should explore in a future season. (Also, my book club picked Lost Girls for next month and if you really like that kind of material, don't miss my 4 favorite true crime books.)
- This was definitely an interesting read about the actress: Julianne Moore believes in therapy, not God.
- Andrew Sullivan, a blogger I've been reading on and off for over a decade, quit his popular blog this week, calling daily blogging the "most rewarding experience of his writing career." I thought his farewell post made so much sense.
"I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again. I’m a human being before I am a writer; and a writer before I am a blogger, and although it’s been a joy and a privilege to have helped pioneer a genuinely new form of writing, I yearn for other, older forms. I want to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while. I want to have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly blogged."
- Lastly, there are a lot of women in my life I wish would read this. I know I needed to. The Perfectly Hidden Depressed Person.
Happy weekend to you!