This week I got my second Pfizer shot. My mom is vaccinated, my sister and husband have one more shot to go, and hopefully they will open it up soon to those 2+ so our kid can also get it.
It has me thinking about the summer. And that has me feeling all kinds of feels.
Back in January, we booked a few days in June by the water. We purposely picked somewhere we knew would be fine, even if we couldn't do much more than be in the house and on the beach. But now it's like… we could dine outside. We could go to the grocery store. We could have some masked friendly banter on a street corner with a stranger.
It's like you don't even realize how rough it's been until you see a light at the end of the tunnel. This week, I felt so incredibly weary. Yes, I know a lot was due to the second shot (I took a nap, slept for 12 hours straight, and took another nap the following day), but it's also mental. Emotional. This has been hard.
Thursday, my kid felt it. The school year is ending in just a few weeks, summer is still a question mark, she'll be back in the classroom next fall but at a new school that she has never before entered, with unusual new friendships created completely online and IRL friendships that haven't been easy to maintain with the online switch.
The idea of being able to think of a tangible, touchable future was the straw and she broke over how hard things have been. I know, I know. I held her until she fell asleep.
Be gentle with yourself, and with those around you. None of us are acting rationally, none of us are the same as we were a year ago. All of us are trying to figure this present and future out; know with all the virtual experience I've gained this year, I am sending you a digital hug and letting you know you're not alone in these feelings. And together we'll move forward.
I am a member of, and big fan of the one in my community: ‘Buy Nothing’ groups: A place to share goods, services — and gratitude. (Washington Post)
Nécessaire, the sustainable body care line that uses facial skincare-grade ingredients, is offering Wardrobe Oxygen readers 10% off everything through May 2nd with promo code WARDROBE_OXYGEN. I love everything I've tried from Nécessaire except their deodorant (gotta be honest with you); their body wash is a great choice to have the best shower ever.
As someone who receives dozens of merch press emails each week on products for this genre, I have the same question. Marijuana-related products are proliferating and expensive. Do weed smokers even want all this? (Vox)
There’s a name for the blah you’re feeling: it’s called languishing. (New York Times)
Woah, Nellie could I relate to this piece. I've tried both TalkSpace and BetterHelp during the past year and would not recommend either. This piece goes into why it may be better than no therapy, but why it has been problematic for both customers and therapists. (The Cut)
Care has always been infrastructure. (Jezebel)
As renewed rumors of a Black Superman movie swirl, here is the complicated history of reimagining the most iconic comic hero as a Black man. (New York Times)
This piece brought up a fun discussion in the Wardrobe Oxygen Community: Really though, what jeans are in style now? (Slate)
Yesterday I shared that Equilibria, the woman-owned organic full-spectrum CBD company had 30% off subscriptions… well they opened it up to 30% off everything. On top of that, if you're a new customer use WARDROBEOXYGEN at checkout and get an additional 15% off your order. This sale ends May 9th. If you're like what the heck Alison are you talking about, here is my initial (unsponsored and skeptical) Equilibria review.
Sigh… oh Morrissey, sometimes it's better to just stay quiet and move on. (Consequence of Sound)
Mazie Hirono is okay with a little confrontation: A long talk about anger with the gloriously foul-mouthed senator from Hawaii. (The Cut)
No one told me being middle class meant wearing my retainer forever. (Anne Helen Petersen)
Gen-X women are caught in a generational tug-of-war. (The Atlantic)
I think we all consumed some fluff over 2020. TV shows we may not wish to admit we watched, series to keep up with the pop culture references, movies we've already watched a dozen times before. For my family, it was The Circle, a reality show on Netflix.
The show has a handful of folks communicate only through text on a social platform of sorts while all staying in separate apartments in the same building. They can play themselves, they can “catfish” with a created persona or a hybrid of the two.
It was surprisingly wholesome, while also teaching a tween who is suddenly thrown into a completely virtual world, how easy it is for people to lie on the internet and scam you but how being yourself and making true friendships is how you can succeed in life or a game. All three of us got sucked in. And Season 2 of The Circle is now playing on Netflix.
We binged the four available episodes last weekend and waited with bated breath for new episodes this past Wednesday. And this season is also fun, though so far it's a bit more… strategic which isn't as fun and wholesome, but it seems like the drama is seeing the door and it will continue to be fun.
For Your Entertainment
Grace VanderWaal came to fame at age 12 singing an original song and playing her ukulele on America's Got Talent. With a music-loving youngster in the house, we got to know this artist quite well. When VanderWaal came out with her first full album, Just the Beginning, it was on repeat in the house and all of us became fans.
We even went to see Grace VanderWaal in concert in 2019; it was our kid's first all-ages show at the 9:30 Club, where I too saw my first show.
VanderWaal, now 17, released a new single, and the video is mod, cool, and a major flashback to Delia's catalogs, but in a good way. The song is also pretty catchy. I can't wait to hear more.