I know these days it seems extra trivial to care about little happy things…but right now for a lot of people (myself included) little happy things are the only things preventing meltdown. The world has become pretty awful pretty quickly (okay, let’s be precise: the awfulness that minorities and the marginalized already knew was there now has license to show itself and has thrown a mirror up at the collective batshit insane nastiness of large swaths of our country, and even without petrifying fear of the future that realization is a hell of a thing) and by damn if a bottle of pretty nail polish helps me smile enough to keep showing up and not bury my head in the sand, it’s a worthy enterprise.
I am desperately trying to balance knowing what’s going on – not allowing it to be acceptable – and staying at least marginally sane, which was already a loaded proposition for me. Part of me wants so badly to shut down social media and stop reading Tweets, but I refuse to allow myself that privilege. There are people being hurt and a lot more who will be, and even if I can’t fix it, I won’t turn a blind eye. (You hear that, you tangerine dickbag? I will not go back to sleep.)
That said…even social justice warriors need their pleasures. These for example:
1. Zoya “Olivera” nail polish
At the risk of sounding like someone who’s into fashion and such, Zoya is one of my go-to brands. They sell vegan nail polish (and also lipstick, which is fairly new) in about a zillion colors. This winter they debuted a shade so gorgeous I nearly sprained my finger clicking “buy.”
It’s called Olivera, and they describe it as “a spellbinding color-flip metallic with an indigo base and a green and purple shift“ Basically that means it looks dark, dark blue in some lights, peacock green in others, gold-flecked and a little purple in others. Zoya’s dark polishes are nearly single-coat, they’re so smooth and rich. I’m also very fond of their polish remover, which has lots of conditioners and such in it and comes in a neat bottle.
2. Califia Farms Caramel Pecan coffee creamer
Califia Farms is one of the best brands of nondairy milk to debut in recent years – as if their cool-ass bottles weren’t enough, their products are top notch. I’ve had a devil of a time finding a coffee creamer that I really loved, and this one’s amazing.
Califia’s cold brew iced coffee is also a thing of beauty – their mocha, which is blended with their amazing almond milk, just needs a bit of vanilla syrup to sweeten it up and bam! Instant deliciousness without having to wait overnight and strain and strain and strain to make my own cold brew. I’ve heard their holiday nogs are great too, but I haven’t tried them yet.
3. Funko Pops
Yep, I gave in. I’d been puzzling over these weird little toys for months trying to figure out the appeal, and then I started seeing them for characters I loved…and I was doomed. I’m trying to stick only to the few that represent my true favorites, but I suspect soon my desk at work will amass a small, giant-headed army. Right now I only have three:
I’ve even got a separate Amazon wish list just of Funko Pops. Doomed, I tell you. Doomed.
4. Mad Lib Theater – Jimmy Fallon and Benedict Cumberbatch
I posted this one on Facebook right after it aired, but I think it deserves another showing – I still cannot watch this without laughing my ass off, especially the parts where they both break “character” and barely get the lines out.
There’s just something so fantastic about seeing actors lose their shit in the middle of a scene. Those were always my favorite moments on shows like The Colbert Report – this one in particular gets me every time:
5. Supergirl’s Coming-Out Plotline
(SPOILERS, OBVIOUSLY) When I first started watching Supergirl last year, at my roommate’s behest, I thought it was cute but pretty cheesy. Melissa Benoist’s portrayal of Kara won me over, as did – miracle of miracles – Calista Flockhart’s performance as her mentor/antagonist Cat Grant. Sure, it had plenty of goopy saccharine plot points (they beat the bad guys with the power of hope? Seriously?), but the upbeat tone and its refusal to become another dark and dreary DC show like Arrow (don’t get me wrong, I love Arrow too, but all the superhero shows seem to use the same dull color palette and the same brooding antihero emotional palette as well) somehow made it even more appealing to my little Scorpio heart. Go figure.
This season with its move to the CW, the show has been damn near brilliant in a lot of ways, and one of the best is the storyline in which Kara’s adoptive sister realizes she’s gay and slowly accepts it about herself – and her loved ones do the same. Alex’s confusion and her slowly growing pride, and her family’s support, are perfectly in keeping with the hopeful world Supergirl shows us in which our better selves can, and will, prevail.
That kind of positive visibility is so important, and there’s no better illustration than this story from Twitter about a woman working at a comics shop and a young LGBT woman who, thanks to Alex’s storyline, was able to find a measure of acceptance for herself. I’m so glad that Chyler Leigh, who plays Alex, heard about the story too. I’d post the whole thing here but it’s pretty long, so go have a read on my Tumblr – I hope it makes you feel the kind of hope I did.
That’s all for now – you might have noticed this wasn’t a Planner Friday post, but that’s because I didn’t do a damn thing to my planner this week. I just wasn’t feeling it, and by the time I realized looking at those empty pages made me sad, it was so late in the week I decided screw it, I’ll just make next week awesome. Stay tuned.Become my patron for exclusive online content and read new stories before anyone else!