My Plants Are Going Through A Growth Spurt And I’m The Proudest I’ve Been Since I Learned How To Perfectly Fold A Fitted Sheet.
Pro tip: mindlessly opening and clicking a link in a NextDoor email leading to hate scrolling the petty disputes of neighbors near you is a great way to throw off any mindful morning rituals you may have put in place. Ooooof, people are nasty on the internet. In other news, someone found a wee baggy of meth in their compost bin!
We had our first Odd Salon fellows IRL meet-up last night and it was SO DAMNED GOOD to see everyone in person and get all of the consented-to hugs I’ve been craving for the last 15 months. But, as this Vox piece confirms, I’m a wee bit rusty at this whole “talking to people in the meatspace” thing: The pandemic has made small talk even more painful. I should point out that luckily our Fellows are a self-aware group, and most convos started with a) “omg, are you hugging? Can we hug?” Followed by b) “omg, this is awkward, I’ve forgotten how to human” followed by a laugh. So it was an absolutely lovely and fulfilling evening.
Wanna see how the oil and gas lobbying sausage is made? Revealed: ExxonMobil’s lobbying war on climate change legislation (News 4) I feel icky just reading it.
Speaking of icky, ‘Juul And The Business Of Addiction’ (The Verge)
Speaking of also icky, ‘Insiders say Bill Gates was an office bully who pursued sexual affairs, and that his squeaky-clean image was merely good PR’ (Insider)
Speaking of so awful and heinous that I want to walk into the sea: ‘Bill Cosby released from prison after court overturns his conviction’ (CNBC) He was released because Cosby was INITIALLY GIVEN A DEAL by the prosecutor, a prosecutor who went on to defend The Former Guy in his second impeachment trial: ’Bill Cosby was set free because of a deal he'd made with a district attorney who later represented Trump in his 2nd impeachment trial’ (Insider)
And finally, maybe this headline will make you smile a bit: ‘Top Trump Executive Allen Weisselberg Surrenders to Face Charges’ (NYT)
You’ve got this. Drink water, take care of each other, and be kind to yourself.