Delayed (and even more so than I promised) but here they are, my February favorites. Without further ado...
Chelsea Gallery Days
This month I spent not one but two afternoons at the Chelsea galleries. I saw some great shows and it was all free. I had a few people tell me that they never go to galleries or never really know how to do it. Sadly, I think this is all too common. people get intimidated and assume that because they don't know about art or aren't able to buy anything on display that they're not welcome. Noting could be further from the truth. Think of them like a mini-museum and just pop on in!
In February I didn't just look at art, but also made some art, ok "art" might be an overstatement. As a kid, I loved painting pottery so when someone I know mentioned doing it a few years ago, I was so in. Those plans never transpired but I remained hell bent on painting some pottery. Flash forward three-ish years and I spent a lovely afternoon painting pottery with a friend. It was fun and relaxing, letting me use an entirely different part of my brain. I forgot about the whole, picking it up a week later, but it really wasn't so bad. I definitely want to go back and am thinking I'll do a set of cereal bowls.
TV: Everything Sucks & Grace & Frankie
Shockingly I didn't binge watch season four of Grace & Frankie the second it was released in January and instead waited until mid-February. Season four was everything I hoped it would be. All of the humor and heart of the first three seasons is present and the plot continues to chug away without feeling tired or like the writers are just throwing things against the wall, as can happen as shows go on.
I'm still sorting out how I feel about Everything Sucks, but I think I really liked it. Without giving too much away, the show follows the lives of a a few high school students and their parents in suburban Oregon in the mid-1990s. The story lines are honest, the characters are complex, and the soundtrack is FIRE. I'm pretty sure I watched the first three episodes purely for the music, spoiler alert, it's all 90s. If there is a second season, I will definitely be watching, which is ultimately why I decided it deserves to go on this list. I think a lot hangs on season two.
Leveling up at Rocco's Pizza Joint
If you've been around for a while, you know that I love pizza. Over the years, I've come to have a good rapport with my pizza guys but towards the end of February, I reached a whole new level. My guys have learned my usual order and when I walk in, they give me a nod or say "one and one?" meaning one slice of mushroom and one slice of margherita. It's nice to have neighborhood things like this and when there's a line, my order goes in without me having to wait to order :) Little did I know that it could get better. One night I was on the phone with my dad and, as he's taught me (and as is proper manners), I finished my conversation outside before going in. Unbeknownst to me, my guys had seen me and when I walked in, were ready with my slices to go. Thinking about it now makes me smile all over again. I'm not sure where I go from here? Will they soon be able to read my mind and show up at my door? God I hope so.
Getting My Invisalign Off
The title of this one says it all. After just under 20 weeks, my tenure with Invisalign came to an end and it was just as glorious as I'd imagined. Being able to eat, drink, or have a piece of gum, without taking out my trays, worrying that I don't have a toothbrush nearby, and hoping that nothing gets stuck in one of the buttons is such a relief. There's no more feeling self-conscious, wondering if people think I'm a huge dork (well I am but not because of my Invisalign), hoping I'm not lisping too badly, worrying if I am sabotaging any date I try to have before it even starts by having them, etc. I do have retainers that I wear, but only at night and if that's the price for having teeth that I now feel really happy with, I'm more than happy to wear them.
What were your February favorites?