OK, here is a boring story about seasonal depression, coffee makers, books, and monk fruit.
I had a really bad early December with some very challenging family problems. That lent itself to me feeling like I was getting seasonal depression as the dark days of winter descended and it got cold. One way that manifests for me is waking up with dread, feeling down and hopeless, and generally having negative thoughts as soon as my eyes open in the morning. Lovely.
So, I thought I could maybe eliminate that pain point by getting a programmable coffee maker so I wouldn’t have to go through the whole routine of making my French press coffee in the mornings. I asked for one for Christmas and started using it and….I didn’t like it. The coffee didn’t taste as good, it wasn’t hot enough, and it had to stay on the kitchen counter and I cannot abide appliances living on kitchen counters. So, I ended up returning it and going back to the French press.
So what would my Christmas present be instead? Well, you can probably guess. First, I chose some books from my Amazon wish list. These are books I want to read but are not available from the library. Here are the ones I chose:
The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts For Muggles. I like these pop culture philosophy books. I’ve also read The Ultimate Lost and Philosophy and The Simpsons and Philosophy, which I borrowed from my dad. They really do help me become more familiar with famous philosophers and philosophies.
Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Home Making. This book is from 2005 so I’m sure some of it is outdated. I think it came recommended by Gretchen Rubin.
Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making. I heard about this book on a Simple podcast episode and thought it sounded like something I would really enjoy.
The Art of Typing: Powerful Tools for Enneagram Typing. I’m really excited about this one. It seems very hands-on. I heard about this one on the Currently Reading podcast.
Related to the book above, The How of Happiness was mentioned in that podcast episode and it’s a happiness book I haven’t read. I am a happiness book junkie, so on the list it went!
And then I also bought some dark chocolate sweetened with monk fruit. It’s yummy.
I can’t wait to dive into these titles over the next few weeks (and eat the chocolate). Have you read any of these? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts!