August was filled with hot and humid days that I felt like I was melting in the car each time I had to go somewhere. My car AC is broken and so the struggle of wearing shorts, having leather seats, and sitting through traffic lead to a constant dehydration after sweating out most of my water. Just as Edward Bloom said in the movie Big Fish, “I was drying out.” :’D
Summer is finally winding down and so while I enjoy the temporary reprieve from the heat, here are a few of My Favorite Things from the past month!
Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is a documentary that gives you an inside look into Studio Ghibli’s history and Miyazaki’s animation process. I have been a long time fan both and so I was really excited to see this up on Netflix. This was filmed during the making of The Wind Rises and so there are some spoilers for that if you haven’t seen that yet.
The Passion Planner
I learned about the Passion Planner from one of my friends last year when it was in its Kickstarter phase. What’s unique about it is you have a place where you can prioritize your tasks and a space for reflection as well! I really like how each day has a time slot that goes from 6 am – 10:30 pm, separated in half hours. There’s a spot at the top of each day to note what you want today’s focus to be. There is also a box on the side where you can write down some of the good things that happened to you during the week. I also enjoy the space for notes/doodles/etc. I usually utilize that space with sticky notes that I move from week to week for ongoing tasks. Since I’ve been busy with a couple different projects this past month, the Passion Planner helps keep me organized with what needs to be done and separate my work to do’s from my personal to do’s.
And guess what? The undated PDF is FREE online so you can print your own Passion Planner! I just printed out a bunch of these back to back, folded them, and stapled them together. I keep it in a portable padfolio that I got a long time ago and I use an elastic headband to keep it secure while also keeping the current date marked. Eventually, I want to get a physical copy since I think they’re worth investing in. I’ll probably buy an undated one when I finish my current planner. Goodness knows how many planners I’ve had that have gone to waste because their dates have long gone and passed.
Seriously. Just watch and enjoy!
Viridi is kind of like having a Tamagotchi but with succulents. You start a pot with a couple of seeds, water them, then wait for them to grow. There is a cute snail to keep them company and you can even “sing” to them! Unlike real plants, they’ll tell you when they’re thirsty or overwatered. You can even learn more about what kind of plant they are and where they came from. Every week, you can get a free random seedling and if you want to expand your garden, you can buy more seedlings for just a couple of cents. The game has a really sweet and peaceful soundtrack so sometimes I just let it run in the background just to listen to it. Your plants grow in “real” time so don’t expect them to go through a huge growth spurt as soon as you water them. Singing to your plants does seem to help boost their growth. I forgot to switch out which plant I was singing to and I came back to it bigger than its friends!
Viridi is a nice game to relax to, available for Mac or PC, and you can get it for free on Steam!
Got any faves from this past month? Why don’t you join us on Raisa and Eirene’s “My Favorite Things” link up? Tara is guest hosting this month and so head on over to her page to see what other favorites people have to share. I look forward to seeing what you guys enjoyed this past month 🙂