You may have seen this photogenic lagoon on Instagram. It is precisely what it sounds like: blue, and a specific milky blue that is rare enough in nature to look implausible, as though God himself had put a VSCO filter on it. Seven years ago, I was trapped at the office on a weekend with some co-workers when we discovered a website selling discounted plane tickets to Iceland. Our tickets got us there in May, but Iceland was the most wintery place I’d ever been. Not only in temperature — although that, obviously — but in all things. Icelanders were comfortable with negative space. They seemed to drink alcohol in great quantities but without aggression. At a gift shop, I bought a candle that described itself as “scented with rhubarb and longing.” Bathers at the Blue Lagoon stood beneath an artificial waterfall that was calibrated to feel “like being beaten by trolls,” as I recall a sign explaining. … [Read more...] about Is It Possible to Enjoy This Winter?
Running the boston marathon
It’s predictable, but … he’s Kevin! He defends his home from the notorious Wet Bandits! He helps to reunite a disgraced old man with his granddaughter! He got the milk, eggs, and fabric softener! Kevin gets the only true growth arc of the McCallister kids, though, sure, Buzz does come around. But every time you watch Home Alone, it’s a tiny bit jarring just what an unrelenting little brat Kevin is in those first 15 minutes. For all the credit Home Alone gets for its slapstick nature and its heartwarming ending and O’Hara’s general brilliance, it’s pretty underrated for its story of a little kid who learns to take care of himself. Kevin’s journey from plain cheese pizza and decadent ice-cream sundaes to Kraft dinner on Christmas Eve counts as progress, and honestly, part of the reason Home Alone 2 secretly sucks is that Kevin’s accomplishments in the first film are completely erased and he goes back to being the cousin or sibling … [Read more...] about Here’s the Only