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Wear, Watch, Want #81: The Crispy Cult Workout Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #81: The Crispy Cult Workout Edition

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Wear: High-Waisted Leggings from Target

I’ve changed my exercise routine (as mentioned in my FitBit post), and the leggings that used to work perfectly well for pilates are now restrictive and uncomfortable now that I’m doing barre classes. I favored compression leggings that held everything in, but there’s so much flexibility work (more than reformer pilates) that those tight leggings just keep me from moving as well as I can when unencumbered. I love Athleta leggings, especially the High Rise Chaturanga Tights, but I can’t afford to replace all my pricier leggings with larger or more flexible styles. Enter Target, the store that has everything. I tried on many, many pairs of leggings, and found these ones from C9 Champion that I absolutely love. There were not a lot of high-rise leggings on offer, but these ones are high waisted, thin and stretchy, and don’t have a pattern that stretches to oblivion when put on my body. (Please, tell me other people with big butts have to test the pattern on their leggings to see if their body stretches it until the leggings become practically translucent.) These Target leggings are $28 and are absolutely divine.

Listen: Uncover: Escaping NXIVM

October was such a good month for things to watch. I got completely obsessed with The Haunting of Hill House, Élite, and The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell. But now it’s November and I just haven’t fallen for anything TV or movie related, so this week you get to read about my listening obsession. If you, like me, have been fascinated with cults since you were a weird child who was obsessed with cults, you already know about NXIVM. “Oh,” You may be saying, “That sex-obsessed cult that has the same name as a heartburn medicine?” Yes! That’s the one! Uncover: Escaping NXIVM is a podcast from the CBC that focuses on one woman’s 12 years as a high ranking member of NXIVM, her realization that she was in a fucking cult, and her journey to escape.

This week my car broke down and my debit card got stolen, so I have been stuck at home. I also, upon moving, unpacked boxes into two dressers and then just… left them. I have two dressers full of junk drawers. Or I DID, until I was stranded at home with no money and decided to pop on a cult podcast and tackle my hellish dressers. I listened to every episode AND got my house significantly more organized. I’d love to tell you all my favorite parts of Uncover: Escaping NXIVM but I think it’s endorsement enough when I tell you that I listened to almost all of it in one day, and I’m so sad there aren’t more episodes (there will be more once the trials against NXIVM leaders are underway).

Want: Trader Joe’s Cornbread Crisps

I have never tried Trader Joe’s Cornbread Crisps, but I’ve been searching for them for a month. I have been to two Trader Joe’s stores and both have told me they’re sold out for the next few weeks. I keep checking. I JUST WANT TO TRY THESE THINGS. Maybe October was the month for binge-worthy TV and November will be the month for cornbread crackers.

Breathe Easy With This Stoner Approved Air Sanitizer

Breathe Easy With This Stoner Approved Air Sanitizer

Get a Long Lasting Gel Manicure at Home - Without a Light!

Get a Long Lasting Gel Manicure at Home - Without a Light!