And here we are, at the start of a new month! For those of you who are new to Oddly Lovely, the topic of this monthly series is to share my favorite things I discovered each month, be they movies, books, TV, apps, websites, products, or blogs.
1. Waggo Dipped Color Ceramic Dog Treat Jar
One of my biggest projects this month was painting my office a pretty mint color. Totally out of the blue, Waggo emailed me to ask if I was interested in receiving a dipped color ceramic doggy treat jar and, guess what – it matches my mint walls perfectly! I love how it’s both modern and classic, subtle and yet gorgeous. Waggo definitely knows their dog products too, because the jar has a rubber seal so I can feel confident that Ru’s treats are staying fresh on my desk. PS, can I also just mention how hard it is to find good looking treat jars? I looked for ages before I wound up spending too much on a plastic one a few years ago – I was happy to trade it out for this adorable one instead.
2. Meet the Patels
There’s nothing like a heartwarming documentary, is there? I threw Meet the Patels on on a whim when I was browsing Netflix one night and was immediately charmed by its quirky voice and intermittent animation. This movie tells the story of Ravi Patel, a first generation born Indian-American who breaks up with his long-time white girlfriend and concedes to his parent’s urging to try a more traditional arrangement to find an Indian girlfriend/future-wife. It’s a funny and endearing exploration of culture, what it means to be from an immigrant Indian family, and how we find our romantic partners.
3. Wash and Fold Laundry Services
Okay, maybe I’m out of the loop on this one since we don’t live in a big city like New York, but apparently there’s places you can just drop your laundry off and they do it for you?! While Reg and I love our apartment and plan to never leave, the biggest downside is there’s no washer and dryer. After five years of hauling our clothes to the laundry mat and, yes, our parents’ houses, I just found out that I can just drop it off at a wash and fold laundromat in the AM and pick it up in the afternoon cleaned and ready to put away. It’s about $15 more than doing our laundry ourselves, but it saves us about 3 hours of hassle (and since we usually end up eating out that night anyways, it’s about the same cost).
4. The Intern Podcast
Is it really a Really, Really Cool Stuff post if I’m not recommending a podcast? I’ve discovered a lot of new ones this month, but I think my favorite is The Intern. It follows the journey of a 20-something woman who is switching her life of teaching and non-profits for a NYC tech and media job. The podcast focuses on her experiences in her new position and company, as well as what it’s like to be a young person in a big city (like dragging a 40 pound mattress home from Ikea on the subway). It’s a little rough around the edges, but it feels honest and relatable.
5. Custom Dog Portrait
Without question the coolest product of my month was the custom portrait Reg gave me of our dog, Ru. Since we skipped celebrating Christmas with gifts, we exchanged presents for our anniversary this month instead, and Reg commissioned our artist friend Emily to do an incredible portrait of Ru that looks truly like her. We loved it so much, we commissioned a second one of our neighbors’ dog for their birthdays. This girl is seriously incredible at capturing the face and spirit of a pup (and her prices are outrageously reasonable). Visit Emily’s website to see some of her work and reach out via the contact page if you’d like to talk with her about getting a custom portrait.
What is something cool you discovered last month?