For the shortest month of the year, February sure is a savage: The Northern Hemisphere is pelted with winter blizzards and a general dreariness takes up residence above our heads, zero foods are in season (be sure to tip your hat to the previous sentence), and depending on your current relationship status, Valentine’s Day is always up for debate. Idk, Feb. Maybe you’re overcompensating for something? Or are you just upset that we’ve misspelled your name for forever?
In better news, the second month is generally good for the greeting card industry. Right now the Tay Ham office is buzzing with activity. A steady rapping of fingers on keyboards, the crinkle of cellophane sleeves, and the tween pheromone drunken howls of “I Don’t Want to Live Forever” by Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift (45% office approved btw) fill the air daily with a mostly pleasurable cacophony of sounds and motivating feels. Smiling faces and the regular flashing of bicuspids make up our current fashion trend and we’re definitely ok with it. It’s for those reasons and more that we’re happy this week. And because we want February to lighten up a little, we each put 2 things in the pot this round: 1 general and 1 love-related. We hope you enjoy.
🍗 : Having an ice cream sundae for dessert every night this week is making me very happy. Rewatching this Power Rangers video I found this past summer was pretty fun too. Good times.
❤️ : I love conversation hearts. The candy corn of winter.
🍗 : My current guilty pleasure TV show, The Royals, is making me happy this week! It's so bad that it's good - AND I get to stare at William Moseley, which seriously overrides all cheesiness.
💛 : I'm currently really loving these super pretty vintage inspired tins full of fancy little chocolates! The tins alone make it worth the purchase and they're perfect for Valentine's Day gifts (way cooler than drugstore hearts of chocolate)!
🍗 : The podcast, My Dad Wrote A Porno is making me happy this week. This one is hitting it right - sex, laughter, and some of the most anal-ytical banter and criticism. Jamie's dad wrote an erotic novel, Belinda Blinks, and each week he and his 2 best friends read a chapter pausing often to laugh, gasp, gag, and question if this was in fact a good idea to read your dad's dirty thoughts.
💙 : This week I'm really loving Kehlani's, Sweet Sexy Savage. Think TLC, Brandi and Rihanna. The album title says "get a girl that can do all three" and she did just that. Connecting it all is an IDGAF attitude to conformity, being vulnerable and foregoing being cool to say what needs to be said laced over throwback sounds and electronic beats.
🍗 : Elizabeth Warren being a total badass is making me the happiest this week! Mitch McConnell unknowingly coining the new feminist battle cry was the best backfire, too!
💜 : I just discovered cold brew old fashioneds. Cheers to 2017!
🍗 : I just fell into a Netflix pit for the first time in a hot second and I’m really happy about it! My new show is The Magicians. It’s a SyFy Channel original (which is why I didn’t give it a fair shot at first) based on a trilogy of books (which I devoured) by Lev Grossman. The typical C+ AT BEST grade I give SyFy shows has been curved to an impressive A- thanks to a higher budget, better acting and complex finger movements needed to conjure amazing spells even Harry Potter couldn’t muster.
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💚 : My heart strings were significantly plucked when I ran across one of those surprise proposal stories yesterday. First, I’m really jealous this couple broke into my iPhone Notes app and stole item 14 on my bucket list. But second, Celine Dion seemed super kooky/happy about the whole thing so I guess it’s ok.
🍗 : Not gonna lie, this granola is making me really happy this week! It is kind of expensive but so totally worth it. The sea salt in it is perfect and I love it for a late night sweet treat.
💗 : I love to cook and generally don't like to be out with lots of other people, so I always cook for Valentine's Day. I'm getting excited to work up a delicious menu this week for this years feast. It usually involves some sort of steak and delicious sides and of course a chocolate dessert.
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