I have tried to write today’s post in multiple ways, on varying topics, over the course of several hours, and it’s not happening. Things are just… I give up. Setting the bar low for tonight, I gave myself a goal of writing about three nice things I could talk about or recommend. Any three things.
This beautiful walk-through video game puzzle with Escher-esque twists and turns — Monument Valley. I think there are three or four in the series – Monument Valley, MV II, Forgotten Shores, and Ida’s Dream? They’re like $3.99. I recommend downloading them onto something like an iPad. I find them comforting when I need to de-stress; I’ve been playing them over and over for years and I never tire of them. The music is soothing, the visuals are stunning, the stories are lovely.
Erik Satie. I listen to his chill piano pieces over and over again. I can listen to Gymnopédies or Gnossiennes every single day, and lately I have been.
Watching this guy’s planted tanks. My daughter and I are in the habit of recommending quietly pleasurable videos to each other when we run across them, and we are amused by how many of the same videos we found separately in the vast wasteland that is YouTube. Anyway, this guy does Walstad tanks – no filter, no fertilizer – and these are time-lapse videos of watching things grow and swim around in various tanks over the course of months, with some soothing background music. In this particular case, with this particular guy, it’s usually Satie, so win/win.
I had one of these in my office for months, and it was a delight. I’m trying to figure out how I can lug it home and start again.
What are you doing to soothe yourself these days? Recommendations?