I’ll admit that most of my January so far has been spent between my house and my car. The time in my car has mostly been trips to pilates class, the library, the grocery store, or my new favorite thing in the fucking universe, the infrared sauna. I have been permanently wired to audio for all of it.
Part of my #KonMari mission was to streamline the tech in my home and get everything to a place where it just… worked. Easier said than done, but the solution came in two forms: a pair of AirPods that fly seamlessly between CarPlay and my phone, and some simple home automation. As the proud owner of now both a Google Home (bedroom) and Google Home Hub (kitchen), its been significantly easier to keep up with all the albums I want to play and podcasts I’m recommended (some of which I’ve listed at the bottom of this newsletter!) because I can just tell my newly-minted robot servants to pick up where I left off.
(On the home automation note, I took things a step further and installed some smart plugs and bulbs — they’re relatively inexpensive, and being able to say “Hey Google, turn off the bedroom lights and TV” is pretty great when you’re all burrowed under your comforter and really don’t want to get up to switch off your lamp at bedtime. I also make Google play me rain sounds when I sleep. #selfcare. #wellness. #lazy.)
Anyway, all of this audio-automation has renewed my lifelong love for making playlists. So, I made one for the quiet, the cozy, the gray and hazy, the cold and the cuddlers. Because it’s Wintroversion time, baby. Time to swaddle yourself in blankets and burrow in. ⚡️listen up⚡️