Friday Things, 02/03

February 4, 2012 § 2 Comments

1. Life Resolution Time?  Attempt excellence in all things.

I know we’re well into 2012 already – seeing as we are already 1/12 of the way through the year, but I’m still attempting to make some New Years resolutions for myself.  Maybe I should just start calling them “Life Resolutions,” because really, it’s February.

So I have decided this Friday morning that one of my life resolutions is to really understand what it means to pursue excellence in all things, all endeavors, all the big and little bits of my life.  A boring day at work?  Do the boring work with excellence.  I am a terrible flosser of my teeth?  Floss with excellence.  Not communicating as well with my parents as I hope to?  Pursue excellence by calling them more frequently, even if I have nothing to say.  It shows I care.  That is excellent.  I want to break down this phrase.  I want to break down what this phrase means to me and what it looks like lived out.  I’ll probably come back with more insight later.

2. Ryan Gosling is “On Demand” for all of February?  Nice.

3. I just discovered from my friend Jessica Lee that if you are on Facebook Chat AND you have Spotify, you can listen to music with other friends on Facebook Chat at the same time. Neat.  We are currently both listening to my friend Whitney Rosenthal’s play list.

4. These chicken tacos will probably be made tonight for dinner.

Man Tacos

I have a really hard time deciding what to make for dinner (when I do occasion to cook).  My decisions are broadly limited by two things: (1) I’m not that comfortable cooking yet.  I feel like I’m still pretty limited by my fear of the kitchen and certain kitchen accessories and cooking skills (I just learned what “browning” means); (2) I don’t like to cook insanely greasy things – though I will be more than happy to make insanely buttery rich things.

5. I am debating whether or not I want to switch perfumes.


This is HUGE for me.  I think smell is incredibly important.  And it’s not just because my new book, “The Social Animal” told me so.  (David Brooks did tell me that “people who lose their sense of smell suffer greater emotional deterioration than people who lose their vision.”)  I’ve always had this romantic notion that I want to be associated with a specific smell.  You know in books / stories when they say  along the lines of, ‘he smelled Lavender and remembered her and the sweet soft smell of her hair’?  Well I’ve been going for ‘they smelled Chloe by Chloe and they thought of Rodan.”  Kind of narcissistic, I know.  But my roommate just started wearing Black Orchid by Tom Ford and the scent is absolutely intoxicating.

Thoughts?  What perfume do you wear and why do you wear it?

Happy Weekend! 


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§ 2 Responses to Friday Things, 02/03

  • I know this is an old post, but birchbox just introduced me to your blog. I feel the exact same way about perfume. My mom has worn Calvin Klein’s Obsession since before I was born, and I love the strong association I have between her and the smell of Obsession (in fact, when I was little, I just thought that was what she smelled like – I didn’t know it was perfume). So, like my mom, I’ve worn the same perfume – Chance by Chanel – for several years now. I love the smell, but I’ve occasionally thought about switching to something else. But my point is just that I understand your reluctance to switch. 🙂

    • rodes says:

      Hi Alex!

      Thanks so much for sharing. I love knowing that other people are like me and have the same strong feelings about smell association. I’m trying my best to blog more and just be in conversation with the blog community more so your feedback is awesome and encouraging!

      🙂 Rodan

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