There’s a difference between being bored because there’s nothing to do and being bored because there’s nothing to feel. It’s functional versus emotional listlessness and both are equally viable to come into play around 3 p.m. on a Monday.
Pick your poison OR GET PICKED, you know? How scary. But not really, because I’ve done the dirty work of cooking up an antidote. Here are five things to do and feel for when you want to stare at a wall because you’re utterly sick of what you’re doing but also you don’t find walls all that interesting, which is sad.
1. Listen/scream: Frank Ocean’s new music is finally here.
I’m a huge Frank Ocean fan and can attest that waiting for his new music to drop felt like waiting for cookies to cool but without the option of just saying “screw it” and burning the roof of your mouth. And also maybe the cookies kept disappearing from the counter, sending you into a panic-stricken tailspin.
Then two things happened over the weekend: Frank Ocean dropped “Blond,” a 17-track album with an invisible E on the cover that used to be called “Boys Don’t Cry.” Maybe he realized they did? He also dropped “Endless,” which is a 45-minute visual album featuring songs from “Blonde.” Both are on iTunes and Apple Music. I’m listening now and I’ll just say: worth the wait.
2. Watch/wonder: The new trailer for Girl Asleep looks like Wes Anderson but isn’t.
Girl Asleep is Rosemary Myers’ debut film and it looks cute enough to keep in your pocket. It also looks freakishly like a Wes Anderson movie, which is making me feel conflicted. ARE YOU CONFLICTED? I’m overthinking it, right? Those yellow short-sleeved button-downs are TDF: To Die For.
3. Laugh/ponder: Do you think John Oliver could convince Trump to drop out of the presidential race?
John Oliver makes a pretty indisputable point. Donald Trump is currently facing two possibilities: 1.) Lose to Hillary Clinton, which he would hate so much, or 2.) Win and do a really hard and thankless thing called running the country, which he would also probably hate so much. Watch John Oliver present a third option above. It’s hilarious and well-explained and, if I were Trump, I might be convinced, seriously.
4. Smile/cry: “Suu the Street Sweeper” is San Francisco’s Grandma.
The San Francisco Chronicle’s Erin Brethauer wrote an amazing profile on Suu Ngo, a street sweeper in San Francisco and it’s warming all our cold hearts.
“Few stories impact readers as much as those about an ordinary, often overlooked person doing extraordinary things. Suu Ngo is that person,” said Brandon Mercer in SF Gate. “She is also the subject of the most-watched video in the history of the San Francisco Chronicle, reaching 11.3 million people around the world this week alone, generating over 5,000 comments, 41,000 shares, and spurring people to take action because of her story.”
Watch above and try not to cry on your keyboard.
5. Admire/gawk: The iconic style of runner Florence Griffith-Joyner.
Florence Griffith-Joyner was a U.S. Olympian and gold medalist in the ’80s known as “The Fastest Woman Alive” who wore totally insane and original track uniforms. Please observe and tell me whether or not you’re rethinking your gym clothes. How freaking cool is she?
P.S. Speaking of the Olympics, did you hear that U.S. women officially have more medals than U.S. men? CONGRATS LADIES.
Feature photographs by Tony Duffy via Getty Images.