Some random stuff I’m into right now
Just got back from a work trip to visit a media partner and it really got me thinking… we were talking about young moms today and what they’re into, what gets them excited enough to get them to take time away from their harried schedules and sit down and read, view, or share something?
I concluded that shared life stage or no, shared generation or no, we cannot be easily generalized! Case in point, I’ve probably got a lot of random media and consumption habits that would make no sense to a marketer if they were using it to piece together who I was and what motivated me, especially since some may or may not fit my life stage or generational expectations. Below are a few of the things I’m into at the moment. Wonder how many other Gen X moms are into the same, and what that says about me, or us as a cohort?
- Listening to: Coming Home – Diddy feat. Skylar Grey . Just download it and put it on repeat, you can thank me later. The lyrics are interesting referencing his life and inner conflicts, and I esp love Grey’s vocals and the piano.
- Watching: Men of a Certain Age – on TNT, starring Ray Romano. Not “everyone” loves Raymond. I thought the show was sort of inane and grating. But, after glowing reviews of the show when it first came out, I gave it a try and was hooked. Though it’s basically a drama-edy about middle-aged men, the three characters are so well-written and the actors have such great chemistry (I’ve always been a Scott Bakula fan anyway) that I can totally relate and empathize with the characters. Season’s over, but you can watch full episodes on the TNT show site.
- Reading: anything by Emily Giffin or Elizabeth Strout. Very different types of writers, but I’ve read two books by each and definitely recommend. Also, two non-fiction books that were pretty provocative and inspiring — The Power of Half: One Families Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back and The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of our Inner Resources.
- Perusing: InStyle, ELLE, Traditional Home, Parents magazines, various lifestyle and fashion blogs, and fashion sites editorials (e.g., Net-a-Porter or Shopbop have good ones).
- Eating: Xochitl chips (the best out there) with homemade guacam-ole and salsa; popcorn, either homemade with truffle butter and sea salt or Orville Redenbacher’s microwave bags in the Lime + Salt flavor, if only they weren’t mini bags. Or maybe that’s a good thing.
- Cooking: recipes from Ina Garten, epicurious.com, or Real Food magazine from local grocer Lunds & Byerly’s (very high quality recipes that work!)