Morvil’s Favorite Things

Raindrops on roses and such… these are a few of our favorite things!
Need some last minute gift ideas for the holidays? Maybe our favorites will give you some inspiration. Or, simply get to know us. Either way, thanks for stopping by.

JOY:

-Weather cold enough for sweatpants and slippers.
-Bouquets of flowers.
-The golden light of autumn.

DAVID:

Barbarian Days, A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

The only thing worse than not being able to surf when the waves are good is reading bad fluff writing that occurs in most surf publications. So I was pleasantly surprised when I dove into William Finnegan’s autobiography “Barbarian Days”, and was hooked from the first page. An accomplished writer by trade, Finnegan crafts his stories with such wonderful writing that you quickly find yourself immersed in lush tropical scenery, riding waves and discovering secrets to each break. From his youth in California and Hawaii, to his Endless Winter journey around the globe, he explains surfing to the novice and indulges details to the obsessed. The journey is intense and wonderful, experiencing the joy and terror of surfing the worlds best waves. It’s also the chronicle of a life and the search for a purpose, which also makes for a wild ride.

ODETTE:

-Favorite book: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Amazing. The writing was stunning.
-I get a Good Reads quote in my inbox every morning. Love that.
-Favorite laugh: “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” on NPR
-Instagram— The Dogist is like the canine version of Humans of NY. I follow both.
-Website: Houzz (obsessed!)
-My 23-year-old is buying stuff I’ve listened to forever— on vinyl. Recent purchase is one of my favorites: Elvis Costello’s My Aim Is True.
-Guilty pleasure readings: anything by Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes.

GREG:

I suppose my favorite thing media related would be the book I am currently reading, Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely.
It is about how we make irrational decisions that are predictable but at the time we think that we are making rational decisions. Some examples of questions it covers are:

  • Why do we splurge on a lavish meal but cut coupons to save 25 cents on a can of soup?
  • Why do we go back for seconds at a buffet when we are already full?
  • Why does FREE have such a big impact on our decisions even when it is a worse deal?

It inspires me to continue understanding how my mind works. This book, along with others, has made me think more about why I do what I do.

OLIVIA:

-Pittsburgh Steelers and Lady Gaga.
-Ultra favorite thing: If the Steelers and Lady Gaga both perform at Super Bowl LI. ~fingers crossed~
Carpool Karaoke is great (I am specifically a fan of the Lady Gaga episode but they’re all pretty fantastic)
-Any work by Chuck Klosterman. My favorite collection of essays by Klosterman is Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs. It is a brilliant analysis on pop culture, society, and the sociological programming of humanity.

TIM:

MELANIE:
Percy…because he is pure joy and love. :)

MELISSA:
Desiderata
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

TRISTA:

I am a big fan of Quora. I get a lot of my “what’s going on” info from there and the content is user driven so it is more of a community perspective.

ALEX:
I love this…