This week, I’m positively smitten with…
1. Harry Potter: I admit I’ve just finished the Harry Potter series. I know, I know — I’m seriously late to the party. But I actually wasn’t into Harry Potter until a few years ago, after missing out on all of the hoopla surrounding the books and the films. I came around just in time to see “Deathly Hallows” parts 1 and 2 in theaters, but my love for the series happened quickly and severely. I fell in love so hard I was terrified to read the books for fear they’d ruin the movies, which I held so dear to my heart. But I started the series about two years ago, unable to resist; I loved Harry Potter too much not to indulge in the books that had started it all. So I read them slowly… painfully so, because I ended up loving them just as intensely as I’d loved the films and I wanted the series to last forever. Now that I’m done, all I can think is: “I can’t wait to start the series all over again.”
2. Etsy: I’ve waxed poetic about Etsy many times before, but usually about specific items. This time, I simply want to tell you how much I love, love, love the site on a whole. Where else can you type in anything you love and be flooded with dozens (sometimes hundreds, sometimes thousands) of handmade items that match exactly that description? On Etsy, I’ve purchased everything from hair bows to customized portrait illustrations to personalized jewelry engraved with a loved one’s handwriting. Some of the creations on Etsy are truly wondrous, and the next time you are in the market for something unique — for yourself, for a loved one, or just because — I recommend giving Etsy a shot.
3. Robin Williams: It wouldn’t be a proper smitten list this week without mentioning the beloved Robin Williams. When celebrities pass away, we all feel the impact, whether big or small. It’s hard to lose cultural icons; they seem so untouchable, like they’ll be around forever. It’s especially true for Robin Williams, who so many of us loved. Like many my age, I grew up on Robin Williams films — everything from “Mrs. Doubtfire” to “Good Will Hunting,” “Jumanji” to “Aladdin,” “Dead Poet’s Society” to “Patch Adams.” He was, I think, someone we couldn’t help but love. He was the quintessential funny man, adored by all. Robin Williams won’t soon be forgotten, and the loss of such an admired man to depression reminds us all how serious depression truly is. If you, or anyone you know, is feeling lost, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. You’re not alone.