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Color of the Year 2017

We are already into the second month of 2017 and I'm only now making my first post of the year. I've been distracted. The combination of baby and politics, which I've been immersed in independent of one another (most of the time), has been quite a potent procrastination potion and hasn't left much room in my brain for other things. That needs to change. Balance my friends -- it's constantly eluding me, but maybe things will finally be different.

Announcing Pantone's color of the year feels like a fitting return to blogging. Most people that care probably already are aware what this year's selection is, but it's a tradition of sorts around these parts to document (since 2007!), and do so well after the official release. When you see their rationale for the choice it's also seems symbolically on target. Presenting Greenery:

A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.
Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.
Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world.
A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

Is it my favorite? No, not exactly. When I look at it on it's own it doesn't inspire much in me, except for maybe a phantom sour taste in the corner of my mouth. As an accent color? Heck yeah. In nature? Of course. As a foretelling of what the year could be like? All over it; I so want to believe and will do my best to have green thoughts. So I like what it represents but don't universally embrace it in the material world. How's that for a wooden hug.

In related news, I like the overall Spring color story, and kale may be more my speed.