Plus, Florida moves forward on a $96-billion state budget and Orlando is in need of a new poet laureate.

⁉️ Could that be languishing that you’re feeling?

Plus, Florida moves forward on a $96-billion state budget and Orlando is in need of a new poet laureate. 

Hey there, it’s Tuesday. The sun is shining, the high is predicted to reach 82 today, and there’s a 100% chance that if you keep reading, you’re going to find everything you need to know about current happenings in the big O.  

But first, let’s talk about this article from The New York Times that my friend Kelly Cohen shared with me over the weekend. It’s all about “languishing,” a feeling many have likely experienced over the last year and may even still be dealing with now. 

The term is deemed the “neglected middle child of mental health” and could be used to describe the aimlessness you may feel when you lay in bed upon waking up in a post-March 2020 world, when you pick up the remote and watch the same movie you’ve seen a bajillion times, or even now as you read this newsletter. You’ll find an excerpt from the article down below, but I think reading the whole piece in its entirety might make you feel better and less alone about where you’re at. (That is, if you’re even here, where I am, wherever that is. 😉)

The ultimate reason I’m bringing all of this up — beyond just saying “Hey, hi, how’re you doing, you’re not alone, how can I help?” —  is to ask you, our dear readers, what helps you overcome a day of languishing? Are there people/orgs in our community helping you get through this pandemic? Tell me,, with the subject line: This is what you’re looking for. I’ll then share your thoughts back here for everyone to see. Deal? Deal. 

OK, now let’s talk about Florida’s new seat at the table, a new crosswalk coming to Corrine Drive, and the future of Lake Eola. 

Can you relate? Your editor here felt pretty seen by the New York Times with its recent article on languishing and the emotional long haul of the pandemic. (🎨: Pulptown) | Wanna see your photo here? Tag either #pulptown or @pulptown on Instagram to be featured as our IG of the Day! 

What Orlando is talking about

📝 So Florida is only getting one new seat in Congress rather than the two many had hoped for per results from this year's census. Only Texas gained more than one seat while every other state either gained or lost one. Lawmakers have said Florida’s population was undercounted due to early census deadlines and the chaos caused by the pandemic. Why would we want another seat, you ask? Because more seats equal more representation and more support on a federal level. The more you know! (Orlando Sentinel

👟 Corrine Drive is getting a crosswalk right by East End Market in the near future. The idea was first toyed with way back in 2013, and for many who frequent and live in the area, it feels long overdue. The street has long favored cars over pedestrians, but a crosswalk could finally help change things. (Bungalower)

💰 Florida legislature finalized the fiscal 2021-2022 budget on Monday, leaving room for a legally required 72-hour “cooling off” period before a final vote on Friday when the session is scheduled to end. The budget includes a salary bump for teachers, extending Medicaid postpartum benefits, and bonuses for prison workers along with several budget cuts. (Orlando Weekly, Orlando Sentinel

⛲️ What does the future of Lake Eola look like? That’s what the city of Orlando wants to know and it wants your help in deciding that. There’s a virtual community-wide meeting happening next Thursday, May 6, at 12 p.m. and you’re invited to attend. Register at (The City Beautiful on Instagram

🗣 Speaking of the city, it’s looking for its next poet laureate. Do you love Orlando?  Can you rhyme? Can you flow? Maybe it’s your time to shine. If you think you have what it takes, sign up by visiting now through June 18. (City of Orlando

🐱 Grey is a one-year-old grey and orange tabby searching for his furr-ever home. He’s currently enjoying hanging out with the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando crew but is eager to meet his future parents and possibly siblings of the two-legged or four-legged variety. You can learn more about the cuddly little guy at the link. ➡️ (Pet Alliance on Instagram

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🎙️ Tune in for Tech Talks, an ongoing conversation with luminaries in the tech world and beyond. This week's guest is Mag.Lo, an offbeat musical artist and producer from Deltona (Online)

🖼 Immerse yourself in the world of surrealism at this new exhibit at Albin Polasek Museum now through July 11 (Winter Park)

🍻 Drink beers, play bingo, and win prizes weekly (Lake Eola Park)

🍿Support your favorite movie house while also learning the art of slow living by watching the critically-acclaimed film "The Truffle Hunters" now through May 6 (Maitland)


🍻 Go on a local IPA beer tasting tour courtesy ofYelp and The Nook on Robinson's Beer Scouts (Online (pick-up in Milk District))

☮️ Practice savasana outside in the garden at Mead Botanical Garden weekly (Winter Park)

🎶 See Sheryl Crow perform live outside at the Frontyard Festival at the Dr. Phillips Center (Downtown)

🖼 Hey new mamas, take the babies on a stroller tour of the Orlando Museum of Art (Loch Haven Park)

🎟 Turn up and turn Haos out at this drag show for a good cause (Downtown)

🗣Grab a ticket to this fundraising event for Orlando Story Club happening at the CityArts Courtyard(Downtown)


👏 Learn a few tricks or two at this virtual magic show benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank (Online)

🍷 Hang with the winemakers of this California-based wine at Swirlery's latest tasting (SoDo)

🇹🇭 Travel to Thailand via this monthly dinner series happening at Naradeva Thai Restaurant (Millenia)


❓ Test your friends on their "Friends" knowledge and who can eat the biggest hamburger (Maitland)

👟 Raise awareness for and participate in this year's AIDS walk from anywhere (Online)

🚲 Get on two wheels and bike the city via this month's Critical Mass excursion monthly (Loch Haven Park)


🌳 Shop this outdoor pop-up market with 20+ vendors featuring locally made goods, curated vintage, clothing, and more (Ivanhoe)

👒 Pull out your big hats and prep your livers for mint juleps — it's derby time (Sanford)

👟 Lace on those running shoes for the 2021 Color Run 5k at Osceola Heritage Park (Kissimmee)

🌱 Get on your bike (or rent one!) and join Fleet Farming for a volunteer swarm ride to plant neighborhood gardens (Audubon Park)

🎶 Watch the Bach Festival Choir perform American folksongs and spirituals on the big stage outdoors (Downtown)

👒 Enjoy a Derby Day yacht rock-themed brunch at Maxine's on Shine (Colonialtown)

🍿Grab a blanket and watch "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" on the big screen (Maitland)

💪 Get moovin' with the Milk District in this fitness challenge now through May 31 (Milk District)

One more thing

Did you tune in to this week’s episode of 15 Minutes in Pulptown? We talked about the new food hall-ish concept coming to the Milk District next month, a cast member “co-op” coming to Clermont, Colonialtown’s new outdoor music fest, the local lawyers challenging Gov. DeSantis over the passing of his anti-protest bill HB1, and more. Plus, we shared the top five (okay, eight) events picks of the week (including Saturday night’s Orlando City SC game, Brian and Mitch 😉), plus the five accounts you should be following on the internet. Check it out right here

Oh, also, this is your friendly reminder that Pizza Bruno is popping up at the Ravenous Pig Brewing beer garden today at 4 p.m. and it’s a first-come, first-serve situation. We told you about it in last week’s episode of the podcast. See, those kinds of hot tips are why you should definitely be tuning in. Amirite or amirite?

See you back here tomorrow!

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

P.S. Did you catch last night's pink moon? She was a beauty.

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