Tuesday Things

It’s been over a month since I’ve posted. I backdated my Michigan post because 1) I can and 2) I wanted it posted when it happened for my own future reference. July was filled with vacation, camps of every persuasion, school supply shopping, dentist and doctor appointments, knitting, card games, shooting hoops, crafting, and an ENDLESS BATTLE OF SCREEN POLICING.

Moving on:

Knitting: Always socks. And very slowly a sweater for Jesse. But mostly socks. I’m trying to complete at least a pair a month. I managed to get a pair and a sock done in July and after this weekend I’ve almost finished the second sock.

Watching: I jumped on the bandwagon and watched both seasons of Fleabag on Prime. Not for the faint of heart or even slightly prudish, but I found it hilariously funny and absolutely heartbreaking. I’ve also watched the first few episodes of Dear White People which I’m loving.

Reading: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (★★★☆☆) – super dark and unsettling for me. The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth (★★★★★) – great beach read. Sadie by Courtney Summers (★★★★☆) – not what I was expecting; well written but zero let up. Also read Ani Di Franco’s memoir. I love her music and was so excited to get the book, but wasn’t as inspired by it as by her song writing.

And that’s me…what have you been reading, watching, making, keeping yourself busy with this summer?

Michigan 2019

We’ve rented the same house the last six years we’ve gone. The memories start to all run together. This year the water levels were VERY high but we enjoyed the same public beaches my sister and I swam at as children.

We rode rollercoasters. Violet and Abram braved this 150 swing thing that scared me half to death. We played lots of mini-golf. I’m pretty sure there was one day where we had ice cream for every meal. We created a short playlist of songs that involved rolling the windows down and turning the volume way, way up.

This year felt so bittersweet to me. It’s home. But not home. And while I’m grateful to return to my own bed and my own things, I miss this place the minute I leave it. It makes me wish I could live thousands of different lives and this one too. Does that make any sense? It’s the only way I know how to describe it.

Friday Finds

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  1. I thought this happened to everyone.
  2. LEGO is cool.
  3. I learned it from watching you.
  4. Truth.
  5. Stop with the work/life balance.
  6. I agree. But I don’t agree agree. Tech and trades are a viable alternative.
  7. Rewire your brain with good habits.
  8. This made me smile.
  9. Do you drink rosé? I haven’t tried any despite it being all the rage the last few years but I might just use this guide for some summer time libations.
  10. I’m a fan of Ravelry. I’m not a fan of Trump. I still don’t know if I agree with this decision.
  11. I’ve jumped on the crush on Keanu bandwagon.
  12. Invest in your relationships.
  13. Sunset from space.
  14. Time to start bingeing this now.
  15. Why the Chernoybl disaster didn’t kill all the plants. (Found this fascinating.)

Happy weekend, everyone! Hope it’s great!

NYC

(picture credit goes to my niece)

Last week, my sister and I surprised my niece with a trip to NYC for her sixteenth birthday. We walked a lot. We ate A LOT. We became quite good at navigating the subway (for out of towners). We had adventures and made memories. It was a really special trip and I’m so grateful we had the opportunity to go.

Adventures:

Top of the Rock
Grand Central Station
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Times Square
New York Public Library
Double decker bus tour (that broke down!! We hopped off while they were calling for a new bus and took the train home. Going over Manhattan Bridge on the outside edge on the top half of an open air double decker tour bus gave me heart palpitations. Having that bus break down a few minutes later was more than I could handle!!)
Soho Window Shopping
The Lion King

Places We Ate:

The Meatball Shop (a big favorite)
S’Mac
Junior’s (another favorite)
Milkbar
Hakkasan
Serendipity (and another favorite)
The Bagel Shop
Shake Shack (and one more)
and Doughnut Plant

And now, it’s back to reality.