Hi + happy Monday! Let’s start off with our weekly check in. I really love these little check ins and reading through your comments… it’s both intriguing and reassuring to hear how other people are doing and what their cities are like right now. Makes me feel a little bit less alone and isolated! Tell me how you are doing and how your weekend was! (And where you live, as that’s always interesting!!!)
I’ll go first. I am happy to share a bit of positive news and tell you that this weekend was better for me. I don’t mean to sound dramatic, but Saturday was the first time I felt truly happy in a while.
A few things were at play. First of all, it’s wild what a difference changing the curtains in my living room has made for my state of mind. I spend so much time there now, and it’s been pretty dark. The sheer panels let in so much sunlight (while also of course, providing privacy). I had no idea how bright and airy my apartment could feel with just one small change. I also Facetime’d with my sister and my niece, made (and ate) some delicious homemade ice cream… and even went for a long walk (and got a to-go Negroni from one of my favorite bars). It was a weekend-y weekend, and it didn’t hurt that it felt like summer outside.
Our May Bad on Paper Pick!
I am really, really enjoying The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires. It’s our May book club pick for Bad on Paper (if you’re new here, BoP is the podcast I co-host with one of my best friends… we have a monthly book club!) I am only about a third through it but I love that it’s well written, a little gruesome, and revolves around a book club set in Charleston. This one came highly recommended by my mom… and my mom has the BEST taste in books!
This was a big week of TV. There was a lot of TV. I am really impressing myself with my TV watching abilities, lately. But at least it gives me something to talk about? I have discovered that when trapped inside, I can watch several seasons of TV in just a week. What a world… 😉
OK I am OBSESSED with Defending Jacob on Apple TV. But I’m also slightly heartbroken that it isn’t all out at once? I want to binge watch, but suppose it is an exercise in patience. This one is a thriller (yay) where a teenage boy is accused of murdering his classmate. I’m four episodes in and it’s quite dark – it’s pretty devastating to watch how the murder charge impacts the family. I never read the book (it had come highly recommended to me from Ashley Spivey) and now I wish I did, as the series is SO GOOD!
I also started, and finished Normal People and (this is something I never say!!!) the TV show is even better than the book! It’s beautifully shot, the characters are incredibly relatable and their chemistry is BEYOND. It’s heartbreaking though (you know this if you read the book), so I like to give a little warning there. If you’re feeling down right now, you may want to save it for later.
Never Have I Ever (Mindy Kaling’s new show on Netflix) is SO cute. It’s about three nerdy high school girls; one of them being particularly hot-headed. If you loved Booksmart, you will love this. It’s so real and heartwarming, and just FUN… it’s the lighthearted cute TV show we all need right now.
I also finished Outerbanks, which we discussed last week. Was only medium on the plot but the beautiful cast definitely made it worth watching. I still can’t decide who I have a bigger crush on: “teen” John B (he’s 27 in real life), or his girlfriend Sarah’s father Wade (55 in real life). Lol.
Making Homemade Ice Cream
I would venture to say that we are heading into ice cream season? I love making homemade ice cream; it’s such a treat! I’m not a big sweets person but I LOVE ice cream… especially really good, homemade ice cream! This cookbook has a million great recipes (I made the roasted banana ice cream this weekend which is like an ice cream version of banana flambe!).
I’ve been a big fan of Carly Beck’s artwork for a while now. Her pet portraits are INCREDIBLE. I’m trying to remember how I found her instagram and I can’t remember (it may have been The Carlyle Hotel?) but I remember just being like WOW and falling head over heels with her work. Anyway, a couple months ago (totally unprompted; we had DM’d a couple times – mostly just me fangirling), she painted Tyrion! I freaked out. I lost my mind. He’s even wearing Game of Thrones regalia! And then she mailed me the painting, which was just the best mail ever.
Would love to hear your favorite distractions right now!