Hello dear friends, happy Sunday!
It’s dinnertime on Saturday night and somehow I have popcorn popping on the stove. It seemed easier than microwaving leftover from two nights ago but in reality the popcorn will just be more fun to eat. I’ll find myself rummaging in the fridge for Second Dinner leftovers in about two hours, to be sure.
Tron likes popcorn, too. He gives me a paw as a reminder. I blow off the salt and seasoning and give him a few pieces as we go.
The week after a short summer vacation is hard to get into. My brain has said simply, no (but thank you). When I did manage to respond to an email it’s been met immediately with an out of office reply. Somehow the fact that everyone else is on vacation hasn’t pushed my deadlines any father down the road. It’s ok – we got it done this week, at a snail’s pace.
For the remainder of the weekend I’m focusing on putting my laundry away and eating the food in my fridge. Life is a lot of little things and they aren’t all precious (but they are, aren’t they?).
How are you? Are you vacationing with friends? Having coffee with your family? In the early sun? Taking good care? Keeping your feet on the ground?
The offering this week is below. I’m so glad you’re here and I hope you take only what you need:
• I enjoyed this piece the most this week: More Noodles More Life (The New York Times)
• Please enjoy this beautiful new song: Fresh Water in an Empty Vase. I love Natalie’s songwriting. If someone told me to write a song I think I’d just stare at a blank piece of paper forever. There’s a magic in there I respect so much. (Spotify)
• This weekend I listened to this Matrimoniology Ologies podcast about the science (or at least research) behind marriage. I loved it. It’s about human intimacy in marriage relationships. As a non-married person I get tired of the limited definitions of marriage as just “true love” and “hard work”. Dr. Karney put some deeper thoughts behind this “hard work” y’all are always talking about. It’s how you interact together – and how you interact together when you have differences. Is your partner capable of empathy and compromise when you the two of you have differences? The answers inside of those questions are the anatomy of a heathy or challenged marriage. (Apple Podcasts)
• The Joke Was Never On Jennifer Coolidge and apparently we share the same love for Saint-Germain’s crudite, ok girl. (Vulture)
• It’s all gone to pot. Great Jones Cookware and the Illusion of the Millennial Aesthetic. But… I mean we know it’s always been a nonsense illusion, right? (The New Yorker)
• The Devil Wears Prada and the Myth of the One and Only “Big Break”. Wow wow wow let’s look around and appreciate all the work boundaries we set for ourselves now so we can live the happy lives we deserve. (Harper’s Bazaar)
• The lie of “expired” food. This reminds me of toothpaste companies making the opening of tubes wider so people would use more toothpaste than they needed and buy it more often and can everyone just stop kinda lying that’d be helpful. (Vox)
• “At the end of her long life the old, old lobster lay down and became”. An everything-is-everything style illustrated poem worth clicking towards, I promise. (Instagram)
• Ten years later, the “Grey’s Anatomy” musical episode is still a ridiculous, iconic TV flex. Can you tell I’ve been deep into my late night rewatching? (The Ringer)
• Last week’s camping featured Carrot Salad which somehow lasts for a week in the fridge and stays delicious. (Joy the Baker)
• I think I’ll add this to my future camping menu: Honey Mustard Salmon with Caramelized Carrots (The Kitchn)
• We’ve restocked our jam collaboration with Jamboree Jams: Strawberry Chamomile Jam is made from the best Louisiana strawberries and locally grown chamomile. We’re planning to have a jam making class with Jamboree this fall, stay ready! (The Bakehouse Nola)
• My friend Cara reminded me that Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago came out 13 years ago this week and we had a long text chat reminiscing about the boys we were trying to love way back then. (Spotify)
• It’s BLT season. (Joy the Baker)
Enjoy this Sunday!
My love to you.