Happy Sunday! How are you this morning? I hope you’re riding this latest delta wave of the panini as best you can. It’s all just exasperating and I hope that everyone you love is staying well.
I’m trying to enjoy these slow summer days. There’s a sweetness to the way New Orleans slows during the steamiest days of the year. You couldn’t put on your hurry even if you wanted to. I didn’t know I’d love this pace as much as I do. I have iced tea in the fridge and a pot of red beans I cooked real slow. That’s my level this week.
I’m headed to a little bed and breakfast in east Texas with Will this weekend. I suspect I’ll return with mosquito bites, sunburns in odd places, and a smile on my face. The picture above is from the French Quarter, where I ran myself this past Thursday. I was sweatier than you can even imagine.
The offering this week is below, along with a little request from me to you at the very bottom. I’m so glad you’re here. I hope you’re well. Take only what you need.
• This week’s long read is deeper than the flashy headline. Very interesting. American Shoppers Are A Nightmare. (The Atlantic)
• In related news – my daydream job, being a Delta flight attendant, is now training flight attendants in self defense. (DMarge)
• Please stop right here and read this. Goodbye, My Fantasy Man. Kismet and and a man who makes pumpkin, and only, pumpkin pie. (Modern Love for The New York Times)
• About these bodies we live in: Solving The Mystery of IBS (The New York Times)
• This week, in that 20 minute space I was waiting for both my coffee and sunscreen to kick in, I asked Google a rather desperate questions You know that time right? When you’re just like “can I?” “what if I?” “how can we?” and it’s all very opened ended until some sort of illusive motivation snaps us back into the world? This week I googled “how to do things” and here’s the answer so you don’t have to have the same Google crisis: 100 Skills Everyone Should Know. (Popular Mechanics)
• A few weeks ago I shared this recipe for Cucumber Cilantro Margaritas, and all I’m saying is, well… I think you should. (Joy the Baker)
• Very timely summer information: the best way to quickly chill a bottle of wine. (The Kitchn)
• How much do you love to rearrange your bedroom? I love to move things around every season (which also gives me a chance to vigorously vacuum under the bed, amen). The Anatomy of the Perfect Bedroom (Apartment Therapy)
• If you’re in the mood to put a loaf of bread in the oven today, please consider: Cheddar and Scallion English Muffin Bread (Joy the Baker)
• A little summer crafting inspiration from last year here at Camp Joy – Pressed But Not Bothered and the blog post with links to the tools can be found here. I still have the little clay leaf trays I made last year. It’s such a lovely way to preserve a year. (Instagram and Joy the Baker)
• Before we go, can I ask a big favor of you? I’ll be taking a bit of time off the computer for the next few weeks to go on a cross country motorcycle road trip with Will (I’m SO EXCITED!), but that means the Sunday posts (my favorite of the week) will be hard for me to do alone. I have a few guest writers, but I’d love for this to be a community effort. If you have an article or book you’ve read recently, a song you love, a craft tutorial you’ve enjoyed – will you share it with me with a sentence or two about why you love it? You can send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll compile it all for our enjoyment. You’re wonderful, I’m so glad we’re here together. Thank you, friends.
Have a wonderful Sunday, friends! It’s good to be in it with you.
My love to you.