My big reading project for the summer is to tackle Gone With the Wind. I started it a few months ago when I had a bit more down time, but left off somewhere in the middle of quicker, easier reads. I enjoy historical fiction, especially that about the South; but there's still something daunting about a book that is over a thousand pages. In the meantime, I finished Stephen King's On Writing, a book I recommend for anyone who enjoys putting pen to paper on occasion. I also tore through the short story collection Half Wild from author Robin MacArthur. Although the stories focus on Vermont, they might as well be about the back woods areas around East Tennessee.
Lately the song I have on repeat most often is "No Woman" by Whitney. Music that is particularly atmospheric and evocative is the only common theme in my tastes. This song is no exception: a little nostalgic and moody with the perfect kick of horns to balance it out. It's a dose of summer nostalgia before we really start the season.
Ryan, and I just finished the premiere season of 13 Reasons Why. Since starting Called Crazy, I try now more than ever to keep track of mental health issues in pop culture. Ryan and I discussed several different points about the show. Ultimately, it was a traumatic viewing experience that left us feeling like we didn't get what we needed in the resolution. Several of the scenes left me feeling physically anxious, but definitely got me thinking. I think it's worth a watch to get the conversation about mental health going, especially for teenagers; but it is gruesome and doesn't do a perfect job of discussing the ramifications of suicide or even highlighting major symptoms of depression.
My food and recipe game has seriously improved since I started work on a local certified organic vegetable farm. We harvest on Tuesdays and Fridays for our CSA members so my coworker, Jessica (a talented photojournalist as well as my fellow farmhand), and I get to take home extras every week. I come home with renewed creativity each time. Pictured above are two of my recent recipes as well as an appealing harvest of overwintered carrots. For now, I'm doing test runs of all of my meals before sharing official recipes, but I hope to start sharing my harvest inspired recipes each week.
Not only do I get a bounty of food from working on the farm, I get more than my fair share of sun exposure. I tend to get tan pretty quickly rather than always burning, but I am still diligent about skin care. All of the chemical sunscreen took a toll on my face, though, so I recently switched to Badger Balm products. I will go through several natural brands this season and do a comprehensive review after testing the options!
I can't get on Pinterest without a picture the Jesse Kamm Sailor Pants popping up in some fashion. While I originally thought about spending my tax return to get a pair, I made the more fiscally sound decision to get this pair from Anthropologie that looks almost identical. While I don't condone knock-offs or fast fashion all the time, I do advocate for financial responsibility. I'm not sure if this is a trend piece or a true wardrobe staple for me, so I would rather try it out for the sale-on-sale price of $36 than spending ten times that much.