LINKS || July 12, 2019

by - 7:51 AM

Hey guys. Assuming I actually finish a thought and push publish on this today, it's safe to say good morning and happy Saturday! (Full disclosure, that originally said "Friday", just so you don't think I actually have it together or anything.)

In other news, I've got a birthday coming up and if you know me, you know I take these things seriously. I've got two weeks to crank through some goals to make me just a little more comfortable coasting into 31. The 30's haven't been kind to me yet, which is a bummer because every single thing I read about this decade promised that I'd slide into feeling more comfortable and confident and whatever, but really I just slid into 10 extra pounds and the same anxiety that things are slipping by too quickly and I'm not properly appreciating them. So, you know, things are mostly the same.

Can we talk about this though? Just really quick. Did the "everything gets cool and easy in the 30's" hype prove true for you? Are you cool and is everything easier now?

Could be dead though, so I'll take my wins where I find them!



It's already mid-July, and Cherry Festival is over, so it feels like we're really in the thick of summer and like it always does, it came as a surprise to me. Or more like a mid-level anxiety surge of no stop! Slow down! Happens every year, but this time, I have a plan. I got on the trend bandwagon and wrote a list of non-negotiable so that when September surprises me, I'll be satisfied with a summer well lived.

  • Have a bonfire with s'mores. 
  • Play with sparklers.
  • Grab a pizza for dinner and eat it in the park at Lake Ann.
  • Go camping - negotiable. 
  • Go to the fair. See if Duke is still afraid of the pigs. 
  • Visit Mackinaw Island. 
  • Go to a Pit Spitters game.  
Sounds fun to me. Now we just gotta do it, though. 



Ry and I have been obsessed with watching Youtube series about people who live on sailboats or in a van. I've talked about it here already probably twice, so you know I mean business. Anyway, now I'm obsessed with camper life style. 

Do I look outdoorsy?



I finished up re-reading The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. I last read it more than a decade ago, and with age comes fresh eyes. I think this is one of those books I'll pick up every few years for the rest of my life. It's that kind of read, you know?

Then I moved along to The Vacationers by Emma Straub. I've decided that she's a favorite writer and there are a couple more books she's authored that I put holds on at the library. It's a beach read, but with substance. 


4 || LINKS

  • Speaking of reading, THIS is a solid and not sales pitch-y book recommendation list. There's some new books, some old books, and some classics and I've got my eye on this one
  • If you worry a lot, please ready this. I printed the Bad Day Disaster Plan. 
  • I accidentally discovered Nora McInerny this week in a TedTalk about moving forward. For a quick synopsis, Nora lost a pregnancy, her husband and her father all within weeks of each other, and I loved her explanation that moving forward is not the same thing as moving on. Also, I fell for her delightful energy and personality. I'm hooked.  Also placing holds on her books. 
  • I've been listening to the Asking for a Friend podcast lately. And listen, LC has grown up and this is not a podcast about The Hills, so don't be scared off. It's thoughtful, engaging conversations about careers and hobbies by a woman who has become a mother and still wants to have a career. 
  • I laughed and laughed and laughed. Okay, it's not that funny, but whatever. 


5 || INTO IT

Lake life. 'Tis the season you know, and there's really nothing like it. Cue all the freshwater hashtags. 


6 || PLANS

The obvious - it's 70+ degrees, so D and I will be at the farmers market for breakfast this morning and probably beaching this afternoon. Ryan's right in the middle of staining our house, so that's a fun project for this weekend. I keep meaning to run out and snap a picture because holy Jesus, is the difference incredible/crazy. I am now convinced there are approximately ten million shades between light and dark blue. 

Happy weekending friends!

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