Hello, dear blog readers!
This summer feels (at least to me) like a liminal space. A bit free, a bit not quite free; busy but also quiet.
Steve and I have both been vaccinated, though the kiddos – in the under 5 yrs age bracket – have not, and so while we have assumed something along the lines of a “normal” existence, it’s normal only in so far as any existence with two kids under the age of 5 can be (read: playgrounds, nap time, arguments over whose mom I am that no amount of my saying “I birthed both of you” can mitigate, etc. etc.).
I’m in the process of switching over to a new newsletter delivery system (slow & steady now) and am teaching and writing and reading and in general just trying to enjoy the excessive heat and excessive rain (13 inches in July!) and being grateful that I’m here breathing.
If you read my last post, you know I was in the throes of finishing up a big project, which I did (for now), and after a bit of rest, I’ve begun working on something newish. More updates on both as things progress!
In non-writing news, I chopped my hair back in January and it’s starting to grow out, and I don’t know if it’s hormones or beach air or plain-old-aging, but it’s suddenly curly!
Surely once the humidity eases, the curls will too, but I’m enjoying it immensely while I can.
In book news, here’s an short list of what’s been occupying my time:
- American Gods, Neil Gaiman
- Something That May Shock and Discredit You, Daniel M. Lavery
- Kitchen, Banana Yoshimoto
- The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
- Ten Thousand Saints, Eleanor Henderson
- Lit, Mary Karr
- In the Country, Mia Alvar
A couple of these (Kitchen, Mango Street) are re-reads and a number of them are work related, but I’ve enjoyed them all quite a bit. (Also, not pictured here: Normal People by Sally Rooney, which I read quickly but felt unfulfilled by, like I’d missed some essential point of the book. Anyone else feel this way?)
Interestingly enough, this summer seems to be bringing with it a bit of nostalgia, and perhaps because it’s the first summer in a while where I’m not on any social media, I’m really leaning in to my bored moments and rediscovering some of the things I used to do for fun.
Nobody will be surprised that books are top of that list. But also, walking, music, journaling, drawing, painting my toenails, napping, etc.
This article, recently, about the decline of creativity, caught my eye. I think about this a lot, mostly in regards to my kids, and keeping them away from screens, but also in regards to my own experience. Remember what it was like to be bored? I’m starting to, and am appreciating every minute of it.
And, last but not least: one thing is doing well in our garden (besides the weeds) and it is: KALE! Come on over and I’ll cook some up for you!
The fine print: All photos by me, except the beach umbrellas, courtesy of Kevin Borrill on Unsplash. Obligatory statement that this post contains affiliate links, which provide a small bit of income to this blog when clicked and purchased. If you prefer indie bookstores, you can visit my Bookshop here for the same list. Stay cool and shop local!