August is for peaches. Specifically Colorado peaches that are shipped across our border in the back of an enormous truck that sets up in the parking lot of La Fiesta in McPherson Kansas. You can buy an entire case if you want to. You want to.
Peaches are my most favorite food. When people ask me what I would like my last meal to be, here is my answer:
Four slices of toast: one on homemade bread with salty butter, one on whole grain bread with cherry preserves, one on sourdough with smashed avocado and lots of good salt, and one on wonder bread with mayonnaise and home-grown tomatoes. And for dessert, a Colorado peach in August with homemade whipped cream.
Here are a list of things that I want to do to peaches in August but probably won’t because, instead, I’ll just stand outside and eat them fresh from my grubby little hands because nothing’s better than that.
Funny thing about March, 2018: After about the first week, I just assumed we were in the last week. I had something really fun happening in the last week of March (I’ll write to you about it soon), and my impatience had me just assuming that we were in the home stretch through the whoooooole month. Like when you’re trying to fall asleep on Christmas eve but you’re so excited that you keep yourself awake and the the night seems to stretch on forever. That still happens to me and I’m 34.
Anyway, here are some things that happened in March when I was paying attention. Please be advised that a few of these links are affiliate links and I will receive compensation if you make purchases through those links.
I finished 2 books, both of which are completely out of my usual genres: You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero (which I will post about early next week and can not suggest enough even though I hate anything related to money talk). The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory (which was a really fun, light, quick romance novel. An incredible pallet cleanser.)
Since those were both completely different from what I ordinarily read, I’m looking for something with a little more depth and story to it. I’m trying to decide between these two–what do you think? The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah or An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
I recently started re-watching Master of None and it’s reignited the desire to start making pasta. I’ve always wanted to learn but my kitchens have always been so small and tiny. So if you hear of anyone offering pasta making classes in Central Kansas, hook a girl up. Of course I’d need one of these. Oh… and one of these.
Speaking of Netflix… I’ve always been a little bit of a font nerd but this fascinated me and I am going to be looking for/ noticing it all the time, now.
Once March hit, I only wanted to eat salads all the time always. Here are a few of my favorites:
From Cookie and Kate (I made this one all month long–it’s got all my favorite flavors).
From Shutterbean (I make this one the most)
From Love and Lemons (I’ve never made this one but it’s on my list. I can’t wait to try it.)
Design for Mankind is one of my favorite blogs of all time. Erin has an incredible way of melding the everyday, the spiritual, and the practical all together–which is my favorite way to live. Anyway, while we’re talking about food, here’s A Guide to Family Dinners.
Modern Mrs. Darcy wrote this article about The Discipline of Staying in the Room which really spoke to me. Rushing around makes me feel rushed. I love the intention of staying in the room.
I happened upon this Ted Talk interview with Jane Fonda and Lilly Tomlin and I’ve so-far shared it everywhere I possibly can. I love learning about friendships and I love learning about long-time female friendships. This whole thing is full of beautiful, hilarious quotes. “I don’t know what I would do without my women friends. I have my friends, therefore I am.” –Jane Fonda
And last but not least, I bought this kimono on Amazon on impulse after my friend Alyssa told me about it. I have never bought clothes on Amazon before and I fully expected it to be… janky af… to be completely honest with you. But it’s kind of perfect and I’m in love with it and fully intend to wear it everywhere this spring and summer. Over feminist t-shirts and ripped jeans. Over dresses and heels. Over my swimsuit. This thing will work for you I promise. I ordered my usual size and it’s a little big so if you’re worried about that, maybe size down. But there’s so little structure to it, sizing kind of doesn’t even exist. Also, I plan to just belt mine because there’s another look. For a mere $16, I’m telling everyone I know about this. Oh, also there are so many different patterns you could buy a dozen. I’m only half joking. I knooooow this sounds like a sales pitch but it’s just because I want you to have this in your life.
Other places I was published this month:
–The Voyageer let me share a story of Ryan and I’s recent weekend away. Here’s a link to my favorite places to spend a weekend in Wichita. (And since we just got back from our trip to CA, we’re dreaming about where we should go next, this list should help.)
-I wrote an article for &/Both Magazine about being a fat person on vacation. I felt really vulnerable regarding this article because there were some parts that I hadn’t shared about, before. But it feels good to talk about it. You can order the magazine from here. Or if you live in Wichita, Hutchinson, McPherson, or Lawrence Kansas, you can pick up an issue locally! Message me and I’ll let you know where.
We went on vacation at the end of January and when we came home I was nervous that I’d fall into the whole “everything in my house is lame because it’s not as fun as when we were on vacation” rut. You know what I mean? So I started doing this gratitude challenge on my Instagram stories. I set an alert in my phone to go off every night to remind myself to think about the ways I’m #blessed on purpose.
And then I got the flu and that job was hard because when you have the flu you don’t have the energy to be grateful BUT you also don’t have the energy to hate everything around you. You just lay on the couch and wait for time to do its job to either kill you or heal you while you stare at the ceiling and wonder about exactly nothing. So while it wasn’t a step back, it wasn’t exactly a step forward either. Bonus: when you’re finally well, gratitude is at an all time high!
Now, look, I’mactually not the kind of person who thinks that you have to be happy all of the time. I’m usually the kind of person who sees those gratitude posts in November all over Facebook–you know the ones, right? And rolls my damn eyes and scrolls on because some days I just can not be bothered by everything that’s going right in Susan’s life. Okay? Haha! But also… I bet it makes Susan feel really great to be intentional about that stuff and if she needs it, she needs it. That’s why I scroll on and don’t, you know, leave a comment that says, “No one cares, Susan!!” I feel bad for Susans out there. If your name is Susan and you’re reading this–it’s not directed at you. I just plucked a name out of the thin air. Sorry, Susan!
So, sometimes we do have to dig deep and talk about the big and small things that are keeping us alive right now. So here we are in the deepest, darkest depths of bleak winter, making lists of five things that are making us happy. Ready? You do it, too, if you want to.
My New Balance [affiliate] sneakers. Ryan surprised me with them. I had seen them in the store window, went in and tried them on, found out the price and then told Ryan all about them, knowing that I wasn’t really going to buy them. I just wanted a little taste of them. I almost never ever buy shoes. Especially at full price. Because of that, I have some really embarrassing cross trainers in my closet. Rather than bring those with me on vacation, Ryan came home from work one night with these under his arm to surprise me. I love a gift that intersects at the point of romance and practicality. And these shoes go with everything. Very handy.
Reading Who Thought This Was a Good Idea [affiliate] by Alyssa Mastromonaco. I’ve been hearing about this book for months, now. It always sounded interesting and when it came to looking for something to read on the plane, it sounded perfect for me. Not something that required too much deep attention but something that was light hearted. Apparently I wasn’t the only one with the idea that it was a good plane read because my neighbor across the aisle was reading the exact same book!
Mastromonaco tells really funny and exciting stories about working in Obama’s White House. I definitely recommend it.
Cozy, hyggee scarf/ blanket. This one [affiliate] is nearly identical to the one that I bought on clearance at ModCloth at the beginning of the year. Under my coat, it has brought softness and comfort into these most harsh days of winter. I love adding it to my typical leggings+tunic uniform on warmer or at-home days. I’m a very tactile person so just wrapping up in it makes me instantly more happy.
Searching for new recipes after being sick and only eating toast and applesauce. There’s still a lot of food that doesn’t appeal to me but I’m really interested in this recipe for Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple that I found in my most recent issue of Bon Appetit. Ryan and I have also been interested in trying our hands at making potstickers from scratch, sometime. I think we might use this recipe from Half-Baked Harvest and make an at-home date night of it? Eat some potstickers, watch a little Alpine Skiing? Ooh lala. Romance.
Stepping out of my comfort zone has been huge for me this month (and, if we’re being honest, my horoscope told me it would be). I’ve found myself stepping into insecure spaces to say my peace or advocate for myself or someone else, recently. It’s a practice that I am grateful for even if it does require so much energy to do it. But here’s the thing–we think that stepping out of our comfort zone means stepping into a place of uncertainty or fear. But that’s not it at all. Or, rather, it doesn’t have to be that. We’re stepping into a place of vulnerability. A place where our faith is the only thing holding us steady. And that, my friends, is a great place to be.
What sorts of things have you been grateful for lately? Big or small, celebrate them. It’s important.