It’s been a whirlwind of a week, friends! Graham and I got settled back at home in Brooklyn after nearly 4 consecutive weeks away. We became certified Gotham Archers. (Meaning we attended a beginner’s class and can now enjoy practicing at an awesome new facility around the corner from our apartment.) Yesterday I attended the 5th annual Cookie Puss Day celebrations at Asbury Park beach in New Jersey. (Cookie Puss Day is a bit hard to explain – but it’s an annual holiday on the second Saturday in August that centers around the Carvel ice cream cake character, Cookie Puss, and involves a big group of friends assembling on the beach for a day of ice cream cake, slip & slides, food, and general shenanigans on the beach.)
AND… I’m incredibly excited to share the news that I accepted a position at Etsy this week! I’m thrilled to be joining a company that I’ve loved and admired for years, and I’ll be part of a team that I’m so excited about: Product Education.
I start in a few weeks, and I’ve decided to take a short blog hiatus until then. It’s nearing the end of summer, nearly every day in New York has been sunny this month, and Graham and I are going to try to make the most of the next two weeks, striving to be offline and away from the computer screen as much as possible. We’re going to hit a few things on our NYC summer bucket list, and also head upstate for a week for some camping, hiking, swimming and kayaking in the Adirondacks. Whenever we’re not out and about, I plan on having my nose in a book, or snuggling up on the couch with Graham and watching movies. I also have a huge stack of September fiction galleys that I want to dive into & prep for some new release posts next month. I’m not going completely dark – I’ll still post photos on Instagram, and will still be on Twitter a bit. But I’ll see all you lovely people back here in a couple of weeks!
I’m reading / enjoying a travel memoir, Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World by Leigh Ann Henion. I love the premise of this one: the author made a “natural phenomenon” bucket list and traveled around the world seeking out some of the most incredible acts of nature that occur only in specific places. It’s adding a lot of destinations to my future travel lists.
Not much, other than sobbing over Jon Stewart’s final Daily Show. Are you tired of hearing that Graham and I are watching West Wing yet? We’re in season 6, so only a season and a half to go. I don’t binge watch shows nearly as fast as most people – we don’t have the TV on a lot. I had an upset tummy earlier in the week, and I re-watched the 2009 BBC adaptation of Emma with Romola Garai. It’s such a treat – so well produced.
I finished Missoula on audiobook, thankfully. It’s an important book that brings light to an incredibly serious issue, but listening to it is upsetting and anger-inducing. I’m relieved to switch my listening over to How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. (I will include more thoughts on Missoula in my monthly reading recap post, and I do encourage you to read it or listen to it, if you haven’t already.)
… that’s the week! How was your week? Are there any lingering things on your summer to do list that you want to make time for in August?