I’ve been a bit M.I.A. on the blog the past few weeks. Last weekend I was upstate in Copake, NY with some of my dearest friends, and this past week I got to pup-sit again for the adorable Hideki. During my free time all I’ve wanted to do is relax and read, so I just went with that. This pup didn’t object:
I had a wonderful weekend with my friends in Copake and took a lot of photos. Here are a few of my favorites:
Graham is in England right now, and I miss him like crazy. Fortunately, I get to go to England at the end of this coming week – I’m so excited to see him, and to (finally!) meet his family!
I’m very happily reading Bill Bryson’s new book, The Road to Little Dribbling. I wish Bill Bryson was a bit more prolific so that we could look forward to a new book ever year. But alas, I’ll take quality over quantity, and I’m loving this one. I’m also reading & listening to Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jarod Diamond. Lauren and I decided to be reading buddies for this one, and I’m glad we did. It’s very good, but a bit overwhelming — I’ll likely need the obligation to help me power through. (I’m not formally participating in Non-fiction November, but I think my November is going to hold a lot of lovely non-fiction anyway.)
As I mentioned above, I’m currently reading Bill Bryson’s latest book, which is a travel memoir featuring his return to exploring his adopted country (England). It’s added a lot of destinations to my travel bucket list, especially hiking the Seven Sisters – seven chalk cliffs along the English Channel, part of the 100 mile long South Downs Way. We won’t be able to do it during my upcoming trip, but I hope we can someday soon.
Etsy spots of the week:
- Pizza Party rubber stamps!
- I love these Nautical Inspired holiday cards.
- A beautiful set of 6 tree drawings.
- And finally (but best of all) – this incredible Stars Hallow Vintage Style Travel Poster is perfection.
I’ve had a lot of great food since my last weekly post. I’m drooling a bit just looking back at the photos. My friend Jon cooked us a an absolutely divine chicken dinner:
I got to work from Etsy’s Hudson office for a day while I was in Copake, and had a wonderful lunch with one of my teammates:
One of our evenings in Copake we cooked a big delicious family dinner: homemade meatballs, fresh pasta, a side salad, and homemade garlic bread:
And I still remain obsessed with (and grateful for) Eatsy:
I thought I’d catch up on a lot of “my” shows while Graham is away, but I haven’t been watching a lot of TV. I did re-watch Bridesmaids last night while crafting, and it sparked a desire to go on a female-led comedies spree, so maybe that’s in the cards for this week.
I’m listening to Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein. I’ve never watched Portlandia, and I’ve never heard of her band before. How did I come to be listening to her memoir? Well, it’s a combination of 1. Hearing her on Fresh Air and seeing her on The Late Show, 2. Reading general good acclaim for it and having no idea what audiobook to listen to next, and 3. Being a bit obsessed of late with memoirs of creative people — stories of developing their craft and establishing their voice.
- A list of things I wish women’s magazines would publish. [The Guardian]
- A really wonderful article about NPR’s Terry Gross. [NY Times]
- This bookstore / hostel in Tokyo is incredible. [Bored Panda]
- I love Mimi Pond and Wayne White, and now I want to move into their home. [Design*Sponge]
I’ll end with a wonderful quote I found in the Terry Gross interview:
‘‘I don’t know if it’s a function of age or temperament,’’ she said, ‘‘but I’m no longer seeking those major exclamatory notes of pleasure. I want a life that has pleasure contained within it.’’