I realized that I’m becoming like my Grandmother, starting these posts each month with a quote. A few words that share the beauty of the month, the season. There are worse things. She does like the summertime.
I wrapped up my 33 Before 33 list, including the things I did not do. But! All the things that I did do that were not on my list, for which I got zero credit. I feel cheated.
I mean, in July alone, I cleaned out our linen closet, I tried cooking bok choy (successfully), and we had a roommate. I’m giving myself extra points.
My dad found this #tbt gem at my grandmother’s house and basically won the internet that week. Tiny Dad is just so cute.
I did a week-long hydration challenge and subsequently used the bathroom all. the. time.
Chad and I went to Pasadena for Max & Kate’s wedding (sadly missing Matt & Jenya’s celebration) and took pictures in a parking garage. Because love.
Chad is exploring Business School, so we went to a Preview Day for a program at Northwestern, and naturally had to enjoy beignets and Bloodys at Dixie Kitchen. Lake Effect makes for a nice July morning, I’ll say.
What I’m reading
I linked up with Modern Mrs. Darcy to share books I’m reading in Twitter-inspired fashion. This month’s reads included The Romanov Prophecy, Bound, Between Shades of Gray, Wedding Night, The Fault in Our Stars, and Department of Speculation.
What I’m watching
I was obsessed with The Face on the Milk Carton as a teen, and MTV’s Finding Carter fills a special place in my heart. I don’t regularly watch the full show, but I can’t get enough of watching Kacy Catanzaro absolutely dominate this American Ninja Warrior course. And, we finally watched Season 2 House of Cards and loved it, natch.
Around the web
Consider digging into some of the Faith Feminism synchroblogs here.
Summertime fresh fruit is the best. Especially when Whole Foods has samples.
My friend Jenipher creates these amazing, encouraging doodles (and sells adorable prints and cards in her Etsy shop). I loved this one especially. Emojis are the best.
Jazz on the Green on a beautiful evening AND Ranae in town. The greatest.
Oh – I’m NOT loving this. Starbucks, what is this straw? Quit messing around.
Adventures in Piggery
The tassels on sweet corn are my favorite. They pop out all ethusiastically Pfft Pfft Pfft!! Plus, popcorn is super good.