Life Updates: Brioche, Blume and A Mystery Novel

Hey all! Life is good! It’s summer, I’m happy, and I am currently eating a garlic knot! There’s so much going on in my world that I thought I’d share:

This morning, I just finished reading Judy Blume’s latest novel In the Unlikely Event. It’s one of her few novels “for adults,” centering around three plane crashes in Elizabeth, New Jersey in the early 1950’s. The novel has garnered mixed reviews–but I am on the side of praise. The novel follows a large, complex cast of characters and is incredible in its capacity to evoke time and place both mentally and physically. Just as a side note: this isn’t good airport reading.

So, after years of considering myself a semi-pro knitter, I finally learned to brioche. It only took about 50 different YouTube videos and online walkthroughts, but I think I finally got the hang of it. I’m currently working with some Rowan Silky Tweed to create a two-tone scarf.

I recently went home for a long weekend to visit my family, and needless to say it was swell. The real surprise was coming home to find my boyfriend had purchased me a vintage Remington Tab Master typewriter! It’s absolutely beautiful, if not delightfully noisy. I’ve been using it nearly everyday, which brings me to my next point:

I am currently halfway through writing my first novella. I plan on self-publishing by the end of the year (so yes that means you should get the eBook for all of your friends and family this holiday season). I’ve *attempted* many an extended work in the past, but I have such a great feeling about this one.

This week, my best friend forever is coming to stay with me for a few days! We have sensational plans that include, but are not limited to, seeing Ken Wantanabe in the living, breathing flesh on Broadway.

Speaking of said friend…we are going to Rhinebeck this year. Which reminds me…I better start knitting that sweater.

I love you all!

xoxo

Things I Love Thursday: Mushy Valentine’s Day Edition

Illustration by Kate Fustich

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.

— Lucille Ball

This is such a strange time of year. Despite the red and pink hearts on every surface, people seem more embittered than ever. Groans of “What should I get my stupid boyfriend?” and “Another year single!” fill the air. The percentage of people who genuinely revel in the magical love of Valentine’s Day seems to dwindle every year, but why?

I challenge you to have a beautiful and love-filled weekend! This certainly doesn’t mean you need to have a significant other. In fact, I encourage you, regardless of relationship status, to reach out to other people who fill your heart with sparkly stuff: parents, friends, siblings, teachers, your barista, YOURSELF! 

Celebrate what feels good and don’t ignore the importance of loving and feeling loved simply because of the stigmas attached to Valentine’s Day. 

Here’s what’s making me bat my eyelashes lately:

♥ My current read: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr ♥ Baby Klaus ♥ Morning Phase by Beck (sorry not sorry Kanye) ♥ Knitting with Berroco Vintage DK ♥ LimeCrime’s Cashmere ♥ Care packages from mommy dearest feat. large quantities of blankets ♥ Care packages from pops feat. LSAT study guides (eep!) ♥ Having a yoga routine and stickin’ to it! ♥ My creative writing course–I’m feeling mad reinvigorated ♥ Trader Joe’s (as always) ♥ Mashed potatoes ♥ The fact that it’s starting to stay light past 5PM! ♥ Getting up early ♥ Pomegranate Juice ♥ The old man in front of me at the library watching Casablanca on his computer ♥

 

Love you!

xoxo