Here again, already? August certainly has gone by a lot faster than the first seven months of this wretched year, and, I am definitely not mad about it. So, what's been up around these here parts? Let's do the linky-link with Sheaffer and Shay and find out!
What We're Eating
Someday, I am going to start cooking again. On the regular. Really, I am. In the meantime, thank goodness for take-out, greasy-spoon diners, the Starbucks drive-through, and fine dining establishments, since the only things I have produced out of my own kitchen recently have been a charcuterri board and some nibbles.
What I'm Reminiscing About
The Man-Cub started classes yesterday. His college has taken all the necessary precautions to keep the students safe, including moving a majority of the classes to outdoor classrooms (it's Hawaii, so, that was a total no-brainer). A lot of his work will be done online, and, he will be required to use an app that tracks his temperature before every class, but, otherwise, it's business as usual. And, speaking of business as usual, the Cub sent me his official first day of school picture..
..he's a college Senior, which means that my track record for having my children's first day of school documented on film (or, digitally) is intact. Like, pristinely intact.
This is a picture of the Cub on his first day of his Senior year of high school, holding a picture of himself taken on the first day of Kindergarten.
I'm not crying, you're crying.
What I'm Loving
This month, I got to spend time with two-out-of-four of The Girls. Reese was in Mayberry to visit her dad, so I drove down and we rendezvoused with Phoebe for a day hike. I love these friends of mine and it was so good to be able to hug them again.
Oh, and we had drinks. Because, of course we did.
What We've Been Up To
Queen B and I spent the weekend together in Neighboring City, along with Erin and Kristi. We celebrated their engagement and impending nuptials with an impromptu bachelorette party in the vineyard, where they learned how to taste wine. It was a ton of fun.
What I'm Working On
I am currently coordinating a virtual 5K fundraiser for New Job. I've never done anything remotely similar, which, simply makes it another in a long list of tasks that I have taken on with no experience or knowledge since starting this job. If nothing else, at least I nailed to logo.
What I'm Dreading
Oh, you know, whatever the hell 2020 decides to throw at us next. At this point, I've learned not to say "How much worse can it get?"
What I'm Excited About
Can I skip this question for the remainder of 2020, please?
What I'm Watching
I often say that I am always late to the party when it comes to jumping on trends, and, my recent love affair with Schitt$ Creek is further evidence of that. Mom had been encouraging me to watch the show for quite some time, and now I can say that I am completely caught up on all five seasons. Netflix marathon for the win.
I showed Prime Video a little attention this month and it rewarded me with this little gem of a movie...
Based on the novel by Tim Winton, Dirt Music tells the love story of Georgie and Lu; two broken souls in search of a sense of belonging. Set amidst the gorgeous scenery of the Australian outback, with a music score that is truly haunting; this movie captured my attention and kept it, which, is not an easy feat these days.
What I'm Reading
I actually finished two books this month! Two! That's twice as many as last month! Progress!
The first book was On Mystic Lake, by Kristin Hannah. And, the second was Hello Summer, by Mary Kay Andrews.
What I'm Listening To
After watching Dirt Music, I went hunting for the soundtrack and I have been listening to it on repeat ever since. The best description I can give to the type of music it features is Australian Folk. I have no idea if that's an actual thing, but, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Can't Find My Way Home, I'm Here, and Stolen Car are my favorite tracks.
What I'm Wearing
Well, this is a mixed bag, for sure. See, a few weeks ago, our 28 year old dryer bit the dust, and, the brand-spanking new washer/dryer set that we ordered is on a slow boat from China, or whatever foreign country those things are made in these days. So, I haven't done laundry at all. Lucky for me, I have more than enough clothing to prevent me from having to repeat an outfit for ages, so, I'm not exactly desperate. That being said, there's a reason I don't wear some of these clothes. Realllly hoping that dryer gets here before I have to resort to my back-up back-up wardrobe because ain't nobody want to see that.
What We're Doing This Weekend
Hugh is driving to Salt Lake City to pick up a trailer that he bought so that he can haul around the second four-wheeler that he also recently purchased. I'm on call at the job that allows him to purchase said toys, so I will be staying at home, where I hope to drum up enough energy and initiative to bust out my fall decorations.
Who am I kidding? I'll be in a prone position on the couch watching a marathon of Farscape, which I just recently discovered is available on Prime Video.
Looking Forward to Next Month
Is there anyone who isn't looking forward to the start of the fall season? Autumn is my jam, and I'm really hoping that a change in the scenery will brighten my mood and reignite my spark.
What Else Is New
I got bangs. Regretted it, immediately. That is all.