Brighter days have appeared, in comparison to June anyway. July was largely spent at family gatherings, enjoying each others’ company and a rather busy staycation. Some happy occasions this month:
Celebrating our sixteenth anniversary, a wedding between two former speech students, a fun baseball game attended by the rival Pirates and Indians fans of my family, traveling out of state to catch a day game in the tricked-out Comerica ballpark, meeting a cousin’s sweet foster children, creating my own custom candle at a Coventry shop, lazy swim days, finally viewing a lovely performance of Shakespeare in the park, coming home after work to new recipes prepared by my husband, experiencing much music/video nostalgia at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with my teen nephew, taking a bittersweet trip to a classic amusement park/storybook forest, silly sleepovers, family game nights, ice cream treats and a sweet afternoon exploring a lush garden park.
All joyful memories of a more lighthearted time counteracting the heaviness I’d been feeling. The only bummer has been my husband’s back injury and residual pain. He still cannot lift anything and moves slowly with some discomfort. Thankfully, he gets to take it easy during summer break from school.
Keto diet update: I should probably refrain from calling it Keto, because I don’t calculate macro levels or maintain ketosis. I simply restrict my intake of carbs. And guess what, I’m pleased with the results. Eating low amounts of carbohydrates=weight loss. Last time I checked, I was down 17 lbs., not the losses experienced by stricter followers, but I’m running my own race which suits me fine.
Wax ban update: I should definitely stop referring to my current spending as a wax ban, as I placed 2 orders this month. It’s my own fault. I vocally wished for Super Tarts to update on Instagram rather than solely on Facebook, which Brandi did and boom, not one but two wax orders in the same month. Reviews coming soon.Habit tracking: I started utilizing Daylio, a digital habit tracker. It’s useful to visualize how I spend my time and how those activities correlate to my moods. Mostly it works for me because it’s free, convenient, customizable and sends a daily reminder to participate without needing to type anything unless I wish to. Thus far, it’s been an eye-opening tool.
Blogging patterns: Speaking of habits, I’ve accepted that posting 1-2 times per week is a best practice for me these days and has been for awhile. It takes me a long time to compose posts and I usually spend much of one day taking, editing and uploading photos. Although I write mostly in the early mornings and late evenings, I don’t want to spend more than 3 days a week blogging, it’s unfair to the rest of my life and I’ve never been an every day blogger anyway. As long as writing and offering content fulfills this expressive ‘want’ in me, I will be here and I hope my followers will too.Newest obsession: thrifted books. Oh my, I can foresee this being the next rabbit hole to fall down as I’m loving following vintage/thrift book dealers, viewing their wares and snapping up a few when they speak to me. Surely, old books aren’t included in a shopping ban, right? Some recent thrift purchases and pick-ups:
- The Sun Also Rises-Hemingway, Scribner library, c 1970
- Julius Ceasar- Shakespeare, Scholastic library edition, c 1965 (my 3rd Caesar text)
- The Woman in White- Wilkie Collins, enriched classic, c 2005
- Abridged versions of The Iliad and The Odyssey by Rosemary Sutcliff, c 2005
- Brideshead Revisited- Evelyn Waugh, Back Bay edition, c 1999
My husband also nabbed a few Agatha Christie paperbacks at a charming used bookstore, Mac’s Backs Books. We garnered some trade in credits and are looking forward to returning soon. There’s nothing better at the moment than searching for classic gems and, for me, receiving fresh bookmail wrapped in brown paper packages. I follow several traders, but all listed above are from The Bookish Pursuit.
Tomorrow is only August 1st, yet, the end of summer is palpable. There are big changes ahead this upcoming school year, including seeing my nephew off as a college freshman. My heart is full of pride for his accomplishments but I will miss his warm presence at weekly family gatherings. A sense of the unknown and uncertain is pervading my thoughts, but I am making efforts to focus on the present for the remaining summer days. I hope the season is treating all of my friends and followers well.