Hello, friends! Inspired once again by Tracy, we’re going to shift gears a little bit and talk about a some things we’re loving lately. What’s inspiring us? What are we thinking about? What can’t we get enough of right now? Let’s talk about it!
- Shutterbean: Well, I already mentioned Tracy’s blog, Shutterbean. Her posts are just so refreshing and her eye for photography and art are simply stunning. Honestly, she’s a lot of the inspiration for what I’m doing here with my own blog. So thanks, Tracy!
- Acoustic Covers: Acoustic versions of favorite songs make for easy listening in the office when I just need some background noise. Acoustic Billy Jean? Yes, please.
- Sugar Ray: The sweet, laid-back beats of Sugar Ray are my go-to summer soundtrack. My summer playlist also includes the Beastie Boys, Outkast, and Nelly Furtado. It always makes me want to grab an ice-cold lemonade, roll the windows down, turn the radio up, and go for a long, slow drive beside the ocean.
- Redneck Jams: Having grown up in Idaho in a family of former cattle ranchers and rodeo queens, country music is in my blood. And while it’s not always something that I listen to on the regular anymore, every once in a while it just feels good to throw on some hard-driving Waylon Jennings or Johnny Cash and remember my roots. I’ve been feeling extra nostalgic this month, so I’ve been listening to my “redneck girl” playlists a lot.
- Feel free to find and follow me on Spotify to check out all of my playlists!
- With an hour commute each way, I spend a lot of time listening to things in the car. Podcasts and audiobooks tend to keep me awake better than music sometimes.
- The Daily: This is the short, daily podcast put out by the New York Times. I love that it gives me the opportunity to delve a little deeper into some of the relevant topics of the day without being too much of a time commitment (only about 20 minutes, usually). Most days I listen to it during the first part of my commute as a way to start the day off informed.
- Invisibilia: Another podcast I subscribe to – the Sorta Awesome Show – turned me on to Invisibilia. I really love anything that analyzes the human experience, and this podcast does it beautifully. They offer some alternative yet very credible views about everything from the physiology of human emotion to our very perception of reality. It just gets my brain going in all the right ways, and really helps make the evening commute a lot easier.
- Why Mommy Drinks: I’ve followed mommy blogs and podcasts for a long time, and I’ll be the first to admit that even the best ones can get a little too Stepford for my tastes. Why Mommy Drinks is the hilarious, foul-mouthed answer to that. Instead of talking about how Pinterest-perfect their lives with kids are, these amazing ladies talk about their weekly shit shows and find ways to laugh at them. Sometimes this is just what I need to not feel so alone in the craziness of my life. This is usually in my earbuds on the weekends.
- Outlander: After hearing really great things about this series I decided to finally check it out. It’s one of those shows that I actually want to pay attention to, so I’ve been taking it slow and am only like 4 episodes in, but damn, it is right up my alley! If you’re into loosely historical drama with a side of romance, you should check it out, too!
- American Gods: As a longtime fan of Neil Gaiman, I was really looking forward to the television adaptation of his book. I have to say, though, I have mixed feelings about it. The good: the cinematography and attention to visual detail are phenomenal. The bad: I’m not impressed with the way they fundamentally changed the story. I know, I know… that’s everyone’s complaint about a book that’s been put to screen. But those of you who’ve read the book will likely agree. However, one thing I can definitely recommend is the Audible recording of the book, featuring a full cast. It’s been, by far, my favorite medium for consuming this story.
- Genius: This is the NatGeo miniseries about Albert Einstein. It’s been fascinating to learn things about him as a person and not just the physics he’s famous for. Plus, it’s a really well-produced show.
- Big Little Lies: I know I am probably the last person on Earth to jump on the Big Little Lies bandwagon, but HOLY HELL this was an amazing miniseries. We recently resubscribed to HBO, and I spent a good portion of one weekend this month binge-watching this. Crazy good. Kinda sad there won’t be a season two.
- I’ll admit, I don’t read nearly as much as I should. I could make time for it, but I just have other priorities. However…
- At Home in the World: This is the latest book out by Tsh Oxenreider, who has been a favorite blogger and podcaster of mine for many years now. It’s a sweet, inspiring memoir about her months-long, around-the-world trip with her husband and young children. I have been slowly taking this one in, in chapters here and there, and it has been a pure delight.
- Audible: Born to Run: Does it count as reading if I listen to someone else read it? I’m gonna vote that it does. Memoir is one of my favorite genres… I love hearing real stories told by real people. Bonus if the audiobook is read by the author, because then you really get the inflection they were going for when they wrote it! I’ve never been a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen’s music, but his memoir is fascinating. And hearing it read in his iconic, burned-out voice is just icing on the cake.
- Creative Endeavors: Now that I’ve finally found my footing after the birth of Jack, I feel a serious urge to be creative again. I need something fun and stimulating to do, as a break from all of my ever-growing responsibilities. Some things on brain lately have been…
- Blog Goals: What do I want from this blog? The weekly In Real Life photo series has been really fun, but are there other things I feel inspired to do? I think this type of post (Currently) is one I could feasibly do every month. Plus, it’s fun to reflect on the month and what I was into. Perhaps commit to sharing one or two recipes per month? Maybe. I want to be careful not to get too ambitious and stress myself out with too many plans.
- Recipes: I find myself wanting to cook and bake again. Things on the short list are ice cream, summer berry pie, banana bread, and more fresh things on the grill.
- Photography Class? I’ve been tossing around the idea of taking a photography class to finally learn how to actually use my nice DSLR camera. I love the idea, but I don’t know how often I’d actually put that info to use… the DSLR is so big, and my iPhone takes good enough pictures for what I like to do most of the time. So I dunno. We’ll see.
- Skillshare Classes? Have you heard of Skillshare? I hadn’t either until recently. It’s apparently a website you can subscribe to and take all kinds of online seminars for a huge range of topics. I have always been a studious one, and the idea of taking a class at my own pace on a topic of my own choosing wherever I want sounds super appealing. Coffee shop + laptop + notebook? Sign me up.
- Idaho Trip! I’ve got a short trip to Idaho planned in July to go home and visit my family, and I am super excited! My brain is starting to swirl with lists of people I want to see, things I want to do, things I’ll need to pack… sometimes anticipation is half the fun.
- Tattoo: Getting a tattoo has been on my mind for a long time, but Robbie is really encouraging me to to pursue it. I think I have a pretty good idea for what I want to get, now I just need to do the work of finding a good artist and book an appointment.
Eating & Drinking
- Mojitos! Ok, maybe what I make is not actually a mojito so much as just limeaid with mint, white rum, and a splash of lime Perrier. But whatever. I’ve officially declared it my summer drink.
- Thinking about going low-carb again. It’s so hard to maintain with a busy lifestyle, though! Maybe I can at least commit to the 80/20 rule?
- I can’t stop thinking about those Totchos we had at 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco. Definitely not low-carb. Definitely don’t care.
- Cold brew coffee has been in my regular rotation lately. It’s super easy to make at home, especially if you have a French press. Just put your grounds in the bottom, fill with water, and refrigerate for 24 hours or so. Voila! I’ve been mostly drinking mine with a splash of milk and one packet of Stevia… mmm.
What inspired you this month? I’d love to hear!