Hey there week. You sure did bring some crazy: cleaning out all the stuff, a trip to the Goodwill, my car bumper getting a little too personal with a parking garage column (not by me), and a million and one other things. June, you’ve been something crazy. From the high highs to the low lows, it’s time to catch up, refocus, and continue on the adventure of living my best life now. But while I wait for that to happen, a random sample of the internet for you.
- A friend has coerced me into a month long squats challenge (read: she posted on Facebook). Day 3 and I’m already sad. But if you want to follow along, I’m doing an amateur hour version c/o Fitness Magazine. Because #hipsurgeryexcuses
- Loving this Cup of Jo article on people who skip certain wedding traditions (which in my opinion, is a lot of them) — also, if you’re bored, there is also my favorite CoJ article ever
- Another week, another article about the ballet. This one on how dance partners create chemistry amongst themselves
- I love Max Wanger and his print shop is having a sale through Sunday (6/25). Just another reason to spend some dollars and cents
- Being super obsessed with all the collabs around the release of Despicable Me 3 — mainly with luggage one with Away
- Trying to find a bathing suit top that fits the, ahem, girls. Lucy and Ethel love some support and these options from Lilly & Lime look pretty great (this article from Bustle has a few sneak peeks from a new launch)
- Planning to make frybread after reading this Food52 article
- Also learning how to host like a Parisian. (Also care of the good folks at Food52)
- Taking this Buzzfeed UK quiz and never getting 100%. Ya’ll coming up with the top 100 girls names is hard
- Apparently there is a whole sketchy market around San Marzano tomatoes…also, like Champagne, they are only considered San Marzanos if they are grown in a very specific part of Italia
It’s Friday and I am doing a happy dance. It was a week of high highs (Tonys recap coming soon!) and a crazy work schedule. This weekend I get the joy of being the best roommate ever by getting into a raft on a river. So fingers crossed I don’t injury another joint. :)
- Loving this sweet family who won a lot of money in the lotto and started a foundation to make their home city better
- Discovering (and loving) the handcrafted ceramics/porcelains from Robert Siegel Studio. Now I just have to keep myself from buying everything.
- This fascinating article from FiveThirtyEight about what makes people identify as multiracial
- Dreaming about matching flowers at home to wall colors after this collab between Michelle Edgemont, HGTV, and Benjamin Moore — which would be easier if I had actually colors on my walls
- Why everyone should take ballet, even if you’re an adult and you’ve never taken a dance class before. It’s just that wonderful
- I’m currently torn between a normal soda stream and this fancy penguin one…the penguin lover in me is leaning one way, the rest of me is leaning normal
- Thinking about how the Spritz is the “bevvie of the summer” and how having the above Soda Stream would make them a regular in my life.
- Continuing my typography art love with these prints from Anthony Burrill for Schoolhouse Electric
- Reliving all the wonder and thrill of the Tony Awards! care of CBS and YouTube.
- Vacation. Can vacation please appear right now?
This week has been full of crazy…and the arts. But with that is coming so great planning, and reading, and more planning of life and fun. Tuesday involved a New York City Ballet working rehearsal for donors, and tonight will be a NYCB performance! I am pretty thrilled to watch some ballet while I imagine what life would be like if I could still do that.
- This man who is a waterslide master. If it was me, we would have been looking at a second hip surgery.
- Blue Zones: The secrets to living to 100 in locations that I’d be happy to just live in for a year of two.
- Carpool Karaoke with Ed Sheeran. Need I say more.
- Since we’re on to YouTube videos, watch this trailer for Coco. Because it looks amazing and the voice cast the Mouse has lined up sounds amazing!
- “Maine sends a beer box to Iceland. It takes up a lot of the cargo hold.” (enough said)
- The history of pink doughnut boxes, aka, the only way doughnuts should be boxed.
- Isabella Boylston teaches Crossfit men ballet. It’s harder than it looks ya’ll.
- So on that note, “Pain, satin and paper towels: What it takes for ballerinas to dance on their toes” — The Washington Post knows where it’s at
- Salt: So I’m a little bit obsessed with Briny Sea Dry Goods. It’s my recommended hostess gift these days.
- Indoor Fruit Trees: When I turned 30 I brought a bunch of succulents home from CA, and decided if I could keep them alive for a year clearly I could keep anything alive. It’s been over a year and a half, and now I’m dreaming big…olive, pomegranate, so many options!
We’re going to call this, “The Best of the Internet since January.” Because, well, it’s been a while. What I lack in timeliness, I make up in content. That could be a lie, but either way, I enjoyed them (and they cover a wide reach of topics). Today, I offer you champagne, mixed race commentary, dance, cheese, pasta, and a KFC romance novel. And a few other bits of greatness.
Also, a trip to see the Kusama exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum
- A beautiful champagne bar in SF that has a popcorn machine. This is my dream.
- My love of all things cheese is high, so is my love of history. When you combine that into a Bon Appetit article on the history of Boursin cheese, we have found my bliss.
- An oldie(ish) but a good, because Meghan Markle and I pretty much are the same person. We’re both biracial women, we both look amazing in a pencil skirt, we’re both dating Prince Harry….oh wait. Okay, well, we’re both biracial. And she loves the “what are you question” about as much as I do.
- Ever wondered how you would change a 777 jet-engine on a Canadian island that is technically in the Arctic? I’m here for you (and the nice writer at Popular Mechanics).
- All the Disney memes.
- Any sort of dance films/videos makes me happy (from gems like Center Stage to YouTube videos from the NYCB). This wonder from American Ballet Theatre’s Daniil Simkin and Cassandra Trenary, makes me want to stretch and twirl (in black & white).
- Loving Jess Connolly more and more with posts like this: “Women of God: Please come undone.“
- In honor of Mother’s Day, KFC (yes, the chicken people) has release a romance novel about Col. Sanders (and chicken, at least that is what I’m guessing). You’re welcome.
- Reading through the archive of Chef Sara Jenkins articles on Italian cuisine from The Atlantic.
- When I stumble across an article titled “16 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Traveling (and Eating) Around the World” all I can this is, I hope the first lesson is how I can eat and travel the world for a year.
- Just in case Moana isn’t already stuck in your head, you’re welcome.
This week I had a lot of thoughts about personal perception and the internet. It started with a great post from People of the Second Chance titled, Are Your Your Own Bully or Blessing? My roommate and I have a love of the mommy-bloggers. They are great, they live mostly happy lives, everything looks great, they own amazing shoes (that are often gifted from companies to blog about), and they are all about a size 2s. There is no size 2 in my house. That being said, in our house are people who suffer daily with P90x, run marathons, or if you’re me dance and take the most aggressive barre classes in D.C. (woot! Barre3 Union Station). But in the world of perfect bloggers who become models who become fashion designers, it’s easy to see why normal-sized America doesn’t want to put out photos of their #OOTD (Mom, that’s Outfit of the Day) or their “oh my gosh I’m having so much fun on the beach in my tiny swimsuit #embraceyourself” photos. This makes me sad. Also, this is really deep for the opening section of the weekly links. But just think about it, or just watch the million videos linked below, and then think about it:
- Spending too much time watching all the trailers for the new fall season. ABC is trying real hard with these options (just saying, some look better than others).
- Wondering how Oscar Isaac became the internet’s boyfriend. I would like to say I tried to weasel in there first, but alas, the internet beat me. This is really just an opening so I can tell an embarrassing story about myself. So, my downstairs neighbor, Adam, really loves Star Wars (like maybe a bit too much). My favorite character from the original trilogy is Wedge Antilles (the x-wing pilot), much, I’m sure, to Adam’s concern. I mean what isn’t to love, he’s a man who wants to help people, has a job, probably a stable income, he’s single and ready to mingle…I digress. So coming into the new movie I was worried no one could live up to Wedge (Adam was also concerned — not at all), but have no fear, Oscar Isaac appeared on screen and within seconds, I moved on to a new x-wing pilot. Cause sometimes you have a movie type.
- The concept of happiness differs from country to country. My favorite: utepils (Norwegian, “a beer that is enjoyed outside . . . particularly on the first hot day of the year”).
- Funny men doing (super slow but hilarious) funny things.
- Learning about the history of the Smash (no not the two-season lived NBC show about Broadway) as I work on signature cocktail recipes for two friends upcoming birthday.
- Like me, Joe Biden loves ice cream. Also like me, Joe Biden loves Jeni’s. The not-yet-in-season Sour Cherry & Goat Cheese will change your life.
- Wishing Marco Rubio had this twitter rant moment when he was still running for President. People may have liked him more.
- When “smart” celebrities go on Celebrity Jeopardy, we quickly learn that a. they (the former RNC chairman, a CNN report, a 60-Minutes anchor, etc) aren’t smart, and b. Louis C.K. is.
- Getting so excited about Sutton Foster’s return to Broadway. Like, excited enough that this got it’s own bullet point and wasn’t relegated to the Broadway paragraph).
All Things Hamilton (or all of Broadway).
I mean, they legit are everywhere at this point. But for the sake of sharing, Lin speaks at Penn and makes me wish the future was in the hands of artists and not politicians/voters. While Lin is doing that (and celebrating Rent’s 20th Anniversary), the rest of the cast is telling Playbill about their favorite Hamilton moments. Hair Twin and the Man Who Stared Into My Eyes performed at the ESPN Upfronts. Also, having all the feels with Cynthia Erivo’s Color Purple performance on the Today Show. Oh, and this video, which I would like to claim has nothing to do with Hamilton, but since it’s about the Tonys that would kinda be a lie (But it does have a wee bit of language) — Sugar, butter, flour…vodka.