What I Loved: August 2017

Happy September, everyone! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been eagerly awaiting September since the last truly cool day of Spring. I sweat like a running faucet alllll summer long. The fact that 15 minutes of my commute is by foot does not help matters at all. And in case you think I’m exaggerating, I’ve literally had several strangers check in with me about the sheer amount of sweat I am exuding as I wait for my train. My body does not mess around.

While I hate the hot-hot heat of summer, there are plenty of things I do love about it and plenty of things I will miss. Without further ado, here are the things that really did it for me in August:

Sunrises

I think we can all agree that sunrises are beautiful. The problem is that I am rarely up for them (nor do I typically care to be). Also, I don’t get a great sunrise-view from my first floor apartment in the middle of the city. However, I always make sure to see at least one sunrise when I’m on vacation. This one from Massachusetts this August did not disappoint:

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Vermont

I visited Vermont for the first time this summer. It was gorgeous. Luscious green, rolling hills galore. I’m sure there are many must-sees in Vermont, but from my experience, you need to check out Basketville. This is a store filled with a variety of insanely reasonably-priced hand-crafted baskets and other goods such as this bad boy:

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Also, just look at how cute the store sign is:

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Also in Vermont is cheese. Lots of cheese. Please go cheese tasting. I have no specific recommendations because I went to many places and they were all equally delicious. I do, however, recommend that you buy at least one cheese to take home with you no matter what your heart, mind, body, or soul says in the moment. You will regret it if you don’t. Take it from me.

The Jersey Shore

I took my first real beach day “down the shore” in August. I have to say it was a lot of fun. I went to Point Pleasant, and I would absolutely recommend it. The boardwalk has lots of good food, the sand is pretty good (not too shell-ridden), and the water is as warm as can be expected (which is to say it was really cold). The big bummer is that it costs $10 to get on the beach. Which I don’t really understand given that the best beaches in the world, almost all of which are located in Sarasota, Florida, do not cost a cent! I would normally consider this to be a big rip-off. And maybe it is, but I had a blast and I’d go again.

Transition Lens Glasses

PLEASE TREAT YOURSELF TO THIS LUXURIOUS LIFESTYLE OMG. In case you are unfamiliar with this product, transition lenses basically convert your prescription glasses to sunglasses when you are outside. I needed new glasses after I stepped on my old ones earlier this summer (oops…), and my Dad suggested I spring the extra $50 for the transition lens feature. Man, best decision of August by far. These have changed my life. It’s now more annoying to wear contacts because I have to take my sunglasses on and off my face during the day. Not a real problem, I know. I don’t know what I was expecting from transition lens, but I did not expect to be so charmed. The technology works so well AND you can’t even tell when the lenses are darkening or lightening. Everything just seems normal; it’s amazing! All you’ll notice is that you aren’t squinting as much in the sun.

Freakonomics

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I know I’m really late on this, but I just started warming up to non-fiction this year. Please read this if you haven’t already. It’s filled with tons of interesting information, and will get you thinking about the associations you’ve made in your mind (e.g., higher crime and a more present police force) and the reasons why you’ve done so. The book challenges those associations and will force you to at least think about letting go of them. This was a great, quick read. Really. Go pick it up.

Cherries

I rarely buy cherries, but I was all over them in August. I don’t know why. Or maybe I should say I don’t know why I haven’t been buying cherries in bulk for my entire life. I went through entire packs in 24 hours. Several times. To be honest, I hope there’s more of this in September because I’m not ready to move on.

Wentworth

Wentworth is an amazing Australian drama that follows the life of women housed in Wentworth Detention Centre. In case it was not clear when I both underlined and italicized the word “amazing,” this show is everything. So rarely do we get to see complex women on screen. And, contrary to popular opinion, a complex women is not just someone who is thoroughly awful with no redeeming qualities. The team behind Wentworth make you feel every single emotion for every single character. Except Joan. The range of positive or empathetic emotions I feel for Joan is…very narrow (but not non-existent!). Every season finale is highly shocking and satisfying, but not in a way that doesn’t follow from the rest of the season. I can’t say enough good things about this show. Please just watch it. It is NOT anything like Orange is the New Black. I would say that OITNB is a much lighter show, even given the painful content covered in the last two seasons of the show. Back to Wentworth: there are 5 seasons thus far, and they are all on Netflix USA. There are only about 10 episodes in each season. Start today!!

Sidenote: Because of Wentworth, I was also all about Australia in August. Seems great, would love to visit. Summer 2018?

Additional Sidenote: Franky is a babe and deserves only good things. I find her to be one of the most complex characters on the show, and she has such a satisfying redemption arc. She will break your heart in good and bad ways. Also Nicole da Silva is a fantastic actor and seems generally delightful.

Insecure – Season 1

Yes, I’m really late on this one, but better late than never. This is another show that puts complex women on my screen (#blessed). Issa Rae is incredibly talented, and I am so happy for her and for us, because we are the ones that get to enjoy this masterpiece. The characters on this show are highly relatable, especially if you are a black American woman who is highly educated and/or who rubs shoulders with white Americans daily.

Ozark

I love Jason Bateman. He has some of the best comedic timing around. This show will immediately convince you that he’s every bit as talented in dramatic roles as he is in comedy. There is an underlying urgency to this show that you will feel on a physical level; it’s incredibly captivating. I’ve heard some people say that it was too dark for them, but it didn’t strike me as over the top in any way. That being said, it’s not a comedy. The whole cast is phenomenal. Netflix. Ten Episodes. Go.

Memes etc.

I love memes and other internet things that I call memes, but that aren’t technically memes at all. Here are a few of my fave from August :

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Sidenote: My mother pronounced meme “me-me” the other day and I’m still not over it.

 

That’s a wrap on August. Can’t wait to see what September brings!

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