Thursday, September 22, 2016

Monthly Mix: September 2016

  1. Wood – Rostam
  2. Pretty Pimpin – Kurt Vile
  3. Arizona – Frances Cone
  4. I Wish I Was – The Avett Brothers
  5. N'importe quel gars – Les Hay Babies
  6. River Wider – Tall Heights
  7. Casual Party – Band of Horses
  8. Gooey – Glass Animals
  9. You Already Know – Bombay Bicycle Club
  10. Everything Looks Better (In Hindsight) – The Wild Reeds
  11. The Con – Tegan and Sara
  12. South – Hippo Campus
  13. A Summer Song (Radio Edit) – Conner Youngblood
  14. Aphasia – Pinegrove
  15. Feeling Ok – Best Coast
  16. Lover – In the Valley Below
  17. In the Light – The Lumineers
  18. Still – Seinabo Sey
  19. This Feeling – Alabama Shakes
Although it's now officially fall, it probably won't feel like it in Austin until the end of October (or later—the leaves didn't really start changing until December last year), so my summer mix is relevant for at least one more month. I've found that these songs are best listened to driving through your favorite city in the rain or back home late at night with the windows down.

Until next time.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Read This: The Art of Fielding

For those who don't know: 1) Round Rock is a suburb just north of Austin, 2) Round Rock is home to the Round Rock Express, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Texas Rangers, and 3) I love baseball. I've always wanted to go to a game, but never made it out there until Saturday. The Express were playing the Sacramento River Cats, who are affiliated with my beloved San Francisco Giants, so I bought a ticket and drove the forty minutes to Might As Well Be Canada to watch some baseball.

I spent nearly thirty dollars on food and sat in direct, blazing sunlight for most of the game, but it was so worth it. Sacramento won, I got to see Hunter Pence (!!!) play, and the fans were let onto the outfield for a Bob Schneider concert after the game. It was all very #summer. If you're in the area and like baseball even a little bit, you should definitely catch a game this summer.

A day of baseball had me thinking back to The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, the second book we read for the book club I host at West Elm Austin and my favorite choice so far. I had heard the buzz surrounding the novel when it was released a few years ago, but brushed it off as a "sports book" and that wasn't really my jam. But it totally is my jam, guys.

The story takes place at fictional Westish College and centers around Henry Skrimshander, a prodigy for all intents and purposes, who seems to be headed straight for the big leagues until a routine play goes horribly wrong. Westish's president Guert Affenlight falls in love despite himself, while his daughter returns home after leaving her husband. Mike Schwartz, Henry's mentor, struggles with the idea of life after college, and his and Henry's teammate Owen Dunne enters into a risky affair. So, as you can tell, it's a book about baseball that's not really about baseball.

One of the most pleasing aspects of this book was the seemingly effortless transitions. Harbach moves from viewpoint to viewpoint, often several times within one chapter, but he does so so skillfully that you never stumble while reading. Each character has a distinct voice, and you find yourself rooting for all of them, which makes it that much harder to put down once you pick it up.


P.S. The Voyage Out Book Club at BookPeople will be meeting to discuss The Art of Fielding on July 31st at 5 PM! I'll be there!

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Few Things

I had one of those weekends that make Monday mornings especially hard. It was full, but full of relaxing and reenergizing things like brunch with friends, live theatre, and writing in coffee shops. I'm hoping I can carry the good vibes through the week with me, and that you can too! Just in case–here are a few things to distract you from those Monday morning blues.

→ I've probably thought about this once a week since it first aired. Leslie Jones is the best.

→ There are a lot of weird, unsettling things happening in the world lately, and as nice as it would be to just ignore them, we can't. More recently, we had the Brexit issue, but what does that even mean and why does it matter?

→ Some interesting woman facts you may not know.

→ I spent most of Saturday afternoon listening to The Temper Trap's new album Thick As Thieves, and it's phenomenal, guys. Grab a copy and a ticket to the tour (I'll be seeing them at Emo's in October!). You won't regret it.

→ Andrea of hula seventy is one of my all-time favorite bloggers, and you should follow her if you don't already. Her summer manifesto is perfect.

→ One of my favorite babes Charlene Kaye is releasing a new EP soon. Read all about it and listen to the single here!

Important words and a beautiful comic in tribute to those we lost in Orlando two weeks ago. We remember you.

Happy Monday, all!


Monday, June 13, 2016

June Goals

I'm a little late (again), but I'm here with my goals for June! Since we're pretty much halfway through June and I kind of fell off the wagon with May's goals (oops!), I've chosen two goals to really focus on this month. Quality over quantity, right? But before we get into that, let's recap May's goals!

01. ORGANIZE MY CLOSET | Done! It's always so cathartic to purge your closet of clothes that don't fit properly or aren't worn anymore.
02. NO FAST FOOD I failed big time on this one.
03. WORKOUT TWICE A WEEK (AT LEAST) I was able to do this all but one week when I simply and honestly could not make it to a workout. My schedule just didn't allow it! But every other week I DID work out at least twice, so I'm counting this one as a success.
04. TRY OUT ONE RECIPE A WEEK | I tried one or two new things with the help of my roommates, but not once a week like I'd hoped. Better luck next time!

2/4 isn't great, but it's not bad. At least it's something! It would help if I could remember all the goals I made–I mostly forgot about trying out recipes! I'll have to make sure to post these somewhere I'll see them every day. Onto June now!

This is another take on the "no fast food" goal from last month. Cutting back on fast food is good for my body and can be good for my wallet, but I've noticed something about myself... Even when I do stop going to P. Terry's for lunch every day, I end up spending way more by eating out at nice restaurants more frequently! I'm very fortunate that I don't have to stick to a strict budget, but I spend WAY too much on food. I've got to find a good balance!

I dyed my hair very blonde a few years ago and, while I loved it, upkeep was tough on my wallet and my hair. With the help of lowlights, I was able to let it grow out gradually (and get a lot of compliments on my "ombré" in the process). The blonde is almost completely out of my hair now, but I've decided I don't want it to go!

Well, that's it for this month! Getting my hair colored is only a matter of scheduling an appointment, but watching my spending is going to take a lot of focus and will power. Wish me luck!

How are you doing with your June goals so far? Don't forget to link-up with Nicole at writes like a girl!


Saturday, May 7, 2016

May Goals

I'm a little late for the wonderful Nicole's (of writes like a girl fame) monthly small goals link-up, but better late than never, right? (Let's hope so because I'm always late.) I've been wanting to join this link-up for months now and decided May would finally be the month! Let's get started!

When we moved into our new apartment back in August, I quickly unpacked and decorated the living room and kitchen (since about 95% of what is in our apartment is mine anyway), but by the time I got to my room I was exhausted and it sat half finished for months. Now all I have left is my closet, and I keep putting it off. Carrie Bradshaw would be so disappointed in me.

Fast food makes my lunch breaks so easy and thoughtless, but it's SO TERRIBLE. Not to mention expensive! My apartment is just close enough that I can drive home for lunch; I really need to take advantage of that and save my money for groceries and good food.

In a perfect world, I would get up early and exercise before work, but for now I'll settle for any time as long as I actually do it.

I don't really ever cook anything. It's not that I don't like to or that I have been bad at it when I've tried, I just... don't do it. I want to find a few recipes that I really like and that are easy to whip up really quickly after work or on a Sunday night.

So there we are! That's where I'm at for May. What are your goals for the month? Make sure you link-up on Nicole's blog, too!

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