Listening: to more music than I have in a long time! It’s been nice to work in a couple of places this summer where my focus is actually increased by listening to music, and not just the instrumental/foreign/wordless stuff I listened to when writing papers through grad school. I even bought new headphones to mark the occasion.
But Sam Smith’s voice, in “Money on My Mind,” “Latch,” and this awesome cover of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know?” seems to be taking up residence in my head with no sign of departure. This video has two and a half million more views than when I first watched it last week, so I know it’s all over the internet. But just in case you haven’t seen it:
I love his modern, vaguely Boy George-ish look and his incredible voice. I’m looking forward to listening to his recently released first album…and will admit I’ll be on the lookout for the Shonda Rhimes-organized 80s covers compilation that includes this song. RIP Whitney.
Reading: Like a good creative writing major, I recently went back and reread Raymond Carver’s Cathedral collection, which I enjoyed but not quite as much as the first time around. I breezed through Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park in a night, just as the best YA intends. It was charming and a nice change of pace from your normal coming of age teenage romance. (Not that I’m really against those, either…) And now I’m getting back to Zadie Smith’s NW. I got about ten pages in some time last year and then it was recalled at the library. I love White Teeth and On Beauty but struggle a bit with some of her essays, so the jury’s still out on this one. No one is going to describe it as a light summer read, but I’m ready for something a little meatier.
Thinking: Differently. I don’t quite know how to explain it, but not quite two months out of school, I’m finding that I have a curiosity and energy for learning that I had kind of lost for a while. I guess it has something to do with having a more regular schedule. Or maybe it has to do with watching some TV and letting my brain reset.
Watching: The Newsroom. I had been told for a long time that I’d like it, and I did. I am even in full support of the saccharine wrapping-almost-everything-up-at-the-end ending. I guess that’s Sorkin’s prerogative when a smart, witty show like that gets cancelled after only two (short!) seasons. Oh, and Orange is the New Black, obviously. And the moving process basically reignited my love/hate relationship with Grey’s Anatomy, because it turns out you can understand the entire show just by listening to it. It was nice have-it-on-in-the-background-or-even-in-the-other-room packing noise. Except when Jackson Avery is on. Then I’d watch. (didn’t that super scary “hot felon” look a lot like Jesse Williams, the actor who plays Avery? Only one of them is a repeat offender with a tear tat and the other is a fictional, near-perfect doctor prone to taking off his shirt when it makes very little sense in context…)
Oh! And Obvious Child! I saw it (twice!) in the theater and thought it was the most realistic, charming, funny romcom I’ve seen in a long time.
(Still) unpacking from: a long weekend in Dallas with a dear friend. We hit the Dallas Museum of Art, which was fabulous, ate good food, hit the sales at the Galleria mall pretty hard, drank Shiner Ruby Redbird, and watched more World Cup than I had all tournament. The downtown Thanks-Giving Chapel was a pleasant surprise:
Enjoying: Austin’s slower summer pace. Patio beers. Trivia nights. Free music and movies on the lawn.
Looking forward to: Heading to Montana in a few weeks! August is the perfect time of year, and being on the lake—with no schoolwork to do!—is going to be total bliss.
So…what has this summer held for you? Tell me in the comments!
(thanks for Danielle at Sometimes Sweet for the original inspiration for these posts)