I am enjoying "summer" mode. I still have various things that I need to accomplish for my collection of jobs, but I am SO enjoying a break from classes and the accompanying non-stop to-do list of reading and writing.
If you haven't been reading Charles Martin and you like novels, you need to start reading his books. His newest is Unwritten and lovely.
I am a couple chapters in to At Home on the Range by Margaret Yardley Potter. It's an old book that's been recently re-published. It's a narrative-style cookbook and it's hilarious, along with being really interesting from a food history perspective.
I finally got around to making a goodreads account. I've been obsessively rating books and adding books to my "to read" list for the past couple of days. We'll see if I actually keep up with it. I've never been very good at keeping lists of what I read.
On the Dining Table
. . is my sewing machine
I went and scouted a thrift store to see if I could find some old vintages sheets to up-cycle into clothes. I spent one entire Saturday crafting a shirt. It's got errors galore and made me wish for a serger to finish up the inside seams, but I am happy with my effort.
|My first attempt at sewing a shirt|
Second sewing project - also a $2 sheet from a thrift store. This is a circle skirt - so it's just a doughnut of fabric with a waistband sewn in. I kind of love it. I'm trying to decide where it's public debut should be - I have a couple of options coming up in the next couple of weeks.
The snaps I used to fasten the waist are also quite vintage - check out those prices! The 30 pack in the picture is marked 35 cents. Today, you can get a 30 pack of snaps from Jo-Ann Fabrics for $3.49. I inherited these snaps along with some wooden spools of thread in an old wooden sewing chest that was given to me n Chicago.
I took one of my much-loved train trips.
I haven't been very adventurous in the kitchen, so nothing exciting to report there. I tend to rotate through tomato sandwiches, chips and guac, egg salad, zucchini "burgers" on pita, and baked potatoes fairly often. Living in a place with no a/c makes turning on the oven about the last thing I want to do in the summer. I need to figure out some yummy salads I can make at home.
In the land of Television, I had been excited about a new season of MasterChef, but it seems to have devolved into the mess of overly produced drama full of selfish bickering that characterizes reality TV. So, that's been scratched from the watch list.
I've never been into music enough to really recommend anything, but I will say that I enjoyed having the "Brenda Lee" station on Pandora as my soundtrack to work the other day. If you're ever in the mood for sing-along old-school country and rock, that station is a winner.
So, my summer has been reading and sewing and generally enjoying not having a paper constantly due. One more year of grad school coming up and then it's on to rest of my life. I think enjoying what is likely to be my last summer "off" is a lovely way to spend this year. :)