This weekend was R and my last weekend together in Cleveland for a little while (we will both be traveling throughout December), and so we made sure to fill our time with lots of things we love doing together! This meant two date nights at the theatre (The Band’s Visit on Friday night and a play Every Brilliant Thing on Saturday night, which you can stream on HBO) and dinner plans to ensure we had time to deconstruct each performance. For a double-date on Sunday evening, we tried the new Cleveland Heights restaurant, Zhug, which was mind-blowingly delicious and going to be a new regular haunt for us. In between all of this eating and show-going, we got started on a couple of home decoration projects that will be completed in the New Year. I vlogged this weekend, so make sure you are subscribed to my Youtube channel to see the video on Wednesday! Here is what else I have been loving this week:
I tend to go through phases when it comes to my listening habits. Sometimes, I am listening to new-to-me artists daily, while other times, I find myself tapping along to my old favorites over and over. For the past couple of months, I haven’t strayed much from my classics, so I was excited when I stumbled upon AURORA this week and instantly put her on repeat. “Daydreamer” is my favorite song (I think I have listened to it about 50 times at this point), but I enjoy all the tracks on her latest album A Different Kind of Human – Step 2. Her sound reminds me of a (slightly) more upbeat Billie Eilish. I think if you like the music of Lykke Li and Lorde, then you will love her!
As with music, I go through serious obsessions with podcasts. At the moment, I can’t get enough of Clare Press’s fabulous Wardrobe Crisis podcast. Each week Claire – Vogue Australia’s Sustainability Editor – interviews guests about fashion, culture, sustainability, ethics, activism, and the environment. Her guests span all industries from economists to fashion designers, architects to politicians, and each episode is filled with interesting insights and thought-provoking concepts. I don’t think I can pick a favorite, but I think the episode on conquering climate anxiety with activist Anna Rose is a must-listen.
To balance out the intensity of Mindhunter (which I wrote about last week), R and I found ourselves simultaneously watching I’m Sorry, a “scripted comedy about writer, wife, and mom Andrea, whose outward confidence belies an inner immaturity and neuroses that manifests in unexpected ways.” The 30-minute episodes are really easy watching mainly because the show is hilarious. Generally, I prefer heavier shows, but this one has shown me the value of having one on rotation that is your go-to for a full-on belly laugh. We have a couple more episodes of season two, and then we are going to have to wait a little while for more episodes, season three will be premiering next year!
A couple of weeks ago, my family hosted a fall party, and I was put in charge of the charcuterie board. Trader Joe’s is my go-to place for these types of things because they have the best selection of cheese, nuts, chocolates, and dried fruit. Since university, I have loved their lightly sweetened coconut strips and soft & juicy mango. However, my new favorite is their soft & juicy mandarins. I picked them up after a recommendation from a fellow TJ shopper, and they were a BIG hit! Everyone who tried them was in awe of their taste. Pick up a pack (or three) next time you are in the store and looking for a treat!
Links I Love
1. Joan Didion’s early novels of American womanhood.
2. Help me understand: you voted for Trump?
3. The best parenting advice is to go and live in Europe.
4. An Elderberry syrup tonic to soothe you.
5. The race is on to make biodegradable (& beautiful) lingerie.
7. How an award-winning documentary filmmaker gets ist all done.
8. I’m so excited for Instagram to take away likes.
9. How long-ago lava flows created a unique French cheese.
Let me know what you have been loving this week!
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