Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and the end of summer.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and the end of summer.

Noooooo, it can’t be the end of summer. I feel like it just started. How is it already “back to school” time?

Summer seemed to slip by in the blink of an eye. Not sure how that happened but here we are and it’s Labor Day weekend already. This weekend marks for me the beginning of fall. Don’t get me wrong, I love fall, but I want to squeeze as much out of summer as I can.

Well, rather than pine for all the things I didn’t do this summer (which is what I was doing), I think I will make the most of this holiday weekend, rain or shine.

Do you feel like this weekend marks the end of summer or are you holding out until that first frost? Whatever your plans are for the weekend, I hope you have a wonderfully blissful long weekend!

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

How poetry helped sustain John McCain during his years as a prisoner of war

Frank Lloyd Wright’s list of the 10 traits every artists needs 

Melora Hardin is as charming as her first apartment. Love her—I’m new fan of the actress since she’s been on The Bold Type.

I think these illustrations that visually define “same” words are so cool!

This is what respect looks like

Clever ad campaign highlights remarkable women 

A simple and kind act can make a difference 

How would you like to own part of a castle? You could’ve for the low price of 50 Euros. 

Because this is good news and this is more good news

Because this made me smile, which apparently is something goats like


I’ve been reading . . . There There by Tommy Orange, The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr, and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

I started reading Outliers because I needed some info from it for a post I wrote, and then I got back into the book. I read parts of it before but never the whole thing. Gladwell is one of the best writers of nonfiction. As someone who prefers fiction over nonfiction, I find his writing style engaging and accessible yet still filled with substantial and interesting information.

I’ve been watching . . . Riverdale. I’m almost done with Season 2 and looking forward to the start of Season 3 in October.

So here’s the thing about Riverdale . . . it’s bad, so bad but I can’t stop watching it. Is it a ludicrous soap opera drama fest filled with sex and murder? Yes. Is it pop culture trash? Yes. Is it the kind of show I usually like? No. So why would I be into this show?

I think I’m drawn to it because the show is so ridiculous and unrealistic yet it’s also a clever and dark spin on the Archie comics, which I loved as a kid. The show features the same main characters from the comics—but with some “updates” let’s say. There are some funny lines and references to pop culture. I love their spins on current “brand” names such as the American Excess credit card and the show The Matchlorette. It’s those silly spins that give the show a bit of a comic book feel yet the show feels more like a dark graphic novel.

What else am I going to watch until this comes on again in 2019?




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