Chills

Hey friends, I made us a playlist for October. I only included songs that I thought would fit on the soundtrack for a creepy, mindbending horror movie, so if that’s your jam, give it a listen!

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Summer is over

Ok, so I forgot to post for kind of a while. It’s fine though—summer is busy and sometimes I can’t stand being glued to a computer while the sun is busy making the outdoors delightful.

I’m back here to tell you I made a playlist for the month of September that I think is quite good. Summer is over. I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of feelings about that. This playlist is an outlet. Let’s thank summer for filling us with extra dopamine and then throw it in the trash so we can make room on our shelves for fall.

 

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Hi Hello

Here are a few things you might want to know about me:

  1. I live in Michigan and have all 31 years of my life, but I’m planning a move to California this year.
  2. Related: I like to spend a lot of time doing outside things but I hate the winter.
  3. I have anxiety and depression and am constantly trying to figure out a better way to function.
  4. The last band I saw live was Cherry Glazerr and they were great. The next band I’ll probably see is Delicate Steve. I’ve seen him before and he is also great.
  5. I have a lot of opinions which is probably why I’m here writing a blog about things.
  6. Related: I think capitalism is a waste of everyone’s time. Ditto the current president of the USA.
  7. I’m currently reading Swamplandia! by Karen Russell and it’s making me pretty uncomfortable.
  8. In my day job I do freelance graphic design for social justice focused nonprofits, but I’m getting a little itchy to try something else.
  9. I think Adventure Time is the best show to ever grace television.
  10. Here’s what I’m listening to right now:

February things

A short list of things I loved in February that made the snow covered hellscape of Michigan tolerable: 

I finished N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy this month and now I want to read everything else she’s written. It was exciting, deeply upsetting at many points, and emotionally dense. She created a rich world, slowly unwrapping it over the course the three novels and dragging you in deeper with each chapter. She describes this future world from several different perspectives as the events piece together and the world and its residents crystallize into something truly magnificent and horrifying.

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The band Cheekface knows how to write a serious jam wrapped up in lyrics that cut directly into our collective millennial heart. It’s hard to pick a favorite track from the delightful collection of singles they’ve trickled out over this past year, but “Eternity Leave” is a bouncy lyrical gem that I just can’t get enough of. Their debut album comes out March 20th and I can’t fucking wait.

 

I’ve been working on perfecting my pita and hummus making skills. I’m still tweaking my hummus recipe, but I’ve used this pita recipe from The Kitchn twice so far and I think I got it just right on my second try. On the first attempt, they turned out a little too dense and didn’t puff up—I think I over-kneaded the dough or maybe didn’t let the dough rise long enough. The second time, I only kneaded the dough for 5 minutes and then let it rise for one and a half hours—they turned out so good! This might have to become a weekly thing because pita + hummus is one of my favorite snacks, and the store bought options are truly awful for the most part.

 

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