This ice cream. Sometimes (always) being bold and adventurous (only with ice cream and haircuts) pays off. The other day I was trolling the ice cream aisle at the grocery store and saw this Tillamook Chocolaty Chip Cookie Dough ice cream. I thought: why not try it?; I should definitely get it;it could have the most cookie dough of any ice cream I’ve ever seen. A good decision on my part. This ice cream is so creamy, you all, and really good. Maybe the best part: my husband doesn’t even want the cookie dough, and this, coupled with the fact that I don’t steal his beer, means we’ll be together forever.
This garden. In addition to planting a lot of flowers, we’ve started planting fruits and veggies in our garden. I’m pretty much a novice when it comes to gardening, but our resident expert, my husband, gives lots of guidance (and unflinching honesty haha). So far we’ve planted sweet potato, watermelon, and beans, and we’re planting tomatoes today or tomorrow. *fingers crossed* the animals stay away. This tv show. It’s been a long, bloody, insanely violent road for Game of Thrones fans, and each episode of this final season so far has been a thing of beauty. For so long, the characters have been set on/chosen different paths, and now, they’re almost all reunited again, their hopes/fears/grandiloquent ambitions/homicidal urges battling, and the ending—the ruler of the Iron Throne—still TBD. After all of the suffering women have undergone on the show, I’m so happy to see them thriving in these episodes (more strong, complex women, please!), and I have every expectation of seeing Arya, Sansa, Dany, Brienne, et al. ruling the world as those final credits roll.
This article. I was a graduate student for several years, and in my classes, and in my comp lists, I read diversely. But I have to admit that when it comes to reading now, reading primarily romance, I am less so. One of my reading goals is to read more romance novels written by women of color and support those authors in reviews, blog posts, etc. (I’m embarrassed that this is a deliberate “goal" and not necessarily something I've been doing on my own, but I'm trying to be more aware of what I'm reading/who I'm reading). As Lois Beckett shows in this article, there’s been some recent progress within the romance novel industry as a whole—including more conversations about diversity, more women speaking up, more widespread commitment to making concrete changes—but there’s still a lot of work left to do (hello RITAs). Some white women just don’t think that there’s a problem with how we emotionally, financially, vocally, and otherwise, support women writers of color. Beckett states: “it might have been easy to think that the future of diverse romance had already arrived. Except, the authors kept warning, it had not."
This succulent wall. Soon Dan is going to build a plant wall to hide the very long stretch of white vinyl siding on the back of our house. Until then, I’ll keep lusting after this succulent wall. Isn’t it gorgeous?
Other Things I’m Loving: planning Sam’s 4th Birthday party, which he is very excited about. Raymond is talking more all the time. His last new word: purple. Reading so many amazing books lately (reviews coming soon!). And going to the Dogwood Arts Festival with three of our closest friends. Sam got a Spiderman mask painted on his face!