These shoes. It’s fall, y’all! Oh wait, it’s only the 6th of September and still a million degrees in Tennessee and most of the southeastern United States. But it will be fall soon, and these backless loafers are the perfect shoes to put on while you walk down the street, tugging your cardigan closer to your chest, listening to the Cranberries, and daydreaming about school supplies. *slaps myself out of my Meg Ryan You’ve Got Mail fantasy. That wasn’t pretty.* These loafers are currently out of stock in lots of sizes but hopefully they’ll come back soon.
This place. My family came to visit last week and thank God they did—we had a big car problem thanks to a murderous rodent who chewed through the fuel line of our car!—and things got a little crazy. But in between bursts of crazy, we had some relaxing moments like the one here, at the Sweetwater Valley Farm. My mom, sis, BIL, Sam, Ray, and I went to the café for a quick bite and it was so good! Before nibbling on a BLT I took a walk around their store—anyone else a sucker for country-styled places that sell things like rustic home décor & homemade jellies, etc.?—and afterwards, got a pic in front of the giant cow. I will definitely be back because…milkshakes.
These flowers. Mums are just one indication to me that fall is on its way. This year I bought a giant pot of orange mums from Costco. They’re big and luscious and, assuming that I haven’t already killed them in any number of ways, about to explode into color. Stay posted.
This article about superheroes and fascism. We watch a lot of superhero movies in my house, but I’ve never really thought before about when the comics were written and what world conditions they were responding to. Art Spiegelman writes about the origins of the Golden Age of comics—at the tail end of the 1930s, during WWII, and until the beginning of the 1950s—and how those comics were written largely by minorities, specifically Jewish men, and in response to factors that developed during and after the Great Depression and the rise of fascism. I love Spiegelman’s final notes about Marvel and how political it still is—only not on the side of good this time.
This recipe. When you’re an adult, you might enjoy telling people about your favorite Instant Pot recipes. This has been a recent fave. We follow the directions exactly—including the note about how to cook the rice. It’s fast, we usually have the ingredients on hand, and really good.
This baby prep. One day, our baby girl will reveal her personality to us. Until then, I’m going to decorate her room and dress her how I would like. I found this bedding that matches this literary heroine banner I picked up for her nursery, and I've been buying some floral, polka dot, and striped clothes (and receiving some from family!).
Other Things I’m Loving: two of my best friends have had babies recently (shout-out to MC and Teddy and Stephanie and Ella!) and they are so sweet and beautiful. I got to meet Ella last night! Listening to Sam’s super creative and also strange stories that he’s been making up. Also, hearing Ray say new things all the time. It’s been so fun having a second child who picks up things from us and his brother! And finally, getting started on Christmas shopping. I started early because of Ray’s Birthday, which falls at the end of the November, and our due date, at the beginning of December, and also to spread out some of the financial hit. But also, I’m just really excited about how excited our boys are going to be. *unrepentant Christmas lover.