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after a long week of exams and sh*tty lab reports, I am so happy to finally have a small break. 

I even experimented with baking cakes and that tik tok whipped coffee everyone has been obsessing over! They came out pretty well too, which is surprising because I’ve never been very good in the kitchen XD. But here we are I guess, learning and growing.  

I also showed my sister the “Over the Garden Wall” series (I’ve watched it like 4 times) and it was such a good way to wind down from these past two weeks . She really liked it! She got sad though when I told her that season 2 hasn’t been released yet (even though there was a teaser trailer released sometime in 2019 :’) ). That show is timeless and makes me feel super cozy. The only shows that vibe with me like that are Hilda (Netflix) and Craig of the Creek (Cartoon Network?). Hopefully I’ll find some more like that in the future. 

I hope y’all are doing okay and staying safe during this weird time. I know I’m having a tough time adapting to this new “normal”. Please stay safe out there, look after yourself, and stay hydrated. Hopefully all this sh*t will be over soon. 

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What’s Helping Me Right Now

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READING

Godshot by Chelsea Bieker - Distract yourself with a totally different brand of misery! This coming-of-age novel is set in Peaches, California, a drought-stricken rural town with two major rulers: the raisin industry and a religious cult. I’m only halfway through this one, but I’m pretty sure our teen protagonist is somehow going to use romance books to save herself. Bonus recommendation: order a (glittery! gold!) hardcover copy from your favorite indie bookstore.

So We Can Glow by Leesa Cross-Smith - I bought this story collection literally moments before Community Bookstore closed to the public, and every day I thank my past self for being so smart. Did Leesa have a vision that the world would desperately need stories like hers? Bite-size, lyrical, delicious, with titles like “Tim Riggins Would’ve Smoked” and “Girlheart Cake with Glitter Frosting.” I read at least one story whenever I watch too much news.

Writers & Lovers by Lily King - I am recommending this perfect book to everyone. It’s hopeful, it’s funny, it’s romantic, it’s sad, and it’s set in the 1990s so it is blessedly free of the internet!

LISTENING

WQXR.org - God bless New York’s classical music radio station. Midday Mozart, Score at Four, I love it all. 

Who? Weekly by Bobby Finger & Lindsey Weber - An absolutely hilarious podcast about the Whos and Thems of pop culture. I don’t know who they’re talking about at least 30% of the time, but that’s sort of the point. It’s the kind of podcast that makes you feel like you’re out to dinner with your funniest friends.

A Beautiful Mess by Elsie Larson & Emma Chapman - They’re sisters, they’re business partners, they’re influencers, they’re nerds. This podcast is fairly new but it’s already covered a range of topics: working with family, childhood magic, home renovation, wedding traditions. I find their sister banter very soothing and they always give solid advice.

Fake Doctors, Real Friends by Zach Braff & Donald Faison - It’s the TV show rewatch podcast of my dreams! The real-life JD and Turk are chatting about every episode of one of my most beloved shows, Scrubs

This Creative Life by Sara Zarr - I’m a huge fan of Sara’s YA books, and she recently resurrected her podcast to chat with fellow creatives about how they work. It truly fulfills my Author Stalker needs. 

WATCHING

Stumptown - A sexy, boozy, heartwarming detective show starring Cobie Smulders and Jake Johnson. It’s so good! Like Veronica Mars but honestly kind of better, shhh. This one’s on Hulu. 

Unorthodox - Based on Deborah Feldman’s memoir about escaping her Hasidic community, this miniseries is GORGEOUS and thrilling. The actors are incredible. I watched this with some friends on Netflix Party and we all cried at the ending. 

SUBSCRIBING

Drawing Links by Edith Zimmerman - A newsletter containing nonfiction (mostly memoir-ish) comics, plus a handful of interesting links. Whimsical and wise! I’m always thrilled to receive a new Drawing Links email.

Everything Happened by Evelyn Ebert - Another newsletter, this one a series of extremely moving, funny personal essays. I could read this woman’s writing forever and I hope she publishes a book someday.

NYT Cooking - Ugh, I went quarantine crazy and bought a subscription to this cooking app. I regret to inform you that it’s more than worth the cost. I love their recipe collections and how you can search by ingredient and save whatever to a digital recipe box. Plus now I get Sam Sifton’s newsletter and his food writing is so dreamy, oo lala. (If you can’t spend the money right now, I believe they’ve made a lot of recipes available for free thanks to the ongoing global nightmare.)

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