It’s Friday. And not only that, but it’s the final Friday of July, can you even comprehend it?? I don’t know where the month has gone, or where the summer has gone! My school starts back up on Monday (second summer session) and we’re finally going live with the online course I helped to develop. Jeremy says I should make a post about that, since I never really talk here on the blog about what I’m doing in grad school, but I feel like my teaching and my schooling doesn’t really have anything to do with this blog, ya know? So short version: I led a team that got a grant to build an online course from scratch. The course is called “Concepts and Controversies in the Biological Sciences” and it’s basically a mash-up of my two favorite things: science and politics. It’s been a crazy roller coaster of a year creating this thing, and on Monday it’s off and running! Huzzah!
In other news, Waits starts first grade in just a few weeks, we lost our cook at the wine bar so things have been sort of wild there with me in the kitchen (but it’s super fun), we’ve made some changes at home (more on that later) and I can finally see the finish line for graduation. Summer is short, and life is so, so full. But for the first time in a very long time, I feel more on top of it than I feel underneath it. Finally.
And now, it’s time for the one, the only, Le Love List!
Living in flip flops. // Picnic dinners on the beach with my boys. Food and music and splashing and dancing. It may be my very favorite part of summer. ♥ // Whitney and Tess teasing me that I should call my next book “The Vegan MILF.” Ha! // Clean bills of health. // Being the person that friends call when they need period clothing (50s, 60s, 70s) for a costume party . . . because I wear that stuff all day every day! // Gold jewelry. // Citrine and Selenite. // Registering new URLs for really, really exciting new projects. // Gilmore Girls binges. // Taco Tuesdays and Witchy Wednesdays, and the wonderful women I spend them with! // Honoring the full moon. // Eating out of my garden almost every day. Rooting myself, literally and spiritually, in this land. // A few weeks back I texted my dad and said, “I have existential questions! Please advise!” My dad has spent the past many decades working as a doctor of Chinese Medicine, and studying eastern philosophy. So when I hit the rock bottom of my existential crisis, I knew he was the one I had to call. And we met up for coffee, and had this incredible 2-hour stroll through a park, and I basically asked him, “Dad, what the fuck is the meaning of life?” He shared so much wisdom with me that day, and honestly I’m still processing it. And I’ve been sharing it with a bunch of my girlfriends who are all feeling similarly confused and constrained (the 30s are a weird time for wild-spirited women). And I hope to write about it more, here on the blog, sometime soon. Because my father helped me frame my life in a way I had never been able to before, and it all makes so much more sense now. I know what I need to do.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, he told me the meaning of life. It’s this: Freedom. I asked him to elaborate and that was kind of tricky, because freedom means different things to different people. It’s hard to pin down. But we decided it must be like porn, according to the Supreme Court. You know, like, “You know it when you see it.” So there ya go.
Alright guys, now it’s your turn! I really love reading your own Le Love Lists, so please leave them down in the comments below. What are the little things in your life that make you smile these days?
And as always, I hope you have a truly fantastic weekend!