After a week of back to normal life, and half a weekend so far to recover, I’m starting to feel like myself. The Chicagogrammers’ party went off last weekend without a hitch and that, too, is back to a reasonable pace.
I had been so distracted by it all that I haven’t had much time to focus on the reality of what’s happening around us, but once I snapped back into it, I realized that’s maybe a good thing. Is ignorance bliss? I don’t know. I feel like the mood everywhere is that everyone is hoping, wishing and praying for the best outcome, though in reality we’re all expecting the worst. And doesn’t that just sound so hopeless?
Yam’s sister was one of those injured in Charlottesville this weekend, and while it’s so hard to focus on the horrible, and what could have been, Eggplant reminded me through an Insta snap taken from her neighborhood block party that happiness, goodness and love is here, but maybe we just need to open our eyes a little wider to see it.
So my wish for you is to find a little goodness in every day this week, no matter how hard it might be.
Okay, I’ve just fallen off my soapbox for the day and am looking towards the internet, for better or worse. Here we go:
Chicago was just named the 2017 Restaurant City of the Year. Of course it is, after I moved. Believe, of all the things I don’t miss about living in Chicago, food is one thing that I miss every day.
The families that can’t afford summer. I was SO unbelievably fortunate that I spent the whole of my summer vacation with my grandparents, my mom taking the whole summer off work to be with us. I do worry that my someday-maybe-hypothetical children won’t have the same luxury.
Have smartphones destroyed a generation? Yes and yes.
Birthday freebies! Since mine is tomorrow, this could not be more timely.
You know how I feel about extraneous kitchen gadgets, but I concur with all of these selections.
The story of the couple who bought a street and pissed everyone off. It’s crazy how this happened.
And finally, Jane Austen’s wise words are still relevant today. Very much indeed.
Oh wait! Tomorrow’s my birthday and I’ve got a treat for you coming. But if you want to indulge with me all week, I suggest: The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich, slow-cooker pulled pork, Dutch pancake, vanilla cake with lemon and chocolate peanut butter ice cream. Just to name a few favorites.
Have a great week!