I’ve been asked if there’s a fall list, and usually, I’m quick to say HECK NO because I hate Fall! But this year, as I enter my dark season, I decided to create a list of 24 things that will hopefully keep my spirits up until May 24. So, rather than thinking of one-and-done items, I am seeking adventures and daily habits that will make the days feel less gloomy despite the weather.
Let me know if you want to join me for some moderate fun.
Learn to make Karen’s famous rolls with the expert herself
Wait, this is still a career possibility? Where and when can Miles and I sign up! (The Atlantic)
Did I write this, or did someone steal it from my brain: Every Aug. 1, an alarm goes off in my brain. Fall is coming. Then winter. Then you’ll be depressed. FOR MONTHS. While it’s not exactly a cheerful thought, it’s one that I can count on every year. (Apartment Therapy)
“I’m working as hard as I can to come out the other side… But it’s a huge sense of shame and a sense that I’ve just let a ton of people down. People expect me to be fully cured, fully healed, be an advocate for this stuff… And it’s not a completely linear thing. I think that’s been the hardest thing. I just want it to be this one linear, upward trajectory. It never is.” – A serious injury kept her out of the World Championships marathon. That was only one part of her complicated health picture. (Runner’s World)
Year nine of my 100 Days of Summer Bucket List again helped me fill the summer days with beautiful people and memories, so I must not be sad. Despite a few hiccups (Miles’ accident and Hurricane Fiona) and detours (Quebec for Nationals), I am thrilled to have completed 87/100 items, even if some are slight improvises on the originals. Hey! It’s my list, and I can do what I want!
So grab a warm blanket and a hot bevy and enjoy a recap. Looking back, I feel very lucky.
Springfield, Missouri, Is Their Muse. Working in their home city, the photographer Julie Blackmon and her daughter, Stella, a filmmaker, find some mystery in everyday life. (NYT)
Have you watched this? It’s devastating. Thanks for the recommendation, Kristin. (NPR)
If Ephron has a lasting legacy as a writer, a filmmaker, and a cultural icon, it’s this: she showed how we can fall in and out of love with people based solely on the words that they speak and write. Words are important. Choose them carefully. And certainly don’t cling to a myth just because it’s lovely. It’s only in pushing past lazy clichés that a love affair moves from theoretical to tangible, from something a girl believes to something a woman knows how to work with. (New Yorker)
Regardless of the particulars, Serial was the thing that turned a story of failure in the justice system into a wildly popular podcast that’s still being fought over eight years later. – It Took a Pop-Culture Phenomenon to Right One Wrong (Vulture)
All fashion should make you say, “Hmm, seems stupid. I love it.” Sunglasses most of all. (Cut)
He’s known as Mr. Steal Your Grandma. But to his adoring second-grade students, he’s simply Mr. Randle – Meet Irvin Randle, the Sixty-Year-Old Instagram Star Your Grandma Has the Hots For (Texas Monthly)
Would you be buried in a mushroom suit like Luke Perry? (Orion)