Of Note — June 8
After a lovely long weekend, it's been a busy week catching up at home and work. It was also tough to hear about two high-profile celebrity deaths by suicide this week. Kate Spade, who loved color and optimism and whimsy, and Anthony Bourdain, who encouraged us to explore and connect and not be afraid of new places or people or experiences. They'll both be missed so much. If you are struggling, know that people are always available to talk and help — you can find text and phone numbers here. And — perhaps more importantly — know that people who are struggling may not be able to reach out. They may feel to scared or overwhelmed or alone. So if you can, check in, talk, try to help the people you love.
Over the weekend I started and finished An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. It was stunning. The novel tells the story of a young black couple who have been married a little over a year when the husband is wrongly convicted of rape and what happens to their family and relationship in the years that follow. It's intimate and heartbreaking; I sympathize with and am frustrated by each character at different points. I highly recommend.
An old favorite this week — Erin had never seen Ocean's 11, so we watched it over the weekend! It is one of my very favorite movies (and even I only saw it for the first time like 5 years ago), but I think it's hilarious and I just adore George and Julia. The all-female spinoff comes out today (!) so hopefully I will be able to catch it soon.
To Taylor Swift, le duh. Her concert was SO fun. It's the third one that Erin and I have gone to together, and the first time we saw her in a football stadium (the others have been at PNC Arena in Raleigh, a basketball/hockey arena usually). Erin and I were laughing because for our very first concert ever, we saw the Backstreet Boys and in the row behind us were a bunch of twenty-something girls screaming and dancing and having a ball. There was a young family in front of us and we suddenly realized we ARE those girls.
This week my roommate and I purchased the "family dinner" plan from The Root Cellar, a restaurant in Chapel Hill, that offers pre-made, delicious, paleo meals for 2 for a week. It's kind of like Blue Apron in real life, except we haven't had to cook — just pop the meal into the oven to heat up and then we're good to go! It's kind of expensive to do every week (plus I do enjoy cooking), but we loved everything on the menu this week, and it's been fun and tasty to try.
Parts Unknown, SoulCycle, throwback Taylor Swift, American Fiasco, Triangle restaurant week deals, Elizabeth Holmes's royal "so many thoughts" on Instagram Stories.