Of Note — September 14
This has been a weird week. The weekend was gorgeous (and when I got to hang out with Summer, the most photogenic golden retriever ever). Hurricane Florence is currently wrecking havoc across the Carolinas, but I’ve spent all week preparing for her and then just...waiting. We worked from home yesterday (UNC cancelled classes and closed to all non-essential employees), and it just felt eerie all day long. I posted a video of the sky on my Instagram with the quote from the Dark Knight Rises, “There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne.” That’s what it’s felt like all day. Spooky weather, waiting with baited breath for the power to flicker. We’ll see what happens over the course of today and the weekend; fingers crossed for nothing too bad.
Still reading Less — I’m at the point where I’ve turned off my WiFi on my Kindle to try to keep the library from automatically reclaiming the book. I genuinely am enjoying it; I’ve just also been extremely distracted by television the last couple of weeks. I’ll finish it in the hurricane for SURE.
When I was in Ottawa over Labor Day (should I write it as “Labour” if I was in Canada?), I introduced my aunt to The Good Place, which is one of my favorite shows on television right now. It stars Kristen Bell (my spirit animal) and Ted Danson; it’s one of very few shows I watch that I tune into every week, usually on the night that it airs. The show comes back on September 27th, so I am rewatching the first two seasons right now to get myself ready. I don’t want to give anything away if you haven’t seen it, but I seriously cannot recommend it more highly. Give it a shot if you’re looking for something delightful, just promise me that you’ll stick around until the first season finale — it’s only 13 24-minute episodes, and it’s absolutely worth it.
Oh, you thought I was done talking about The Good Place? Think again! There is also an official podcast that accompanies the show, creatively entitled The Good Place The Podcast. I listened to a couple of episodes when it first came out but haven’t tuned in in quite some time. Marc Evan Jackson, who plays the character Shawn (the Almighty Judge on High of All Beings Living and Dead for All Eternity), hosts actors, writers, producers, and other staff to talk about the show. I love all these people (one of the Gilmore Guys wrote on season 1 of the show, and he’s on an episode!). I also find the process of making television to be fascinating, so it’s a great listen!
As of writing this on Thursday afternoon, I’m trying desperately not to read all of my hurricane snacks before the hurricane actually hits. I’ve got apples, bananas, tomatoes, Oreos, popcorn, chocolate-covered marshmallows, Triscuits, jerkey, and so much more . I am ready for Florence, and if she doesn’t come I will be snacking for eons after this.
Making Old Fashioneds, hurricane snacks, work team trips to Target, an ironic hurricane spin playlist, Ted Danson, La Croix, Summer the golden retriever, brisket, goat cheese on toasted bread, celebrating Rosh Hashanah with Haley.