Of Note — September 28
I head home from Hawaii on Sunday night and couldn’t be more upset about it. I keep on checking the Weather Channel, but it doesn’t look like there’s any inclement weather that’s going to force me to miss my flight and stay forever. Darn.
I finished Rich People Problems, which I think may have been my favorite of Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. The second one really was totally bonkers; the first and third are definitely better. Now I’m on to A Princess in Theory which is the literal definition of a beach read (easy, sexy, about an orphan girl finding out she’s been betrothed to an African prince since she was a child) and From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein. I’m especially loving Beck’s book. I’ve never met her, but it’s giving me all the feels and making me miss politics. She’s also an incredible writer and makes her memoir feel like a novel. I’d definitely recommend.
TELEVISION IS BACK BABY! It’s that glorious week in fall when network television shows premiere. I’ve obviously watched The Good Place already, and Claire and I watched New Amsterdam which was okay. Now that Erin lives near me again, we’re going to spend Thursday nights together watching The Good Place and Grey’s Anatomy — I can’t wait.
You thought “oh Morgan, you’re all caught up on The Good Place the Podcast, whatever will you listen to now?” WELL reader, Dax Shepard’s podcast, Armchair Expert, is an excellent interview podcast. And what has he been doing this week? The Good Place week! He interviewed Ted Danson, D’Arcy Carden, Mike Schur, and Kristen Bell. They’re super fascinating because he doesn’t necessarily have a formula he follows for every interview, and these are folks he knows really well (obvi, Kristen Bell is his wife) so sometimes it’s just a conversation being recorded between pals. D’Arcy’s was an interview about her life/career, but Mike’s was in large part a discussion on white privilege while Kristen’s was all about their communication style. If you haven’t listened to Armchair Expert before, you definitely should jump on board.
I’ve gone to Marukame Udon twice during my trip, and I’m obsessed. I’ve always been slightly hit or miss on ramen, but I think this restaurant gave me a whole new appreciation for ramen/udon/Asian noodle soups. There’s been a line both times, but it moves quickly and is definitely worth the wait. I also genuinely enjoy eating alone while reading a good book; it’s such a relaxing experience.
Hawaii, Hawaii, Hawaii, Hawaii, Hawaii. The robes at the Four Seasons, driving in Oahu, seeing Bishop Curry and Father George in Honolulu, eating garlic shrimp, shaved ice, my two new Target bathing suits I got for this trip, catamarans.