Day 282: Summertime!

Today is the first day of [meteorological] summer. I’m delighted. I love summer. I’ll also get to use this delight again on June 20, the astronomical first day of summer this year.

I also received my first StitchFix in over a year. I was delighted to see they sell NYDJ* and signed up for a Fix just because of that (and because I like surprises). I also bought a pair of NYDJ jeans and a pair of ballet slipper shoes last month. I’m sending everything except the jeans and a comfortable bra. All the clothes were adorable, just not on me.

*Funny story: I’ve been wearing NYDJ jeans for a few years. The style fit me perfectly and didn’t have a low rise. Because I’ve been wearing them daily for over two years, they are kind of falling apart. I went to the store where I bought one pair and they didn’t have that style. I went to another store and same story. Turns out that style has been discontinued. In the second store the conversation went like this:

  • Me: Hi, do you still sell these jeans, pointing at my leg. The brand is New York something. DJ???
  • Salesclerk: Not Your Daughter’s Jeans?
  • Me: No, New York something jeans.
  • Salesclerk: NYDJ?
  • Me: Yes. New York DJ
  • Salesclerk: Yes, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans
  • Me: Ha! And here I thought they were fancy New York designer jeans. That’s embarrassing.
  • Salesclerk: No problem. And we don’t have any right now. Maybe later in the summer.

Day 281: Some Books

After our Tybee Island trip, I went through a spell of not reading for a while. I read a lot while I was there, then lost my taste for it when we got home. I finally (and delightfully) feel like reading again.

Here’s a list of books I’ve found delightful over the past few weeks/months:

  • The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  • How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Right now I am reading News of the World by Paulette Jiles on Kindle and Audible and Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer — hardcopy.

I finished listening to A River Runs Through It — a book I bought on Audible back in 2013 when Clare and I drove through Missoula. I didn’t realize it was really just a [long] short story. There are two other stories on that recording that I doubt I will listen to.

Day 280: Southside

A rainy Sunday was made delightful with a new cocktail:

Southside

  • 5 mint leaves
  • 1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • Garnish: mint sprig

Add the mint leaves and lemon juice into a shaker and gently muddle. Add the gin and simple syrup with ice, and shake until well-chilled. Double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Day 279: Radish Greens are Edible!

I learned that radish greens are edible. I was making stuffed shells but didn’t have any spinach but did have some radish greens so I chopped them up, added some pesto and added them to the cheese mixture that I stuffed the shells with. Very good! (I did check first to make sure it wouldn’t kill us).