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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
I had not fed my sourdough starter in about a month — definitely had not made any sourdough bread — and worried I might have let it go unfed too long. I fed it last night and it bubbled up well overnight. Whew! (Relief can be delightful)