This has been a full month. Will and I are started it in New York and ended it back in Louisville with a few unseasonably cool but completely welcome days.
This month we celebrated fifteen years of marriage, we had fun times with friends and family, we buried our family dog. We’ve been for many bike rides and taken lots of walks. We went berry picking even though we can never remember to get out to the fields until the season is over.
We’ve been tidying up and moving things around in the house. I’ve been re-reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and taking the Nester’s self-paced cozy minimalist course (hint: enter my name as the referrer on that link and get $10 off) and—on top of last month’s read How to Live with Kids—it’s making a big difference in the way things look around here. (I still haven’t finished painting the hall that I started in January but never mind that.)
What I’m reading
What I’m reading
I’ve been diligent about sticking close to my summer reading list: This month I’ve read Deep Down Dark, The Cruelest Month, A Rule Against Murder, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, and half of Little Women. I’ve also been reading a nice assortment of new fiction, including The Rumor, Weightless, The Summer of Good Intentions, and Sweet Forgiveness.
In my kitchen
The kids have been making lots of summer dinners: Sarah cooks every Monday and Thursday, and Jack is learning to grill. (His specialty is flat iron steak with Trader Joe’s BBQ coffee rub.)
We’ve also been brewing batch after batch of iced coffee and cooking up everything strawberry. Sarah made that beautiful summer tart shown above.
Best of the web
Vera Wang says: Know when to walk away … and start something new. “Your life isn’t always measured by tangible results. What it really is in the end is the process, and what you learn about yourself and about life.”
David Foster Wallace’s syllabus for his 2008 creative nonfiction course: includes reading list and footnotes. “In some ways, Wallace syllabi themselves count as pieces of creative nonfiction. What other professor ever had the prose chops to make you actually want to read anything under the “Class Rules & Procedures” heading?”
Telling the truth with charts. “A chart tells a story. Explain what’s happening in a way that’s understood, in a useful, clear presentation that’s true. But too many charts fail at this simple but difficult task.”
The economics of tidying up. “Why do people have so much trouble throwing things out? Turns out, the answer lies in people’s heads. Running through Kondo’s best advice and most of her book is the argument about the anxiety-induced limits of human decision-making. Seeing as an entire branch of economics studies exactly that, it’s no wonder that economists have a particular interest in her advice …. The clutter that piles up in apartments is a product of people’s cognitive blunders.
On the blog
The perfect summer reading for every Myers-Briggs personality type. Combining two of my favorite things: personality geekery and summer reading.
The 2015 Summer Reading Guide. I’ve loved hearing what you’re reading this summer.
My summer uniform. I’ve gotta say: this method—and this particular daily outfit—are really working for me.
How are you TODAY? A simple change to a common question makes all the difference when it comes to helping our friends (and maybe ourselves) through something difficult.
What makes a relationship work? Skip tall-dark-and-handsome, go for kindness (and 10 tips for making it last). On my anniversary: the challenges I face in my own relationship, and proven tips for getting it right as we move forward.
Linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately.