It’s Monday – a new day, a new dawn, and I am finally feeling good after spending the past week sick and lethargic trapped in a thick physical and mental fog. It’s raining here in the national capital region – the remnants of the storm. The widespread devastation in North and South Carolina caused by Hurricane Florence is difficult to watch from afar. Our family and friends in the area are safe but the dangerous flood waters will ensure that it will be sometime before life returns to normal. If you’re looking for a way to help, I recommend….
- Check daily with local publications online (e.g. here is an article from the Wilmington Star News about organizations helping the local population) to get an idea of what is needed where.
- The Diaper Bank of North Carolina is committed to providing diapers, formula, and toiletries to those in need – they even have an Amazon Wish List!
- Don’t forget to contact local Human Societies – many are setting up foster staging sites in less-affected areas of the states and could always use donations. Here is the Facebook page for Carteret County and Craven County Displaced Dogs and Cats.
I thought it’d be fun to highlight what I am watching, reading, and listening over the past few weeks.
What I’m Watching
Pasta Grannies on YouTube. The host of this weekly YouTube series, Vicky, travels around Italy collecting pasta-making techniques and traditions passed down through generations. There is something magical in the simplicity of watching Italian grandmothers making traditional dishes that are typical of their region.
Making It. Most people who know me are aware that my all-time favorite show is Parks & Recreation. I also really enjoy art and the processes of creating. The combination of Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, and arts and crafts doesn’t disappoint. And boy in today’s climate – it sure is nice to watch a ‘reality’ show that showcases artists supporting each other.
What I’m Reading
Girl, Wash Your Face. Like pretty much every woman my age, I am reading Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I don’t read her blog but recently discovered her podcast. I like her message and I enjoyed the book. Is it groundbreaking? No. But is it motivating? Heck yes!
The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder. Clay (a geography buff) recommended this book to me. Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist who argues that geography still matters when looking at the United States’ relationship with other superpowers.
What I’m Listening
The Piano Guys Station on Amazon Music Unlimted. The Piano Guys have an interesting beginning – originally created as a social media marketing strategy for a piano store in Utah, the Piano Guys gained popularity on YouTube (Piano Guys YouTube Channel) as they uploaded videos of various piano and cello compositions. Their channel on Amazon Music Unlimted is a mix of their performances and other classical crossover, orchestral pop, and cello rock pieces.
The Bechdel Cast. For those unfamiliar, in order for a movie to pass the Bechdel test, it must have (1) at least two named women in it (2) who talk to each other (3) about something other than a man. The Bechdel Cast is a podcast about women in film. Hosts Jamie Loftus and Caitlin Durante discuss the misrepresentation of women in Hollywood movies and each podcast puts an iconic movie against the Bechdel test. Spoiler – not a lot films pass. The podcast is super entertaining. And empowering.
What have you been watching, reading, and listening to lately?