It’s been a little over two weeks since I posted about my summer to-do list, so I thought I’d check in. You know – accountability and such.
Spend lots of time at the pool. Check. I’ve done this basically every day.
Bake. A lot. I haven’t baked anything since I posted this, but that’s because I was out of gluten-free baking goods. This week I got my hands on my favorite GF flour – Pillsbury All-Purpose GF Flour.
Find a community orchestra to play with. Nada on this front. I did find an awesome one, but they rehearse on Tuesday nights, and I have class on Tuesday nights all next semester. So this might have to wait until January.
Read 50 new books. On track here! So far this summer I’ve read 12 new books (not counting rereads). Here are some of my favorites. Click the titles and you’ll go to the book’s Goodreads page, which includes links for buying the book or downloading an online copy or ebook.
- I Regret Nothing, by Jen Lancaster. She writes the funniest memoirs, and this is her new one this year. The bike-riding chapters are my favorite.
- Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell. This one takes place in the end of 1999 (remember Y2K??), and involves an IT surveillance guy who falls in love with one of his coworkers by reading her flagged emails. This is possibly my favorite book I’ve read this year (obviously it’s too soon to say for sure). If you like geeky stuff and romcoms, check this one out!
- The Royal We, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. It’s been pretty well established that I heart the royals; this is a fictionalized account of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s relationship, from meeting in college all through the wedding. It was a ridiculously fun read. I really liked all the behind-the-scenes parts about the Kate character (Bex) getting made over. For instance, they want to make her hair shiny and thick, so the royal stylist starts gradually adding extensions in, bit by bit over a period of months, so that no one will notice how Bex’s hair has suddenly gotten longer, fuller, and shinier. There’s also a really funny scene about learning how to get in and out of a car in a skirt without flashing the entire world. You can also get the first seven chapters for free online!
- Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain. This should probably count as a reread, but since I haven’t read it in 8 years or so, I’m counting it as new. This is Bourdain’s behind-the-scenes look into what it’s like working in professional kitchens. Some of it is a little boring (the parts where he’s in Japan could definitely have used some editing), but for the most part this is a great read. The version I got from the library is the anniversary edition, so there’s a ton of extra notes in his handwriting.
For School/Dietetics Resume
Volunteer. I’m a little disappointed about this one. My work situation changed recently, which means that I had to back out of the summer camp. I’m really hoping things will change again relatively soon and that I can join back up.
Shadow professional dietitians. Nothing done on this one, either. I’ve been putting off contacting anyone because of the situation; hopefully that will be resolved soon and I can start getting in touch.
Post to this blog 2-3 times per week. Three posts last week and three posts this week.
Work through the human nutrition textbook I got from the library. Haven’t read as much as I’d like, but started the fiber chapter this morning.
For the Bucket List
Travel or make plans to travel. Nada.
Learn another language. Plugging away with Duolingo! I’m in the “food” section. I also earned enough points in the app (called “lingots”) to download an extra lesson – I chose Idioms. My favorite of those so far – and the only one I’ve really had cause to use in normal conversation – is “Chi non lavora non mangia” – “who does not work, does not eat.”
That’s it for this update!
How are your summers going?