Currently: July 2018

Hi friends!

How are you? How are things? I’m so happy to be blogging again. Ciao Bella has been quiet over the past few weeks, but I think for good reason: my summer is moving so quickly that I can hardly believe it’s almost August! Internship-wise, I’m having a blast; Friday is a show day at the box office, so this morning will have me busy printing and confirming ticket orders, taking calls from patrons, and preparing the theater for yet another performance of Pippin, our fourth production of the summer.

In the meantime, because it’s been about a month (!!) since I last posted here, I wanted to share a Currently post, my favorite way to recap the recent things – books, shows, music, and the like – that I have been enjoying. Lots to love, that’s for sure! How has your July been?

Lera LynnListening: Lera Lynn’s Plays Well with Others | To start, I’m late to the party, but I’ve fallen in love with the work of singer and songwriter Lera Lynn. You may know her from her 2011 album, Have You Met Lera Lynn, or from her role as a singer on True Detective, but I’ve only just discovered her music while reading a review of her latest album on NPR. Fittingly titled Plays Well with Others, Lynn collaborated with eight different artists to produce a set of dreamy and delicate duets that are reminiscent of Americana classics. It took only one listen through before I myself was hooked; I’ve already added “Same Old Song” to my August playlist and listened to “Crimson Underground” more times than I can count. Long story short? I can’t get enough – and I’m certain you’ll feel the same!

West Falmouth Public Library{one of my newfound favorite places to perch and read}

Reading: The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo | I’m in the midst of four books at the moment – call it the summertime reading slump – but if the first few chapters are any indication, Maurene Goo’s The Way You Make Me Feel is just what I need to get out of it. With Goo’s trademark sense of humor, a memorable protagonist, and a food truck all involved, I have a feeling this will be a favorite of the summer, much like I Believe in a Thing Called Love was last year. Here’s hoping I can wrap it up on my next morning off, but in the meantime, I’m also hoping to dig into Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno (I’ll read anything she writes) and Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin (I like to support middle-grade debuts!). What are you currently reading?

Lulu and Bella at Tranquil Lake{one of our many snapshots}

Going: Tranquil Lake Nursery | While my dreams of living next to a flower-lined field won’t be coming true anytime soon, I had fun pretending when I visited Tranquil Lake Nursery! Located in Rehoboth, MA, Tranquil Lake is a farm that specializes in daylilies and irises; they have the flowers available for sale, but they also have their fields and gardens open for display. I visited on my last trip home, and it was an utter delight to browse in the summer sun. If you too stop by, be sure to purchase a few flowers for yourself and pack a camera – there are photo opportunities aplenty. Have you gone on any day trips recently?

The Durrells in CorfuWatching: The Durrells in Corfu | Between nightly shows, box office shifts, and errands around town, I return to the house ready for a quiet night. While reading is my go-to activity of choice, I have also really enjoyed making my way through The Durrells in Corfu, an engaging and heartfelt series that premiered on Masterpiece in 2016. Set in the 1930s, it follows a family of five as they move from England to the Greek island of Corfu. I’m about halfway through the first season, but I’m so in love that I’ve already added the memoir it is based on, My Family and Other Animals, to my TBR list. You can rarely go wrong with a British dramedy. (All credit to my sister, Lulu, for the initial suggestion).

The Brass SistersLoving: The Brass Sisters | Another show I’ve been enjoying in my down time? PBS’s The Food Flirts, starring home cooks and sisters Marilynn and Sheila Brass. Though brief at thirty minutes long, each episode manages to pack in a sweet and humorous punch as Marilynn and Sheila taste items from local restaurants and then whip up inspired dishes in their own kitchen with the advice of the chef. It’s fun, feel-good television at its finest, and it doesn’t hurt that you round out the half-hour with recipe recommendations galore. If you’re a fan of The Great British Baking Show, this will be right up your alley. (Love and hugs, again, to Lulu for sharing it with me!).

Joel Penkman Ice Cream{Artist Joel Penkman always manages to capture the perfect cone.}

Eating: Ghelfi’s | What is a summer without numerous ice cream stops? I’ve slowly but surely been taste-testing my way through the ice cream shops of the Cape, and one has emerged as a clear favorite: Ghelfi’s Candies and Ice Cream of Cape Cod. While they are best known for their fudge and other similarly tasty confections, I have found their ice cream to be just as delicious (my flavors of choice include their S’mores as well as Muddy Boots, a vanilla with fudge brownie mix-ins). National Ice Cream Day has already come and gone, but no matter: Ghelfi’s is worth a stop – or at least one scoop!

Bella and Em{thank you Em for the visit!]

Missing: Friends | And finally, while I don’t want to wish the summer away, I dearly miss my friends from home and at school! Fortunately, both FaceTime and phone calls make the distance seem shorter, and I’m grateful to already have had so many friends visit on my afternoons off (it helps that the beach is only a five-minutes walk from where I’m staying). Come fall, I’ll be catching up galore, but thankfully, with an exciting and interesting set of classes, a new apartment to decorate, and extracurriculars to dive right back into, I’m thinking that this next semester will be a good one.

Have a lovely Friday and an even better start to your weekend!

xx
B

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Week in Brief / 03

Keep Families TogetherI know I am not alone in expressing my anger and sadness about this week’s news cycle. While I am disheartened by the US government, I am motivated by the actions of others to resist the horrific policies against children and their families. I donated to The Florence Project; if you’re looking to give as well, here are a few other organizations who would benefit from financial support: ActBlue, Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, ACLU, and RAICES (and if you haven’t already, please consider calling your state representatives and participating in one of the many demonstrations planned next weekend).

In other news, I’m excited for the theatre season to finally kick off this week – our first show (a wildly funny production of The Pirates of Penzance) opens on Tuesday, and from the small glimpses I’ve had of rehearsals, I’m certain audiences will love it too. The stage manager in me misses being in the rehearsal space more frequently, but I have found it so fun to connect people to theatre and connect with people through theatre over in the box office. What fun.

A few other things that have brightened my week:
+ I’ve been making my way through the second season of Queer Eye – like my other reality TV comfort, The Great British Bake-Off, the Fab Five never fail to make me smile (let’s fangirl together).

+ I’ve listened to “Big God” and “Apesh*t” about a million times at this point. I don’t think I will ever get over the talent of Florence and Beyoncé.

+ I’ve enjoyed my visits to Coffee Obsession over the past few weeks. I love me a coffee shop that makes you want to curl up and read a book, cup of tea in hand. If you’re in the area, do make a stop.

How was your week?

Psst. I’ve had a Providence Travel Guide in the works for a while now, but only last week was I able to wrap it up! I’m hoping to add pictures and more suggestions in the near future, but should you need any PVD recs, I’ve listed all of my current favorites HERE.

{Picture: Keep Families Together screen print by Pete Railand}

Week in Brief / 02

Week in Brief 02I’m about a week into my summer internship, and it’s been a whirlwind of fun (summerstock theatre slows down for no one). Settling into a new place is hard, but I have found so many friendly faces – and thrown myself into so many things that remind me of home – that I’m slowly but surely carving out a space for myself. I suppose it doesn’t hurt to have the beach and cute cafes, like the one above, right down the street.

Outside of work, I’m currently digging into – and absolutely loving – Morgan Matson’s latest, Save the Date, as well as re-reading Evicted, an account of homelessness in America by sociologist Matthew Desmond. Both wholeheartedly deserve the praise they’ve been given, and I’m excited to wrap them up this week.

What are you reading?