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!



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