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?

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Week in Brief / 01

Maggie RogersSaw the new musical Jagged Little Pill at the A.R.T. and was absolutely blown away. It was so good that my mom, sister, and I returned on Thursday for a second viewing (and needless to say, we’ve been listening to a lot of Alanis Morrissette since).

Listened to Maggie Roger’s recent single, “Fallingwater,” more times than I can count – I’m very much a fan.

Celebrated National Doughnut Day with a trip to the one and only Knead Doughnuts.

Watched and laughed at Bridget Jones’s Diary (sparked by this fun podcast and my sister’s excellent taste).

Enjoyed several books from the library, including gems The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik and The Science of Breakable Things. I love a book that makes you think and/or warms the heart.

How was your week?

Psst. Going off my thoughts from last week, please consider a brief weekly update like this a summertime experiment! If I dig it, I hope to continue it into the fall. :)

{Picture: Maggie Rogers in some brilliant art direction}

The Summer List // 2018

Hi friends!

The Summer List 2018{source sadly unknown}

How are you? How has your May been? Mine has been all sorts of wonderful, particularly this last week; since ending out the semester, I’ve been able to catch up with friends old and new, take a few day trips with my family, and, of course, read and bake galore (The final Penderwicks book, my heart). So long as New England’s sunny weather holds, summertime is here, and I couldn’t be more excited to ring in its arrival with this year’s Summer List.

These lists – now on their seventh edition! – are a small way I like to offer some structure to my summer, and I’ve grown to consider them a Ciao Bella tradition, a seasonal take on resolution-making if you will. As I look ahead to the coming months, let me ask: what are your summer plans? 

Finish my proposal for an independent concentration. To start, I’m lucky that Brown allows students the opportunity to design their own major, and it’s an option that I hope to take advantage of! I’ve slowly but surely been chipping away at my own proposal over all of last semester, but I’m hoping I can finish and revise my draft for submission in the fall.

Make a home for myself on the Cape. If there’s anything different about this summer, it’s that I won’t actually be spending it at home: I instead took on an arts administration internship at a seaside summer-stock theatre where I will also be living. I’m incredibly grateful for the chance to dive into work I love and enjoy, as well as the opportunity to explore a new town. You can be sure I’ll be visiting the public library as soon as I arrive.

Document the summer. With what is sure to be a fun-filled summer ahead, I’m committed to documenting it in full. I journal regularly, and I use VSCO as a casual way to store photo memories, but I think a Shutterfly photo album might be called for by the summer’s end. Here’s to a little online scrapbooking – what fun.

Celebrate my birthday! As a summer birthday baby, I suppose it’s no surprise that July is one of my favorite months of the year. I look forward to celebrating my birthday with new friends – preferably with an ice cream cone in hand :)

Continue running. I have never been one to love running, but over the course of the past semester, I came to enjoy it as a way to clear my head and keep stress at bay (I’m all for exercise that grants me a bit of peace in a hectic schedule). I have my favorite routes around Providence, but I would love to find a new path along the water for early summer mornings!

Read 20 books. I consider the summer prime reading time (no school textbooks in sight!), and though I have a busy work schedule, I’m determined to read twenty novels over the next few months. My summer reading has been off to a strong start already, so here’s hoping the trend will continue with novels like Save the Date by Morgan Matson and I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman.

Figure out what to do with this little site. Finally, it’s a question I’ve been pondering for quite a while: what do I want out of Ciao Bella? My book reviews and recipes style hasn’t been sustainable, so I’m thinking of transitioning to more brief, journal-like entries each week. Summer, thankfully, seems to me like the perfect time to give new posts a shot.

Have the most terrific Tuesday!
B