simply being : 4.17.20

I don’t know about y’all, but I feel like I’ve done everything and nothing this week. What is it with this life? The days are starting to fly by! But anyways, this is what’s up:

Listening:

Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer Different Park

As the days have slowed down, I’ve found myself drifting back to this 2013 release. There’s a meandering quality to the songs on this album, the kind of slow daze that results from a unique blend of warm sunshine and reckless abandon. “Silver Lining” has definitely struck a chord in these hard moments, and “Blowing Smoke” is a classic foot-stomper.

Reading:

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

When I started trying to read this bestseller a few months back, I couldn’t wrap my head around it. The narrator is such a depressing, rude, and unlikable character. But upon revisiting it – especially given its isolationist themes – I’m learning to appreciate its sincere look into the dangers of the misuse of prescription medications and bad doctors. It’s escapist literature in the kind of way that makes me very thankful to be alive and well.

Watching:

Escape to the Chateau on PBS

Apparently this show is almost 4 years old, but it’s re-airing on PBS every Thursday night at 9 PM. We’ve developed a weekly habit of watching this together with my future in-laws over dessert and wine. (We live on the same property, so #socialdistancing has become a moot point.) Creating little weekly milestones like this has been a huge help when we can’t make other plans. Plus, it’s a pretty good watch! And it makes us quite grateful to be living in a 30-year-old house with running water and heat.

Experiencing:

….Electric Shock Therapy?

Did you hear about my run-in with the electric fence this week? What a wild metaphor for the repeated jolt of shock we’re getting every time we hear more news of the effects of Covid 19. But also a pretty entertaining look into my embarrassing city-gone-country life. Check it out here.

Loving:

Making the Most of It

When I’m not obsessing over this little guy’s face, I’m really digging these FREE customized virtual cards from ABLE. They speak to some really specific situations in a beautiful, minimal, and meaningful way. It’s the kind of idea I wish I had, but I didn’t, so the best I can offer is a share.

Snacking:

PBBS – Peanut Butter Banana Saltines

You take the saltine, you spread some peanut butter on it, you slice up a banana, see how many slices fit on your saltine, and take a bite. I think I can proudly say I developed this recipe all by myself – so there you have it! A Heather Original.

Drinking:

Yazoo 100% Proceeds Tornado Relief Ale

Some really horrible tornadoes hit Nashville about a day or two before the first reported case of Coronavirus in Tennessee. It’s been a weird feeling of “How do I help?” and “How do I keep myself and others safe?” The simple act of being able to purchase a 6-pack of these the other week felt like a step in the right direction.

Carrying:

This vintage Dooney and Bourke from Poshmark

I know, I know. I said I was getting rid of things and trying not to shop. But you know how I was talking about simple vs. sustainable vs. slow living? Well, buying secondhand is something easy we can do to be sustainable, especially now that it’s Earth Month! I’ve been looking for one of these for awhile, and when I found a good deal, I couldn’t help but treat myself to a little something special. Hey, nobody’s perfect, right?

Avoiding:

Hitting “Checkout” on my wedding invitation order

Just when I felt like I was about to hit my wedding planning stride, everything has come to a halt (obviously). And the longer stores are closed, social distancing is enforced, and events/travel plans are delayed, our hopes of a September wedding are feeling far, far away. I feel blessed to have the luxury to “plan ahead,” but when all the time for planning is spent away from the people I want to be planning with, what’s the point? Any brides out there? How are you handling this crisis?