Being back in Montana is always a strange combination of a bitter and sweet. The longer I’m away, the more it feels like I don’t fit. I have little in common with friends who I’ve known for decades. My daily life, my interests, my goals differ in many ways from theirs. I sometimes fear that if I stay away much longer, I’ll change so much that I will no longer feel like Montana is home. And that thought terrifies me.
1) Last Friday, Emily at Cupcakes and Cashmere featured a sweet, little pair of Zoe Chicco earrings on her blog. Diamonds set in a straight line to create a sliver of sparkle. I immediately went looking for a copycat pair in a lower price point and found these Gorjana earrings. They’re a bit larger but lovely, especially at 1/10th the price.
2) Need some reading to fill a long afternoon of ‘nothing to do’? Reading a few of Roger Ebert’s movie reviews is always entertaining. I have a list of movies he considered great on my iPad, and on rainy days, I’ll rent one on iTunes or Hulu. He’s right more than he’s wrong.
4) There’s a new book coming out about how to raise children who aren’t entitled. The author’s solution? Chores like making their beds, and not supervising their every homework assignment and task like a sentry. When did this parenting style become revolutionary? I don’t know, but if this catches on, I won’t have to spend months teaching interns who’ve never had jobs and were raised by helicopter parents to do simple tasks without constant supervision and complaint.
6) Last week, I asked about the strangest/most extreme beauty treatment they’d ever had. One commenter mentioned a Japanese treatment called “Baby Foot” where you apply a gel to your feet, leave it on for an hour and then, after a few days, the top layer of skin peels off leaving you with baby soft feet. You literally molt like a snake. This treatment is just the right mix of effective and gross, that I bet it becomes popular stateside soon.
7) Marie Claire has an article titled The Single Girl’s Second Shift, about how employers often ask single women to bat clean-up at work because they assume that, being sans husband and children, you should be the one to shoulder the burden.
9) Lately my Pinterest page is just a catalog of food I’d like to cook or bake. On of my favorite recent discoveries, sweet potatoes with chili beans. So good, and as long as you go light on the sour cream, fairly healthy.
10) I’m stocking up on books for my trip to Montana in August. Just me, a lakeside pool and a pile of books. On the list, Rules of Civility, Secrets of a Fashion Therapist and The Fault in Our Stars. What’s on your summer reading list?