Things That Gave Me Life This Week #1

Every take of Charlie’s song

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a show that I’ve heard a lot about but had never seen. We just got Hulu with my partner’s student Spotify account, so we started watching this series (he’s seen it many times, apparently). Although some of the jokes have definitely aged badly (or maybe they’re satire and self-critical and that doesn’t always read), the creativity is really fun to watch. This video (NSFW) shows several talks of ‘Charlie’s Song.’ Charlie Day apparently plays the piano, accordion, trombone, guitar and harmonica, and he improvs songs for the show.

These ginger molasses cookies

Ginger molasses cookies are probably my all time favorite cookies (which I also say about snickerdoodles and really good oatmeal raison cookies). This recipe lived up to it’s title as Big Soft Ginger Cookies. We made them vegan with Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer (basically tapioca and potato starch) and Earth Balance. I made them last night and half are already gone.

In the Realms of the Unreal

In the Realms of the Unreal is a 2004 documentary that tells the story of Henry Darger, who during his lifetime created a body of work that consisted of a 15,145 page manuscript with hundreds of illustrations telling the story of a fantasy war on children. It was created by created by Jessica Yu. Darger was an outsider artist, which means that he wasn’t formally trained or at any way involved in what we would consider ‘mainstream art culture’ (although what that means in the age of the internet, I can’t image). Sometimes I like to have art documentaries playing in the background while I work, but I had to keep stopping to watch this one all the way through. I’ve watched it twice in the last week.

Taylor Swift’s ‘evermore

Dang, drop not just one but two surprise #cottagecore albums on me, why don’t you. Like what appears to be at least half of twitter, I’ve also been listening to evermore this week. As a long-time fan of both Taylor Swift (once I got over myself, anyway) and the cottage core aesthetic, this perfect blend of the two has really helped me get into my flow this week. It also includes no body, no crime, and who doesn’t love a good murder ballad?

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

So far this year, I’ve read 62 books, and 37 have been new books. I’m the type of person who usually ends up reading the same five books over and over again before bed, so starting in September I really started pushing myself to read some new-to-me books. 20,000 Leagues was one of those ‘classics’ that’s been on my list for a long time, but that I never got around to. I’m about 1/2 way through and, frankly, still have a lot of questions. However, it’s giving me some ideas for some potential new projects, so that’s great. It kind of feels like I gave myself homework to read this book, but in a good way.

By Summer

librarian by day, artist and writer by night, ponderer of nature, petter of nasty ol’ stray cats, cooker and eater of foods. she/her/destroyer of worlds

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