August Obsessions

What happened: This month I had my last two regular weeks of work, during which I submitted my thesis proposal (yay!) and worked on design projects for Locals Seafood.  I spent my last full week of summer in Asheville, North Carolina where I ate and looked at art and went rock climbing.  I also saw the eclipse, which was wild, right?  And then I just ducked right into my last year of college.  Whoops.  Swerve.

 Pie from Buxton Hall, especially this peanut butter and jelly pie which sounded weird but was DELICIOUS.

Pie from Buxton Hall, especially this peanut butter and jelly pie which sounded weird but was DELICIOUS.

The best thing I read: This article on Why We Fell for Clean Eating was a engaging and helped me think about some of my own problems around food.  I've been thinking about this passage a lot.

Clean eating – whether it is called that or not – is perhaps best seen as a dysfunctional response to a still more dysfunctional food supply: a dream of purity in a toxic world. To walk into a modern western supermarket is to be assailed by aisle upon aisle of salty, oily snacks and sugary cereals, of “bread” that has been neither proved nor fermented, of cheap, sweetened drinks and meat from animals kept in inhumane conditions.

When food so often feels like the enemy, an important element of the appeal of a strict diet is the simplicity and freedom from anxiety that is promised to us.  I'm still sorting out my own feelings about this article.

The best thing I ate: Steak with Brussel sprouts and blue cheese dressing + heirloom tomato salad, cooked for my family and I by an old, old friend - and one of the best home cooks I've ever known.  See below.

 Thanks, Rhea.

Thanks, Rhea.

The best thing I bought: I have been obsessively telling anyone who will listen about my recent purchase of The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees.  It is a guide book to building a personal style that is personal, appropriate and within your budget, but the part that has been most enjoyable for me have been the questions Rees asks.  For example, "Why do you care about your style?"  or "What do you want your style to say about you?"  I've been surprised by what I've learned from this book, from personal insight to how to distinguish good and bad quality clothing.

 The best thing I didn't buy:  100-year-old cast iron skillets at antique stores all over Asheville, NC.  Appalachia, you know?  Side note:  these puppies were expensive.

The best thing I didn't buy:  100-year-old cast iron skillets at antique stores all over Asheville, NC.  Appalachia, you know?  Side note:  these puppies were expensive.

A question I've been thinking about:  I watched the Vice episode about Charlottesville for a class and it's got me thinking about the best way to have a conversation with people whose views make me want to throw up.

 Ribs 4 the Resistance

Ribs 4 the Resistance

How was your August?