Last weekend, I attempted to have a little staycation. I say “attempted” as it didn’t exactly go according to plan. I did get in some good eats and reads though. I’m taking another week or so away from my subject before I dive back into some further research and revisions this summer. So for the time being it’s delicious vegan food and as many novels as I can possibly get my hands on. I kicked off staycation with two giant gluten free chocolate chip cookies with GF cookies and cream almond milk ice cream sandwiched in between. I rarely have desserts like this but this just hit the spot.
Reading the fifth Game of Thrones with my own little dragon in attendance.
Interwebs surfing, tofu scramble, lavash, guac, kale Kevita.
Again, much needed and very delicious. Consumed while watching a couple episodes of Broad City.
This was pretty much gone during day 1 of summer break/staycation. I’d read it in the evenings as I edited up my final term papers to help me keep my sanity, but I just devoured it as soon as I had the time.
Typical lunch: spinach salad with garbanzos and tempeh, veggies, tossed in red wine vinegar, nooch, garlic, and a little olive oil.
Next book! I put down A Dance with Dragons and almost immediately picked up The Girl on the Train. From what I can tell, this book has gotten a fair bit of hype on the internets, and it’s a great read. This is one of the prefacing pages, and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to read the whole book. It’s a wonderfully told story that seamlessly weaves together multiple narratives to form a dark tale that at the end of the day is about women, observation, the gaze, and the darkness within.
Afternoon treats, more book.
Trying out a few new bars! So far I’ve liked all of them.
Reading with this foot snuggler.
Perhaps the shining jewel in the staycation weekend. Hearts of palm ceviche from The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home. One of my absolute favorite recipes ever, and the perfect summery start off.
Tofu scramble with fixings, more lavash.
Leftover fuel before taking a nature walk at the nearby Wakulla springs before starting off work for the week. Also in here somewhere (but not photographed) is Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. I’ve read much of Plath’s poetry (I did a paper on her when I was an undergraduate) but not her only work of prose. I’d heard mixed reviews/feelings about the book from friends and colleagues but I must say I thought it was a good read. I blew threw it in a couple of days and am now immersed in In the Woods. This is another dark and creepy thriller type that is beautifully told and intelligently written. It makes for a great summer read if you want to escape to Dublin in your mind and follow around a Mulder and Scully type duo as they investigate temporally dissonant but related crimes involving 12 year olds. Yes, very creepy but so, so good.
I’m so glad to finally be able to get back in touch with my bookwormish self. During the school year I’m a different type of bookworm–researching, reading sources, patching together paper topics. I love this, but I always have to cut it with a little bit of fiction to help me keep my head on straight. So far this summer, it’s been a bit of a well deserved book binge.
Read anything interesting lately? Next on tap for me is Jo Nesbo’s The Redbreast.