BEST WEEKENDS: Chase and I have been on a wedding tour of the West with three weddings out of the five weekends in July. It’s been a wonderful whirlwind full of love, laughter, dancing, happy tears, and just so much fun.
First, we celebrated the marriage of Vanessa Bianco and Tyler Chandler, great friend’s of Chase’s sister’s, and ours, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. It was a quick trip, but we made the best of it. Congrats, Nessa and Tyler!
Next up was the main event of our summer. Here are just a few of the incredible photos that Ray J Gadd captured of the weekend. Check out the blog post here for more.
Finally (at least for July) we went to an intimate and super fun (more casual) affair back in Sun Valley to celebrate the marriage of two close friends (and former bosses for bother of us), Stephanie and Josh.
My favorite reads this month have been all about girl power, from every angle. I’m using my new friend behappy.me/generator to bring some quotes to life.
Our dear friend Rachel brought this BRILLIANT essay about girls’ confidence to our attention. Read it, please. They are words to live by, with a side of humor, and if they don’t inspire you, then you are uninspirable. That’s not a word.
This may seem counterintuitive, but my truest guilty pleasure on TV is “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” To all you women-shaming bullies out there — many of whom are apparently our fellow females — shame on you. I am a huge Kaitlyn fan because she is unabashedly herself, and she represents a very real woman who makes real decisions, real mistakes, and who (God forbid) likes to have sex. This Bustle article says it better than I can with quotes from Kaitlyn herself. I also thought this older NYTimes article titled “The Marriage Plot” provided an interested take on the ridiculous allure of the show. Finally, this crazy (but is it?!) Bachelorette conspiracy theory from Taylor threw me for a loop…
I am not on track to be a mother anytime soon, but I thought this article on raising strong girls who are leaders and discouraging gender role stereotypes is an inspiring read for all of us.
I just finished Paper Towns, which Taylor also recommended, and LOVED it. It brought me back to my melodramatic teen years (although maybe those are never over) but also spoke to me on a very adult level in terms of learning the limits of understanding and idolizing another person without compromising yourself. I can’t wait to see this movie, and this read further solidified the fact that John Green is one of my favorite contemporary authors.
I accompanied my lovely mother to “Tuscany on Tenth,” a benefit for Boulder Mountain Clayworks, which is an amazing local nonprofit. We enjoyed a silent auction (I’m the proud new owner of a mirrored tray with six little cups), a raffle, a live “throwing” demonstration, and some delicious pizza from the Ketchum Grill/Enoteca pizza truck. It was an accessible, refreshing, and low-key event that goes to a great group of people who work to bring arts to a wider community. I will definitely go again next year!
You’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t heard of Cecil the Lion. While I echo the feelings of many in that Walter is most likely a horrible person, I’ve been trying to force myself to open my mind, especially as I live in a “hunting household.” I really grapple with the ethics of appropriate hunting (Cecil was of course unjustly killed), and the only firm conclusion I can draw is that I have a distinct issue with hunting when it’s about ego (and probably a small pecker) rather than feeding your family, respect for outdoors and all animals, and basic empathy. There’s a reason serial killers historically are cruel to animals in their youth, just saying. Walter clearly crossed that line, and I worry for the men — and women (ahem, you disgusting “Idaho Huntress”) — who slide down that slippery slope. That being said, Steve Rinella, who I first gained respect for from this article titled “How I Fell For My Complete Opposite,” had some great thoughts on the issue, which as the boy constantly reminds me, deters me from pigeonholing my opinions as I often do. Don’t get me wrong, I signed several petitions online to bring justice to the Cecil situation, but it’s always a good idea to see all sides.
To totally switch gears, I made some great summery purchases this month. Here they are!
Taylor and I have continued our hiking tour of our Idaho backyard with a couple recent ventures. Add Summit Creek to my favorite hikes list, and add our attempt up Borah to the “super awesome but super intense and might not need to ever do it again” list.
Even on days when I don’t really have time to get my heart rate up, I try to even go on a 15-minute dog walk around the block, especially after I read this article titled “How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain.” Basically, walking in nature vs. along city streets decreases time spent “brooding.” Brooding be gone, I say! Walk in the outdoors!
It’s no secret that I am dying to get a French bulldog sometime (soon) in my lifetime. Taylor sent me this short video when I needed a laugh, and it delivered. I will have a French bulldog.
We’re already half-way through August! Yikes! Hope yours is a great one.