1. I am really enjoying Fanny Singer's Always Home memoir/cookbook. It's a beautiful book and a really beautifully told mother-daughter story. You can't be in a bad mood after reading a few chapters. I have always been totally fascinated by Alice Waters (Fanny's mom) and this is a neat new perspective on her life. This week I made one of the recipes from the book and it was obviously delicious. You can read that recipe and a little excerpt from the book here. So good.
2. Masks are a hot topic. I wear one every single time I leave the house. Last night I sat out on our patio for a bit to do a FaceTime catch-up with a dear friend and didn't wear a mask and felt so scandalous. There was no one else on our patio, but still. Anyway, I'm vigilant about masks. I am also increasingly passionate about skincare-related masks. There are some damn good ones out there now, things have come a long way from the minty blue clay masks I loved in high school. Right now I am really digging Farmaesthetics Herbal Hydration Complex when my skin is feeling pissed off, and Tata Harper's Resurfacing Mask when my skin is feeling clogged and dull. They both smell awesome and work wonders.
3. I cannot recommend this hard enough: get on Instagram, follow a woman named Lia Bartha, and take one of her classes as soon as possible. She offers them Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10am. That's not the most convenient time on weekdays, but she saves the classes for 24 hours in the Instagram TV section on her profile. Her class is called B The Method. It's essentially mat Pilates but with her own really unique twist. It's all low impact and she moves slowly. There is no music, no bells, no whistles. It's just her and her mat and her ball. You will work very hard but nothing she does hurts. You "leave" class feeling good, not defeated. It's just top top notch. Go try it.
4. My hair is Winnie Cooper levels of long. And not in a good way. I don't have Winnie's silkiness, and I am three times her age. I got some cute headbands from Sea Marie but they are only doing so much. I realize that hair salons are part of Phase One as Massachusetts attempts to re-open but, gotta be honest, I'm not all that excited about having another person three inches from my face right now. I'm gonna hold off a little longer. That said, I did order a pair of hair scissors and they are coming on Monday. I figure if I really REALLY screw it up, no one will see me for several weeks anyway. Wish me luck.
5. What do you miss most this week? I miss Cape Cod. Doug is on vacation, and I so wish we could go down to Provincetown and have dinner at the Mews and then sing too many songs at the Governor Bradford and then sleep for 10 full and complete hours and get up and have brunch at the Red Inn. I really wonder if we will ever be able to have a Cape Cod visit like that again. For now, I'm happy with our patio. Have a good long weekend, all.