Midyear Roundabout

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Did I even write down my goals for the year? I cannot for the life of me remember January. No wonder so many people keep journals. I probably should, but you know what Tallulah Bankhead says.

Anyway, after I took five seconds to look in the archive, yeah, I did make some goals. And you know what? I realized they were vague and, well, shitty.

I should have been more specific so I had something measurable to say “hey Jessie, good job,” or “What the fuck were you doing this year that you couldn’t learn to bake one new thing?”


I figured now would be a great time to shift to a different way of thinking, closer to how I want my mind to be. Have some specific ideas, but leave them open to interpretation.

Here’s my new end of year list:

- take a road trip

- declutter more and more

- create a relaxing and useful guest room

- find the best way to make coffee concentrate

- shoot 4 rolls of film

- celebrate Noirvember

- find a photobooth

- read 5 books

- take a class

- learn to make a new dinner

- bike 50 miles

I think I can still get most of these done with my last 4 months. Plus, I feel more optimistic day by day, as the days get slightly shorter, and the heavy, hazy daze of summer are almost behind.

My Home Bar: Just Peachy

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I was just telling a friend the other day I ate so many peaches in different forms this summer, that I am Done with peaches…until next summer.

That being said, there is a reason I couldn’t stop with this certain stone fruit. Not only is it great alone or with a little dollop of cream, but it’s subtle flavor goes with just about anything summery you can think of: pies, grills, cocktails.

I wish I could grow a peach tree, and not just for the obvious reasons.


And ::sigh:: then it would be as easy as going to the backyard to harvest a cocktail. Anyway, on to my top three peach cocktails this summer…

The Just Peachy via The Bourbon Babe

1 peach

1.5 ounces bourbon of your choice

Fill a glass halfway with crushed ice. Squeeze in the juice from one peach. Pour in 1.5 ounces of Four Roses Yellow Label. Stir and enjoy. I love this recipe because it only requires a couple ingredients.


The Peachy Keen: 1.5 oz. bourbon, 1oz peach liqueur (mine is strong stuff from friends in Poland), .5 oz lemon juice. Shake and sit on a sunset-lit patio while enjoying.


The Bourbon Belle: 2oz bourbon (3 if it’s your first cocktail), 1/2 oz peach liqueur, 1/2 oz sweet vermouth, 2 dash bitters. Shake, strain, enjoy. This one, because of the vermouth, is a little more grounded and not as summer-light, but still a great drink.

(photos via my Instagram)


Pretty Excited About New Albums Day

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I got an email from Karen O.

I mean, it wasn’t personally addressed or anything. But still. She wanted to tell me to pre-order her new album and I blinked (blunk?) hard. New Karen O? Yes please with a side of right now!

Not 20 minutes later, I found out Dan the Automator had a new album with M.E. Winstead (together called Got a Girl) just released and my music gaskets just about blew right there.


So, needless to say, I am as happy as 2006 Jess with my YYYs frontwoman and 1/3 of Lovage putting creative and simply brilliant new music into the world to listen to this autumn. So stoked to ride around the neighborhood, blasting I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now and Crush Songs in my ears.

Links of the Week

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This week’s theme is definitely Long Reads so beware, if you’re of the TL;DR set. Links this week are few, but of robust construction.

C.S. Lewis on Suffering and What It Means to Have Free Will in a Universe of Fixed Laws. Itself, the article isn’t too long, but then factor in the last paragraph, and you have hours/days of good reading:

The Problem of Pain is a pause-giving read in its entirety. Complement it with Lewis on duty, the secret of happiness, and writing “for children” and the key to authenticity in all writing, then revisit Jane Goodall on science and spirituality.”

To Burn To Burst Blaze: Making Sense of Suicide with Sylvia Plath. This is a pretty heavy read, and you’re never truly “in the mood” to read about someone’s feelings about suicide, but this is a good, good read. “…what I’m really scared of is that the succumbing wasn’t blissful at all. I’m afraid that you both choked and suffocated…or, worst of all, that you realized too late you didn’t want to do this. “

♠ And like most BuzzFeed links, the above one has a few others you might be interested in, too, as they pertain to long reads. The Origin of Long Things, I Joined a Telephone Laughter Club, Long Form Stories we’re Reading this Week is from last October, but the stories are still great.

One Weird Old Trick to Undermine the Patriarchy


Wrestling Photo of the Month

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A new series combining an old obsession with a new: photography and wrasslin.


“Thomas Shire welcomes Davey Vega back to 6/15/14″ Joel Loeschman, via Twitter

Links of the Week

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disney-tumblersI love these retro Disney Tumblers so much I would be tempted to get rid of all my other glasses.

This week has been unimaginably hot – we hit 117° on the day after it rained – so my determination is only as long as I can type before having to go stand in front of the fan again.

Let’s see what morsels I found this last week:

♠ I had to take all the images, documents, etc. off my work computer so they I could upgrade to a newer hard drive, Windows…long story short, one of the flash drives I used for my stuff somehow got corrupted before I could reinstall the items. I was crushed. I tried several recovery programs, but they are just…swoosh…gone. I hope that I can just let it go…maybe it was a good thing.

♠ I am not a huge fan of cumin, but jeera water sounds pretty fancy, and promotes all around wellness, so it could be worth a try. What really struck me was the other part of the story. Let me show you another way.

♠ Did you know that famous painter Johannes Vermeer only painted 35 works in his lifetime? This series looks at a couple possible additions, and the quest for owning something so infinitely rare and priceless.

Tide changes are so poetic, without trying too hard. My favorite:


♠ I am always looking for ways to stay inspired to shoot more film photos, especially in the heat. The latest book published of the Find Rangers Camera Club is just absolutely the inspiration I needed. There aren’t very many of #3 left, but you can get other items, or even submit for #4!

♠ Tomorrow is the new moon. Even if you don’t believe in the power of energies and all that, writing down intentions is a great way to stay on track or to brainstorm new projects. So tomorrow, grab your favorite healthy drink, find a spot where you can think for at least 10 minutes uninterrupted, and get out a piece of paper and just write.

Disneyland Opened on This Day

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Walt Disney’s greeting, when Disneyland first opened on this day, as well as footage from around the park opening day.

“A happy place for happy people.”