Burnin’! I went with a friend to a bonfire out in the Vermont countryside on Friday night. That’s some bonfire, right? I love that it was an adult bonfire, with candles and apples and wine and s’mores. I talked to a stranger, an older gentleman who does business with Japan, for most of the evening. I realized that it was the longest that I had ever talked about my experience in Japan back home. Thank you Gus.
I joined the pottery co-op on campus. I did not actually throw anything – my dream of waking up early, listening to NPR, and making cool plates never happened…. – but went in to check a pinch pot that I made on Wednesday and snapped a picture of the glaze buckets.
Some food on Saturday. I walked down to meet Jen at Burlington Bay Café for THE ABSOLUTE BEST BREAKFAST SANDWICH IN BURLINGTON. I know it doesn’t look like much, but the Portuguese English muffin and the thick bacon, it’s so perfect. Since I’ve been back from Japan, I’ve been obsessively craving cured meats. (It’s so weird.) Next time, I’d hope for more potatoes – I blame the Irish in me – but this is the size I’d get of something in Japan, so it makes me like it even more. BBC —> RESISTS AMERICAN BRUNCH PORTION CONFORMITY.
I walked along the waterfront, then looped back up to my place, and by that time I was hungry again. In my anti-cooking mode, I made a salad. Ahhhh….yeah.
Unpictured – On Saturday night I met up with a friend from college whom I haven’t seen in TEN years at American Flatbread. We drank whiskey, ate salad + pizza, and had fun catching up on the past decade (she’s a legit hand surgeon and I’m still figuring things out…).
I went to the movies. It’s been so long! I saw The Spectacular Now, which was much darker than I expected. The Perks of Being A Wallfower is dark, but it works because I love the characters and it has some of the best lines ever (i.e“We accept the love we think we deserve.”; “Right now we are alive and in this moment I swear we are infinite.”; “How do you feel Charlie?”/ “I just really want a milkshake.”; “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how could that be.”)
But I didn’t love the characters in The Spectacular Now. Sutter never grew on me. Aimee seemed to lose integrity throughout the movie. And the endless teenage drinking and driving was enough to give me nightmares.
Sunday was super cold in Burlington. 40’s! Merlin took to curling up on my Mexican blanket and I puttered around, decluttering my apartment and avoiding going outside. Overall chill and good, but I think I am getting some SERIOUS post-summer blues. Starting this weekend, while everyone else is embracing all things Fall, I’ve been prone to pretending I’m living on a tropical island: obsessing with beach-themed movies, blending up non-seasonal fruit smoothies, itching to wear all-white, and blasting reggae. It’s a mini-revolution of sorts. We’ll see how long it lasts!