I am taking a few days off from my day job this coming week and thought it would be a good time to take a breather from blogging and social media while I'm at it, just for a bit of a recharge. I have been reading more and more about the need for artists to a break and want to give myself some solid time to disconnect from technology, read a book or two that have been calling my name, and generally rest up after a full summer.
Before I sign off until next weekend, I thought I would leave you with a sense of what I'm reading, watching, listening to, and eating! Eating is a new category for me to share on the blog, but it's a huge part of my practice to try to stay healthy and maintain a sustainable creative life.
What I'm Reading: I just finished Atonement by Ian McEwan this week (second read through) and was reminded of why I think it may be my favorite book. Each line is like poetry and the story, set in the British countryside during WWII, is like a punch in the gut. Read it. You'll love it. It's also a pretty good adaptation in film form, with the gorgeous Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, and Saoirse Ronan.
What I'm Watching: Admitted, I've been reading more than watching things lately, but I have been indulging in old episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David. Anyone else excited about the new season coming out this fall?
What I'm Listening To: I have had Jason Isbell's Nashville Sound album on repeat since it came out in June. If you haven't heard his music yet, it's a beautiful, blend of Americana, southern rock, and country, but it's unlike anything you have ever heard. His latest album speaks to the current political climate in a way that is bold and subtle and I can't say enough about it. One of my favorite tracks, Chaos and Clothes, is below:
What I'm Eating: As you might recall, I tend to follow a Paleo/Autoimmune Protocol blueprint when it comes to food, and it is so helpful in keeping my psoriasis under control and helping me to feel my best. Though I'm feeling under the weather today, luckily my appetite is still going strong, and this recipe by the lovely Jo Romero is on my menu this weekend: Crispy Italian Chicken Burger Stack
Wishing you a restorative week, whatever that means for you!