Passing Fancies: July 2013


What can I say? It’s been a hot month. How have you been coping, if you’re dealing with this heat wave, too? This is what I’ve been doing…

Reading: I’m nearly finished with Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels, the first four titles published in one volume. I’ve had to take short breaks between the individual novels; as much as I’ve enjoyed them, their darker plot elements make them a bit draining for me.

Eats and Treats: Fruit from our local farmer’s market, especially peaches.

Drinks: Coffee made in the AeroPress that my husband recently gave me. Iced coffee brewed in a Toddy. And mojitos made with mint from our garden.

Beauty Products: L’Occitane Gel Douche Captivant shower gel–so refreshing, with notes of lime, basil, and mint. Kind of a like a mojito!

Garb: Black summer dresses accented with lightweight scarves from Anna Sui and Uniqlo.

Video: Endeavor, the prequel to the immortal Inspector Morse, now being aired on PBS. I still miss John Thaw, the original Morse, but this new series does have its attractions.

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Where were we?

Annoyance: Summer tourist season. There are days when I wish I was wearing one of those T-shirts that used to be sold everywhere in Midtown, the ones that read, “WELCOME TO NEW YORK. NOW GET OUT.” I haven’t seen those shirts in a while. I think Bloomberg outlawed them.

Anticipation: The final season of Breaking Bad. And the breaking of the heat wave.

Image: Juillet (July) by Eugène Grasset (1896), via WikiPaintings.


3 thoughts on “Passing Fancies: July 2013

  1. This Summer I had completely forgoten about cold coffee. I did my first pot yesterday with my old Bodum. Loooved John Thaw and I’ll be re watching some episodes again since they are being recorded on my machine (tvo for you a guess) I have seen Endeavor last year (I think) and although I did like it, I forgot about it rather quickly. As for the t-shirt, why not have one made with a nice classic image of NY on it? I’m staying away from Old Montreal these days, way too many tourists here as well. :)

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