Weekend Dispatch

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Last week was a complete whirlwind (in all the good ways!). My husband's second cousin and his wife and 4 children were visiting from the Boston area. Although they didn't stay with us, we spent a lot of time with them at my husband's cousin's home in Bay Head, New Jersey. Our daughters and their daughters are very close in age and get along wonderfully. I was either dropping them off at my husband's cousin's home or picking them up or going back for a barbecue. This week's pace is definitely slower, and I have to say, I am missing the fast, hectic pace of last week and missing spending time with family.

But don't fret! I'm never one to sit idly for very long. Here's what I'll be up to this week:

If you are local, and you've never seen a performance by the Spring Lake Theater Company, now's the time! Shrek The Musical is currently running at SLTC, and although I haven't seen it, I've seen pics of cast members on Facebook. The costumes and make up are amazing!!! A few of my friends' children are part of the cast, and it's been a delight seeing the pictures. Shrek The Musical runs the next two weekends (June 13, 14, 15 and 20, 21, 22). Ticket info and show times can be found here.

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The eight-episode mini-series adaptation for Gillian Flynn's novel Sharp Objects debuted on HBO last night, and it is riveting. Rarely is a movie adaptation of a book more compelling or engaging than the book itself, but this mini-series may be the exception. I read Flynn's novel several years ago after reading (and loving) Gone Girl. Flynn's psychological dramas are some of the best that I've ever read. They are dark and disturbing and yet somehow relatable in an odd and distant way. Amy Adams plays the lead role, and is, not surprisingly, incredible as Camille Preaker, a reporter who returns to her hometown to investigate the murder of a young girl and the disappearance of another. It's chilling...just as the book is. But watching it on the screen brings it to life in such a way that words can't, and it's even more rattling than reading the book.

For most of last week, the east coast was blanketed in record heat. The last thing I want to do in the middle of an extreme heat wave is cook. If it involves turning on the stove or oven, I am out. I have a Pinterest board with a collection of salad recipes that I turn to when the weather isn't conducive to cooking or when I need something fast and tasty. Last week I had this tomato, corn, and avocado salad on repeat. It really was the perfect solution for the heat, and it's soooo good. Grab a baguette and tear a chunk off if you need a something a little more substantial with this salad.
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Last week I listened to #Lipstories while plugging away to tie up a few loose ends before unplugging for the holiday. I had no idea I would end up walking away so inspired by the stories. #Lipstories is a podcast that features influential female founders, creators, and thought leaders, and the inspiring stories behind the products, brands, and companies they've created. I loved the episode that features Jen Rubio, the founder of Away, a NY-based luggage company as well as the one with Molly Hayward, the founder of Cora, the organic tampon subscription service. Their stories are incredibly inspiring and are true examples of how you can turn a passion or idea into a thriving business that you put your heart and soul into everyday.

So, tell me. What do you have planned this weekend?

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