Sienna was absolutely beautiful! I loved going through the government buildings (hello, future law student!) and seeing firsthand how art can be a political influence.
The views were absolutely gorgeous!
Reading in the plaza is a nice break from walking around all day! I brought a sarong with me to use as a blanket when sitting on the ground. I am always getting things on my white jeans! Bringing something to sit on (and to help my classmates cover up their shoulders or knees when going into churches) really saved me on this trip!
Below is the Allegory of Good and Bad Government, a fresco mural in the rooms of the Council of Nine, the government of Sienna in the 1300’s. I love it because of its purpose: it kept the government in line through the depiction of what occurs when a government governs poorly. Below is only the “good government” side, but you should definitely check out the “bad government” side. What a great political implication! If you want to read more about it, click here.
Hello, Summer! We are so glad you’re here!
Also, to all the dads out there, happy Father’s Day!
Higher temps tend to lead to fewer clothes, which can snowball (or sandball?) into a whole host of body confidence issues for both males and females. Check out this podcast by Call Your Girlfriend about exploring body positivity!
Fun fact: August is the time of year when the most murders in the US occur! So don’t be surprised if people are a little…touchy…during the hottest months of the year. But that still doesn’t give anyone any excuses. Read here about the Australian comedian that was murdered close to her home after a late night gig. “Performer Alex Lee tweeted, ‘My first stand up set when I was the same age as Eurydice Dixon, was about being afraid walking home at night. Making jokes about it was a way to feel slightly empowered instead of small and frightened. Mourning for this young comedian who was entitled to feel safe.'”
What I’m reading right now: Columbine by Dave Cullen and The Castle by Franz Kafka
Wanna catch up on what I’ve read so far this summer? Check out my Goodreads profile!
Bath and Body works is having their semi-annual sale. I bought this candle!
Easter was yesterday, in case you don’t celebrate it. I had a fabulous time with my family at church and brunch. I am now having a not so fabulous time writing essays and studying for tests, so today’s blog post is going to be short and sweet.
Do audiobooks count as reading?
Art lessons from Georgia O’Keeffe
If literature’s complicated men were on Tinder
Proof that cats are liquid
One White House, many eggs, and decades of scary bunnies
Peeps beer…who knew
Are you a “book spines face out” kinda person, or an artsy “titles face the wall” kinda person? I think I prefer being able to read my book titles, honestly. (Thanks, Mom, for the interesting read!)
What do you think the best Easter eggs are? I ran a Twitter poll (check it out HERE) and the winner was obvious: Reese’s eggs. I prefer M&M eggs. Good Housekeeping checked out tons of different eggs, and ranked them based off appearance, taste, and quality so you’re sure to get the best stuff in your basket. #themoreyouknow
I love checking up on my favorite bloggers Instagram stories while drinking coffee before classes each morning. Here are a few of my favorites:
Tracy shares a little bit of everything on here. She updates her Insta stories more frequently than anyone else I follow and I seriously love getting to watch her interact with her son Cooper and her two cats! She’s also a great chef with a knack for making anyone smile.
This is Tracy from Shutterbean’s Instagram account. Tracy is an artist and this is where she shares most of her artwork. I also am in love with watching her live videos of her handwriting. It’s so pretty!
If you’re looking for flowers you don’t have to go any further! Sara shares her daily floral creations on her Insta every day! She makes arrangements for weddings, bouquets, displays, and sometimes even food photo shoots. This is where I head on dreary winter mornings – the colors and sun make every day feel like spring!
Joy is full of joy! And lots and lots of cakes. And bagels. And bread. So much bread. It’s beautiful, really.
Heathrow lives in the UGA DG house on Milledge. One lucky Delta Gamma gets to raise a guide dog puppy when they live in the house their sophomore year, and this year it’s Becky who’s raising Heathrow!
What are your favorite Instagram accounts?
Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
I competed in poetry slams in high school. I went to club every Thursday and wrote new pieces. I went to slams almost every Tuesday. I became very, very attached to this style of writing. I reconnected this summer with a friend I competed with and she sent me her list of favorite poems. A few really stood out to me, and here they are!
Scarecrow by the Brave New Voices Washington D.C. Team This is the first slam poem I ever listened to. I don’t even remember why I was listening to it or how I found it. But I do remember watching this performance and thinking “I want to perform like that.”
OCD by Neil Hilborn This poem is a great explanation of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. We even watched it in one of my psychology classes. It also shows how people without OCD view people with OCD. My favorite line? “I can’t breathe because he only kisses her once, he doesn’t care if it’s perfect.”
Elephant Engine High Dive Revival by Buddy Wakefield My junior year English teacher used to play this poem for us on bad days. Part of me is reminded of David Sedaris, part of me is left confused, and the rest of me gets it without having to completely understand.
Cat Poem by the Brave New Voices Los Angeles Team I’ve watched these girls perform both online and in person. They’re just as hilarious in person as on stage. I also love how they use this poem to make fun of slam poetry. They’re great!
We Boys by the Homeword Asheville NC Brave New Voices Team I never went to Brave New Voices with Homeword, but these are the people I competed against in high school. This poem was written my junior year when feminism was becoming a larger part of pop culture. To boil it all down, these are the reasons boys need gender equality too. (Also, just FYI, this is very explicit).
Do you have a favorite slam poem?
Whenever I go to the beach I make sure to bring enough books to read. This summer, however, I knew I had a goal of twelve books as well as the May, June, and July books for the bookclub I’m in. That’s fifteen books for an entire summer, over half of what I usually read per year! Usually I have a daunting to-read list, but I didn’t know where to start this time.
I started off the summer with The Goldfinch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and the Inheritance Cycle. After that, I hit a wall. I spent a lot of my downtime at work surfing through Twitter instead of reading. Politics, even though I dislike them, have been interesting this year. Its like reality tv with all the drama and he-said-she-said gossip going on. That’s when I decided a book on small town politics might not be such a bad thing to read at the beach. I picked up The Casual Vacancy the day before we left for Topsail and didn’t put it down until I’d finished it three days after.
The Casual Vacancy is a book about Pagford, a small town in England. The story revolves around the death of Barry Fairbrother, a member of the Pagford Parish Council. Barry is loved by everyone and loves everyone in return. He has a big heart, but politically that’s what gets him into trouble. Many years ago, Pagford and Yarvil were friendly neighbor cities, Yarvil being the bigger of the two with a large estate sitting between them. The estate sold lands to Pagford to make cheap housing. Decades later, the cheap housing has become government housing, and is costing Pagford quite a bit of money in the end. Barry wants to keep “the Fields” and the addiction clinic as part of Pagford. The other half of the council does not. When there is a casual vacancy because of Barry’s death, the entire town splits between pro-fielders and anti-fielders and those running for council find themselves the topic of discriminatory posts on the Parish Council website.
What did I tell you, politics with a side of reality tv show worthy gossip! If you like Rowling’s writing style for Harry Potter (this isn’t exactly the same, but it’s not far off) and are interesting in small town politics then I’d definitely give this book a go!