We're recovering this morning from last night's table full of friends. It was our first official dinner party in over a year, due to our quiet summer and then backyard renovations. I was a little out of practice. My outfit was random. The table linens didn't match. (And not in a cute, eclectic way, just in a oops-stick-something-here way.) Minutes before guests were to arrive, a glass bubble bowl centerpiece filled with flowers exploded, flooding the table and place settings. So guests ended up having to sit on towels. It was all imperfect to say the least. It was also awesome. Every minute. Everyone stayed up later than intended, and we ate good food and warm dessert, and a group of mostly acquaintances got to know one another a little better. It was worth it. From every angle.
*I originally posted this photo and caption on Instagram early this morning. I don't usually re-post here, but on weeks when the blog is quieter (like this one), you can almost always find me on social media.
Speaking of social media...this week on the HH facebook page, I shared an interesting conversation that happened in our kitchen, a post from the archives with frightening photos, designer picks from the current Nordstrom sale, and good news for fellow true crime junkies.
I've given up on three books in the last two weeks. (This one, this one, and this one.) At what point do I start to admit that maybe it's me? Starting this and this over the weekend, with high hopes.)
Also if you're looking for something to read, don't forget about The Awakening for the Read Great Books literature challenge. Our discussion with be Tuesday, June 9. RSVP here.
The next round of the Secret Posts will go out this weekend. If you've been on the fence about whether or not to sign up for this monthly email full of the stuff I don't post anywhere else, you can click here to see an example of a Secret Post. (This one was from February.)
For your weekend reading pleasure:
- In a digital chapter, paper notebooks are as relevant as ever. (I admit that I'm kind of addicted to moleskines.)
- And thus: A Day in the Life of Pinterest. (This is hilarious.)
- What do you think about dad privilege? The Gorilla is such an equal parent, and I haven't experienced much negative commentary on that, so I wasn't sure what to think. But reading some of the comments here was pretty illuminating!
- Have you read about the controversy of Richard Prince printing out other people's instagrams and selling them in an art gallery to the tune of $90,000? This is the great (and savvy) response from one of the Instagrammers he ripped off.
- Well, I think we all need to read this one: The Moral Bucket List.
- But my most favorite thing I read this week was Erin Loechner's interview with Kelle Hampton. Beautiful and inspiring and truthful. It gave me a lot to think about going into this weekend and this summer.
Happy weekend to you!