right now

Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetApologies for the quietude around here, friends. I’m knee-deep in week three of juggling two jobs (it’s been nothing but fun so far, honest), but I figured it’d be good to hit pause on this whirlwind and tell you what’s going on right. now.

Eating: Cherry tomatoes from the garden, pizza burritos and these smoothies, all day everyday. Except on Sunday when, in celebration of gutter-cleaning accomplishments, I made these vodka tonic slushies (tremendously refreshing) and my favorite oven-fried chicken. Call me old-fashioned, but I’m sort of a stickler about Sunday supper!

Reading: Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner and am digging it so far. If you haven’t read Stegner, and you like Willa Cather, John Steinbeck, Edward Abbey or the American West in general, I highly recommend starting with Angle of Repose.

Saddened by: This MPR News investigation into the clergy-led sex abuse cover-up that’s going on in St. Paul is wholly absorbing and so completely maddening. All four parts warrant a read.

Watching: FAR too many George Jones/Tammy Wynette YouTube vids via my new Chromecast. (That thing is slick, btw!) Once I start, I just can’t stop.

Listening to: Tom T. Hall’s “Ballad of Forty Dollars” album. Tom T.’s always good when I’m feeling worn and in need of a little pick-me-up.

Planning: Our week-long stay at the cabin! I’ve been researching nearby supper clubs and paddling day trips, but I’m most excited to just be up there and RELAX. To further this mission, I treated myself to a patriotic float AND a new hammock!

xoxo,

Meghan

clickin’ around, vol. 54

tumblr_n5y3f1rDaJ1rbqpjlo1_500 Class of ’21 entertains the graduating class of ’71 during commencement and reunion at Smith College via Vintage National Geographic. In case you, too, need a little light this week.

3 new takes on classic summer lemonade and summer salads made for toting. Who wants to picnic?

Poignant shots of modernist homes just prior to their demolition.

In defense of old-lady perfumes. Amen to all of this.

Really digging this #girlboss video series that’s going down over on Nasty Gal. Lots of inspiration and wisdom in those two-minute videos!

Last but not least, a candid interview with lil’ ol’ me re: my favorite local thrift stores and people I like on Twitter (and in real life).

xoxo,

Meghan

 

lake life love

As far as weekends go, this one definitely neared close to the heavenly end of the spectrum. After a stupidly busy couple of weeks, some days at the lake were just what I needed. I read this entire book. Fried some chicken. Baked a cake. Got a little sunburn. Hit some rummage sales and found cool stuff. Went for a paddle. Pondered weighty fabric decisions. Battled sweaty bangs. Hung out in a wildflower patch. Watched the fog roll in. All in the company of people (and dogs) I adore.

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xoxo,

Meghan

Photos: processed using VSCO Cam.

cabin crafts

photo 2(1)I took today off work to run some errands and get organized for a long weekend up north. My goal is to spend loads of time there this summer/fall, so to make all the back-and-forth as easy as possible, I’m bringing some essentials to leave up there, allowing me to pack light week-in, week-out. Since it’s such an inspiring, beautiful place, of course I had to assemble a little craft kit, so if a rainy day hits, or I find myself up too early (or late), I’ll be able to work on some projects.

Here are a few crafts I’ve been eying that require a minimal number of supplies and that can rely on, or benefit from, the abundance of natural materials surrounding the cabin. The best part is most of them would be handy to keep up there!

cabin craftsClockwise from top: birch bark canoe by Lil Fish Studios // god’s eye DIY via Free People // twisted turban headband via eHow // spray-painted lids via Yadira’s Craft Adventures // pine cone garland via I’m Not Sure Where

If you have ideas for projects that’d be good to tote up north, please do let me know. Now, back to packing!

xoxo,

Meghan

midweek melodies: monterey pop soundtrack

Screen shot 2014-06-17 at 8.26.13 PMBefore I knew about the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967, the only impression I had of Monterey, California was a girl I shared a floor with freshman year of college who loved to brag about bjs she’d given to various frat daddies that particular week. We weren’t close by any means, except, of course, in proximity, which is why, one cold winter night happened to I wind up at the ER, watching as her stomach was pumped free of the enormous quantity of painkillers she had swallowed. The next day her mom flew into Boulder, and the day after that, we exchanged goodbye hugs as they returned together to Monterey.

Today, so many years later, when I hear “Monterey,” my brain doesn’t automatically go to this sad, faded memory, but instead to the Monterey Pop Festival, the unofficial start to the “summer of love,” inspiration for a little thing called Woodstock and an all-around significant event in ’60s music history. The three-day concert, held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds and planned in a mere seven weeks, boasted a lineup of stars including, but not limited to The Mamas and the Papas, The Byrds, Canned Heat, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Simon & Garfunkel and a magnificent Otis Redding. 

The concert was also filmed and turned into a full-length film called Monterey Pop, which is conveniently available to watch in its high-def glory on YouTube. Groovy right? I’ve been re-watch/listening to it at night this week, while I answer emails and work on freelance, and it’s just too good to keep to myself, especially considering that this week marks the 47th anniversary. If you haven’t seen it, I encourage you to sit for a while and soak it in. The festival-goers’ fashion alone makes it worthwhile to see, if, for whatever reason, ’60s rock isn’t your thing. If you want to skip around, track lists are beneath the video, though I strongly advise you to watch it all the way through, at least once. (Whatever you do, do not skip Jimi!)

The bonus footage, including some rad Byrds songs, two great Simon & Garfunkel tunes and Mama Cass being her hilario self, is also a must-see.

I wish you all happy Wednesdays.

xo,

Meghan

Ticket scans c/o: Candice Bergen.

shooter shots

It’s been a busy, tiring, stormy Monday, but I had to stop in and share a few photos from yesterday’s Shooter Jennings show. On a whim, I took my “real” camera and here are a few snapshots from the day…minus any crops, filters or editing ’cause I’m plumb tired.

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I’ve gotta admit, seeing Shooter perform his dad’s songs, on Father’s Day, which also happened to fall on Waylon’s birthday, which also happened to be a beautifully blustery, sunny summer day, was all-around pretty magical.

xoxo,

Meghan

sunday funday

tumblr_n70qifDOxR1qzxyyzo1_500First and foremost, BIG HUGE THANKS to the sweetheart-ed souls who came out in the cold and rain to shop my garage sale. Drizzle aside, seeing familiar faces (and meeting some of you for the first time!) brought a whole bunch of sunshine to an overall cloudy day.

As luck would have it, today the skies are blue and the sun’s shining down. Which is A-OK with me, because I’m going to see Shooter Jennings and Waymore’s Outlaws play outside tonight, and I’m pretty sure I’d cry if I had to spend another minute in the rain. While I’m not a fan of Shooter’s original music, I am looking forward to seeing his backing band, comprised of Richie Albright, Waylon’s original drummer and right-hand man since 1964, FAME studio session bassist, Jerry Bridges, who played with Waylon starting in the “Dukes of Hazzard” days and steel guitar legend Fred Newell. I’m extra-excited because it’s the first outdoor concert I’ve been to you yet this year, I have the perfect dress to wear and…have I mentioned that’s it’s not raining?

Whatever you’re up to this Sunday, enjoy yourselves! Rain or shine, summer weekends are gifts to be treasured.

xoxo,

Meghan

Photo c/o: King of Beers.