Five Friday Favorites: Ducks, Books & Shorts

It’s October, but this morning I ran in 100 percent humidity, so everything is a lie, I guess, but here’s a few things making life a little less miserable.


I spent a decent amount of my youth on a farm and even did some 4H things for a bit and so I love a fair, any fair, especially a big fair like the State Fair of Virginia. I love fair food, I love the colors and the people watching, I love the 1,000-pound pumpkins, but most of all, I love the critters. I love the horses and the cows and the pigeons and the pigs and, more than anything else, I love the ducks.

The ducks, you guys, are so cute. They have this feeder thing with a slide and the ducks go up and get a little snack and then slide down into the water and I am not being hyperbolic when I tell you that I could watch these ducks go up and down the slide for whole hours. This year, I went to the fair with a few friends, including a 4-year-old who was just as into the ducks as I was and really, it’s just nice to feel understood.

THERE, THERE by Tommy Orange

I read this book for a book club I didn’t actually end up going to, but it’s on my list of best books I’ve read this year. It’s got a varied cast of characters, from teenagers to the elderly, and questions what it means to be an Indian or a Native American or an American Indian and is mostly set in urban Oakland, California.


Summer is allegedly on the way out, but these shorts are my favorite shorts. I lounge in them, I hike in them, I sit in creeks in them and I love them. They dry quick, feel super durable and even though they appear to be in my butt every time I post a picture of myself in them, they are the most comfortable pair of shorts I’ve had.


Look, I had an iPhone 7 and with my upcoming big trip to California and Utah about to commence, it was time for an upgrade. I want the option to take great photos without lugging around several pounds of camera equipment and so far, so good. It’s a huge upgrade from the 7, I’m very into the ultrawide option and I can’t wait to scamper through the desert with it in a few weeks.


Really, I haven’t been watching much TV lately, I didn’t even watch the season finale of Big Brother because I knew who won and was too mad to actually watch it happen. I randomly started watching the Detour on Hulu a few weeks ago and have almost worked my way through all available seasons. It’s light and ridiculous and has made me laugh out loud repeatedly, which is really all I’m asking for these days.



  • Ash

    That bull has frightening horns. I think they sharpened and polished them up just so he’d be extra lethal during the fair! He is very handsome, though, and has gentle eyes.
    Glad you got to go! ❤

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