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Good morning and happy Monday!
We are officially back from our summer travels and Ankur starts his second year of medical school today. We’ve been in and out of Tennessee all summer since I wasn’t able to get the entire 10 weeks off. But, we surprisingly got more time to travel than I had initially thought.
It’s his last summer off until…forever? So I’m glad we got to take advantage of it and see our family and friends!
I usually like to do a “Lately” post every month just to share what’s been going on around here. (Though, if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’re probably pretty in the loop). I know I’m cutting it pretty close here (how is it already AUGUST tomorrow?!), but figured its better late than never!
Feel free to play along in the comments and share what’s been going on in your life as of late!
Lately I’ve Been…
We just got back from a five-day trip to New York to see our family. My brother-in-law just moved to Ithaca so we wanted to see his new place and his new town. We also got to see my New York family and spend some time in Queens/NYC. (And we made sure to get some solid Manhattan food in our bellies before boarding the flight back home). Speaking of food…
I didn’t actually get a picture of the amazing chicken shawarma or NY-style pizza we ate. But, let’s just say, we’ve been eating well. (Maybe a little too well?). The tacos pictured above are from a new-to-us restaurant we discovered in Knoxville. It’s right smack-dab next to a gas station (they share a wall), so I was a little hesitant to go there for lunch. But, I’m so glad we did. After a year of searching for Mexican food in Tennessee that actually tastes like Mexican food, we finally found a place.
While in Ithaca, we visited a few of the Finger Lake wineries. It’s something I genuinely miss about California. The fact that I used to live so close to Napa Valley and nearly a hundred South Bay wineries was one of the best things about living in San Jose. So, when we found out Nikhil had quite a few wineries near his new home, we jumped at the opportunity to see some of them.
I’m not going to give away any spoilers from last night in case anyone hasn’t watched it yet. But, MAN. I just have ALL the emotions when I watch this show. I also appreciate that it makes Sunday nights much more enjoyable. (Whereas, previously, I’d just lay down on the couch and cry that the weekend was over).
I just finished reading this Jodi Picoult book and highly recommend it if you’re big into novels. It’s a story about the Holocaust and it can be pretty heavy and emotional (as most of her books tend to be), but I enjoy her writing style a lot. We’re also still listening to Beneath a Scarlet Sky on Audible, though now that Ankur returns to school, I may have to wait until winter break to finish listening to the final 7 hours. Oops.
In addition to listening to my audiobooks, I’ve also been listening to podcasts while I’m at work. I’m still listening to my usual ones (The Daily, This American Life, etc.). But I’ve also been enjoying some new ones like Pod Save America and Revisionist History.
All about bourbon! Did you know that Kentucky crafts 95% of the world’s bourbon? And did you know that it must be made with a minimum of 51 percent corn and aged in charred new oak barrels? Last weekend, we drove out to Lexington for Jordynn and Cole’s wedding and stopped to do a tour of the Woodford Reserve distillery. I’m not big into bourbon or whiskey, but it was really fun to learn about and see the process of how it’s all made.
I have loved spending the past ten weeks with this guy. Things are going to pick up pretty quickly with Ankur’s studies over the next week and it’s going to be an adjustment after getting to spend so much time with him. But I will never forget these past two months. The summer of our Danube River Cruise. The summer of Hamilton! The summer of quality time and friends and family and weekends away. I’ve loved every second of it.
Questions of the Day:
- What are you eating lately? Visiting lately? Loving lately?