A few of the goings-on from the month of June


7/1/20233 min read

Blue sky with a lake with field in foreground
Blue sky with a lake with field in foreground

The weather this month changed from a pleasant 70° every day (21°C) to a blistering mid-to-high 80s and 90s (28°C-32°C). One of the warmer days was Corpus Christi and we were going to spend it walking along the river and perhaps stopping for a beer, but I remembered Walkative! tours. We signed up last minute for the Old Town tour. I love being a tourist the city I live in because there’s still so much I don’t know. We covered our usual walking route through the city but it was nice to have some context to the buildings and sites.

...seeing + doing

What I've been...

Summer is officially here and I'm already over it. Give me autumn or, I don't know, death? Air conditioning? Anyway, this is what I've been up to this month.

...cooking + eating

Summer is officially here and with it the fresh produce and lighter fare. And I have to be honest — I’m not a summer food person. I love a hot dog, a rack of ribs, grilled marinated chicken thighs, and I’ll eat a whole meal of summer salads and a few ears of corn. But I want someone else to cook it. I don’t know why. But the local farm stand is full of green beans, yellow beans, radishes, peaches, and berries and all I want is a bowl of macaroni + cheese and a huge, vinegary side salad.

I'm counting down to braising, is all I'm saying.


I’ve always been fascinated with English and its evolution, which is why I picked up The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language by Melvin Bragg. I was surprised to learn that English originated as a fusional and synthetic language and gradually evolved away from that. I enjoy how Bragg describes the language as a living, breathing thing and to some it’s a ridiculous thing to anthropomorphize a language, but to me it makes perfect sense, especially with English. I’m about a quarter of the way through, but I’ll write more on the topic when I finish the book.

...listening + watching

Green bean salad with bacon and cheese
Green bean salad with bacon and cheese

Who needs therapy when you’ve watched the last season of Ted Lasso? It had some good lines that affected me in new ways. I read reviews of the season and some complained about the isolation of the team within its universe and I agree — but I’m not mad about it. I think the (probable) final season needed to focus on individuals and elevating them to the best version of themselves. Admittedly the last 15 minutes of the final episode felt a bit contrived and rushed but the season was a good way to wrap everything up.

For those familiar with Countdown and 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, you’ll be familiar with lexicographer Susie Dent. Rather in the same vein as The Adventure of English, Purple is a podcast about words, language, and how we use the English language. I learn something new every episode. My favorite episodes are about tribal languages (languages used by groups of people with similar jobs or interests) and episodes about etymology. They have a vast back catalog of episodes (we’re still two years behind) so if you have a long commute or need to listen to something during your work out, this might be it.