Raindrops on Roses

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In the midst of my angst-y afternoon, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things right now (someone should do a heavy metal cover of that song. Have they?).

Favorite thing #1: Olive oil, orange juice cake. This is the sweetest, simplest tea cake recipe, given to me by the divine Renaissance Mama herself, Jules Blaine Davis. If you haven’t seen her blog yet or taken one of her famous RM cooking classes, treat yourself. She’s given me a whole new perspective on food. She even came to my house and gave my cabinets an extreme makeover, but that’s another blog post entirely.

Favorite thing #2: This beautiful, apple-green glass bowl. It was hand blown by my childhood friend Andrew Weill, who now has a glassblowing studio in Manchester, VT. The picture doesn’t do it justice.

One of the gifts that the imminent publication of Some Girls has given me is the old friends who have been resurfacing. I had a narrative running in my head for a long time, in which I was the sole freaky outcast within twenty miles in any direction of my childhood home. In fact, I’ve since reconnected with old friends who are now, respectively, a filmmaker in India, an English professor with a fondness for Antarctic travel narratives, a glassblower in Vermont…the list goes on. What I’ve found is that I wasn’t as alone as I had remembered myself to be. I guess I can count that as favorite thing #3.

Now back to being stressed…

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