Four days into June has me reminiscing my May days. For our shoebox is rapidly changing. Photographs of teeth and arms stretched ’round one another are hidden. Tables, counter tops, are cleared of trinkets I’ve collected. It’s made to look as if no one resides here so that another may wish to fill these spaces. So strange to stage one’s house, one’s life, with intent to move to something bigger and maybe more appropriate. I could talk long and lean about the anxiety riddling up my mind, my chest, with this move, but I am normally not anxious and am unsure where to bookend such a post. Instead, I’ll keep it light with my list of May Favorites–found below:
After completing Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling (written about here), my mind craved a story chock-a-blocked with fewer heart palps. Something light. Oddly, I found myself thumbing pages of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by journalist, Barbara Demick. There is nothing ordinary about these stories or the way in which Demick records them. Writ one part journalistic integrity, one part reading/moving like fiction, this compilation of what it means to live and die within the confines of North Korea should be on everyone’s bookshelf. Venturing into this book, I was aware of the limitations put upon North Koreans, but had somehow sheltered myself from what those limitations, and subsequent life, truly resembled. If you have a working heart, you’ll find it moving about your frame throughout this work. I’ve neared the end, and wish there was more that I could do than simply to re-read the passages and offer up hope from my wee part of the globe. This synopsis has not done Demick’s work, or the people of North Korea, justice. I urge you to pick up a copy (and I’d let you borrow mine, but I rather you pay for her words so that in some way we can justify not doing much else about this travesty).
An excerpt from Nothing to Envy:
Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish, Dark Desert Highway – Rarely do I take the time, the consideration, to doll up my nails. To me, this seems frivolous and a complete waste of time. But I found myself painting up my body for May weddings, and this 100% Vegan and cruelty free color has been a dreamboat. Worth a mention that it’s less toxic than most paints and one coat has held up nicely to the scrapes and scrappy life I lead. (Side note: Someday, I hope to have the job of creating nail polish names. Cheese!)
Homemade Betty’s AAA Organic Oil Face Cleanser – I cannot believe I wrote about nail polish and yet I am now venturing into facial varieties! Is this blog beauty bound? We shall see where June winds take us. Until then, I must update you on this face wash. My original review is here. I had used it but once or twice at the time, and am now overly obsessed. It does not rid my face of moisture and somehow manages to remove most of my mascara when I take time to apply it. Plus: vegan, cruelty free, made in USA, organic, (and the woman behind the name is such a Betty babe of a woman).
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Fierce, 265 – Drugstore makeup is not usually my jam, but this color! I’m certain this maddening cherry stain is meant to accompany warmer skin tones. But when I put it on, I feel fairly unstoppable–i.e. the point of makeup, no? It’s a full coverage lipstick that stays put, but must be applied after every sip and feast your mouth takes on. A bit sticky, and my bosom friend noted that something about the matte finish seems to be drying her lips out. I have yet to experience that, but I noticed my shade of “fierce” is fiercer (darker) than the shade she owns. Just crazy, right. Love this color for summer nights!
In the eve, after everyone is meant for slumber, I have mixed a White Russian or two. Channeling The Dude feels right as I walk through all of these changes in my day-to-day. The cream vis a vis slight burn transports me out of the Mad Hatter emotions and back to summer days enveloped by grad work and clothes lines, dance parties in gay bars and long walks on endless sidewalks. This notion surely bookmarks a post of moving homes and bodies–summing up my May Favorites.
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Thanks for reading!