What a wacky week! Full of rain, 80 MPH winds and a few days with a blackout, I’m glad we’re through the worst of it – though there’s still several more days of rain to come. I’m planning on hibernating until things calm down, given two of our neighbors lost huge trees in the storm that came roaring through, leaving us without power for two days. (Hence the lack of post on Wednesday.) I was basically sitting in the dark twiddling my thumbs and watching the purple lightning vein its way through the sky.
Have you had any power outages recently? The thing that struck me wasn’t the darkness or the fact that I had no internet, it was how utterly quiet each room was with things turned off. Day to day, we don’t realize how all the electrical devices we own make noise. From the sing of the refrigerator to the hum of computers, televisions, washing machines, and radios, nearly every plugged in device emits some kind of electrical sound. I swear, with the break in the noise and without distractions, time slowed to a crawl. It made me think of olden days when people lived on farms without electricity. You had time. Time to sit quietly, to read, to watch the sunrise – things we don’t make time for anymore. It was kind of nice, actually.
And speaking of watching things, it would be a gross understatement to say I’m excited for the royal wedding this weekend. I’m positively THRILLED! Meghan Markle is basically my style icon (hello Burberry and SMYTH jackets!), but the event is indeed a fairytale. I remember when William and Katherine got married, and I watched all day with the other 2.8 billion people around the world. So, I will be making tea, eating scones, and enjoying a variety of finger sandwiches and biscuits to commemorate the wedding day. Perhaps I will even fabricate a fascinator out of a feather and some bits of paper!
I plan on packing my Friday with viewings of The Great British Baking Show, a couple of pre-wedding Meghan & Harry documentaries, and perhaps ending the night with the perfect English love story: Pride & Prejudice! And if you’re looking for some ideas for your own Royal Wedding Party, this article has a few cute ones!
In other news, I loved this article titled From Grace Kelly’s Bridesmaid to a Homeless Shelter, about a woman coming to grips with her mother’s mental illness. I also think Lena Dunham’s Vogue article about finding who she is again after a break up is spot on. I know people are polarized about her, but whichever way you feel, she is an excellent writer. And most of all, I’m looking forward to starting this book about Sarah McBride and her fight for transgender equality. I decided it was time for a break from the smut and to read a real book. Well, that is until my next romance novels show up on the hold shelf at the library!
And whether or not you’ll be viewing this weekend’s romantic fairytale wedding, I hope your time is free from both torrential rain and power outages. Fingers crossed for me on that last one!
What are your plans for the weekend? And I’d love to hear your recommendations for articles, books, or anything else you’ve been enjoying lately – be sure to share with me in the comments!