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7.06.2014

July 6

We spent half of last week on Lopez Island, staying with friends at the home of friends-of-friends, breaking in our sun hats, making buildings out of driftwood, wearing ourselves out so well that we were in bed before the light was gone, getting reacquainted with summer.



Despite the fact that I seem to have filled my life with a lot of work and obligations and businesses and whatnot, I am not someone who enjoys feeling busy. I do not like to feel busy at all. I also do not like to set goals. But my goal this summer is to have a lot of days like the ones we had on Lopez, summer days like the ones I had as a kid, or even during college summers, after work and on my days off: days with few plans, a lot of sunscreen, and the time and space for reading a new book or sitting on the curb or making a sour cherry milkshake because I had the cherries and, HOLLAAAA!!!, there was ice cream in the freezer. (More on that in the next post.)

I have, once again, been listening to a lot of Talking Heads. Especially the last five tracks on Sand in the Vaseline, Disc 2: (Nothing But) Flowers, Sax and Violins, Gangster of Love, Lifetime Piling Up, and Popsicle.  If the next couple of months follow this pattern, the summer of 2014 has a good chance of resembling the summer of 1998, when I was 19, working in the cheese section of a Whole Foods in Mill Valley, California, and in the early stages of my ongoing fascination-slash-obsession-slash-telepathic love affair with David Byrne. Except now, my clothes don’t smell constantly, nauseatingly, of Fontina.


I’ve also been enjoying the new podcast Death, Sex, & Money with Anna Sale. Nothing passes the time while one is unloading the dishwasher like a good story. This was the first episode I listened to, and I loved it. I also liked this one, with Jane Fonda.



Also, public service announcement: lavender essential oil on mosquito bites! Who knew? Everyone but me? I’m not saying it’s going to make them stop itching entirely, but it helps. If you, like me, find yourself suddenly with a half dozen mosquito bites on your left foot, it will keep you from wanting to tear off your entire leg. That’s something.

Happy Monday!
I’ll be back shortly with those milkshakes.


47 Comments:

Anonymous Maja said...

So happy to hear someone else say that they don't love THE BUSY. I don't like it either, but it makes me feel lazy and like a slacker to admit it. But here goes: being to busy makes me feel icky, like I've had too much coffee. Yay for summer and long beach walks, random cooking adventures and endless reading.

Looks like you got it right so far :)
Also, your kid is the cutest. I probably enjoy your Insta videos of her way too much for someone that doesn't even want to have kids, haha.

Enjoy your summer!

2:11 AM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger Emily said...

I didn't know about lavender essential oil. But I am glad I do now. I spend most of summer wanting to tear my legs off.

3:29 AM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger Isabelle Hulm said...

Here's another lady who doesn't enjoy feeling busy.
Looking forward to your next post on those milkshakes. That is what I'm looking forward to here: a slow, milkshake summer.

5:10 AM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger Mallory Fay said...

Great photos and I hope you find yourself, this summer, not being overly busy and smelling of sunscreen! And yes, love Death, sex, and money...such great stories and insights.

5:35 AM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger Skye said...

A metal spoon, heated under warm water, to a bearable heat and pressed on mosquito bites is supposed to break down the proteins that make them itchy.

6:44 AM, July 07, 2014  
Anonymous Lea said...

Any mention of the Talking Heads gives me a very teenage feeling. They caught me by surprise on the radio the other day and I started to urgently sing/shout words I didn't realize I still remember quite well. Happy Monday!

7:29 AM, July 07, 2014  
Anonymous Kerrie said...

Oooh! I will definitely have to try the lavender essential oil trick! I don't think I'm allergic to mosquitos exactly, but I do seem to react much worse than most people. Thanks for the tip!

7:45 AM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger Kristin Clark said...

Do you know what summer means to me? Picking up Delancey, after months of anticipation, on the drive home to Portland after a weekend of wine tasting in Walla Walla, and finishing the book before going to bed last night. While parenting a four year old! I love reading books in a day, but, of course, now I'm sad that it's over. Next on my summer to do list? Eating at Delancey!

8:24 AM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger Thea Stokes said...

your milkshake brings all the boys to the blog.

sorry. couldn't help it.

can't wait for the recipe.

8:26 AM, July 07, 2014  
Anonymous Another Redheaded Mollie said...

Yes - Talking Heads! I have been in a Talking Heads phase for awhile now. It was reinforced when the dryer in my apartment burning caught on fire recently....as I felt they had a song for me at that moment (Burning Down the House!)

I discovered your blog after coming across your first book at my library & now I'm hooked! I enjoyed your second book just as much! Looking forward to hearIng more about these milkshakes!

8:35 AM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger Trisha said...

I've been enjoying a similar sort of summer relaxation, eating chocolate covered frozen bananas and reading your lovely book Delancey while sitting on my back porch. I'm looking forward to that milkshake recipe.

8:38 AM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger Trisha said...

I've been enjoying a similar sort of summer relaxation by sitting on my back porch eating frozen chocolate covered banana bites and reading your lovely book, Delancy. Looking forward to that milkshake recipe.

8:40 AM, July 07, 2014  
Anonymous Jessie Voigts said...

Love the photos, especially the ones of June resting against the log. Ah, essence of summer!

9:40 AM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger Zoomie said...

What a fun suite of pictures! Thanks for sharing.

9:47 AM, July 07, 2014  
Anonymous meg @ joy of cooking said...

As always, it's a pleasure to read your posts. I just finished Delancey and am currently recommending it to everyone. Congratulations on a book well written.

9:49 AM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger Jennifer said...

We're off to Lopez this week for our first time! Thanks for a sneak peek and congratulations on all the buzz for Delancey, I loved it!

10:38 AM, July 07, 2014  
Anonymous Lee said...

The best thing on mosquito bites is plain old white vinegar. Works on chigger bites too. Much cheaper than essential oil, though it won't smell as good!

10:42 AM, July 07, 2014  
OpenID curlygirlpress said...

Oh the baby cuteness is killing me! Can't wait for the milkshake. Happy Summer, Molly! = )

11:15 AM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger Eileen said...

Well, now I want to go immediately to the PNW and find a quiet beach on which to lounge. :) So beautiful!

11:17 AM, July 07, 2014  
Anonymous Lucy said...

Looking forward to the milkshake recipe! Beach trip looks lovely.

11:30 AM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger Kenda said...

Your new book is so interesting I didn't want it to end. But sadly it did. :( As a writer, your writing style inspires me. Thanks, Molly!

11:59 AM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger Kenda said...

Yeah, the busy thing. My life teeters between being busy and being bored. Need to work on that. Thanks for your insight.

12:08 PM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger Julie Lanctot said...

One of my little pleasures to stop working for a few minutes, click on the link to your blog and read your words. Can't wait to put my hand on Delancy. On my list of must-read for this summer. Have a great one!

12:36 PM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger Jill said...

Thanks for the tip on lavender oil- I didn't know it either and my son and I are covered in mosquito bites!
Also, thank you for the beautiful way in which you share vignettes about food and life. The manner in which you describe your relationships with people and food makes you feel like an old friend to me. I'm happy to have a place where I can continue to follow your writing.

1:06 PM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger Kim said...

I don't know that this post is the appropriate place to say this, but I suppose in reality it's as good a place as any, short of a private conversation. ;-) I am about 85% through Delancey at this point (or so my Kindle tells me) & I feel compelled to pause my reading to tell you how much I am enjoying it and to say thank you. I have found so much in your experience with the restaurant to identify with, in my last year of learning to be a parent, and it is so lovely to feel less alone in these adjustments that we take on in our lives...these important, all-encompassing projects that challenge and shape us as people. It is nice to feel like I'm not the only one who does/has struggled with these sorts of Big Life Changes...I love and appreciate your honesty in telling your story, and it helps me feel more like I, we, will get through and come back to ourselves and ultimately be able to be the people we want to be while being parents and maintaining our marriage.

Wish I were closer so I could come try your (Brandon's) pizza. Love the pictures in this post. I also think June may be wearing the same striped capris my 1-yr-old has, hah.

1:24 PM, July 07, 2014  
Anonymous Karen White said...

What a beautiful, peaceful place. I'm not one who likes business, it's too stressful. Sometimes unavoidable but if you don't have to - don't.
Lavender oil is amazing for so many things, insects bites, minor burns, fighting infections (rub it into your neck), and a few drops on your pillow will help you sleep.

2:14 PM, July 07, 2014  
Anonymous Vicki @ Playin' Outside said...

That photo of June with her arms wrapped over the log behind her is the essence of childhood leisure! Thanks for that and the lavender oil tip - who knew?

3:05 PM, July 07, 2014  
Anonymous lucy said...

even better than lavender oil - eucalyptus oil. trust me, as an australian, you need as much of this stuff as you can get...lovely images, esp. of miss june upside down.

3:33 PM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger RosieReader said...

She may be a little too young to appreciate it just yet, but watching the seals at Shark Reef is one of the great joys of Lopez. That and throwing rocks at Agate Beach.

Yay summer.

3:53 PM, July 07, 2014  
Anonymous Paula said...

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.... everyone needs time to play, or just be... cheers to summer!

4:30 PM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger micheleg said...

The photos of your daughter at the beach are lovely: checking out the sand with her head; sitting back and relaxing with a log. Yes, the scenery is gorgeous, but a toddler checking it out is richer. Don't worry about those milkshakes! I'm just waiting for tomatoes so that I can slow roast them again per your recipe in A Homemade Life.

6:11 PM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger Jennie Schumann said...

Beautiful photos and lovely sentiments. Summer should definitely have some down time in it and I'm glad you no longer smell of cheese. :)

6:48 PM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger Shanti said...

Would you mind sharing which sun hat June is wearing? I need a better one for my son. Especially with all these sunny days in seattle recently...

9:42 PM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger food goddess said...

Still have to get Delancey. Loved your first book! And have used many of your breakfasts in my Bistro. Thanks for the inspiration!

2:29 AM, July 08, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David L. Posted about Delancey yesterday....

3:03 AM, July 08, 2014  
Anonymous Kathryn said...

I'm all about the non-busy. Especially in summer, which seems to fly past ever more quickly. I also wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading your latest book while I had my own lazy summer days on vacation a couple of weeks ago. Such perfect writing, thank you.

3:37 AM, July 08, 2014  
Blogger Molly said...

I just want to say that I love reading your comments, and that they make me so happy. Thank you all!

And Shanti, June's hat is made by Sunday Afternoons, and you can find it here. (We got hers a year or so ago, and the style seems to have changed a bit. Anyway, it's a great hat!)

11:15 AM, July 08, 2014  
Anonymous Alli said...

Also unscented deodorant works well too. Who knew. Learned this from a friend. Friend's sister had major allergic reactions to bug bites, er dr told her to use unscented deodorant....go figure.

11:43 AM, July 08, 2014  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Gorgeous photos and love how you have your child's face covered in every one of them. Awesome hat too, and what a lovely beach :)

3:34 AM, July 10, 2014  
Blogger Inge said...

LOPEZ ISLAND! LOPEZ ISLAND!
So, I hear about your blog spot through Alexandra's Kitchen blog spot. I come on over to check it out and you were at my HOME!! Well, my used to be home, where my family still lives, where I grew up and LOVE!
Seeing pictures of Odlin Park make me smile! I hope you enjoyed it.. it is the most beautiful place on earth!!!

Looking forward to your blog... being enlightened, entertained and inspired! :)

Cheers!

4:07 AM, July 10, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anytime I need to get "un-busy", I can look back on this post. You have captured the very essence of relaxation, peace and well-being, the glory of Summer. Thanks so much. June will treasure these photos 20 years from now!

8:14 AM, July 10, 2014  
Blogger Allison said...

Your daughter is so cute. I love the hat! Summer should be indolent, that's why we put up with the heat.

10:20 PM, July 10, 2014  
Blogger Angela Brown said...

Molly -- I love this post. I found myself laughing when I read it because I just wrote a very, very similar post over on my site. Like you, I own a small restaurant with my husband (in NYC), so this summer I've been craving quiet days at the beach, sans crazy to-lists and restaurant-related projects. Feel free to check it out if you'd like. I loved your new book -- it was the first book I read this summer and I floored through it.

5:34 AM, July 11, 2014  
Anonymous Meg said...

I live in New Hampshire, but about ten years ago my now-husband and I spent an incredible week on Lopez. One of the most blissful places I have been. I brought home Holly B's cookbook from that trip and just today made a fruit crumble (strawberry rhubarb) from it. I turn to that cookbook more than any other for baking. I wonder if her bakery is still there?
So, anyway, it was neat to see your post.

8:05 PM, July 13, 2014  
Blogger SSteve said...

Have you heard the Love This Giant album he made with St. Vincent? I really like it although I can't handle looking at the cover art. I had to delete the image from iTunes. You'll probably like it unless your jealousy of Annie Clark getting to make music with David Byrne is completely overwhelming.

12:13 PM, July 14, 2014  
Blogger Kate Ramos said...

Those pictures scream summer, especially the one of June with her arms strapped around that log–too cute. I didn't know about the lavender thing either, thanks for the tip!

3:51 AM, July 18, 2014  
Blogger Melissa said...

Yes to David Byrne. Saw him a couple of years ago in SF w St Vincent and the man is still so good!

11:47 AM, July 18, 2014  

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