Simply Soar – Pleasure the Baker

Whats up buddies!

How’s your summer time going? Final week, I took the youngsters to a party at a rustic membership, the place they determined they needed to leap off the excessive dive. Ever the supportive mom, I parked myself in a lounge chair to take movies. Effectively, one among my youngsters chickened out and didn’t wish to bounce till MOM did. 

So, decided to bottle my concern of heights, I lower a bunch of twerpy sixth graders in line—regardless that they towered over me—and climbed up the ladder, walked the plank, then hesitated two seconds earlier than leaping in and feeling the chilly water shoot by each crevice of my physique. It was superior. 

Naturally, there’s a larger metaphor to be made right here about mustering all of your braveness and plunging into the unknown with each toes. However we are able to unpack that one other time. Let’s get into the Sunday hyperlinks!


Although I grew up in Nashville listening to Waylon and all of the traditional nation greats, I’ve by no means actually been into nation music. That’s, till this summer time. I went by a Judds* part—as a result of, girls—then I used to be launched to this banger and began carrying cutoff shorts with bathing swimsuit tops as shirts ‘trigger it simply felt proper. Subsequent, my pal who works within the business clued me into some significantly high shelf music by Tyler Childers. And now I’m all nation on a regular basis. (YouTube)

*I don’t advocate making an attempt to sing this at karaoke night time. I’ve by no means bombed so laborious. (However don’t you’re keen on the outdated live performance footage with out everybody holding iPhones within the air?)

Product rec: I gave this to a pal for her birthday as a result of she’s at all times complimented how I smelled after we went in for a hug. I began carrying it years in the past after asking the store woman for her sexiest fragrance. Don’t gatekeep your magnificence secrets and techniques! (Sephora)

One among my e-book membership besties beneficial a Mel Robbins podcast episode, “The Let Them Theory,” which was super-relevant to my “bossy” character. She describes going from being a management freak to letting the present of what’s occurring take you in a distinct route. Preach. (Apple Podcasts)

What are you watching today? I blew by Am I Being Unreasonable, which is humorous and darkish in a Fleabag + I Hate Susie type of method. Plus, the feminine friendship carries on the Lifeless to Me vibe. (Hulu) 

Suppose I’m going to observe The Perfect Find this weekend. Will report again. (Netflix)

My oldest son is obsessive about Zelda and has been plugged into Tears of the Kingdom all summer time, which I by no means associated to till studying this brilliant essay from Amber Sparks. (The Audacity)

When Pleasure gifted me this charming cherry necklace, I handed it all the way down to my daughter as a result of she loves it. She was over the moon and I really like this firm’s product descriptions + total mission. (Delicacies) 

I’m not a pet individual — sorry, sorry — so I appreciated Anne Marie Tendler’s tribute to her pup, Petunia, as a result of it helped me empathize with all my buddies who’ve cats & canines. (Elle

Have you ever seen Previous Lives? It’s a surprising movie I’ve labored into each dialog this month. I couldn’t assist however Google Teo Yoo, who’s large on the Ok-drama circuit, and omg. (Twitter)

I couldn’t click on on Jia Tolentino’s profile of Olivia Rodrigo quick sufficient. (Vogue)

“As Bugs Bunny knew, gender is theater, no matter else it’s.” – the fabulous Alexander Chee on drag culture. (Harper’s Bazaar)

The summer time studying checklist is my favourite publish of the 12 months, and you’ll find it right here. Just a few of these books aren’t launched but however you’ll be able to try final summer time’s since these are all accessible at your native library. Glad studying! (Pleasure the Baker)

Joan Didion’s writing has been hitting laborious for me these days — okay, nice, she’s had this impact my whole life — and I hope you’ll pause right this moment to learn On Self-Respect. (Vogue)

My home was experiencing a scorching canine hangover after the vacation weekend so I made Pleasure’s Straightforward Watermelon Feta and Cucumber Salad. Straightforward is the important thing phrase right here however, primarily, this salad at all times feels so crisp and contemporary when it’s 1,000,000 levels exterior. (Pleasure the Baker) 

Lastly, the one one that can get me to learn 8,121 phrases on David Foster Wallace in 2023 is Patricia Lockwood. (London Assessment of Books