Don't tell me what to do! You don't know me!
You're real name is Jonathan, but you go by Jon. You're favorite movie of all time is Ted, because it has a talking teddy bear. You're favorite horror movie is Friday the 13th. Favorite color isn't blue like most think, it is actually a dark red. The only person to actually see what you look like is Cartoonz, who dated your sister. You have a stuffed bear from your childhood, who you call Teddy. You're dad use to work on the Friday the thirteenth movie set. You adore little kids, and miss being one. You're not as outgoing as you really are online. And you favorite thing to do is hang out with your friends and family.
My bears name is actually Mr.Teddy, thank you very much.
sitting inside one of my favorite coffee shops with one of my favorite people. it’s raining outside, my dream house is right across the street, i have ben howard playing, and i have time to simply d r e a m. it’s been a while since i’ve had the privilege of time to myself.
i’m dreaming of this house right across the street: it’s wood shake siding, brick chimney, big trees surrounding it, warm lights in the attic, and small front yard. it’s secluded while simultaneously being in the middle of the city. i dream of owning a home just like this very one; minneapolis is good at combining city living + lots of trees and lakes, so i’m thankful that that dream isn’t so unrealistic here. i dream of filling the house with a family and lots of food and laughter and love. i dream of slow sundays where the house smells like warm soup and pjs are worn all day. i dream of waking up early and walking across the street to the coffee shop i sit in right now to have a cup of coffee while i read the newspaper. i dream of flower boxes and cozy friday nights and favorite songs floating throughout the house. i dream of quiet, rainy saturday afternoons where we keep the windows open to hear + smell the rain while we read books and soft, classical music plays in the background. i dream of walking our pup through the neighborhood with friends and then having them over for dinner + wine + real conversation out in the front yard under string lights. i dream of you, of you, of you doing all of this alongside me. my heart hurts with how far i feel from you, with how far all of this dream feels. at the same time, though, my heart is hopeful for this. for you.
You and I. It’s Friday night and we’re sitting on my bed giggling because we drank a little too much of our favorite wine. The only lights on are candles and fairy lights. We’re listening to our favorite songs and talking about our future and the world. We’re happy and in love. So in love.
Whooo, it’s Friday Reads! My favorite moment of the week. I’m reading Neil Gaiman’s new Norse Mythology because I’m going to be doing an email Q&A with him next week – watch this space!
Mama Susan Stamberg is reading Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth.
Friend of the Desk Colin Dwyer is reading The Vegetarian, which he compares delightfully to Bartleby the Scrivener.
PCHH producer Jessica Reedy has Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk.
Code Switch’s Karen Grigsby Bates reports, “I’ve been reading Kathleen
Collins’ posthumously-published collection of interrelated short stories, Whatever
Happened To Interracial Love? She was a playwright and filmmaker as
well as an author, and these stories unfold like little movies of their
own. And they’re a vision of black life that isn’t seen often
enough. Makes you wonder what she would have done if she’d lived longer.
(She died at 46, of breast cancer.)”
And Boss Lady Ellen is reading Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them.