Monthly Round-Up: May

Well, here we are – the unofficial start of summer. In case you missed it last year, this is my least favorite season. But I promise not to whine through it this year. Instead, I’m going to enjoy it by spending as much time as I can with my friends and family, grilling, eating as fresh and as healthy as possible, picking berries at Linvilla Orchards, going to the pool, reading summery books and basically having as much fun as I possibly can. Oh, and bingeing Stranger Things when Season 3 is released on July 5.

This month feels like it passed in a blur, but I managed to get a few fun things in. Here’s a round-up of how I spent May.


Cooking

I’m a Philly girl, born if not necessarily raised. But close enough that I know a good cheesesteak when I taste one. A word of advice to those visiting Philadelphia – contrary to what you might hear, Pat’s and Geno’s are not the only, nor are they even the best, places to get a cheesesteak. No, you’ll want to visit Jim’s for that. Tony Luke’s is good too. You don’t have to get it with Whiz, but it helps. And God help you if you ask for green peppers. Just don’t do it. Don’t. Philly is the town that booed Santa Claus. Do you have any idea what we’ll do to you if you ask for green peppers on your cheesesteak?

This recipe does have green peppers, which is why I will not call it what the recipe developer called it – a Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe. But it is delicious, and I highly recommend it. I left out the mushrooms (also not part of an authentic Philly cheesesteak) because I hate them, and I didn’t use Whiz because it’s not something we typically have on hand. But I followed all of the other instructions exactly, and what we ended up with was a really, really good dinner – that, with the use of the right ingredients, can almost be healthy(ish).


Reading

This book. I don’t even know where to start with it. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read, simultaneously beautiful and heartbreaking and mind-twisting and real. As someone who suffers from bouts of anxiety – although not nearly as crippling as Valencia’s – I was easily able to relate to her as she struggles to cope with the things we all take for granted on a daily basis. The book is not something I typically would have chosen; I prefer to escape when I read, not learn about how much worse things might actually be, but I’m so glad I did.


Listening

I’ve spoken often about my commute. I live in suburban Philadelphia (south of the city) but work in New Jersey, over the bridge north of the city. I spend at least five hours a week on I-95. Podcasts come in very handy. I’m currently looking for a new true crime podcast (I’m open to your suggestions!) but lately to pass the time I’ve been listening to Kristen Kieffer of Well-Storied relate her website’s articles via audio through her podcast. I know many of you are writers as well as readers, and if you haven’t checked out this podcast yet, I encourage you to give it a whirl! She writes fantasy, which is not my genre of choice (to write, anyway), but her tips and advice work for any genre.


That’s it for May! How did you spend your month? What are you looking forward to in June?

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