Pretty crazy that last year when I posted my August favorites I had just started blogging! It seems like everything is coming full circle around these parts. I’m currently working on revamping the blog (design etc.), so if things start to look a little different around here, no worries! Same blog, same author, just updating the design a bit!
Here are some of my favorites from the month of August!
- Task Rabbit
If you haven’t heard of this app, go get your phone right now and download it! Task Rabbit is an app you can use to hire people by the hour to help you with different tasks. I moved from Houston to Washington DC, and didn’t want to pay for a super expensive moving company, so I was looking for a solution to this that was quick and easy. I hired someone from Task Rabbit to move all of my belongings from a Uhaul up to my second floor apartment. All I had to do was sit back and relax! Task Rabbit has moving services (packing, loading and unloading items, and even moving truck rentals). They also offer a bunch of other services like hardware installation, repairs, furniture assembly, and even waiting in line. The prices are pretty reasonable in my opinion and all the people who work for Task Rabbit have gone through background checks, so no creepers will be roaming around your house! My roommate have used the app for IKEA furniture assembly, moving, and curtain installation in our apartment. All of the money is handled through the app, so it is super convenient. Check it out!
Some of you have probably heard of CSA or produce share programs before, but for those of you who don’t know about them, they are an amazing way to support local farms. All CSAs work differently, but most function as a weekly box of local produce from local farms. You pay a flat fee to get the weekly delivery and you get a box of seasonal, local produce. If you aren’t sure if your city has CSA programs, I urge you to do a google search. Almost every city has one near and they are super convenient. It is easy to kind of shop around and find exactly what you are looking for too. Most CSAs have different options as far as how much produce you get (my roommate and I get a small box because there are only 2 of us), what comes in the box, and delivery options. My roommate and I use From the Farmer here in Washington DC, and it uses kind of subscription box model. We liked it because we are able to swap out produce neither of us like for different options, the price is great (it’s around $15 each per week for a week of produce), and they deliver right to our doorstep every Thursday night. Not all CSAs work this way, some require you to come to a Farmer’s Market or a set location every week, but I highly recommend seeking out a local CSA. You will eat healthier and you will feel great because you’re supporting local farmers!
Ps. Every week I feel like I’m on an episode of Chopped when I open the CSA and get to see what is in there for the week. Bring on the basket ingredients!
- Queer: A Graphic History by Dr. Meg-John Barker and illustrated by Julia Scheele
After Pride month this year, I realized that I don’t really know much about LGBTQ+ history and that makes me sad. So I went on a search for a book that had LGBTQ+ history in it, but wasn’t super information heavy. This book is perfect! It is a graphic novel, which makes it seem less daunting and much less like a history book. The information is condensed and presented in a way that makes it easy to understand as well. This is a wonderful resource for EVERYONE. Not just people in the LGBTQ+ community. It can be found on Amazon!
Since I’ve moved up to DC, I’ve been between jobs. While I’ve been job hunting I’ve been working on an app called Rover. Many of you have probably heard of Rover before, but it allows you (as a pet owner) to find dog walkers and pet sitters in your area. I’ve been a dog walker and pet sitter on Rover for about a month now, and I absolutely love it. Rover background checks all of its employees and you have to go through an application process, so it isn’t just random people taking care of your pets. All of the money is handled through the app as well, which makes it super convenient. I was getting a little bit of cabin fever being stuck in my apartment all day when I first moved here, so Rover was perfect. It got me outside and around animals, which are two things I really love. As a sitter or walker, you are able to set your own rates and I really value that aspect of the app. Whether you are using it to find someone to watch your pet or you are watching people’s pets, Rover is a great app that is super user friendly. Those of you that can’t or don’t have pets, I urge you to try this, it really helps with puppy or kitty fever!
So after I finished the entirety of Game of Thrones, I needed another show to start binging. All of my friends have been telling me for months to start watching Shameless (the US version). I finally gave in and started watching and I am completely hooked! I like it because it isn’t a show that you have to concentrate really hard on to understand it (like Game of Thrones or Westworld). You can miss some things here and there and still understand what is going on. It tackles some pretty serious situations in a humorous way. The 8th season premiers on Showtime on November 5th, so you’ve got some time to get caught up! BINGE!
- Music: Frankie Cosmos, Camp Cope, Waxahatchee, and Japanese Breakfast
I can’t end this post without talking about all the music I’ve been listening to this month! Most are alternative/indie rock female led or all female bands, so if that’s not your thing, you can skip over this one.Frankie Cosmos — If you’re looking to listen to someone who is super talented, look no further than Frankie Cosmos (previously known as Ingrid Superstar). Her sound is kind of dreamy rock with synth influences. If you liked the band Adult Mom, that I wrote about last month, you’ll like Frankie Cosmos as well.
Favorite tracks: Fool, Young, On the Lips, and If I Had a Dog
Camp Cope — I have a thing for Australians, mate! Camp Cope is a band of Aussies who have a bit of an angsty sound, but not in a harsh way. Their sound is characterized by melodic guitar and bold vocals. If you’re a fan of the Australian radio show, Triple J, you should check out their cover of the song Maps by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It’s so good.
Favorite tracks: Westside Story, Keep Growing, Done, and Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams
Waxahatchee — Oh man. I saw Waxahatchee here in DC a week or so ago and they were so good live. They’ve got some really upbeat, fast songs and then some beautifully harmonic, almost ballad-esque tunes. They’re so great. I can’t stop listening to their most recent album, Out in the Storm. Check them out!
Favorite tracks: Silver, A Little More, Never Been Wrong, and Fade
Japanese Breakfast — Michelle Zauner along with her band mates make up Japanese Breakfast, and if you’re looking for something different than anything you’ve ever heard, look no further. Japanese Breakfast is synth pop-ish, but also indie rock-ish. Just listen and you’ll see what I’m talking about!
Favorite tracks: Road Head, Everybody Wants to Love You, Machinist, and The Woman that Loves You
- First We Feast
First We Feast is Youtube channel I have been obsessed with since I discovered it a month ago. Basically it is a talk show, hosted by Sean Evans, where Evans challenges different celebrities to eat 10 wings (all with different sauces from mild all the way to pain inducing spiciness). In between eating the wings, the celebrity is asked questions about themselves, career moves, etc. and if they are able to finish all the wings, they get a bit of time at the end to plug their new projects or things coming up for them. He’s had everyone on there from Kevin Durant to Eric Andre! I watched all of the videos in like two days time. If you want to laugh at people you thought were tough (some of them cry because the wings get so hot), and learn some dirt on different celebs, check out this show!