August in Review

Life as we know it

The month started off strong by seeing Foxing at Crocodile. They sounded great, put on an amazing show and definitely in my top three concerts of the year so far and think it will be hard to top. Their song writing is unmatched.

I went to Brickfest, a Lego fan festival for the promise of exclusive sets and models, but I was very disappointed when it had neither of these things to my expectations. I was hoping for something like Legoland with small villages of many sets but it was just a handful of life-sized models and everything for purchase was also available at the local Lego store. Oh well.

I went to Day In Day Out festival at the Seattle Center all the following weekend. On Friday, I met up with my friends Matthieu and Max for Muna and Mitski, who were both great fun but Mitski was probably one of my favorites of the whole weekend. Her freeness on stage was amazing to see someone truly feel the music and dance to their hearts content.

On Saturday it was just Matthieu and I for the insane Turnstile set and first few songs of Mac Demarco before we headed out as we weren’t super keen on seeing him.

On Sunday, I went alone for Japanese Breakfast and The National. The National was the band I was most excited for, I’ve loved them for years and while I had a great time, they sounded just okay. The songwriting of the Dessner brothers was most awesome to behold (if you didn’t know, Aaron Dessner has been heavily involved in Taylor Swift’s most recent albums) and the way the lead singer Matt interacted with the crowd was warming.

Grant and I went to Tucson to see my mom and doggies before driving to San Diego with my dad and brothers for a family reunion in honor of my grandma who passed away in November. Most everyone was able to make the trip and it was awesome to catch up with everyone, most of whom I haven’t seen since the beginning of COVID and introduce Grant around. We ate a lot, had a beach day, karaoke night and plenty of kids to mind.

My final concert of the month was Phoebe Bridgers. I picked up Matthieu and drove to Marymoor Park only to be turned away because our tickets for the next day. After this dry run, we were even more anxious for the show the next day and it was great. This was my first time at Marymoor and it’s a fantastic outdoor venue with chill vibes. I felt extremely old in the crowd, I’d be shocked if more than 50% were old enough to drink, but it’s great to see kids get so excited to see their favorite artist live like I once did (and still sometimes do).

I finished off summer camp the other day and initially had a job offer but unfortunately it got rescinded, so I will be using the next few weeks to figure that out. Working odd jobs is stressful to find new gigs but I really have been enjoying the variety and non-commitment in my work life.

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Books and media

What I’ve been listening to: Handwritten by The Gaslight Anthem, Orange Blood by Mt. Joy, Pool Kids by Pool Kids, Amyl and the Sniffers by Amyl and the Sniffers, These Four Walls, Enjoy the View and Unravelling by We Were Promised Jetpacks

What I’ve been reading: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal, White Feminism by Koa Beck, Have Dog, Will Travel by Stephen Kuusisto, The Rise and Reign of Mammals by Steve Brusatte, Don’t Be Evil by Rana Foroohar, Sober Curious by Ruby Warrington, Don’t Worry by Shunmyo Masuno

What I’ve been watching: Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99, Nathan for You (seasons 1-2)

Favorite blog posts

10 books set on Pacific Islands || Visiting The Strand

 

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