Sincerely Seven: Week 42

Hi Everyone! Sorry I missed week 41, with traveling and spending time with family, I sort of forgot! I hope everyone had a good 2 weeks; mine have been largely uneventful, just spending time with family and looking at the fall leaves everywhere (fall in the Laurel Mountains is *heart eyes*).

See? HEART EYES!
  1. I absolutely adored this week’s episode of The Dissenters; they interviewed a Holocaust survivor and talked about dehumanization, racism and how we need to be better examples for future generations. Definitely a must listen!
  2. We are less than 20 days away from the election and I know everyone has either already voted or has a plan to vote…right?! If not, please make a plan today!!
  3. Folks, this upcoming week is…. the official kick off of Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas! WOOHOO! Yes, I am a Hallmark movie watcher, and am surprised they were able to bang out 40 movies for this new season. Here’s a schedule of when you can catch all the new ones!
  4. So glad someone finally wrote this piece; Billie Eilish was seen out and about and people are commenting on her body, both negatively and passive aggressively by calling her ‘brave’…. she’s 18? She has a normal body? Who cares? Unsure why everyone feels the need to comment on this, but loved this piece shutting haters down and promoting a more accepting culture.
  5. Love anything and everything by Mindy Kaling, but she has a new HBO show that will be a college version of Sex and the City. Yes please! Can we also talk about how she just had a BABY and no one knew about it?
  6. Anyone else working from home? Here are some health effects to your body that are caused from working at home… kind of makes me want to be back in the office! I have tried to have as ergonomic of a setup as possible, but I really miss my standing desk! I also try to turn off my computer and not check emails on my phone after I’ve stopped work for the evening, but sometimes it’s hard not to check!
  7. The pumpkin and maple cookies sound AMAZING! On my to-bake list for sure.

Hoping everyone has a happy and healthy week ahead!

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

We the People.

I am frustrated.

I am frustrated that our democracy is on the brink of near implosion. I might sound dramatic, but I truly cannot fathom our democracy lasting much longer under these conditions. Come November and December and January, the flaws and holes in our great American government will be fully unveiled for all to see. It’s sad really, that after 244 years, the systems that were built to sustain our nation for many decades to come, are old and creaky and cannot support the bullheaded, insolent figureheads who stand atop it. Our Constitution was written broadly to be interpreted by judges, and to be amended. Our forefathers saw that as time passed and the nation grew and evolved, we would need new laws or amendments to what they had proposed; however, we have only made 27 of them.

I think about that a lot. In 233 years, we have only amended 27 rules. I do not know whether that is a good thing, where our forefathers did a great job of writing the laws that we did not need to amend them? Or is it bad? That in 233 years, we have expanded and evolved so vastly as a nation, yet we still do not consider women equal in the eyes of the Constitution? Yes, the Equal Rights Amendment has still not been passed for those of you who were wondering. And how many years away are we from any BIPOC being considered equal in the eyes of the law? Or for it to be a right to be provided with healthcare? Some days, especially when a young Black woman is murdered in her own home for no reason and her murderers STILL haven’t been rightly charged, yes those days, it feels like it will be many, many years before white and black and brown will be equals.

This is 2020! Not 1820. How have we evolved so vastly in our technology and machinery in 200 years, yet those who speak for us in the government hold ideals that remain largely the same?

We need to vote.

We have submitted the issue to the American People and their will is law.

William Jennings Bryan, conceding to William McKinley, 1896

We are the people and the forefathers chose to unite under a form of government known as a democracy, so the people would choose who governs them. The PEOPLE. Not the figureheads who run the government. Unfortunately, our forefathers did not plan ahead well, leaving large holes in the system, and right now, our bullheaded, insolent figureheads are working together to use those holes to remain in power. They are driven solely by their need for power, not for the needs of the people who elected them, not by the duty to protect us and fight for us. They are not here for us. The are selfish and insolent and do not deserve the right to be leading our country. They will not unite together across the aisle to come together to create a better country for the American People. In fact, they take time to actively go against anything the opposite party supports (looking at both parties here), which has led to issues like climate change and healthcare and COVID to become partisan issues, except these are NOT partisan issues, they are HUMAN issues. Taking climate change for an example, I’m pretty sure just about every one loves to be outside, feel the wind through the trees, feel the ocean crash onto the shore, feel the sun on your face. That’s not just a liberal thing, right? I couldn’t breathe the air in California due to the wildfires that are raging the entire state, does that make me a liberal for believing we can keep sustaining life this way?

Yes, 2020 is a Presidential election year, we all know that. But there are 35 open Senate seats and 435 open House Seats. And locally? I’m sure there are thousands more. Thankfully we don’t need to research to vote for all of those seats, but you need to know who is on your ballot. These people sit in the seats that make decisions for the people. If we don’t take time to research and understand who they are or we just leave the ballot blank, we are helping to undermine the system. So take 20 minutes every day while you eat lunch or breakfast for a week or two and read about who is on your ballot. Or if you have a mail in ballot, sit and research as you go through filling it out. Use the internet! Look up the candidate’s websites, Twitters, see what issues they are or are not posting about. For judges, I use the California Bar Association’s recommendations as a guideline for myself (see if your state’s bar association has one), and decide accordingly. You have hundreds of resources on the little computer in your hand, use it for something other than scrolling through Facebook or Instagram.

I ask all of you, please take the time to research and vote in these upcoming elections. I know it might feel like the word VOTE is being shoved down your throat, but 43% of eligible voters did not vote in 2016. That’s nearly half of the country not showing up to choose who governs them. That is reckless and irresponsible and unacceptable. We have a duty to vote, to elect leaders who will speak for us, fight for us, create and uphold laws that are FOR US.

All 331,002,651 of us.

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

Resources:

I Am A Voter

Sample Ballot Look up

The Skimm–Get Informed

LA Vote

How to Save the Planet Podcast– Making Republicans Environmentalists Again

Voter Suppression is Democracy Bleeding Out

Sincerely Seven: Week 37

Another week gone by, stuck inside, this time due to wildfires and unsafe air. We did go for a beach walk today even though we probably should have stayed inside, but lung damage be damned. I haven’t been in the best space mentally from all this staying inside so it was well worth it. I love California but it’s getting a bit tiresome, one thing after another and being forced to stay inside. We did try Persian food this weekend, which was really good and I finished another book (A Man Called Ove, love!). Still trying to see the positives…

Pumpkin Swirl Muffins (FALL)
  1. Like I mentioned (don’t know how you wouldn’t have heard), wildfires are raging in California, here are ways you can help. The most important way you can help is by voting come November for elected officials who care about climate change.
  2. 9/11 was this past week, which marked 19 years since a very tragic day in American History; however, the tragic events of 9/11 will forever overshadow how the event itself fueled Islamophobia in this country, making it hell for thousands of Muslim Americans for many years to come.
  3. Stuck with student loans? Same. Worried about whether you should be paying your loans (that may have had payments paused), or saving for a possible layoff or illness? Same! I found this guide interesting and somewhat helpful in navigating how to handle this strange time.
  4. Any Great British Baking fans out there? The show is returning at the end of the month in the UK, but it has not been reported when the US fan will get to see the season. I recently discovered Portrait Artist of the Year, where 9 artists compete by painting portraits of British celebs. I used to figure draw, so it’s mollifying me until GBBO returns (give me all the British television!!).
  5. It’s almost fall ya’ll (in this house, we start 9/1)! The best way to celebrate is with PUMPKIN and BAKING. Here’s my favorite muffin recipe from Sweet and Simple Kitchen. The swirls of Nutella are optional, but why wouldn’t you add it? See above.
  6. Speaking of fall, this foliage map of the country is my new favorite thing! I love being home in Pennsylvania and seeing the beautiful hues of trees on the mountains. I’m SO excited I’ll be home in October during prime foliage time!
  7. I spent some of the weekend watching Get Organized with The Home Edit and I’m obsessed. I spent the rest of the weekend on the Container Store’s website trying to order things to get my closet in order. Also, can we talk about how they got to see and hold ALL of Reese’s movie memorabilia, especially from Legally Blonde? DED.

Happy thoughts for you this week, loves!

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

Sincerely Seven: Week 35

August is over this week and what happened to summer? I’m very much looking forward to the upcoming three day weekend, hoping to doing something outside of my apartment, but I feel like everywhere in LA will be packed? My week was made much better by the return of the pumpkin creme cold brew at Starbucks, because ya girl is a basic bitch who loves her pumpkin. Currently planning future pumpkin baking…

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pumpkin creme cold brew + Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil

 

  1. I really don’t like overtly discussing politics publicly, BUT I feel there are things we should all be aware of. The RNC wrapped up this week and 45 accepted the Republican nomination with a speech that was jam packed with lies and inaccurate claims. To be fair, here is a fact check of the DNC as well, though the democrats didn’t flagrantly abuse national laws during their convention.
  2. 64 days until the election, make sure you’re registered, know your polling place, request you mail in ballot… it’s SO important and yes, your vote DOES matter.
  3. I am not a huge Marvel/DC/whatever person BUT I was shocked and sadden to hear about the death of Chadwick Boseman, especially since it came out of nowhere, as he kept the knowledge of his advanced cancer under wraps. Here is a list of his movies you can stream online.
  4. I made this One Pot Lemon, Basil, Corn and Ricotta Pasta this week and it was *chef’s kiss. The perfect summer dinner, it was basically fancy corn mac and cheese!
  5. Really random, but I loved this list of costume easter eggs from popular films and tv shows. I love film costumery and learning about how the costume designer is often helping to tell the story with the clothes the actors are wearing.
  6. Book of the Month September picks are up! I picked the book, Anxious People, but Caste and The Last Story of Mina Lee both sounded really good too. I would really recommend joining and getting a new book every month, especially if you’re a book lover like me!
  7. I love these tips from a clean make up artist on how to look good on zoom. I’ve embraced the no makeup look for the past 5 months and to be honest, I’m kind of missing doing my makeup? More of a creative thing, but I love the simple clean tips she gives here to look your best, especially since zoom meetings seem to be here to stay.

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

Sincerely Seven: Week 30

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a great week. Mine was b u s y! I had back to back meetings all day, every day, it was kind of awful? I took Friday off and we drove up to Thousand Oaks to go to a ‘Pick your Own’ farm which was super fun!

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On the hunt for 🍓

  1. I bet you all had a great week because TAYLOR ALISON SWIFT DROPPED A SURPRISE ALBUM, what e v e n. If you haven’t heard it (I don’t know why that would be), you can buy it here. It’s sonically cohesive and beautifully written, and I love every song. I think my favorite song is ‘invisible string’ because I’m a simple cute love song kind of gal. Also, here’s a video for the song “Cardigan,” which makes me want to become a fairy in the forest. Any other Swifties in the house?
  2. Y’all I made these Strawberry Glazed Chai Donuts with the strawberries we picked and oh. my. laaawd. I love chai everything and the strawberries were bursting with flavor, together it is magic. I did add too much flour (oops) so these turned out more bread-nut than dough-nut, but the flavor is what matters, right?
  3. My lady hero of the week is AOC. If you missed her powerful speech (I’m concerned are you living under a rock?), here it is in all its glory.  Background: Rep. Yoho allegedly called her a ‘fuxking bitch,’ and she decided to speak out about it, because otherwise, the behavior would continue to be allowed. I love how graceful and dignified she was as she spoke, it was inspiring to see her stand up for herself and essentially all women. My favorite quote that I want tattooed on my face is:

    “Having a daughter does not make a man decent. Having a wife does not make a decent man. Treating people with dignity and respect makes a decent man, and when a decent man messes up as we are all bound to do, he tried his best and does apologise. Not to save face, not to win a vote, he apologises genuinely to repair and acknowledge the harm done so that we can all move on.”

  4. Did you know the internet generates carbon so every email you send or receive is impacting the earth? Makes you want to take the time to hit that ‘unsubscribe’ button for brands you no longer shop at, OR re-evaluate if this meeting could be an email!
  5. To all my Americans, 100 days until the election people!! I am a voter is a great resource to register, or check if you’re registered, sign up for reminders, etc. We need to get out and vote in all elections, both local and federal. Our nation is falling apart (see Portland, Seattle, etc) and we need leaders across the board to step it up or know that they will get voted out.
  6. We watched Palm Springs on Hulu this week and while I am very much over the ‘Caddy Shack’ plot, this movie was actually, funny, cute and a surprise twist I did not see coming. Overall, would recommend watching, especially if you’re an Andy Samberg fan!
  7. Finally, for anyone else working from home, I hope you’ll find this video as hilarious and on point as I did, in Apple presents, ‘The Whole Working From Home Thing.’

Happy thoughts for a new week ahead!

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

Sincerely Seven: Week 28

Happy Sunday all! I had a rough day yesterday (just overall bored and sick of being stuck inside), but we went to the Farmer’s Market this AM and then I went to the pool for a bit before it got too busy. It was so nice to just do a few things outside of our apartment! What are you all doing to stay sane during these times? I truly feel like quarantine has been a roller coaster of emotions, where some days are very high and others are low. Here are 7 things that I discovered this week…

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I went to the pool today. YAY! Suit from Aerie. 

1. As a reminder, deadlines are approaching for registering to vote. Here’s a helpful guide of all things you need to know because it’s your duty to get out and V O T E!

2. This week I learned about Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup (weed killer) and how traces of it can be found in our food, even after processing (yuck). Here’s a list of cereals and oat based foods to avoid where traces of Glyphosate were found.

3. For any New Girl fans, here’s a summary of why fans are still obsessed with Nick Miller, a man who “sets the bar so incredibly high and yet so unbelievably low for men.” Anyone Team Nick? I’m truly Team Schmidt but have a deep love for both Nick and Winston as well.

4. Down to Earth with Zac Efron is a new show on Netflix that I would highly recommend watching! It’s very informational and they do a great job of showcasing other nations who are kicking ass at being sustainable and how the U.S. is severely lacking in sustainable planet saving efforts.

5.  These two person banana cream pies sound SO delicious! I’m always looking for small sized desserts since I can’t take bulk bakes into work anymore.

6. I’m pretty new to clean beauty, but I’ve recently discovered Credo Beauty and I’m obsessed! It is so great to see a store taking a stand to only sell brands that have clean cosmetics. I’ve been tempted to try Beauty Counter as well, has anyone tried?

7. Has anyone else been watching, ‘These are actually cakes videos?” Well I have been watching them all week and I am *traumatized*. What is real and what is cake anymore?!

And on that note…have a wonderful week ahead!

Sincerely,

Sara Ann