Sunday Smatterings (The Kerr Edition)

By J.T. Ellison

Hey, folks! Assistant Amy/The Kerr here. I’m stepping in for my boss, who’s off on a well-deserved vacation. Even writers need to unchain themselves from their laptops sometimes.

We’re going to do Smatterings Kerr style today, which means we’ll be all over the place. Thanks for coming along for the ride!

What I’m Eating

You know what I can’t get enough of? This ridiculously easy cucumber salad. All you need are:

  • cucumbers, chopped
  • tomatoes, chopped
  • red onion, sliced thin
  • a squeeze of fresh lemon
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Mix together and boom. I’d take a picture of it, but I always devour it before I remember.

What I’m Playing

Okay, I have to tell you about my new podcast obsession: Death, Sex & Money, a podcast about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation.

If you’re a fan of NPR’s Morning Edition, you know the best part of the whole week is 7:20 am CST, which is when the StoryCorps segment airs. 80% of the time I’m in tears by the end of the three-minute bit because people are on the segment are sharing some of their most defining moments, and I’m weeping because of the sheer tragedy or hope for humanity I hear. I’m a sap.

Death, Sex & Money is like an extended StoryCorps segment. I don’t know how they find such fascinating people to interview, but the producers do a fantastic job of picking people from all walks of life (the guest could be Alec Baldwin or your Uber driver, you never know) and just talking to them about random things. Break-ups. Student Loans. Incarcerated Spouses. Retired NFL players. Surrogate mothers. Kevin Bacon. If you’re into exploring human relationships and what makes people tick, this is the podcast for you.

The show’s been a around for a few years, which is great for me because I have a lot of episodes to catch up on.

What I’m Reading

After whipping through Tom Perrotta’s Mrs. Fletcher, I thought I’d try When Breath Becomes Air. Are you reading anything good?

What I’m Watching

Confession: after starting and quitting a bajillion new comedy series, I’ve decided to watch Cheers all the way through on Netflix. I’d forgotten how hilarious this show is: the writing, the comedic timing. And tell me you don’t love the answers to How’s life treating you, Norm?

Plus, it has the best theme song ever. You know it’s true.

Dog of the Week

When I was a kid, all I wanted was a golden retriever. Though I am now a proud greyhound mama, I still have a soft spot for goldens like Lulu (she’s available for adoption here in Nashville!).

Look. At. Her. Face. If you live close by, you should think about getting Lulu or a friend like her from Adopt a Golden Nashville.

That’s all I have today, guys. Don’t mind me, I’ll be sitting over here, shopping for fall décor and dreaming of cooler temps (no joke—I will be putting this up on my front door September 1, I don’t care what it feels like outside!).

The Kerr

Via: JT Ellison


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