Month: July 2014

Space-tacular

By Lindsey

As you might have noticed, we’re still refining our voices and finding our schtick here at the Left/Right. Site adjustments come with the territory. We selected our header image today, and it came from an unexpected source. That sounds like clickbait, doesn’t it?

Star Cluster NGC 2074 in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Star Cluster NGC 2074 in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Since our blog has a mix of everything, the choices for a header image were plentiful. Kelsey said she wanted a galaxy. Okay. I like stars, too.

I know that many military and government sites offer royalty-free image resources, so I turned to – you guessed it – NASA. The image we selected is from the Hubble Space Telescope. The NASA site has lots of spaces (get it?) to explore, so check it out next time you need to spice up a PowerPoint.

P.S. Those black squares? Part of the picture, friends. Aliens? Lazy Hubble? Who knows.

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Lazy Sunday Links

By Lindsey and Kelsey

I don’t know about you, but we Solomon sisters live for lazy Sunday afternoons. Want to watch Netflix until you fall into a blissful nap? Go for it. Want to spend time trying new recipes for the week ahead? Yum. Want to brunch? ALWAYS. Most of all, Sunday afternoons just perfect for gearing up for the day-that-shall-not-be-named.

On that note, if you want to fill your Sunday with fun web surfing, we’ve got you covered. Most blogs seem to do (great) link round-ups on Fridays, but we’re going to try to spice up your end-of-weekend reading.

  • Fast Company Design posted this gorgeous, calming flower video. It’s on repeat.
  • Want to read that new Harry Potter short story, but don’t want to join Pottermore? Check it out here. (If you do join Pottermore, you should know that Lindsey is a Hufflepuff, while Kelsey landed in Slytherin.)
  • If you enjoy good, old-fashioned journalism, Longform is your website. From a Vanity Fair article on murder to Buzzfeed (I know, surprise!) story about a very tall woman, there’s something for everyone here.
  • How would you describe your creative process? Check out Fast Company’s Daily Routines of History’s Most Creative Minds (in chart form!) to compare. (And I thought that my sleep habits were irregular.)
  • Stream Zach Braff’s ‘Wish I Was Here’ Soundtrack at EW. I haven’t listened to it in entirety, but my initial impression brings to mind a Garden State  level of phenomenal.
  • Speaking of music, check out The New Yorker’s Best Music of 2014 List (with Spotify player).

Enjoy! More lazy links next week, friends.

 

 

Recipe: Peach Bourbon

by Kelsey

This lovely summer beverage comes to us from The Peach Truck. Get excited.

Ingredients:

3-4 Fresh Peaches

1 750ml bottle of your favorite Bourbon (go for some nice quality)

2 tbsp granulated sugar

2 whole cloves

3 whole allspice berries

Etc:

Large Mason Jar (The one I purchased holds around 3 pints.)

Cheese Cloth


1) Find some lovely peaches. If you aren’t in an area serviced by The Peach Truck, I would suggest hitting up a local farmer’s market or good quality grocery.

2) Cut your peaches into quarter, discarding the pit, placing them in the bottom of the mason jar. Next, add in your sugar and spices.

3) Finally, pour in that sweet, sweet bourbon. Seal tightly and let this concoction ruminate out of direct sunlight for 7-10 days.

I outlined these steps in a video for your viewing pleasure.


*Fast Forward 10 days*

Drunk Peaches

Drunk peaches.

Behold, our adorable, tipsy little peaches:

There may be a better approach, but I covered a funnel with the cheesecloth and strained the bourbon mixture back into the original bourbon bottle. This final product should keep indefinitely.

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Bottling in progress.

Final Thoughts:

This final mixture didn’t have quite as potent of a peach flavor as I was anticipating, but this could come from the fact that the day I set out to make peach bourbon, the peaches I brought home were not as wonderful as first appearances suggested. First impressions, am I right? They were also a bit smaller than those shown in the Peach Truck’s tutorial, so in the future, I’ll definitely add more.

The final product, for me, had a warmer, sweeter flavor than unaltered bourbon, sweeter and a bit spicier, but not very peachy. I fully intend to make a second batch, with larger peaches (perhaps adding 5-6 instead of 3-4), as well as letting it settle for 12-15 days as opposed to the 7-10. I will post an update of results from this second test round.

Also, lest your forgot, there is no reason to discard perfectly saturated bourbon peaches. Mine are slumbering in the freezer right now.I have grand intentions to utilize their respective gifts as makeshift ice cubes in an upcoming cocktail or better yet, as a wildcard addition to a simple peach cobbler (don’t forget to add a large scoop of vanilla ice cream). Boom.

Conclusion – All the peaches.

Binge-Worthy: Teen Dramas

by Lindsey

When consuming media, I try to pursue a balance in my subject matter. For example, I’ve been reading lots of true crime and murder mystery books lately (I’m nice, I swear), which has led me in search of lighter fare from my Netflix queue. Enter the perfect complement to my scary reading habits: the teen drama.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Netflix

I’m really glad I didn’t see this episode before my 7th grade egg baby assignment. Yikes.

I find this genre appealing because the high school settings provide a kind of weird nostalgia, while offering that tasty drama that is better viewed than experienced (says the formerly nerdy teen/now happy-to-be-boring adult). I was born in 1986, so I managed to miss some of the quintessential teen dramas of the early 1990s. If you’re interested in playing catch up with me, here are my top picks playing on Netflix now.

Dawson’s Creek: I recently watched Dawson and friends for the first time. Much cheese. So sexy. Very crying. Wow. (I enjoyed it immensely.)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I’m currently on season two. It’s snappy, fun and it feeds my feminist side. Plus, it gets extra points for adding real monsters to the high school experience.

Gossip Girl: Basically, I watch it for the clothes. No other reason is necessary. Right? Right.

The Wonder YearsThis show was a favorite of mine during the Nick at Nite heyday. I plan to start back through with fresh eyes soon.

Next in my queue are Roswell and Freaks and Geeks, because I like aliens and critically acclaimed dramas cut down in their prime.

Honorable (a.k.a. not on Netflix) mentions: Boy Meets World (always and forever), Felicity (basically the girl version of Dawson), Gilmore Girls (fast talking fun) and Sabrina the Teenage Witch (currently playing on Hulu and Amazon Prime).

Oh, you don’t like any of the above teen dramas? 1. Who are you? 2. Here are some July 1 additions to Netflix that might tickle your fancy. I recommend 12 Angry Men and Mean Girls played back-to-back, because I’m all for equal opportunity ugliness from the sexes.

Oh, hi.

by Lindsey and Kelsey

Welcome, reader. First off, you are looking fabulous.

Next, you may be wondering, what is the Left/Right Blog? What kind of content will I see here? Why should I stick around?

Well, we – Kelsey and Lindsey – are sisters and writers who aren’t among the lucky few that get to feed our creative sides during our 9-5 jobs. Enter the Left/Right Blog, a place where we hope to nourish both sides of our brains, all while sharing and creating community (with you lovely folk). We’re planning content that runs the creative gauntlet including:

  • delicious recipes and drink concoctions (because no shame)
  • book recommendations
  • travel plans/wishful thinking
  • contemporary and classical movie reviews
  • TV show round-ups (the legit good and the guilty pleasures)
  • links and discussions on the latest tech and science developments (Fun science, you guys. Be cool.)
  • cats
  • and more!

Basically, we plan to share insights into the lifestyles of the young and the introverted. While we’re very different people, we hope our shared interests will inspire and entertain you. We’re glad you’re here.


Want to know more? Visit our About K/L page.