It's been a while since I shared recommendations for some of my favorite paleo products. (Remember this epic list?) I get samples from paleo-friendly companies all the...Read More
Some Things I’m Loving Right Now
As of today, there are just 50 days until Dave, Smudge, and I get on the plane to Prague!
For now, I’m literally touching every object in our house and deciding which pile—take, store, sell, donate—should be its new home. I packed 10 boxes of books—cookbooks, photography books, design books, comic books, graphic novels, massive hardcover coffee table books ohmygoshthey’resoheavy—that are now ready to be taken to a used bookstore in Boston, and I have a shelf in my kitchen that’s slowly being filled with trinkets that are dear enough to make the trip across the ocean.
The best news, as far as I’m concerned, is that in the maelstrom of all this decision-making and preparation, Dave and I have kept our commitment to yoga. It’s such a treat to walk down the hill into town and remark on the weather (still cold and snowy), then spend 75 minutes working out the kinks in our muscles and imaginations. It’s easy for the worry center of our brains to go into overdrive, and yoga helps us refocus on the fun parts of our big adventure.
I’d thought it would be nice to share some of the things that are feeding my mind and body this week—maybe you’ll like some of them, too!
What Should I Read Next?
Ever since I had the great good fortune to be a guest on What Should I Read Next? podcast, I’ve been listening to back episodes of the show on my walk almost every day. It’s so nourishing to listen to other book lovers talk about books, and I particularly loved this episode in which Anne Bogel and her guest discussed what makes a great heroine in literature. They so beautifully articulated why a character like Jane Eyre endures and touches so many people.
The Fat Burning Man Show
In food-related listening, I was recently a guest on the Fat Burning Man show, where I talked with Abel James at length about my current workout life, how to manage meal planning to you’re not always in the kitchen, and what it’s like to be growing older. This quote pretty much sums up my motivation these days:
On a sorta related note, a book that I read recently has stayed with me; I find myself thinking about it at random moments, and I want to re-read it soon, just to process the ideas that sank their hooks into me. It’s Dietland by Sarai Walker, and it’s angry, funny, moving, motivating, shocking, and endearing. It’s challenge my thinking about body image in a way that a lifetime’s worth of magazine articles and self-help exercises never have. I loved this book so much I’ve written two fan letters to the author; I have no pride when I’m enthralled by someone else’s art.
This is one of the passages that stopped me dead in my tracks. It’s spoke by Plum, the heroine:
“In one year, it would be possible to lose more than 200 pounds, but I wouldn’t go that far. I wanted to weigh 125 pounds, and then I would be happy.”
Anyway, if you haven’t read it, do. And if you want to jump in with something shorter, Sarai Walker has written a short story starring Plum (a.k.a. Jennifer) from Dietland. It’s just $5 and the profits are donated to Planned Parenthood.
I mentioned my current read in my last newsletter, and I’m still reading Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. I’m not usually attracted to science fiction, but this book tells two interconnected stories about World War II code breakers and late ’90s computer geeks. While doing some roogling (reading+goggling… you do that, too, right? Google stuff in the books you’re reading?), I discovered that there’s a massive trilogy—The Baroque Cycle—that’s set in time before Cryptonomicon and shares some of the same characters and locations. I’m not saying I’m going to read the additional 2000+ pages immediately, but I do think I’ll read them sometime. (There’s even a Wiki for The Baroque Cycle. So nerd-tastic!) For now, I’m almost 80% into Cryptonomicon, I’m still enjoying it, and I’m also looking forward to the other books I have on my TBR pile.
This week, I finally listened to the soundtrack from Hamilton—I know! I’m so late to the party—and of course, I ate it up and can’t stop singing “My Shot” as a stomp through my house. Here are some of the men of Hamilton at the White House (although the real star is Eliza, is it not?!):
The Magic iPod
And for something completely different, spend some time playing with The Magic iPod! It gives you the magic power to create an on-the-fly mash-up of a hip hop track and an alternative rock song. I mixed “Real Slim Shady” with “All Star” then “99 Problems” with “Bring Me To Life.” It was pretty dope. (Sorry.)
The Migraine Relief Plan
f you or someone you know suffers from migraines, I recommend you check out the new book The Migraine Relief Plan by Stephanie Weaver. I’ve read the book and was honored to give Stephanie my endorsement:
Mediterranean Spreads from Sesame Kingdom
These luscious spreads are made from smooth-as-satin sesame butter and flavorful Mediterranean ingredients like dates, figs, pomegranate, and za’atar. I often eat a banana with Sunbutter at breakfast, but since my sample jar of Fig with Cardamom arrived, I’ve been fancying up my banana with that instead. It’s light, silky, and not too sweet. Maybe best of all, the company is a small family business; check out the story of founder Gadi Friedman. Here’s a tasty tidbit: “Food was more than just fuel for us. It created a bond between family members and friends… We gathered daily around the kitchen table and shared something special about our day. It was a bonding and healing experience.” Learn more and shop at the Sesame Kingdom web site.