Lately – February 2017

Lately:

Things I’ve been reading:

  • The Bone People. About three people – a man, a woman, and a child – all damaged. Set in New Zealand. Really beautiful, really hard to read at points, and really wonderful.
  • Big Little Lies. I read this on a short vacation in Park City last weekend. I was in the middle of reading Underground Railroad, but switched to this so that I could start watching the HBO series. I thought I had read it already, but I hadn’t. (Instead, I’d read The Husband’s Secret by the same author.) Anyway, a quick, fun, suspenseful read!
  • The Underground Railroad. Currently reading. Isn’t everyone? I’m going to a book club for this book on Wednesday (in three days!) and I’m only 30% into it. I should not have deviated last weekend to read Big Little Lies. Sigh. Anyway, I’m into it, it’s not that I’m not into it. I was just feeling a little beaten up after The Sympathizer and The Bone People and not wanting to read something with torture and abuse. Hence the deviation. But I’m back at it, and maybe I’ll be able to read enough by  Wednesday.

Things I’ve been watching:

  • Big Little Lies. I’ve watched the first two episodes. I think it’s good. It’s so hard to watch things based on books I’ve read. So far, it has only minor deviations from the book. I think it’s good. Certainly good enough to have on while I’m cooking dinner!
  • The Putin segment of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I don’t actually usually watch these types of shows (I group this with The Daily Show, SNL, Colbert, etc.). But I always wish I watched them more, and on the particular evening I watched this, I really wanted some perspective and comic relief on the media.

Things I’ve been eating:

  • Many of the recipes from Cassy Joy Garcia’s Fed & Fit book, including:
    • Cold Cut Roll-ups
    • Basic Pork Tenderloin and Easy Parsnip Mash
    • Roasted Fruit Pops
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    • Buffalo Ranch Bison Burgers and Braised Greens (Really enjoyed these, and have been eating the leftovers in a salad with roasted sweet potato chunks and leftover homemade paleo ranch dressing, also from the book.)fullsizeoutput_aa99
    • Plantain Protein Pancakes with Salted Raspberry Jam (Yum.)
    • Sausage & Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash with Rosemary Orange Cream Sauce (thought I would love this, but I think I could have cooked my acorn longer, and citrus-y anything is really hit or miss for me. The orange cream sauce was a bit of a miss.) (Photo is from before I cooked it. You couldn’t see any red after I cooked it.)fullsizeoutput_aa98
    • Lemony Kale & Sausage Soup (wasn’t sure I would like this because, again, citrus. But turns out it was delicious and the lemon wasn’t lemon-y tasting, just bright.)
    • Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash Casserole (quite a lot of prep but pretty good).a2e19108-4b8a-401e-ba8e-3a1021aea263
    • Buffalo Chicken Casserole (made for the Super Bowl, and made with spaghetti squash instead of potatoes, which I didn’t have. Very good.)

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  • And… HelloFresh! Dan and I tried it out for two weeks. We meant to only do one week (we had an introductory offer), but I forgot to cancel it in time. I have to say, all the meals were really, really, really good. Easy to prepare, not too time consuming. I’ve always sort of pooh poohed these home delivery dinner things, since I have no trouble prioritizing grocery shopping and making dinner. But. It was convenient and delicious. And I was able to make them all paleo/Fed&Fit compliant. We’re trying Blue Apron with an introductory offer next week 🙂 (but those will be more difficult to make paleo/compliant). Some photos:

Races I’ve registered for:

Fitness I’ve been doing:

  • Still CrossFitting at CrossFit Federal Hill. 3x week, except the past two weeks. I developed some fairly intense low back pain throughout January, and it got so bad a few weeks ago that I totally put the halt on everything. Then I saw a PT and met with the gym owner and gained back some confidence to keep moving but taking it easy. So now I’m back at it, with lower weights.
  • Still running 2x week. Yesterday, I did a 6-mile trail run in Patapsco State Park. I combined the Soapstone Trail with the Grist Mill Trail and road, then the River Trail, and returned on the Grist Mill Trail from the swinging bridge. Clio had a blast (so did I). It was near 70 degrees! I’ll be doing more trail runs to get ready for the half marathon. Fun!
  • Easy C1 yoga at CorePowerYoga in Fed Hill and Canton. This has been amazing for my back. I hadn’t been in a while, but have been 3-4 times over the past two weeks.
  • Skiing at Snowbird and Deer Valley in Utah last weekend.

So that’s that! I’m going to do a cooking class tonight with Baltimore Delta Gamma alumnae at Pier Point Restaurant. Looking forward to it!

Lately – December 2016

Lately:

Things I’ve been reading:

  • The Sympathizer. I’m definitely enjoying this book, though it’s taking me a long time to get through. I was distracted early on by reading Food Freedom Forever (which I haven’t technically finished all of) and Chris Kresser’s The Paleo Cure. I was hoping to learn a little more about the Vietnam War from the book than I think I am, but it’s good regardless. I mean, would I question a Pulitzer anyway?
  • The December 2016 issue of the Atlantic. Before they knew the result of the election. Sigh.

Things I’ve been eating:

  • Alanna’s Cranberry Pumpkin Nut & Seed Loaf posted on Love & Lemons. I’ve made this four times now, and I’ll probably make it again this weekend. I’ve been eating a piece each day for breakfast. I’ve never followed the recipe exactly (I don’t use dried cranberries, and I mix up the nuts and seeds according to what I have). I’ll post about it soon, hopefully.
  • The Logan salad with grilled chicken at Taylor Gourmet. Love. Fall/winter should never end.

Things I’ve been listening to:

  • The Spotify playlist I made of the The Bitter Southerner’s Best Southern Records of 2016
  • Daphne Moreau of Mode and the City‘s Ultimate Christmas Playlist
  •  Podcasts:
    • Paleomg Uncensored. I don’t know what happened. I used to find Juli Bauer a little annoying. I think that began when I read her About page and it said something about being from Colorado but NOT loving the outdoors. As someone  who really misses living in Colorado BECAUSE of the outdoors, that annoyed me. And she’s loud. But. She’s won me over with her honesty, opinionatedness, and who-gives-a-fuck attitude. (Not that she has any idea who I am or should care how I feel about her.)  Now I follow her on Snapchat and Instagram and listen to her podcast. Her podcast skills are beginner, but she’s going for it.
    • Girls Gone WOD. Ugggghhhh. I actually love this one. They’re smart and funny and relatable. I say ugh because I’m realizing how many things on this page are paleo or CrossFit. I’ve been drinking the paleo kool aid for a while now, but now CrossFit too. Sigh. I especially enjoyed episodes 176, 171, and 168. That last one because Juli Bauer.
    • You Had One Job, a short story read on This American Life. Written by the brother of one of my husband’s colleagues.

Things I’ve been watching:

  • The original Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I do this every. year. No joke. I don’t actually really watch it anymore, it’s just on in the background, usually while I’m cooking. But also sometimes while I’m brushing my teeth, putting away laundry, and other mundane things.
  • Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Of course. So…. okay. Part of me kind of wishes it hadn’t happened, because it actually affects how I’m feeling when I’m rewatching the original. But… mostly it was really great.