Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy 2020!

I'm baaaack...maybe?

Now that it's been almost 2 years since I last posted on here, I've decided to give it another try. It'll probably be fewer restaurants, more things I am cooking and thinking and reading...but we'll see what happens next!

I've decided to take the joke of *2020* vision a little more seriously, to consider how I really want my life to look-not just from the outside, but in my own reflection of it. My intention this year is to make some changes that will better my own life and allow me to give more to others. While I don't know exactly what those changes will be, I'm excited to find out!

What are your intentions for the year? How do you want to make yourself happier and make the world a better place?


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Entertainment Weekly 3.31.18

Is there anything more satisfying than beginning the month on a Sunday? Nope, just me? Ok then...

Well, regardless of that, I can't believe this is the last day of March! It's finally starting to feel like spring (though I really don't want to jinx that), Michigan is in the Final Four, and Easter is tomorrow...what a weekend!

Reading: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. A powerful, engaging, timely, heart-wrenching read. The author draws you in with the stories of individuals while commenting on the tragedies of the world in which we live from a range of perspectives. HIGHLY recommend.

Listening: Spotify's "Have a Great Day!" playlists has been going strong in my apartment-and on my walks. It is just so fun!

Watching: Dad and I went to see A Wrinkle in Time last week. I loved the book as a child, and still do as an adult. I'm often disappointed with movie adaptations, and of course this was far from perfect. However, it really held true to the most important parts of the book and the messages that are so meaningful for everyone, but especially the girls who can identify with Meg.

Happy Easter weekend, y'all!


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Entertainment Weekly 3.24.18

I'm sure you can all guess why I missed last week...and you'd be right! Michelle and I decided to actually "do" St. Patrick's Day and met up with Ace, Marco, and Alex to celebrate during the day. Alex and I both had child-related commitments Sunday morning, so we decided to ensure we ended the night early...which meant starting at an appropriate time! We had a lot of fun, and Michelle and I (along with Dad) still managed to do well and have fun at the St. Patrick's Day 5k at my work the next morning.

This week, I was very sad to miss the March for Our Lives-unfortunately, I had to work at the exact time it was taking place. I remain wildly inspired by all the young people who are working so hard to change adults who are supposed to guide and keep them safe.

Reading: Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce. I have loved her books since I was in middle school and they continue to be amazing. I love young adult novels, especially those with good representation, important messages, and excellent story telling!

Listening: all the interviews and speeches from the youth leading the March for Our Lives and the related movement.

Watching: Nothing new...just one episode left of the latest season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I'm so sad it's about to be over again!


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Entertainment Weekly 3.10.18

Lots of early mornings for me this week...the friends and family sale is happening at Athleta right now, so lots to do before we open each day!


Reading: my friend Molly lent me Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore and I happened to check out another book by the same author, Sourdough, without realizing it! I'm still in the first, but finished the second, and am loving them. His writing style is very clever, and both books seem to acknowledge the importance of technology while still holding reverence for the "old ways" of doing things (reading/research and baking, respectively).

Listening: Burnt Toast (Food52's podcast) is back! Their first episode of the season is about food fights-a nice lighthearted contrast with so many heavier topics I deal with daily.

Watching: Aaaand Crazy Ex-Girlfriend season 3 is on Netflix! I'm trying to ration them out, but it's hard...I had originally so opposed watching this show and now love it. Check it out, especially if you love musicals/sarcasm/feminist takes.

Have a great week, everyone!


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Entertainment Weekly 3.3.18

One of my best friends, Jessica, is visiting this weekend! Along with Michelle, we have been having a blast eating everything in sight...and thankfully walking quite a bit to balance it out, ha.

Lately, I've been 

Reading: Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak. A very enjoyable yet emotional read. I definitely recommend picking it up for your next beach or cabin trip!

Listening: Nothing new,'s been a lot of taking advantage of the last days of my SiriusXM subscription in my car! I do love the Broadway station.

Watching: Desperate Housewives is on Hulu. All of it. So yes, I've been watching it obsessively. Oops!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Entertainment Weekly 2.24.18

Short but sweet today...

Reading: The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller (as recommended by Carly!). Such a fun read-I zipped through it. I also love novels that include recipes, and this has some goodies!

Listening: Brandi Carlile's new album, By the Way, I Forgive You. Gorgeous and powerful as always. I even bought it rather than just using Spotify!

Watching: I went with Dad and Michelle to see Black Panther-it was amazing. I have way more to say about it, so I really need to get a whole post about just it going, but suffice to say that you need to see it immediately. I want to go again!

Have a great rest of your weekend!


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Entertainment Weekly 2.10.18

As always, lots of work work work over here...I managed to do some socializing, too, the last couple of weekends which I'm totally using as an excuse for my lack of posting. Lately I've been

Reading: Alice Waters' Coming to My Senses: the Making of a Counterculture Cook. Obsessed. It's as engaging as a novel, inspiring as a cookbook (even without recipes). Even if you're not as into food culture as I am (or even at all), read it!

Listening: the Fearless Rebelle Radio podcast. I know I mentioned it before, but I just can't get over how amazing it is! This week Summer interviewed Tiana Dodson and she had some powerful words: "when I can see myself as someone of value, I can see everyone else as valuable". This was in the context of fat acceptance/activism, but 100% applies in all facets of life. LOVED IT.

Watching: Is it too embarrassing to admit I've been watching Pretty Little Liars? I needed another mindless-ish, pretty show to play in the background when I'm cooking, cleaning, etc. and it fit the bill...Highly problematic but oh so entertaining.

Finally tried Harpoon's pretzels last weekend-I've been missing out!