23 9 / 2014

This is the best article on cooking I have ever read. I cook a lot— I make dinner most days, and often big breakfasts and lunches on the weekend. I love that I can cook. But I did not enjoy the actual act of cooking, or understand how to incorporate it into my everyday life,  until I discovered the time-work continuum (yes, I have a scale like this that I use, invented by me, that I rate almost every recipe on.)

Sunday afternoon? something that takes a lot of time, and a lot of work. Chicken pot pie! stews with many steps! A CAKE!

Weeknig when I want to throw in a load of laundry, read a good book, or work on a craft? Something low on work, long on time. I can walk in the door, spend 10 minutes prepping chicken and veggies to roast while the oven preheats, then forget about it for an hour while I go about my evening.

Weeknight when I am rushing in the door after working out or want to get out of the house early? something quick with lots of steps! get that rice cooking, and in the 20 minutes it takes to cook, you can pan fry fish and roast some broccoli. also fast? shrimp creole, omelets, blts, giant salads. But they take constant prep!

I usually buy a couple of slow-and-easy meals and a couple of quick-and-dirty meals a week, and assign them as needed. It has revolutionized my cooking life, made cooking affordable, and provided me with a relaxing outlet at the end of the day.

If you’re trying to figure out how to make cooking every evening a realistic goal, THIS IS THE WAY. 

23 9 / 2014

I am BACK! Since we moved in June, I can’t go to my old Bar Method Studio, so I’m attending a NEW STUDIO that is bar-centric, but not as formal as bar method/pure barre. They offer spin classes, a cardio bar, an incredible spin/shred that’s 20 min spin, 20 min bar, 20 min spin, then you are dead, plus regular old bar classes. Compared to the classic bar method, I would say it’s a lot more… fun. The clientele is a lot younger (I now live in a huge college town), the music is louder, and the instructors are as much into having fun as they are into helping you have a great bod. 

I still get the SHAKE, but I think it’s definitely more energizing. I bought a month unlimited, but when that deal is up I’ll probably go to two-a-week and make a 10 class pass last a little while. 

It’s expensive, but it helps my back* and posture so much that it’s totally worth it. (same price at a PT copay!)

*I threw out my back last week, which led me to wanting to return to a strength-based workout. My brain and lungs LOVE when I spend the whole summer running, but my body DEFINITELY does not, and every year by september it’s like, THATS IT IM DONE and gives me a torn meniscus/hip pain/sciatica. 

19 9 / 2014

Does anyone know what any of these things are, how to determine them and why I would care? This is too much app for me, apple. 

Ps did anyone else have to delete literally every non-native app from their phone to install ios8?

Does anyone know what any of these things are, how to determine them and why I would care? This is too much app for me, apple.

Ps did anyone else have to delete literally every non-native app from their phone to install ios8?

18 9 / 2014

y’all, I WENT TO THIS FELICITY THEMED WEEKEND. I was… 7? 8? I think I went for my 8th birthday. It was AMAZING.
first, I wore my girl-sized cap the whole weekend. 
Second, it was in Colonial Williamsburg, only one of the greatest places in all of America. 
Third, I had spent the entire summer recovering from a terrible case of pneumonia, so it was a little bit of a “congratulations, you didn’t die!” gift. 
Fourth, all of Williamsburg was done up to be Felicity’s life. there was a scavenger hunt, many of the shops featured characters from her world, and there were extra doll-sized accessories you could buy throughout the town. 
Fifth, there was a giant tea party (actually I’m sure it was a hot chocolate party, as we all know that the colonists were boycotting tea and Felicity drank a LOT of hocho), and at every table, there were doll sized seats for your doll if you had one (I brought my Samantha, as Felicity was not technically available until the end of the weekend.) 
Sixth, if you were going to get a Felicity, YOU FOUND OUT AT THE END OF THE WEEKEND can you imagine the screaming? 
This little weekend in Williamsburg with just my mom and dad remains one of the best thing that has ever happened to me. My dumb brother stayed at home in Atlanta and we ate fancy food for every meal and made bricks with our feet and I think that’s when I learned to embroider (with the little kit you see above). My grandparents gave me my Felicity at the end of the weekend and it was just OVERWHELMING. Every once in a while, even 23 years later, I will smell something and it will smell EXACTLY like the Williamsburg Apothecary.
Did anyone else go to this event? 

y’all, I WENT TO THIS FELICITY THEMED WEEKEND. I was… 7? 8? I think I went for my 8th birthday. It was AMAZING.

  • first, I wore my girl-sized cap the whole weekend.
  • Second, it was in Colonial Williamsburg, only one of the greatest places in all of America.
  • Third, I had spent the entire summer recovering from a terrible case of pneumonia, so it was a little bit of a “congratulations, you didn’t die!” gift.
  • Fourth, all of Williamsburg was done up to be Felicity’s life. there was a scavenger hunt, many of the shops featured characters from her world, and there were extra doll-sized accessories you could buy throughout the town.
  • Fifth, there was a giant tea party (actually I’m sure it was a hot chocolate party, as we all know that the colonists were boycotting tea and Felicity drank a LOT of hocho), and at every table, there were doll sized seats for your doll if you had one (I brought my Samantha, as Felicity was not technically available until the end of the weekend.)
  • Sixth, if you were going to get a Felicity, YOU FOUND OUT AT THE END OF THE WEEKEND can you imagine the screaming? 

This little weekend in Williamsburg with just my mom and dad remains one of the best thing that has ever happened to me. My dumb brother stayed at home in Atlanta and we ate fancy food for every meal and made bricks with our feet and I think that’s when I learned to embroider (with the little kit you see above). My grandparents gave me my Felicity at the end of the weekend and it was just OVERWHELMING. Every once in a while, even 23 years later, I will smell something and it will smell EXACTLY like the Williamsburg Apothecary.

Did anyone else go to this event? 

17 9 / 2014

remember how, when he looked in the mirror of erised, dumbledore claimed to have only seen himself holding a pair of thick, woolen socks?

and we are supposed to be like, BS HE OBVIOUSLY SEES SOMETHING GLAMOROUS?

well, now that I live in the Middle West and have circulatory problems (reynauds syndrome, what’s up!) and living through the polar vortex of 2014, I get it. I GET DUMBLEDORE. of COURSE he wants wool socks. Have you ever worn wool socks? 

my greatest wish is just woolen socks. I just want all of them, in the best colors. but they are like, THIRTY DOLLARS A PAIR, and it’s not like shoes, you have to wash them, so you’re not really able to make that pair last a week, and I JUST WANT THEM ALL. 

WOOLEN SOCKS FOR HANNUKAH 2014!!

16 9 / 2014

so if you’re around the evanston area and want to bring me a coke*, that would be amazing. i’m not completely immobile, but going from sit to stand is the hardest part.

*by coke, I mean coke, lunch, my toothbrush, a better blanket, and 2 cookies. oh and my teddy bear and pillow from my bed.
** i will let you watch the veronica mars movie if you do this for me

15 9 / 2014

FYI, you are NEVER too young to throw out your back. Reach for your dreams! And actually, just reaching over might send you into the paroxysms of pain that led me to eat dinner while lying on the floor in a position I now call “the Larry Bird.”

15 9 / 2014

GOOD GOD.
(and no thank you I will not be on that committee I know the people who will be on the committee and I wasn’t friends with them back then and 10 years later they are the same but just WORSE. probably.)
ugh.
I’ll be there, fine.

GOOD GOD.

(and no thank you I will not be on that committee I know the people who will be on the committee and I wasn’t friends with them back then and 10 years later they are the same but just WORSE. probably.)

ugh.

I’ll be there, fine.

15 9 / 2014

alfa-limalimon:

The MOOC about LIW starts next week and I’m so excited!

I just signed up for it!!

Everyone! The link is here!

I’M GONNA TAKE IT TOO!!

13 9 / 2014

Maldon sea salt is the prettiest salt. Water and sugar always get credit for the crystals in the kitchen, but salt is pretty impressive!

Maldon sea salt is the prettiest salt. Water and sugar always get credit for the crystals in the kitchen, but salt is pretty impressive!