Currently

Reading

Code Name Verity – About halfway through and enjoying it. It took a while for me to get hooked and I was worried that after all of the great things I’ve heard about this book I’d be disappointed. But it’s slowly sucked me in and now I can’t wait to power through the rest of it. I’m into the characters and voices, the sense of intrigue and the feeling that I can’t trust what I think I know. I’m excited to see what’s in store.

Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids, and Life in a Half-Changed World – I’ve just started this one, and it has its faults, including being almost 15 years old and feeling a little too much as if the writer’s opinions are being projected onto the subjects, but oh man, every 5 pages or so there is a line that just goes zing right to the center of my anxieties and frustrations about where I am in life. It’s helping me to see that the questions I’m asking and the worries I’m (mostly) ignoring are normal and other women have the same issues. I’m at a place in my life where I’m starting to feel that I know what I want, and I think I’m doing an OK job of building the future I want to have, but I still have so many fears and worries and questions, it is comforting to read the stories of other women.

Watching

Veronica Mars – With the news of the long hoped-for movie becoming a reality, I was finally able to convince my guy that he needed to watch this series. So we’re going through it together. We’re almost done with season two and I am loving it as much as I did the first time around!

Undefeated – Over the weekend, we watched this incredible documentary of a season with a Memphis high school football team. It is so good, y’all! There are moments of absolute despair and of pure fist-pumping joy. The coach and players who get the closest attention are fascinating. I’m pretty much in the tank for most things football-related, but whether you’re a sports fan or not, this deserves a watch. It’s really about relationships, determination, and how finding something to believe in and someone who believes in you can make all the difference, no matter how stacked against you the deck seems.

I also managed to catch the new eps of Game of Thrones and Mad Men despite a busy weekend.

Everything Awesome This Week

A jumble of cool stuff I saw this week that you might like to see, too!

Michael Shannon’s reading of an insane sorority girl’s screed is absolutely worth your time. You might just pick up some new go-to insults!

You’ve probably at some point enjoyed watching a cat play with a cardboard box like it’s the best toy ever. This is that, but bigger.

I love that the best science fair kids in the country get to do their thing at the White House!

I’ll admit there are some people I just don’t want to talk to. But if the survival of my language depended on it, maybe I’d suck it up!

Oh, man. Joffrey Bieber. Nailed it!

I like Bob Harper. I’ve done his workout vidoes, I love that he’s into Crossfit, and I think he’s an all-around cool dude. But his “Skinny Rules” disappoint me. I like Nia Shanks’ advice – don’t worry about being skinny, just be awesome!

I’m thinking of making this Strawberry Pound Cake for Mother’s Day.

This Creamy Broccoli Salad is definitely joining my rotation of easy go-to summer dinners.

Brown Sugar? Maple Syrup? Dijon Mustard? Easy slow-cooker recipe? Oh, yeah!

I spent some time with the new Bon Appetit this afternoon. This Dutch Oven Cornbread with Fig Jam NEEDS to find its way onto my plate. Except, who am I kidding, no way I’ll take the time to put it on a plate. Straight from the pan to the mouth, baby!

Happy Weekend!

Everything Awesome This Week

A jumble of cool stuff I saw this week that you might like to see, too!

It’s been a rough week. The Onion is on it. Jesus, This Week

The Boston Marathon bombings were so shocking and horrifying. But so many people jumped right in to beat back the terror with selfless acts of caring and kindness. You can’t help but be encouraged that most people are basically incredibly good, and ready to take care of each other.

Watching the Senate go against the wishes of a vast majority of Americans and vote to do nothing to reduce gun violence on Tuesday made me sad and angry. Reading Gabby Giffords’ response made me want to stand up and cheer. With determined leadership like hers, I believe the gun lobby’s days are numbered.

Amazing story about Ria Chhabra, a super-cool middle schooler who did some research on organic eating and got herself published!

Some compelling thoughts about online images of women’s fitness over at Pretty Strong

Thoughtful perspective on the Lean In craze from Kristin Van Ogtrop

Mark Sisson’s words on Health Integrity really struck a chord with me.

I love these Arrested Development-inspired album covers from Colossus of Clout. The Lucille on the Rocks one is my current phone wallpaper.

If you haven’t seen the epic Star Wars filibuster Patton Oswalt improvised for his guest role on Parks and Recreation, watch it. NOW!

If you’ve ever wondered what happens when an astronaut wrings out a washcloth in space, today is your lucky day!

I love a good sweet and salty combo! I’d like to try this grown-up soda fountain treat.

These Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies look divine!

My sister eats Paleo. I do not. We live together. This is sometimes a problem. This Paleo Shepherd’s Pie could be a tasty solution.

This Mango Bread is a really good illustration of why I do not eat Paleo.

That’s it for me! Enjoy your weekend!

Today I won the lottery…

Not really…

But just for fun, as a break in the middle of a dreary afternoon as we finally near the end of a trying week, I played a little game with myself. I imagined that I’d won the lottery. And I asked myself what I’d do.

I made some rules, because I’m me, and rules give me nearly as much comfort as imaginary riches.

  1. This isn’t a quit-your-job-and-move-to-a-mansion jackpot. It’s, say… a couple hundred thousand.
  2. No being responsible. Yes, I should put 60% into a safe money-market blahblahblah… no. I’m blowing this money on fun stuff!

This fake money bought me several minutes of quality daydreaming. Here’s what I came up with:

Spruce it up! 
I’d go on a DIY binge. My house could use some fixing up. New paint and furniture, curtains, bathroom tile, the list goes on and on.

I’d also pay someone to cut my grass. I like tooling around in the garden and playing with plants, but the mowing and the weeding and the edging and the raking? No sir. (Truly, what prompted this little exercise was my dreading having to make time to do all that crap this weekend.)

Hit the road!
Vacations. A week at the beach with my boyfriend, a few days in New York with my sister, a bowl game trip with my family.

Spread the love!
Gifts all around! No specifics here, but lots of people would be getting “someone who loves me won the lottery” presents. I kinda filled up a page with ideas.

So, my spirits a good bit lifted, I can tackle the rest of this dreary afternoon.

What would you do if you won the lottery?