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Reading goals for 2017

I miss reading. I used to read all of the time but have fallen off that wagon in the last few years. As Oliver learns to read and I find myself talking to him about the many joys of books, I find myself wanting to dive back into my favorite past time.

I’m a list-oriented person, especially now that I’m so busy with work and family life. Thus, I’m going to make a list on Good Reads with my goals for 2017 (here).

  • First on the list: Finish all of the books in my room!

2017 book goals

I got many of these as birthday and Christmas gifts and yet haven’t managed to finish them. I’ve had some for two years! These are definitely on the list this year. (PS Isn’t my bookend the cutest? He’s a cast iron bank/bookend)

  • I want to stretch myself a bit too, with some serious books in addition to the fun stuff. This list from Modern Mrs Darcy for challenging books is a good place to start. Seeking out #diversebooks was particularly interesting. I was sort of surprised by my initial hesitation as I started pulling up #diversebooks ideas, because I consider myself fairly open minded. We all have our hidden biases and stretching outside our comfort zones is a good way to challenge those and grow.

So what’s a concrete step I can take to meet this goal? I think I’m going to go with turning the phone off at 9 pm and read at least 5 minutes every night from one of the books on my list rather than my usual Facebook or Wikipedia reading. Of course, knowing me, I’ll get sucked in and read longer. I’ll need to set some kind of alarm so I can get to bed on time.

Before we left for the race, we also did a little reorganizing in the basement to bring our favorite books out onto the new shelves we have around the TV and to build a little reading corner. It was like visiting old friends, going through so many books I loved. I can’t wait to re-read them – once I finish this year’s list that is!

I’m getting myself off to a good start on the cruise this week! I brought three of the books on my list with me (Robert Galbraith, Gretchen Rubin and Deanna Raybourn) and have really been loving the quiet and rest that comes from sitting with a good book. I’ve spent hours sitting in lounge chairs on the deck and on our balcony with coffee (or something fruity, depending on the time of day!) and a book. Heaven!

Do you prefer to stick with old favorite authors and books or stretch yourself outside your comfort zone? The Deanna Raybourn book I’m reading was a gift from a student, who knew I was looking for something new to read on vacation and got it for me because she thought I’d like it. It’s not an author or book I’d ever even heard of. I am enjoying it and I’m so impressed at her ability to pick such a personal and thoughtful gift!

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Running Jargon: A whole new language?

When I first started running, I spent a lot of time diving into all of the jargon that comes along with runners just so I’d feel like I could keep up with the conversation. Turns out, I really don’t ever use much of that jargon, but knowing some of it helps with reading about running and I do A LOT of reading about running.

Here are some great places to get started to learn the jargon:

Runners World Glossary of Running Terms

Greatist Ultimate Guide to Running Lingo

My favorite for newbies: Runners World A Guide to Common Running Terms

Also, I love running books so check out my books tab to the right or linked here for reviews of a bunch of books to help you figure out what people are talking about.

Most running terminology is pretty self-explanatory. Hill repeats? Just what they sound like. Likewise for speedwork. It took me a while to get the hang of talking about pace (as in how many minutes it takes you run a set distance) rather than MPH like the treadmill reports, but now that is second nature. I confess I still have to go back to my Hanson’s to refresh my memory about aerobic and anaerobic and all of that stuff (great resource for explaining those!). Fartlek is possibly my favorite running word but I rarely use it. Instead I just talk about “pick ups.” Tempo is another favorite, mostly because everyone seems to define tempo pace as something different.

It is helpful to know the abbreviations so “DFL beats DNS” mean something. 🙂 I think the only abbreviation I personally ever use is “PR” although these days it is more in the sense of a distance PR than a time PR. Still counts though! (PR = personal record)

I had a student once offer to be my “rabbit” and I was a little confused by that one. I looked it up (on the Greatist list above) and thankfully she’s not crazy – just fast for short distances and offering to help be a pacer.

I’m excited because I may be running with a friend for her first 5K in Indianapolis this summer – who knows what new running terms I may get to explain to her as she trains, that I may have forgotten about now that I’m an “old” runner.
Thanks as always to Patty, Marcia and Erika for hosting our link up! So far this morning, I’ve enjoyed seeing some runner slang that I’d never encountered before!
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PS – Since this post didn’t really lend itself to a photo that I could think of, instead check out my big kid with his kindergarten backpack:
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As his Nana said, if we put anything heavier than pencils in that thing he’ll tip over like a turtle. It’s so big on his little shoulders! My baby is growing up.

And apparently something we should all be reading for a laugh: Runners of North America Sorry I missed book club this month Wendy!

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Book Review: First Ladies of Running

This month’s book club selection is “First Ladies of Running” by Amby Burfoot (link FYI – no perks for me). I enjoyed this far more than I was expecting to! Thanks as always to Wendy for hosting the Taking the Long Way Home book club.

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I confess, I initially thought this would be another book about elite runners who were nothing like me and that I wouldn’t be able to connect with. From the beginning, I could tell that wasn’t going to be true. In the introduction, Shalane Flanagan highlights the variations on a theme that came up over and over in the book:

Before I started running, I was very shy and insecure. Running gave me a sense of self, and a voice to express that self.

I didn’t expect to find something so true to my own experience at the beginning of a book full of women who made history, so it definitely had me reading on with a more open mind. I was not disappointed. Many of the stories in this book were ones I was very familiar with, like Kathrine Switzer and Bobbi Gibb, but so many others were new to me. It amazes me to imagine how different the world was for some of these pioneers, who ran in school uniforms because it would be “unseemly” for them to wear anything else. In many ways, we take for granted how far we’ve come as women (although we still have a long way to go). I am amazed and grateful for these women who stood up in small and yet huge ways to pave the way for the rest of us.

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Most of these stories were of women I’d never heard of. I think my favorite might be Joan Ullyot, who wrote Women’s Running and got to use her brains (a doctor, so already going a bit against the grain for her era) to counter all of the reasons women shouldn’t run. My favorite might be the bit about why we don’t worry about sagging in guys if we’re so worried about sagging boobs in women. After all, “they hang a lot looser than breasts.” Definitely a woman with a lot to say! Her books are on my summer reading list now!

I confess, I even have a new appreciation for Oprah’s place among women runners. I’ve never been a big Oprah acolyte, although I absolutely respect her accomplishments. I’ve never thought of her as having a place in the history of women’s running, but I don’t know if a back of the packer like me would ever even be in the position to consider a marathon if someone as “normal” (in an athletic sense at least) as Oprah hadn’t done it so publicly to open the door for anyone to run. That isn’t to say that there weren’t a wide variety of people running marathons before she did, but she definitely raised the profile in a way that impacted many of us. I also found myself cheering for her (not a position I ever thought I’d be in!) as I read through the author’s recounting of that marathon, even though I know that she finished okay. I’ve got to say, reading that chapter did a lot to quell doubts I’ve had lately of my own marathon dreams.

Amby Burfoot does a great job telling the stories of these women in a way that is engaging, inspiring and very re-readable. It’s nice, too, that these are short chapters, so the stories stay focused and don’t wander too much into random territory like a single longer memoir might. I am glad I got this as an e-book. I keep it on my phone and find myself re-reading these stories when I get frustrated or distracted in my day and it always gives me that small break to re-focus and re-energize. If these women could do these amazing things, big and small, I can handle my day.
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I recommend this highly for your summer reading and for your “gift idea” list for any runners and/or women in your life. These stories are a badly needed boost of “can do” in a world that feels full of “can’t” and bad news these days.

What do you read when you need a little boost?

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Book Review: Running – A Love Story

This week’s Tuesdays on the Run topic is all about race temperature and truthfully, I can both enjoy and complain about the weather during any given run so I don’t know that I have a real preference. I like it cooler for longer races but that’s about it. Instead of dwelling on that, I thought I’d share my overdue review of this month’s Taking the Long Way Home Book Club selection: Running – A Love Story, by Jen A. Miller.

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In this book, Ms. Miller takes you through her life as a runner, from high school athletics (and running hatred) to college and adult training and the role running has played in managing all of the bumps and curves in life. Each chapter begins with a piece of the story of a single race, the 2013 New Jersey Marathon, before leading into a fairly chronologic account of her life. Those introductions from the marathon were definitely my favorite parts of this book. Even though she is a much faster runner than I will ever be, she still experiences a lot of the same things I’ve encountered during the lead-up, running and finish of a race.
A lot of the author’s inner monologues, both in races and in training runs, reflected my own. I’ve definitely had those pre-race conversations like she describes, in which I remind myself of the many “weeks of training in my legs and lungs.” I’ve also experienced the same mental clearing on a long run, where I run so long that I can’t keep cycling through the same negative thoughts again and again about whatever is going wrong in my life and finally let my mind wander to greener pastures.
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While I found the running pieces interesting, I confess that I found that the relationship bits to be exhausting. I’m impressed by her honesty and putting everything about her life out there, flaws and all. I just got a little tired of reading over and over about bad relationships. Yes, we all have them, and yes it parallels our relationship with running a bit and at the same time, our relationship with running can help ameliorate the angst of our other relationships, but rather than finding comfort in the “we’re all the same!” of this part, I just kept wanting the story to move on to something more interesting.

Oddly, my favorite little tidbits were the mentions of her mother. Even in the end, when we get the conclusion of the New Jersey Marathon of 2013, I found myself thinking both “thank goodness this is almost over” when I realized I was 87% of the way through the book and “yay for Mom!” when I came across the mention of her mother running her first 5K. This book really is a wonderful little love letter to her mother, who sounds awesome.
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All in all, I wish I’d checked this out at the library instead of buying it because as much as I enjoyed the running pieces, the rest of it isn’t something I’d re-read. However, I enjoyed her writing about the running itself enough that I’ll look forward to seeing her work in other venues. I am glad that at the end of the book, she seems to have come to a new kind of peace with her running and her life.
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Thanks as always to Wendy, Patty, Erika and Marcia for hosting our link ups!

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Book Review: Run to Lose (and some better options)

Earlier this year,  I bought the newish Runner’s World book Run to Lose (link FYI – no perks for me) because I thought their insights on the balance between running and weight loss – not the straight line we’d like it to be – might be interesting. I read it a while ago but have struggled about whether or not to say anything about it here because I hate saying bad things and yet I have to say, I wouldn’t recommend this. I continually get emails about the Run to Lose book and program from Runner’s World, so just in case you are too and are considering it, I thought it was time to share a bit.

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On the plus side, Run to Lose is a very easy read. It’s quick and written like the average blurb and graphic filled article in your average health magazine. The problem, however, is that it is just as superficial as all of those magazine articles (and many magazine articles are in fact more in depth). There isn’t anything here you can’t find readily online or in other sources. It primarily focuses on beginner nutrition basics, with nothing more detailed or thoughtful about the needs of runners at various levels of training trying to maintain or lose weight. It has superficial coverage of a wide variety of diets in one chapter, but doesn’t actually draw any conclusions from those descriptions in terms of what might work best for runners. There’s a section at the end about emotional eating and other things that go into weight loss/gain, but not to any useful degree. All in all, I wouldn’t recommend this so I’d ignore those emails from Runner’s World. How many times can I use superficial in one paragraph? Still – let’s you know how I really feel, right? 🙂

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If you want to fuel your running better, manage your weight and get a better understanding of nutrition, I think both Eat to Peak and Racing Weight are better choices, particularly Eat to Peak (my reviews of both through the links). If you really want to work on the “whys” and mental aspects of weight loss, I found the Beck Diet to be incredibly helpful (Amazon link FYI). I still find myself going back to some of the Beck Diet exercises that helped me mentally deal the hows and whys of my weight gain and loss. Looking back, I’ve apparently never actually reviewed the Beck Diet here but I highly recommend it. It doesn’t recommend any particular diet and exercise strategy. Instead, it focuses on the cognitive aspects of weight loss, including changing self talk, evaluating motivations and tracking things that trigger your eating habits. I own it and re-read it any time I find myself straying too much – in fact, I think I may be overdue to repeat those exercises given how much I’ve gained in the last year.

I confess I was a little disappointed because I love Runner’s World as a magazine and love their cookbook, so expected more from their brand. I confess I was maybe also unrealistically expecting a magic bullet to the problem of weight gain while you’re training, since I’m looking at spending the back half of 2016 training for a marathon. 🙂

Have you ever found yourself disappointed in a book because you expected more from the author?

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Why do we read motivational stories?

This month’s book for the Taking the Long Way Home book club isn’t a running book, but rather Diana Nyad’s story of her life and her endurance swimming adventures. Thanks as always to Wendy for hosting!

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In September 2013, Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage.  She was a competitive swimmer in the pool when she was younger, but while she was good she recognized that she wasn’t elite and so she shifted her focus to endurance swimming events. This included swimming around Manhattan and swimming from the Bahamas to Juno Beach, Florida. She attempted the swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West many times before ultimately succeeding and this book outlines many of those attempts.

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My favorite parts of this book were the descriptions of the endurance swims and the training for these, which is so far outside my realm of experience. I’d never imagined the kind of support required for this kind of endeavor, but there was a large support team. The book includes photos to illustrate the huge undertaking this was.

That said, there’s a lot more to this book than just the Havana to Key West swim. It rambles over a lot of her childhood, other swimming events and other aspects of her life before the Havana swim. Her writing style is very over-the-top, sports writer cliches, which gets a little exhausting for me. The story also wanders a lot, so you never know exactly what you’re going to be reading about next. I wasn’t very familiar with her story other than the swim, so I was caught off guard when I was suddenly reading about childhood sexual abuse. Be aware of that if that’s a trigger for you, as it shows up early and very matter of factly.

In addition to this book, she’s done a lot of motivational speaking about the importance of not giving up on goals, no matter the circumstances. She stuck with the goal of swimming from Cuba to Florida over half of her life, finally completing it in her 60s, which is impressive. We really can do amazing things if we have the will and can muster the resources.

While I didn’t love this book, it did make me think about why we seek out motivational stories and why we tell our stories (like I do here). There can be a lot of comfort in reading about someone who overcame tremendous odds, when you are struggling with something yourself. That can be even more powerful when it is someone “like you” which is why I think it is so important for a wide variety of us to tell our stories. If all success stories looked the same, it might limit who can reach. We’re all different and our definitions of success can vary, but all of those things speak to someone whether we realize it or not. My definition of success will never be swimming from Cuba to Florida – just swimming the entire length of the pool at my gym would be a win! However, I can still take inspiration from Diana Nyad’s determination to never give up on her goal and from all of your stories that have motivated me as well.

Go forth and conquer today! Do you like to read “motivational” stories? Are you a little turned off sometimes by over-the-top-motivational spiels?

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A Memphis Coffee Date

Today I got my coffee after a run along the Mississippi River, not a bad way to start the day. 🙂
Mississippi River

It was a nice way to start the day – just the perfect amount of chilly and not humid (much) yet. I stopped at Starbucks on the way back to hotel to grab a coffee before I got ready for another day of conferencing. We have reasonable coffee at this work conference, but the cups are teeny (6 oz-ish). I need more caffeine that that to sit and pay attention as an adult!

Since I’m in Memphis, we’d probably talk about Memphis food (delish!) and music (everywhere!). Last night I went out for dinner at Itta Bena, a restaurant above BB King’s club that has a very speakeasy/secret club feel and caught the end of the Grizzlies game. The Memphis fans were very loud in support of their team, which was very fun!

Grizzlies

If we were having coffee, we’d also likely talk about family and in-laws as I’ll be seeing mine in a few hours. Families are always interesting and I’m curious to see what Oliver thinks of Darrell’s family. He’s met them before, but was much younger. Now he’s probably going to notice a little more that the Arkansas delta region is very different than Omaha. 🙂
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If we were having coffee, I’d probably tell you about this book I read this month. It’s set in Africa and the language is just gorgeous. It’s a mystery and the protagonist is a someone who writes a newspaper advice column that incorporates recipes into the advice (a fantastic idea if you ask me! My heart is broken – give me a recipe for chocolate cake!). You guys know I like books with yummy food, but it was really the characters and the language that I loved. There’s a glossary in the back of the Afrikaans words, but I liked trying to figure out what they meant in context. I definitely recommend it! Since I’m in Memphis, I’ve moved on from this to The American Plague, a non-fiction account of the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis in the late 1800s. The history is fascinating, but I’m a geek.

We would probably also talk about the fascinating state of American politics right now as that’s almost all anybody seems to be talking about these days. I will confess I’ll be actively AVOIDING talking politics when I get to my in-laws’ later because that’s definitely not territory I want to wade into. Politics and family never mix in my experience.

I’m really enjoying reading more this year, as part of my goal to get back to doing more of the little things I enjoy. If we were having coffee, I’d definitely ask for some book recommendations. Have you read anything good lately? Are there any topics that are “off limits” with your family?

Thanks to Deborah, Coco and Lynda for hosting the Coffee Date!

Thanks as always to Lynda, Coco and Deborah for hosting!

Thanks as always to Lynda, Coco and Deborah for hosting!

 

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Book Club: It was me all along

This month’s selection for Wendy’s Taking the Long Way Home Book Club isn’t really a running book at all, but is definitely something I was interested in: It was me all along: A memoir by Andie Mitchell. Thanks as always to Wendy for hosting! Be sure to check out her link up for more thoughts on the book from others.

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Andie Mitchell is a food blogger who wrote this memoir last year about her struggles with weight and with her body image even after her weight loss was “finished.” I will confess that this book was painful for me to read, both because she was clearly in a lot of pain during the times she describes and because I could identify so strongly with her descriptions of what it was like to be overweight, as they so strongly echoed my own experience. I will be honest, it was hard to relive those feelings, so be warned about that before going into this book.

Andie was overweight and made aware of being so from a very early age. If you haven’t experienced that, it can be hard to describe how much that imprints on your brain and how that can lead to binge eating. The descriptions of binge eating were almost unbearable to read because they were so true, for me at least. The wanting to be normal, but not being able to, somehow feeds that whole cycle of binge eating. “It was this dichotomy that killed me. The wanting to be different in order to be perceived as better, yet wishing I didn’t have to try so hard.

I wished I could find some hideaway, somewhere I could be as reclusive as I pleased and just eat. And eat. And cry. And eat. And cry.” THIS. My life. Pretty much every day for years.

She describes being in classes and being unable to “bring myself to raise my hand, fearing the attention it would draw,” which was very much my experience in college when I tipped the scale from chubby kid to obese young adult. I definitely had the same reaction to running late to class, in which ““…if I found myself running late to the lecture hall, even by just five minutes, I was compelled to skip the class altogether, knowing that few things were as anxiety inducing as trying to squeeze through tight rows of fellow students to find the lone open seat.” It seems unreal or an exaggeration, but I can promise you that those things were true for me as well.

The temptation to resign yourself to being the fat girl is so real and so painful. Looking back, it seems like it was easier before I started caring about fixing this problem but I know logically it was a different kind of hard. Like me, Andie did find a way to handle the binge eating and lose weight, but she found herself swinging too far to the other side of the eating disorder spectrum in an effort to stay in control, after being out of control for so long. The swing to the other direction, of obsessive control and fear of food, is a very real possibility and something I’ve veered a bit into myself in the first year I was at my goal weight. I’m still trying to find that happy medium. It can be very easy to trade one eating disorder for another, as Andy did.

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The closing thoughts on the things she’ll miss were things I could have written, if I’m being honest. There are definitely still times I miss eating with abandon. I miss the days when my first response to a change in my food plan wasn’t fear, as it still can be (although that’s getting better). I miss that delicious, over the top food, even though I know it would cause me such a stomach ache I’d think I was dying now. I miss not having to think about all of this.

I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever re-read this. I lived too much of it myself and reading it was hard. However, I’m glad stories like this are out there so that you can know you aren’t alone. There are people out there who get what you’re going through, as you move from overweight to weight loss to whatever this “after” period is supposed to look like. It’s always a good thing to have stories out there to show us we aren’t alone in the human experience. I hope that Andie has continued to find her way with a peaceful relationship with herself and with food.

Do you find it hard to read stories that are too close to your own?

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Cookbook Review: Good and Cheap – Eat Well on $4 a Day

I realized this week that I haven’t yet gotten around to sharing the cookbooks I got for Christmas. You guys know me – I’m a sucker for cookbooks, so there are always several on my holiday wish list. A couple of the John Besh cookbooks I got this year are so gorgeous that I haven’t actually cooked from them yet because I’m too wrapped up in the pictures and the stories!
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However, I have been cooking quite a bit from another cookbook I got: Good and Cheap – Eat Well on $4 a Day. I tend to spend too much on groceries and have a lot of cookbooks that call for fancier ingredients, but put this on my wish list to get some ideas for getting things back to basics a bit and it has definitely served that purpose well! I actually enjoy the premise of this book. It’s designed with foods and budgets that you could make work with the US Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, aka food stamps), so that families could make healthier meals on limited budgets. It also started as a Kickstarter campaign and has a cool buy one/give model, in which one is donated to a lower income family for every one that is purchased. Such a great way to give back AND the food is actually good and practical! Win, win!

The recipes included range from breakfast and dinner to snacks and desserts and are all very approachable. Even a beginner cook could follow these instructions and I think this would actually be a particularly good cook book for poor college students just starting out as cooks. 🙂 There are a variety of flavor profiles and ethnic cuisines included as well, which demonstrates that you can get a lot bang for  your buck with food if you’re thoughtful in your approach!

We made PB&J bars from the books, which were quick and simple (but crumbly, which she warned in the recipe description!). Oliver loved the taste and I loved how easy they were!

PB&J Bars from Good & Cheap

PB&J Bars from Good & Cheap

One of my favorite recipes, which I’ve made at least four times now, is a deceptively simple combination of flavors that I’m really loving: Brussel sprouts with eggs. Weird, right? It totally works though and takes less than 10 minutes to throw together! The original recipe calls for black olives, which I swapped out for roasted red peppers because I prefer the flavor. Saute shredded brussel sprouts with the roasted red peppers and a little olive oil, with salt and pepper to taste. When the brussel sprouts have started to soften, crack a couple of eggs in the dish on top of them and put a lid on to catch the steam. Let it set for a couple of minutes but not too long – you want the egg yolks to be a little runny. Top it with a little lemon juice (crucial!) and serve. So simple, but delicious! The combination of flavors really works. This has become my go-to healthy dinner when Darrell and Oliver are eating pizza or something similar.
Brussel sprouts and eggs
In addition to the recipes, there are loads of tips about smart shopping in the grocery store, basic equipment you need in the kitchen to do these and other recipes, (and it truly is a basic list! No uni-taskers!), a chart of seasonal produce and tips for using leftovers creatively. Mixed among the recipes are also sections about techniques that can be used for broader purposes than just a single recipe, like making your own croutons or cooking dried beans or putting together “bubble and squeak.”

I’m definitely going to keep this on my gift idea list for anyone interested in getting into cooking, as it was really accessible and had some great ideas inside!

What’s your favorite unexpected flavor combination?

As always, all opinions are my own. This was a Christmas gift, so no perks to me or affiliate links or anything for telling you about it!

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A chilly February coffee date

Good morning! I’m sitting here in Village Inn with my coffee and my cute little breakfast date, wondering why on Earth Mother Nature is so opposed to my training plan for my spring half marathon. It’s bad enough that I haven’t been able to run since Monday morning thanks to all of the ice and snow we’ve gotten this week, but today I’ve got fog! Fog and snow together is just obnoxious. Can’t see and can’t stop in a hurry? Fantastic. Not.

Thanks as always to Lynda, Coco and Deborah for hosting!

Thanks as always to Lynda, Coco and Deborah for hosting!

All is not lost on the running front though. Apparently I’m inching closer and closer to making the marathon plunge. I reserved a room at the Polynesian DVC this morning for WDW Marathon weekend – just in case, you know 🙂
Dipping my toe in to the marathon

One of my intentions this year is to get back to doing more of the things I actually enjoy, like reading and cooking, so we’d definitely talk about books on our coffee date this morning. I just finished a book called Delancey (link FYI – not an affiliate link) about the founding a pizza restaurant. It was a cozy, easy read full of food and little recipes and background into all that goes into building a restaurant. I LOVE stories about food.

I’m also reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, about finding a way in the world as an introvert. As I take on more leadership roles at work, I’m having to find a way to make introversion work for me instead of against me. I’ve had this book for ages and am just now getting around to reading it. I particularly like this quote at the beginning, which seemed written just for me:

Powerful message from Quiet

I also have to give a shout out to Meg, who self published a book on Amazon! I am so in awe of her for doing this. I got to read an early copy of the book and it was so fun. Meg, I never told you how much I loved it! I’m so proud of her. Check out her site about her writing here, her running & life stuff here and her book here.

Since I just opened the package yesterday, we’d also definitely talk about my first Stitch Fix experience over coffee this morning. I’d been considering trying it for a while, because I feel like I still don’t know how I want to dress. Might as well let someone else figure it out, right? I confess, when I first opened the box, I thought Ugh about everything. The black top looked too plain and the skirt too loud. When I actually put the things on, though, the skirt looked great and the little details of the top made it perfect for layering under things. I’ll definitely be trying this out again – it’s good to get outside of my comfort zone a bit! If you want to try it out, this is my referral link (although you also likely know someone in real life who has used this so be sure to ask for theirs so they get the $25 credit): http://stitchfix.com/referral/6845275.
Surprised how much I like this skirt!

 

What would you like to talk about over coffee this morning? Super bowl plans? Valentine’s Day plans? Any new book recommendations? How old do we have to be before we figure out to dress ourselves? 🙂 Hope you’re having a great weekend and I virtually clink my coffee mug with you all!

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