My life has been on reset for the past week. With the boy out of town in Mexico (don’t get me started on the intensity of my jealousy), tay globetrotting on an island on the other side of the world, and a big work event behind me, this week was all about relaxation, recharging, greens, mellow celebrations and lots of movie/TV show binge watching. Here’s what I’ve been loving this week:
1. greens and good reads: every time the boy goes out of town, I take advantage by eating greens, polenta, quinoa, and more greens…like kale and Brussels sprouts and green beans. I scarfed these delicious “power bowls” so quickly that I forgot to account them, but they all resembled this delicious recipe from last year ft. chicken, polenta, pancetta, goat cheese, and shaved Brussels and shallot. I highly recommend this healthy and tasty option, and I even found “quinoa polenta” this week. Mind blown. Yums.
I also enjoyed a couple great articles about physical and mental health from the New York Times. I loved the ground rules in “Simple Rules for Healthy Eating” by Aaron Carroll. I found all of his rules to be — yes — simple, straightforward, and logical, but I especially loved #7: “Eat with other people, especially people you care about, as often as possible.”
Another article about working out caught my eye, titled, “Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life.” There are lots of different opinions on this, but I’m always drawn to actual research, and this article cites plenty of it. The article explains, “The sweet spot for exercise benefits, however, came among those who tripled the recommended level of exercise, working out moderately, mostly by walking, for 450 minutes per week, or a little more than an hour per day. Those people were 39 percent less likely to die prematurely than people who never exercised.”
Armed with that motivation, I am going to continue my recent “active” kick…Then again, I’m never going to pass up time with family and friends or a glass of wine or two 🙂
Body, Mind, Soul, right? “The Moral Bucket List,” yes, another NYT article, really brought it home. This conclusion makes so much sense to me:
“The stumbler doesn’t build her life by being better than others, but by being better than she used to be. Unexpectedly, there are transcendent moments of deep tranquillity. For most of their lives their inner and outer ambitions are strong and in balance. But eventually, at moments of rare joy, career ambitions pause, the ego rests, the stumbler looks out at a picnic or dinner or a valley and is overwhelmed by a feeling of limitless gratitude, and an acceptance of the fact that life has treated her much better than she deserves.
Those are the people we want to be.“
On more of a tactical and pop culture note, this video really is pretty amazing. You probably saw it on your Facebook feed, but actually watch it.
2. binging on pop culture; a new celebrity crush: let’s transition to some mindless pop culture. Balance, right? I watched some truly horrible yet amazing 90s rom-coms this week: Down to You, Beautician and the Beast (90% of the lines of this movie are ingrained in my brain from my childhood, scary), and The Prince and Me. So bad, but so good.
Redemption, some wardrobe envy, and a new, full-on, celebrity crush, came with Age of Adeline, starring Blake Lively and my main man, Michiel Huisman. It was a super sweet, at times strange, story, full of swoon-worthy moments. Michiel not only stars in this new flick, but also in Game of Thrones, as Khaleesi’s main squeeze. If you watch, then yep, you’ve seen his butt. Apparently he can do no wrong, because he’s also in “Nashville” and Wild. Ok, I’ve embarrassed myself enough.
3. celebrations: turns out a lot of awesome people were conceived some time in July…The parties keep coming! Happiest of birthdays to two of my very favorite people, anna and rachel! (and a few others!)
4. april snow showers: it’s definitely spring in Idaho. It was a very strange weekend, with equal parts glaring sun, and equal parts snow and rain…An attempted hike with my dear friend Mia/Miski (who I am SO excited to have HOME) turned into a trip around the dog park:
Have a great week!