Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday Five @ 5

Every Friday I will wake up at 5am, put myself at my desk, and write about the first five things that pop into my head. An effort to make sure I post something at least once a week. If you want to write you should write. 

1. Why can't you walk into a market and buy a quarter cup of fresh cilantro leaves? It is literally 2016. You can order a 3-course meal and a human being to clean up after it by glancing at your cell phone. I can't buy a quarter cup of cilantro? If someone started offering this as an option I'd be a customer for life. Anytime a recipe calls for cilantro I get stressed out, because what the HELL am I going to do with all the cilantro I'm required to buy? Who could use this much of it before it turns mushy and slimy and gross in three days? Sometimes I've thought to myself, I live in a neighborhood full of restaurants, maybe I can just walk in and ask the kitchen if I can buy a handful of cilantro leaves from them....? No. Anyway, Sunday night I made this recipe and was left with a giant pile of cilantro staring back at me, so I did the following and it was DELICIOUS - one cup of fresh cilantro, the juice of half an orange, the juice of a whole lime, 1/2 cup olive oil, tiny garlic clove minced, salt and pepper. Throw all that into a blender and puree it. Voila: flavor party salad dressing. I put it all over some baby kale. It made enough for four salads. Do it. 

2. Fun Fact: one of my absolute favorite movies of all time is Look Who's Talking. The summer I was 26 it was available OnDemand for free and I watched it 1,589,364 times. I was living in a closet-sized apartment in the Back Bay. I'd walk to Bangkok Blue on Boylston Street and get Drunken Noodles, go next door to Store 24 and get a liter of Evian, and walk home to sit on my bed in my nightgown and eat my spicy food and chug water and watch Look Who's Talking. It was literally my favorite thing in the entire world to do. I met Olympia Dukakis a few years ago because the agency I work for gave her an award and I planned the awards ceremony, and I nearly passed out from excitement because she plays the grandmother in Look Who's Talking. Anyway, it popped into my head last night and now I'm dying to watch it. I think this scene is one of the sweetest, most romantic things that has ever happened in the history of movie-making. 

3. I said "no" a lot this week. This is something I've been REALLY bad at for a REALLY long time and I'm sick of it. No mas. A couple days ago I typed up a list of my things to say no to, put on my big girl pants, and sat down for 30 mins and sent all of the NOs out. A few of them backfired and were terrible, but saying no felt pretty luxurious; like your ear popping when you have a really bad cold. Does anyone else struggle with this? I hate hurting feelings. It's funny, I was talking to a new friend last night about a time where I got back together with an ex-boyfriend I really didn't like all that much. I didn't dislike him. I just... didn't like him? We reconnected and went out for a drink, and I sort of thought it was just a nice time catching up. Nope. He came at me with all of the feelings. All of them. So I proceeded to date him FOR A YEAR AND A HALF OF MY LIFE, because I couldn't hurt his feelings and say no. I'm going to work on this "no" thing because I'm pretty sure all of the "no" I've avoided saying over the years has gotten in the way of a few yes's. I don't know what the plural of "yes" is. I've only had two sips of coffee and I just can't look into it right now. Sorry.    

4. My friend Katie has pretty excellent taste. She introduced me to the kale salad at Cinquecento and the vinyasa scarf, and she is as passionate about the Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons as I am, so when she says something is terrific, I tend to listen. This week she RAVED about this new 305 Fitness thing that recently arrived in Boston. Apparently it's a fusion of dance and high-intensity interval training, it's REALLY loud, and there's a live DJ in every class. Sold. I'm trying it tomorrow morning. It's at the David Barton gym near the Park Plaza if you're interested.

5. Do you ever get the sense that you're at a moment in your life where you're surrounded by the very best people and you want to freeze time and keep them right where they are and as they are forever? I felt that way all week. From overhearing a co-worker's phone call at the tail end of the day about her broken refrigerator where she was so firm but elegant but feisty it made me smile, to bearing witness to a good friend's absolutely spectacular road rage in a very rainy traffic jam, to taking the BodyPump class of a ridiculously talented young lady who used to take my BodyPump classes, to running into my dad at the library in my neighborhood and seeing him look so content, I just wanted to hug everyone this week. If you're reading this, I probably wanted to hug you, too. 

Have a good weekend, all.    

Friday, April 1, 2016

Friday Five @ 5

Every Friday I will wake up at 5am, put myself at my desk, and write about the first five things that pop into my head. An effort to make sure I post something at least once a week. If you want to write you should write. 

We got one!
1. I've given up Uber as part of my crusade to be smarter about money. It's been three weeks to the day, not one Uber! Those of you who really know me understand that this is huge. I have no self-control and was using it WAY too much. I took the slogan "Everyone's Personal Driver" a little too literally. Anyway, I did need to get home very late at night one night during this first few weeks of Uber-free living, and I called a cab. People still do this! My conversation with the cab dispatcher made me think of this scene from Ghostbusters, because he sounded so shocked to hear from me.

2. Am I weird for feeling like it's too soon for a movie to be made about the Marathon bombing? I assumed one would be made eventually, but this is bugging me. If they're filming now, they probably started scouting locations a while ago when it was REALLY too soon. And it seems like they can't wait to get it into theaters. December? Maybe I'm a party pooper. Maybe it's too close to home. It just feels too soon.

3. I'm craving really good ricotta. This lemony deliciousness is going to be dinner on Sunday. I love the part about putting the bowl over the pasta pot MacGyver-style.

4. On Monday morning this week I went for an actual run outdoors. I did it because on Sunday afternoon I BOOKED it from Trader Joe's to an about-to-leave green line train, and when I sat down on the train afterwards I felt zesty and healthy and awesome and wanted to feel that way again as soon as possible. I have to say I really enjoyed my early AM run. I was only out there for a little over 20 minutes, but it was such a therapeutic way to start the day. I live alone and it was nice to see other human beings so soon after waking up, nice to see my neighborhood and smell the bakeries getting up and running, and really nice to get some fresh air in my lungs and a little sweat going before getting ready for work. (Side note: how wonderful is the feeling of being really sweaty and gross and then getting really really clean? Heaven.) There were, however, two horrifying parts of the run: first, the quiet few seconds between the songs I had blasting in my headphones where I had to hear what my breathing sounds like when I run. Wow. Second, running by and making direct eye contact with a gentleman I went on a disappointing date with last year who was on his way to work dressed all nice and smelling terrific while I was a makeup-free, just-woke-up, huffing, galloping, disaster area. Whatever. I ran and it felt really terrific and I'm going to keep doing it.

5. The iPhone weather says it's going to SNOW not once, but twice in the next week and I am thrilled. Spring stresses me out. Spring is an indecisive pain in the ass. Spring is wishy washy. You walk outside and it's so windy your skirt FLIES up over your head. You sneeze constantly. You cannot figure out what to wear. Summer isn't my favorite, but at least summer is just hot. You know what you're getting with summer. Winter. Same thing. It's cold. Done. Fall is just gorgeous and perfect and untouchable. It is the Tom Brady of seasons. Spring can just go away. I'm excited to have even a little snow. I'll make tomato sauce to celebrate.  

Happy weekend, all.