Friday, February 8, 2019

Hello, Fresh Vegetables. Hello, Old Blog.

I was eating a salad at my desk earlier today when it occurred to me that, WOW, I had not had a bowl of vegetables in a very, very long time. You know that feeling when you're eating something fresh and green and you can tell that your body is screaming "FINALLY!" at you? It was like that. Then it occurred to me that I hadn't written anything on this on-again/off-again blog for a while, so I bopped over to Runaway Shopgirl dot com, saw it sitting here empty, and remembered that I'd taken everything down one day when I was feeling shitty. Maybe it's the salad or the random eight hours of sleep I got last night, but I'm not feeling all that shitty today, so I thought I'd give this thing a shot again. Here are a few thoughts and blurbs and links....

I'm just about done reading Who Thought This Was A Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco who I am totally in awe of and fan girling like crazy over. She is the former deputy chief of staff to President Obama. You will love this book if you miss Obama, if you have a sense of humor, if you've ever scrambled to find a tampon during a busy work day, or if you have a job where you're a key member of the staff but pretty much unknown outside the office walls. Alyssa has another book coming out on March 5th, I am the second person in line for it when it arrives at the Boston Public Library. Love her.

Jojoba oil is doing great things for my horrific winter face and cuticles. You should get some.

Nancy Pelosi's Iconic Pity Clap at the State of the Union Will Sustain Me For Life

I'm taking a break from social media for the month of February. I've slipped and tapped on the Facebook and Instagram icons accidentally a few times, but for the most part I've stepped away. I'm not noticing any MAJOR life improvements just yet, but the constant hum of mildly negative thoughts about myself has quieted down slightly and my phone battery lasts FOREVER. I'm keeping a little journal on my phone (ha!) to monitor my thoughts on this as I go through the month. My motivation to try this little detox came from this GQ article.

Last week we got a Peloton. Doug had been looking into getting an exercise bike for a while because morning workouts that he can jump into relatively quickly after waking up work best for him, and there aren't any gyms or studios all that close to our building. I was skeptical at first but I went to the store and did a demo ride in January and was impressed. The bike itself is VERY nice, solid, and very quiet. The class options are seemingly endless and the reviews were glowing. We jumped in. I've done one class so far and it KICKED my ass. I've never been great at exercising at home. I get distracted and don't work that hard. This wasn't the case with the 30-min Intervals & Arms class I did last weekend. Maybe it's because I'm locked (clipped) into the bike? We'll see.

I picked up Every Body Yoga today. Have you read it? I like every single word Jessamyn Stanley writes on her various social media channels so I figured it was about time to read her book.

This recipe is always worth re-sharing. Have you made this? I've already made it twice this winter, I could literally eat it every single day. Maybe I need to make a batch Sunday... have a nice weekend, everyone.

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