Watching: With today being much lazier than anticipated (okay, we did get out for a six-mile stroll), we’ve been lounging in bed, consumed by Netflix. A couple of episodes of Portlandia here, a couple of documentaries there. It just doesn’t get old. The beau has been sick now officially for a week and unfortunately has little energy. I don’t mind the down-time and just keep up on my cold-fighting tactics, fingers crossed that I don’t catch this Frankencold. Some of my recent favorites: Lars and the Real Girl, Half Nelson, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and Vegucated.
Thinking about: Recently I’ve had a lot on my mind. I’m trying to determine what my monthly challenge will be for February, as this month has flown by! I do have an idea of what I want to do, but it’s a lot of commitment, each and every day. I’m also fixated on my tax returns; not because of the refund but I’m fearing the worst and that I’ll have to owe. I would love a refund of any size and would put it toward my school loans… or toward a summer vacation for the beau and I. No where far and exotic; a local farm that has a bed and breakfast in a barn AND teaches vegan/raw cooking classes. This sounds like heaven on earth.
Excited about: I got a spiralizer for my birthday from the beau’s parents and I couldn’t be more excited to test it out in the kitchen! For months I’ve been fixated on zucchini “pasta” and as much as I hate buying produce out of season, I may need to pick up at least one to give it a test run. Through the help of a new friend, I’ve rekindled my love of spinning. I use to spin 4-5 times a week when I lived in Saratoga and after years of my clip-ons residing in the closet, they are back in the front seat of my car, ready for the next class. This year I will become certified to teach spinning, and have already chosen the date in April. I’m terrified. I’m saving up. I’m anxious to spin at least 2-3 times each week to get myself back into shape on the bike. Working out never felt so good.
Reading: It’s rare that it takes me more than two weeks to read a book these days, but my current selection has been dragging out for almost a month now. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is not only a great resource of reality in how food/animal protein is “produced,” it’s also a difficult read. He’s raised questions so far that I’ve never thought to ask, nor do I have the answers to. I’m not going to go into much detail until the review, but do encourage everyone to pick up this book, whether you eat animals or not. I’ve been also picking up old issues of Oxygen Magazine for some new workout ideas- gotta stay fresh in the gym at work and switch things up a bit. Yes, I just said fresh.
Thankful for: The beau’s mother loves birthdays. And when I say love, I mean, she busts out the “happy birthday” toilet paper, cupcake string of lights, candles, singing plates, socks, serving dishes, etc. A little much at first but I now get the tradition and appreciate it. For your birthday, she will cook you anything for dinner. Anything. Roasted duck. A delicious chicken with salad. Hot dogs and beans. Whatever you want, you got. And for my birthday dinner, I requested a vegan burger with fresh french fries. She nailed it. She used this burger recipe, roasted up some celeriac, sliced up some cucumbers and fried up the most delicious fries. And to top it off, she got me a vegan cake AND coconut milk “ice cream.” I’m very thankful for this not because it was delicious, but because she is making an effort. I don’t expect her to accommodate my eating habits but am very appreciative of her each time I visit. She bought a mini cookbook for new ideas and is reading labels. This new journey has been wonderful with the support of my family and his.