Happy Saturday, everyone! I’m hoping to do some hiking this weekend if the weather cooperates (it’s been super rainy in WA), but here’s what I have planned in case in case it turns into a weekend at home instead.
Movies and TV
In case you haven’t noticed, I suck at watching movies when they actually come out. It’s probably because I don’t have a lot of time to actually go to the movie theater. Anyway, this movie has been on my list forever, and it’s finally available to rent on Amazon. I love horror movies, and this one is particularly intriguing because of its frank treatment of racism and how it effectively terrorizes black people in the U.S.
- Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations: Another thing you should probably know about me is that I don’t have cable. I’m usually happy to wait until TV shows I like finally make it onto Netflix. As you can imagine, I was super excited to see that there are new episodes available for one of my favorite shows of all time, “No Reservations.” I’ve been watching it from the beginning, and it’s interesting to see how much Bourdain’s goals for the show have changed. Now it’s less about eating your way through a place and more about the place and the people that live there. I miss the emphasis on food a bit, but I also really enjoy the effort that he puts into better capturing the feel of each place he visits.
Books and Long-Form Journalism
You Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds by Jenny Lawson
I’m a perfectionist, which means that I’m incredibly mean to myself most of the time. I’m not proud of it, but it’s a fact. It didn’t really catch up with me until a few years ago when I found myself struggling with anxiety and depression after a year in which everything seemed to go wrong. There’s nothing worse for a perfectionist than feeling like you have no control over what’s happening. What finally got me through that time was focusing on mindfulness and meditation. And I don’t mean it in “a let’s sit in a corner and hum for half the day” kind of way. I simply started to pay more attention to the thoughts that were going through my mind, to how they made me feel, and why. Then I worked really hard at making peace with the really negative ones, either by letting them go or by living with them without letting them define me. It’s a never-ending process, but I’m still amazed at what a huge difference these simple changes have made. A big help along the way was Jenny Lawson’s beautiful book. She’s struggled with anxiety and depression for a long time, and the book is a collection of some the negative thoughts that plague her and how ‘s she’s learned to deal with them. She has a brilliant sense of humor, so the book is never bleak; on the contrary, it will make you smile and even laugh out loud as you read it. It’s also beautifully illustrated, and she encourages you to spend some time coloring in her drawings and jotting down your thoughts in the book itself.
- The Long, Lonely Road of Chelsea Manning by Matthew Shaer: Regardless of how you feel about Chelsea Manning, I think it’s important to remember that she’s a human being who has been the subject of a lot of speculation but has never really gotten the chance to speak for herself. This painstakingly researched article by Shaer finally lets Manning tell her story in her own terms. Highly recommended.
Cocktail Wish List
- National Bourbon Day was June 14, but it’s never to late to celebrate it. Here are 5 bourbon cocktail recipes from Imbibe that you can use as inspiration this weekend.
- I’m obsessed with cocktails that incorporate unusual ingredients, so I had to check out this carrot cocktail by Craft + Cocktails. It also features one of my favorite liqueurs, Ancho Reyes. I didn’t even know that there was a green version of this chili-infused spirit until I read this post, and now I can’t wait to try it.
- I’ve failed miserably at having healthy lunches recently, but I’m determined to get back on track with this yummy Cranberry-Almond Broccoli Salad from Cooking Light. Best part? The recipe is in video form!
- These Blackened Salmon Fajitas by The Almond Eater look too good to resist. I’m definitely making them for dinner this weekend!
One last thing before we go off to enjoy the weekend: I’m happy to announce that The Boozy Oyster is about to become a publisher on Yummly. It’s a great service that lets you find recipes to fit your tastes and lifestyle and helps you to keep them organized. My favorite feature is that they let you filter recipes by diet, ingredient, or cuisine, to name a few. They even have the option to let them know which ingredients you absolutely can’t have (olives in my case), so that it won’t show you recipes that contain them. You can find a Yum button at the end of each post on the blog now, so make sure to yum your favorite recipes from The Boozy Oyster, like these breakfast tostadas. You can also go to my publisher page to see all of the recipes from the blog.
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