Hausfrau: A Book Review

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If we were getting coffee right now, I would talk to you about how I’m crushing through TV and books right now. I just finished a new book, Hausfrau, and I would want to tell you ALL about it.

Let’s just start: Hausfrau is tragic. But it’s fascinating and I couldn’t stop reading it. The novel is a study on depression and womanhood and the self, on how to define yourself against others. Anna has completely lost herself and her identity in the “versions of love” her life allows. (more…)

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Costa Rica 201: Trip Planning Tips

I saw four kinds of monkeys last week. And a three-toed sloth. And a shark. And these weird creatures that look like tiny pigs if tiny pigs were also lemurs.

I also learned a lot. I learned how to identify a howler monkey. I learned that I’m a terrible wakeboarder (truly, just awful). I learned that sloths only come down from their trees once every ten days to poop.

People warned me about Costa Rica.

“You’re going to have the best time,” they said.

“You’re never going to want to come back.”

We napped in hammock and found rickety bridges and saw four different types of monkeys, swam with a shark, and ate a coconut we found and smashed open on the beach. I practiced my Spanish, learned how to surf, and started to like rum.

If you’re heading to Costa Rica any time soon, here are some tips: (more…)

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Thursday Tidbits 3/26/2015

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OH THANK GOODNESS. It’s a corgi race.

Been there. In other non-serious dog-related news, this golden retriever is terrible at catching food.

This is sad but mostly hilarious. Americans Answer Questions About Canada.

The absurd psychology of restaurant menus. Super interesting and weird. Featuring two interesting and weird humans.

A really really cool TED talk about solving problems and making toast.

I made this quinoa kale bowl with mushrooms and asparagus this week and it. is. amazing. I’ve been eating it all week and I’m putting this sauce on EVERYTHING.

Happy Thursday, everyone.

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Thursday Tidbits 3/19/2015

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For the first time in a while, I wasn’t exhausted last week. This whole trend of being so busy you can’t deal is not cute. Exhaustion is not a status symbol.

If you give a dude a kale chip.

Do you wanna build a meth lab? The perfect Breaking Bad and Frozen overlap no one knew they needed. PS: FULL of spoilers.

THIS IS NOT OKAY. The Academy Awards, but just the unsettling deep first breath before a sentence.

In other news of videos with no words… Dr. Phil if there was no dialogue. Just reactions. Add a pinch of this to your day.

Happy Thursday, everyone.

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36 Hours In New York City

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Friday

6:30pm Arrive in New York City and make your way to Brooklyn to drop off you bags. Magically navigate the subway during rush hour.

9:30pm Head to Greenwich Village for dinner at the Olive Tree Cafe. This place is adorable – all the tables are chalkboards and they show black and white movies on a big screen in the back. A falafel is $4.00, which is a little bit wonderfully outrageous for this city. Grab some food and ask your waiter to put your name on the standby list for the next show.

12:00am See the late show at the Comedy Cellar to kick off the weekend right. (more…)

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Thursday Tidbits 3/5/2015

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Exhaustion is not a status symbol. Let’s talk about this.

If you give a dude a kale chip.

Do you wanna build a meth lab? The perfect Breaking Bad and Frozen overlap no one knew they needed. PS: FULL of spoilers.

THIS IS SO UNSETTLING. The Academy Awards, but just the deep first breath before a sentence.

In other news of videos with no words… Dr. Phil if there was no dialogue. Just reactions. Add a pinch of this to your day.

Happy Thursday, everyone.

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Resolutions: So Far

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1. Throw a fancy cocktail party

Done! Check out our wheeling and dealing.

2. Read every Psalm

Two weeks ago, I started the habit of reading 5 Psalms a day. So far, so good. They are so rich and full of joy and it’s a great way to start the day.

3. Run a half marathon

Registered for the Run to Remember on Sunday, May 24th. Started training a couple of weeks ago. Trying to avoid shin splints, trying to brave the cold, trying to craft the perfect running playlist. I will be documenting my half marathon training journey over at Fit University over the next couple of months. Check it out! (more…)

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Simple Syrup: Three Ways

SIMPLE SYRUP

Last weekend Madde from The Collegiate Vegan and I went all out for the Oscars. ALL. OUT. We decided to try our hand at simple syrup because it’s a big, bad world out there and we’re looking to conquer it.

Simple syrup makes easy things taste fancy. It’s the red lipstick of the beverage world. Oh, you’re wearing a sweatshirt and jeans you haven’t washed in, truly, weeks? Just crank up the red lipstick game and those look like the finest sweatpants around.

Honey-Thyme Simple Syrup

from Set the Table
1/2 C honey
1/2 C water
5 or 6 thyme sprigs

Mix honey and water in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add the thyme, remove from heat, and let it sit on the stove for as long as you want, depending now how strongly thyme-y you want it to be. You can let it steep for as long as 24 hours. Strain the thyme out and store it in the refrigerator if you don’t use it all.

Mint Simple Syrup

1/2 C sugar
1/2 C water
1 bunch of mint leaves

Combine everything in a pot and simmer for five minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let it sit on the stove to cool for an hour. Strain out mint leaves and refrigerate what you don’t use.

Earl Grey Simple Syrup

1/2 C sugar
1/2 C water
2 Earl Grey tea bags

Cover and bring water to a boil. Turn off the heat and steep the tea bag for 5 minutes. Add sugar and turn heat to medium until sugar melts. Remove from heat and let it cool on the stove for an hour. Take out the tea bag and refrigerate what you don’t use.

You can use simple syrup from all kinds of awesome things. I mixed the Earl Grey simple syrup with seltzer water for a delicious and slightly sweet afternoon bubbly drink.

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Thursday Tidbits 2/26/2015

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This quick pickled cucumber salad looks so easy and so awesome. It’s, what, 4 ingredients? And probably takes 5 minutes? Thanks, Shutterbean.

Easy dinners everyone should be able to make.

Turns out Christina Aguilera is EXCELLENT at impressions.

The rise of the reactress. An interesting look at the female roles in the Best Picture nominees this year.

How Eddie Redmayne did it. I promise I’ll stop talking about the Oscars after this week. I really will.

Happy Thursday, everyone.

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Resolution #1: Throw A Fancy Cocktail Party

One of the 2015 Resolutions I was most excited about was “Throw a fancy cocktail party.” I finally live in my first big girl apartment and I bought my first cocktail shaker, so the time could not be better. And the Oscars were coming up.

The dearest Madde from The Collegiate Vegan, who just so happens to be the mostly delightfully creative person on the planet when it comes to parties, hopped on the train as soon as the idea was born. We planned a menu around the eight Best Picture nominees and went a little crazy with it. Check out her post which includes the full menu, including an INSANE buffalo wing popcorn recipe to go with American Sniper.

Like, best-popcorn-experience-of-my-life insane.

We simmered, we muddled, we made simple syrup, we made it happen. (more…)

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