It’s been a busy week, and I cannot believe it’s the last full week of January! Here are some updates and quick thoughts on progress.
Sunday was another long run day. We got 10 sloshy, muddy miles in on the High Line Canal Trail. I can’t seem to find interest in longer-than-10-mile runs these days. I think I’m in a rut, especially during the week with the early sunsets and cold. Also, I’m adding in a focus of upper-body strength training, which is quite the undertaking, but I’m already reaping the rewards of a few weeks’ worth of circuits.
The gym is a place of nightmares: people talking way too loudly to hear the sounds of their own voices, ignorant statements about everything from diet to politics… it’s not something I can manage very often after a long work day! Girl’s got only so much patience and resolve.
Somehow, on Monday night, Nick and I hit the gym with enthusiasm, even for the day after a long run. I ran 2 recovery miles on the treadmill and then did 3 rounds of my upper body circuit. Then we came home and crafted this beauty, above.
We sat the fritters on Nick’s homemade bread and topped them with fried eggs and a yogurt/lemon/garlic sauce. YOU GUYS. Ever since exploring Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, I am re-invigorated with the joy of not only delicious, real, organic, whole foods prepared in creative ways… but I’m also falling back in love with the whole process of culinary creations from start to finish.
Nick will tell you that I was exhausted while we were putting this dish together, and I kept wondering “Is this worth it? I can just eat cereal and then pass out in my gym clothes on the couch.” But then we lit the candles, poured the wine, and sat down to this, and I remembered what Pollan’s whole spiel is about:
“The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from the mere animal biology to an act of culture.”
I definitely recommend that read, along with Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling on Happiness, which I read alongside it (and just finished both in the past 24 hours).
I might be going a little crazy with books lately… I just received my Amazon order of Brave New World, which I started this morning. Also en route: 1984 and White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America. I think it’s hilarious/sad that 1984 has now risen to Amazon’s bestseller list, almost 70 years after it originally debuted! High school English teachers everywhere can at least rejoice in something.
Also new this week: My Bloch tap shoes arrived from Discount Dance! I played with them and they are SO MUCH FUN. I think I might need to wait for classes until after Love/Perfect’s run is over, as well as see how the rest of my auditions pan out.
Truth! Add in: run often and eat well.
How’s your week going?