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Month: August, 2016

friday surf

FRIDAY SURF

This week has been a drug-induced doozy.

If you’ve seen me within this past year, you may have noticed this growing bump on my foot. I had been getting more involved with doing high intensity circuit workouts and was not taking rest days between them. Result? A stress fracture and  a multi-lobed ganglion cyst. It’s nothing malignant! Still it was causing me a lot of pain when I wore shoes and has been preventing me from doing anything too active. I was hoping it would just… go away. A “time heals all things” attitude! Unfortunately, it didn’t apply here. I bit the bullet this past Tuesday and got a surgery for it to be excised.

I’ll be honest, this was my first surgery so I was anxious. Then the anesthesiologist gave me “a little cocktail” via IV and… I was back in the recovery room. HAHA. I don’t remember a single thing and I LOVE THAT. Drugs are an amazing invention.

Although the surgery wasn’t extremely invasive, I still need to be off my foot to heal. I’m slowly getting stir crazy SO I’m heading to Fire Island today! The plan is to lie out in the sun, read and enjoy the weather.

So lesson for today is resting is as important as working! Have a lovely weekend!

Here’s my week on the Internet:

Kanye West is Tracy Jordan.

The inspiring Elizabeth Smart.

Let’s learn from each other’s mistakes.

Boxer braids are in the books for next week.

I’ve been hearing good things about this blush.

Apparently I need to check out the Whole Foods in Williamsburg.

Have you ever heard of a hummingbird cake? On the to bake list.

If you’ve got the love and resources, it’s never too late to start a family.

I’m a forward planner this year and I’ve got my eye on this necklace for my niece’s birthday.

I watched Spotlight this week and it was…terrifying. Here’s a good article on the story the movie is based on. Sum up? Question authority. Value, respect and support investigative journalism.

On that note, this is a very long- but intriguing- read about life inside a private prison.

saturday surf

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Morning, sunshine!

Today’s all about self-love. I’ve been feeling those rainbow vibes while reading Jen Sincero’s book this week. So here’s the deal: carve out time for yourself. Book that facial. Do your nails. Pamper yourself with a new ‘do. Treat yourself to a nice lunch. Soak up those rays while your body relaxes to the rhythmic pounding of seaside waves. Those are my Saturday plans. What’s yours?

If you’re not too busy surfing the seas, let’s surf the web:

Bam Bam, an always present song of summer.

Yes, Cassey is doing workout printables again!

Chef suggestions for pimping your frozen pizza.

Guides like this make me want to visit Nashville ASAP.

The skinny mirror controversy. The debate cracks me up.

A Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg collab? I’m all over this.

Here is a potential weekend lunch+coffee spot in the East Village.

When my niece is old enough, I’m getting her a subscription to Kazoo. I love the mission!

Sometimes a drink isn’t necessary. Summary: sobriety is an uncomfortably necessary eye-opener.

Have you heard about Flixtape? It sounds cool conceptually but.. I don’t see it having as much practical use.

An interview with Winona Ryder, the unrelenting mom who knew her son wasn’t gone from Stranger Things. 

saturday surf

SATURDAY

Are you hiding from the heat like I am? Today’s heat index was 110 degrees and terrifying. The heat was reverberating from the cement when I was walking back from the matinee. And it was only 12! So now the AC is blasting, Netflix is on, and here’s what I’m surfing on the web this week:

A street shoe I’ve got my eye on.

All beaches should have a library.

Making bakery worthy bread at home.

This week I learned about microblading.

Considering this home for a weekend trip in the fall.

Ruth Reichl gives the how-to on a classic: grilled cheese.

I finished Stranger Things yesterday and loved the nod to the eighties.

Have you ever heard of the Wild Thing toy? I’m thinking about getting it for Zooey’s next birthday.

For all you post-grads, the Pied Piper is coming. The number one question: how much do I owe in student loans?

summer reading list

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I like commuting via public transportation. There’s a huge stigma against it but I think of it as the perfect time to energize yourself in the morning and decompress in the evening. It’s mandatory time for yourself! Typically, I will download a This American Life episode while I get ready so I don’t have to worry about signal issues underground. (I’ve also heard good things about the Invisibilia podcast from my roommate if you’re looking for something to try.) If not, I will usually read.

As much as I like the heft of a book in my hand, I don’t have the space in my small room to store them. It’s why I LOVE that you can now rent books from the library online.

I used to use Overdrive on my iPad but when I read too long I got some serious headaches. When my sister got a new Kindle, I stole her Kindle Keyboard. (I’ll be honest, I have never looked into the differences between the many generations of Kindles. They are on par with iPhone generations where the differences are minutiae I don’t want to pore over.)

I’ve mentioned it before in a previous Saturday Surf, but, if you’re in Boston, check out the Minuteman Library Network. My sister has a library card there and it’s AMAZING.* You can rent eBooks and send them to your Kindle! There have been a surprising number of recent books so I’m obsessed.

Now let’s read together!

WHAT I’VE READ

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  • Bossypants by Tina Fey//
    It’s a mix of sassy zingers, childhood stories and motivational speeches. The book isn’t particularly fluid but it’s light and entertaining.
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes //
    Rom-com gold that’s a terribly easy read. I finished it within the day.  All I have to say is.. it’s realistic. I liked it well enough but wasn’t particularly moved by the story.
  • Crazy Rich Asian by Kevin Kwan//
    A ridiculously hilarious book about super elite Asians in Singapore. The books are akin to a People magazine: heavy on names, brands and gossip; low on depth. I got tired of the name dropping and wished the footnotes were at the bottom of each page instead of the end of the chapter. STILL, I liked the book enough to read it AND China Rich Girlfriend, the second book in this trilogy. And, yes, I will read Rich People Problems. Part I AND Part II.
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo//
    I went into this book whole-heartedly skeptical after reading an excerpt where she advises me to talk to my things and thank them for their work. Though the idea of ONLY keeping things that “sparked joy” seemed a bit far-fetched, I found myself inspired to whittle down my things and got rid of NINE garbage bags worth of things. If that isn’t life-changing magic, I don’t know what is.
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff//
    This book rages with a deep burning melancholia because relationships aren’t all that you imagine it to be. It’s about underlying motives and how perspective changes everything. Fates and Furies was extremely good but also terribly depressing. I’m not a huge fan of the stream-of-consciousness writing style but Groff did a great job in developing rich, complex characters.
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed//
    Strayed writes this memoir when she travels the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) following her mother’s death. I have to admit: I didn’t love the book. It was extremely tedious to read. Although I love her column Dear Sugar, Wild focused too much on the PCT for my taste.

WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt// It’s not what I expected going in but the book has me enraptured. The characters are such full fleshed beings. At times I am so entranced that I will read as I walk to work from the subway stop.

WHAT I’M NOT FINISHING

Yes Please by Amy Poehler// I LOVE Amy Poehler on Parks and Rec but the book was all over the place and the jokes lacking.. I just couldn’t do it.

WHAT I’M GOING TO READ

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Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

To Rise Again at A Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

The Girls by Emma Cline

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

*Yes, I too have noted that I’m a willing second-hand receiver from my sister. No shame whatsoever.

a weekend getaway from nyc: fire island

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With Labor Day weekend fast approaching, here’s a getaway to consider: Fire Island.

I spent a week there earlier this summer, staying in Fair Harbor. Fair Harbor is a sleepy town lined with boardwalks paths and dirt roads. This is my second time out and it’s great because there are no cars on the island so everyone bikes around or walks, toting little ones in red wagons.
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We spent our days lying out on the beach, kayaking in the bay and collecting these ebony black seashells drifting in on the tide. If we had forgotten an item for dinner, we’d walk to the local grocery store. There isn’t much else of note in the little town except for a seafood restaurant, corner store and ice cream shop.

Deer, unlike stores, are plentiful. They happen on you oh so casually. Rustling in the dense grassy patches. Ambling across the lawn with knobby kneed fawn in tow.

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In the evenings, we’d head to the dock and watch the sunset.

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It’s a perfect getaway from New York!

If you ever happen to visit, here are a few things to note:

  • Bring your own food and liquor. There aren’t many dining options and, although there is a grocery store, it’s not the largest. Also, prices can be significantly steeper.
  • Bring games and books. There is internet on the island but it’s weak: good for surfing the web but too slow for Netflix.
  • Don’t forget to check out the other towns! Ocean Beach, for example, is a walkable distance away. It is larger and has more bars and restaurants. However, the village is much stricter. There are rules like “you can’t be without shoes anywhere outside” and “you can’t ride your bike on weekends and holidays or in any commercial areas.”

How to get there from NYC: Take a LIRR train from Penn Station to Bay Shore. Walk/take a taxi to the ferry.

sunday surf

SUNDAY

Hello, friends!

I’m on serious vacation mode right now. Last week I visited my family in Boston-for the last time!- and went on a mother-daughter road trip to Quebec. There was a lot of croissant eating. The next two weeks I have a rotation which is giving me lots of free time aka allowing me to keep very up-to-date on my Instagream feed and, when I’m feeling productive, to read on my Kindle.

I’m prepping for the week by doing laundry and tidying my itty bitty room. I’m rushing it though because hellooo Sunday is still the weekend! Let’s not forget that and enjoy it! I’m going out in a bit to picnic in the park and watch everyone scramble to catch Pokemon. Have a good Sunday, ya’ll!

By the by, here’s what’s been crowding my browser recently:

This ring!

Sorry, not sorry.

Life outside of prison.

This aqua fresca looks SO good.

How God created animals. Teehee.

I’m always down for a good BLT salad.

My next buy for lips. (I’m thinking Crush.)

The story of why you need a fuck-off fund.

A shake up in your health and fitness thoughts.

If you’re in Manhattan, here’s something you should get delivered for lunch this week.

Apparently those food products at TJ Maxx aren’t completely random! I wonder if the same thing applies for Marshall’s…