Gosh, it’s been a tough week. Particularly here in the States. And it’s not like the weeks before this week have been particularly easy either. It’s weeks like this that I find it really hard to write up a silly list of the all the stuff I’m eating and reading and watching. But maybe it’s weeks like this that we need silly lists? Not to help us ignore the tough stuff that’s going on, but to remind us that there is light and goodness and delicious food and nice books and happiness and Netflix. I dunno.
So, in case you need it today, this is my silly list for this week.
1. If you’ve been following along on my Facebook or Instagram, you know that last weekend I went on my first ever solo backpacking trip — a 12-mile hike in a state park near Ann Arbor with a rustic campsite at the halfway point.
While I am happy to report that I survived and I am not typing this post from beyond the grave, I’ll be honest: that shizz was HARD. I need to do a lot more training before the three-day backpacking trip that I have planned for August. And by “training,” I don’t just mean going to the gym every day the week before my trip and jacking up the incline on the treadmill. (Which is basically the extent of my training prior to this last trip.)
2. I got this super sweet letter from a student celebrating Eid this week.
I’ve been a bit bummed that I’m working all summer this year — even though it was totally my choice for practical and financial reasons. But the truth is I am not a practical and financial person — I am a I WANT ALL THE VACATION TIME AND I WANT IT NOW person.
But this letter kind of made up for the fact that I’m working all summer. Because you can’t really beat a job that involves being regularly bestowed with candy and sweet letters.
Also, in total, I have about two months vacation time — what with winter break and spring break and all the semester breaks — even if I don’t take summer off, so I should probably stop complaining.
(Mind you, I will still not stop complaining.)
3. I listened to the Father’s Day episode of the Moth Story Hour while walking in my local park yesterday and I basically laughed and cried the entire time. Which is a really fun thing to do in public.
4. Speaking of things I listened to that made me laugh and cry out loud while in public, I listened to this episode of This American Life on how America is rethinking fat while at the gym this week. In addition to making me laugh and cry, it made me want to shout “Hell Yes!” about a billion times. Which made me happy I work out at the student gym on campus where everyone already thinks I’m the crazy old lady.
I’ve struggled with my weight and body image for about as long as I can remember. There was even a year of my life where I literally ate nothing but rice cakes and sugar-free gum. Do you know what a rice-cake-and-sugar-free-gum life is like? It is not a life, okay.
So I’ve been happy to see the way we think about and talk about weight and our bodies start to change.
5. Speaking of body stuff, I love this idea of a magazine with “weight-neutral” health advice for women.
Because, yes, I work out and eat kale but it’s not necessarily because I’m trying to lose weight. It’s because I like to work out and eat kale, okay?
6. I love this list of self-dates (or “rotic dates” as my friend calls them — i.e. a romantic date minus the man).
My favorite self-date is going to the movie cinema and watching a cheesy movie and eating ALL THE POPCORN.
The self-date I want to try: going to a concert. I’m usually not self-conscious about doing stuff on my own, but for some reason going to a concert by myself just seems, well, weird. Have you ever been to a concert on your own?
7. This review of the new Tarzan movie is EVERYTHING.
8. You guys, I really need some hot-weather dinner suggestions. I make these easy peanut noodles (with baked tofu and tons of veggies) about once a week. But, other than that, I’m stuck. For dinner one day this week, I literally ate a microwaved sausage while standing over my sink. Uggh. I need help.
9. Okay, so I finished season 2 of Broadchurch, and for all of those who yelled at me for saying David Tennant wasn’t swoon-worthy, I’m sorry. I will admit that I was kind of falling for him in the end, despite his excessive neck-beard.
Then, I tried out Top of the Lake, which is like Australian’s version of Broadchurch, but, here’s the thing, I had trouble understanding it. Everyone speaks really quietly AND they’re all speaking in Australian, so I found myself having to use subtitles just to follow along. And, frankly, I don’t like to read my TV. (I know. I’m the worst. I really am.)
So what else should I be watching?
10. You guys, wine gummy bears exist. Honestly, why has it taken the world so long to invent this?
Okay, friends, that’s it. Send your summer dinner and binge-worthy TV show suggestions my way. Also, let’s all hope for a better week, okay?