Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tuesday Musings: On My Mind

Happy Tuesday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, and that your week is off to a great start.

I don't have a cohesive post today, but I thought I'd share a few random things on my mind...

1. Ever since I wrote this post, I've been trying to make it a priority to get outside this winter. Yes, it's more difficult when the days are short and chilly, but it's not impossible, and it makes such a difference in my sense of well-being. The weather cooperated awesomely this past weekend, with two glorious days of sun and 60-degree temperatures, so my husband and I headed up to a new-to-us trail in North Boulder for an hour-long trail run/hike that left me grinning like a maniac. It was such vital nourishment for my sun-loving soul, and got me so stoked for springtime running!

2. On a related note, I enjoyed this short read and this long read on the healing power of the outdoors.

3. Speaking of reading, I finished The Goldfinch last week, and...well, wow. This review sums of my feelings pretty well. If you are on the fence or not sure you can commit to an 800-page book, just do it. Trust me. Now I'm onto Donna Tartt's The Secret History, which I have a feeling I won't love quite as much. Still, if it's half as good as The Goldfinch, it'll be worth my while.

4. I felt like last week's full moon was unusually intense, and found myself waking up multiple times a night for several nights surrounding it. It's hard to tell if there was an actual connection, or if I was just restless for no real reason, but I did a little research and the link between lunar cycles and human sleep patterns has been documented. Does anyone else experience this? I find it really fascinating. The lack of shut-eye left me a bit worn out, but nothing a few extra sips of morning coffee couldn't remedy.

5. Following a Sunday of football playoffs-watching (yeah Broncos!) and accompanying football playoffs-snacking (ahem, nachos and wings), I was feeling drawn toward light and nourishing foods to balance things out. My husband picked up some salmon at Whole Foods, and I ended up throwing together a really simple and amazing marinade of toasted sesame oil, coconut aminos, and mirin (Japanese cooking wine) mixed with some chopped scallions and minced ginger. I marinated the salmon for just a few minutes, then baked it at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes. Paired with mixed greens avocado, and cucumber, it was the perfect thing to satisfy my craving for fresh, clean flavors.

What's on your mind today?

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