Saturday, March 1, 2014

Read // Listened // Watched // Savored: February Edition


Here's a little peek at what I read, watched, listened to, and savored this month.

Reading

I downloaded and quickly devoured Still Writing: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life after seeing Caiti's recommendation on Goodreads, and I'm so glad I did. "Everything you need to know about life can be learned from a genuine and ongoing attempt to write," Shapiro writes. Her description of writing as a lens through which to see our lives more clearly has inspired me deeply this past month.

While I'm not a traditionally religious person, certain spiritual themes have felt especially relevant in recent weeks. Themes like grace, wonder, and awe seem to be inquiring at the door, and I find myself open to the questions they bring. I'm eager to dive into Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers, Anne Lamott's take on the role of prayer in our everyday lives.

I have not gotten my hands on a copy yet, but am looking forward to reading the inaugural edition of Fellow, a magazine "rooted in the pursuit of creating simple, tangible experiences centered on the act of gathering together and sharing the stories of individuals, craftsmen, and artists who make Colorado great." With Happyolks' Kelsey Brown as Editor in Chief, I'm certain I will treasure this publication, and happily, the nearest stockist is just blocks from my home.

I'm so glad one of my all-time favorite bloggers is blogging again. Her new site, Wee Mountains, focuses on wholehearted motherhood with the same relate-ability that made Naturally Nina such a joy to read. Though I don't yet have wee ones of my own, I find wisdom and humor in Nina's perspective on parenting with intention.

Other peoples' daily rituals and routines fascinate me to no end, and this new-to-me blog is fanning the flame big-time.

Watching & Listening
If you haven't yet, you must watch Seth Rogen absolutely kill it in his testimony before Congress on the need for Alzheimer's research. (Also of note: he's been calling out senators who ditched the hearing.)

Stop what you're doing and watch Mortified Nation, a touching and hilarious documentary about the performance series in which adults read their childhood diaries to a live audience. Some of the narratives are uproariously funny, some are unspeakably sad, but all are deeply healing in a we-made-it-through-that-and-we're-still-here kind of way.

I have been having some of the best runs of my life listening to this playlist. The mix of guilty pleasures (looking at you Rihanna) and hip-hop keeps me motivated from the first mile to the last.

I can't stop listening to this newly discovered track from The National. Apparently it's from a video game soundtrack, which I guess explains why I never heard it till now. #notagamer

It's a little heavy-handed, but this video encapsulates so much of what I love about where I live.

Savoring
Eggs with sliced avocado and smoked salmon. Eggs with chicken sausage and kale. Eggs with spinach dressed with lemon garlic aioli. Eggs with sautéed zucchini and shallots. Eggs with local bacon.

Simple, nourishing dinners like this baked lemon chicken. I added oregano and a splash of white wine to the pan (plus another, decidedly more generous splash into my glass).

Morning runs and evening at-home yoga.

Perusing houses online and allowing myself to get a little excited about the prospect of moving into a sweet little bungalow when our apartment's lease expires this summer...

What are you reading, watching, listening to, and savoring right now?

2 comments:

  1. Great post, Analiese! I have added several things to my to read, to watch, and to cook list after reading this. :)

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