Weekend Dispatch

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

This past weekend was super productive. After seven straight days of rainy, gloomy weather, I woke up to sunny skies on Saturday, and it made such a difference in my energy level. I went to an early morning yoga class, stopped for an iced coffee, and then headed to the farmers' market with my husband to stock up on goodies for the week. On Sunday, I did some meal prep for the week (I'm on a kick to not eat out so much), and took the girls back-so-school shopping (finally!). It was a marathon day at the mall, but it was successful.

Here's what I'm up to this week:

If you are a fan of This Is Us (and who isn't?), then you need to carve out some time to see Life Itself, hitting theaters this Friday. Life Itself is a full-length film from the creator of This Is Us and follows a young New York couple as they go from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child. The unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes...and of course, will have you ugly crying for 2 hours.

If you've been watching news coverage of Hurricane Florence, you know that there were many residents who didn't follow evacuation orders. I wondered how people could be so careless to disobey evacuation orders that are given for the safety of the residents. And then I read this article which puts everything into perspective. It is so worth the read, especially if you've jumped to conclusions and made snap (and incorrect) judgements and assumptions about those who stayed behind, as I did.

There are so many places to go and things to see in this world. In Tales of Light on Netflix, world-renowned photographers travel to exotic locales to explore local cultures and wildlife to bring us extraordinary images and footage of their travels. From Utah to Uganda and Alaska to Antarctica, Season 1 follows several photographers on their quests to capture people, places, and wildlife from new and exciting angles. My favorite episode is season 1, episode 4 (you must see the lion cubs!). Season one consists of six 23-minute episodes, so it's not a huge commitment, but it's sooo worth your time.

I always keep a bag of frozen ravioli on hand for those nights when I cannot imagine putting any effort into dinner. When I found this recipe for ravioli with broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes, I immediately bookmarked it to make on a night when we are pressed for time or when I have no decision-making abilities left in me.
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One of the things I love most about my Friday yoga class is the music. The instructor plays the best music. Not only is it soothing and yoga-appropriate, but it's great for listening to when not in class. While I try not to keep my phone by my side every class, I did have it next to me during a recent class when I was able to Shazam a particular song. I came home and searched it up on Spotify and found the artist, Ajeet Kaur who is a sacred chant artist and yoga teacher. Her voice is incredible, and not all the songs are "chanty" (if that's not exactly your thing). This album is my favorite, but her other two are great as well.

If you care to travel to Brooklyn:
On Thursday, September 20th, David Duchovny will be appearing at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn as part of the Big City Book Club event to discuss his new novel "Miss Subways". You may know Duchovny from "X-Files" and "Californication", but did you know he is also a prolific writer and scholar? He's double-Ivy educated with degrees from both Princeton University and Yale University. "Miss Subways",his third book, is set in the present and tells the story of a middle-aged teacher and the doorman who shakes up her life. Duchovny is one of my favorite actors. I wish this event weren't so far away. I'd love to hear him discuss the book.

So, tell me. What do you have planned this weekend?

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