Weekend Dispatch

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

It's hard to believe that February is winding down. I know it's a short month, but this month flew by. I've been averaging a book per week for the past few months, but this month I read only two. I just didn't seem to have the time. Plus, I've been watching more movies (in prep for last weekend's Oscars) and working out (in prep for summer!). I made it to the gym 16 times this month, and we we still have two days left in the month.

Other than that, here's what I am up to this week:

Since I work out so frequently, I often switch up my workouts to stay inspired and motivated. I'm always looking on Pinterest for challenging treadmill workouts. If you like the treadmill and are looking for ideas for switching up your walks/runs, I really like this particular workout. I love that it doesn't give specific speeds, which means you set your own pace depending on what is challenging for you.

Some people do dry January. I do dry Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6th. For 40 days and 40 nights, I go alcohol-free. In place of alcohol, I like to mix up some tasty mocktails that are as good as the real thing. One of my favorite cocktails is muddled lime with vodka, soda, and a splash of cranberry juice, so I was looking for something close to this but no alcohol, obviously. When I found this recipe for a sparkling cranberry lime mocktail, I immediately bookmarked it for next week. I can't wait to try it!
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In the next few weeks, I'm going to be publishing a list of the 10 books I think everyone should read. It's really a list of my favorite books, but I do think everyone (or at least my blog readers who enjoy reading) should read them. One of those books is Night by Elie Wiesel. In college I took a Jewish American Literature class and this book was required reading. I stayed up all night to read the book which is Wiesel's personal account of his own harrowing experience in a Nazi concentration camp. The unspeakable horrors he has seen are detailed in the book (Wiesel witnessed the death of his family when he was barely a teenager). This is not an easy book to read by any means. It's disturbing and horrifying. At the same time you feel like you can't continue reading, you also feel as if you can't stop reading. If you know little about what happened in concentration camps, this book will give you insight into the appalling acts that took place and why this sort of persecution should never happen again. Over the weekend, I picked this book up again after finding it in a storage bin. Again, I read one page, and I couldn't stop. I lost track of time and was half way through the book before I knew it.

Once you read Night, you'll be completely distraught and will need to switch gears. To lighten the mood, I've got a funny podcast recommendation for you. Raised By TV is a comedy podcast that discusses TV of the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. The two hosts dish about how those shaped them and their general outlook. I had completely forgotten about some of the shows, and it's a fun walk down memory lane listening to the conversation. Plus, it's made me start watching Dawson's Creek again!

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

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