Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A mosquito, my libido





























*tap tap* Is this thing on?

Heeeyyyyyy, everyone! I'd say let's pretend it hasn't been FOUR MONTHS since last I blogged at you, but frankly I respect you too much. So here's what you missed!

I got my mid-course health coaching certification which means I am officially seeing clients as a health coach, whee! It's going great and I am SUPER excited and this is pretty much the first time I've ever been super excited about any job I've ever had in the history of my entire life. So that's awesome. My graduation from nutrition school is two months from tomorrow, holy crap. And a couple of weeks after that I turn 49, holier crappier.

P turned 50 in April and started a new job but at the same company and now he travels a lot which is swell, I guess.

C turned 19 in April and does not have a job but, you know, he's doing really well right now. Baby steps toward adulthood and all that.

H finished her junior year of high school and got her tonsils out. She also does not have a job. Heh. She'll be a senior in August and turns 18 in November and I seriously do not know where those years went. I may have been drunk? For some of it? Maybe.

I read a bunch of books! Want to hear about them? Sure you do.

Fiction-wise, I LOVED All the Light We Cannot See, The Girl on the Train and Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves. Was less crazy about Gaudi Afternoon, Miss Buncle's Book and Hercules, My Shipmate. Dern near hated the most recent Chief Inspector Gamache book by Louise Penny, The Long Way Home, which made me very sad. Currently reading and loving Kate Atkinson's Started Early, Took My Dog because Jackson Brodie is my literary boyfriend.

Mostly I have been reading stuff for work/school and can hereby recommend Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes, Brain Maker by David Perlmutter, Keto Clarity and Cholesterol Clarity, both by Jimmy Moore, and Denise Minger's Death By Food Pyramid though really I liked Marion Nestle's Food Politics even better. So, you know. In case you're into that kind of stuff.

(Incidentally I also read Anne Lamott's Help, Thanks, Wow and that was awesome. So there you go.)

Let's talk about TV! Game of Thrones has had an entire season since last we spoke! I think I liked it. They've deviated from the books rather a lot and I fervently hope we're going to get some more House Greyjoy next season because I don't think Aaron Damphair or Euron Crow's Eye or Victarion (... just Victarion) have even been on the damn show yet, but I'm glad we got to see lots of Arya because she's pretty much the only person left alive that I can tolerate at all. (Besides Tyrion, because Peter Dinklage is magic.)

I don't remember what else was on TV. Um. The Brink is really funny! I haven't quite warmed up to this season of True Detective. Liking Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell despite not having read the book. Penny Dreadful was AWESOME. Orphan Black was like whaaaaat?! I liked Happyish but if the next season is going to be all about what I think it is then I'm not going to care. I stopped watching Outlander about halfway through the penultimate episode of Season One and have no intention of looking back. Was Downton on again? Did I like it? No idea. Oh! Second season of Broadchurch! Loved, loved, loved. Also Better Call Saul. And iZombie. Yeah.

I feel like I saw some movies but the only one I remember is Spy, which was super cute and had an awesome soundtrack and now I can't get Santigold's "GO!" out of my head.

Yep. That's all I've got. I really should start writing things down more so I can remember them. Like in a blog or something.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring is coming (eventually, in its own time)












Hey, so I finished A Song of Ice and Fire FINALLY, and now we can all move on with our lives. This whole undertaking was starting to remind me of that time I decided to read the entire Bible, Genesis through Revelation, which took me six months. It only took me two months to read A Song of Ice and Fire because as it turns out, George R. R. Martin is slightly less verbose than God. But only SLIGHTLY. If Mr. Martin wants to start using "Infinitesimally More Concise Than the Almighty" as his new tagline, he can have that for free. Consider it payback for the enjoyment I've gotten from his books and insurance against anything really bad ever happening to Arya (don't read too far into that link if you don't want spoilers).

And also I have given up coffee. I felt you should know. I haven't done this voluntarily, and if coffee ever stops making my stomach feel like it's been gnawed upon by rabid weasels I am TOTALLY going back to my one 12 oz. cup of decaf per day, but for now I'm substituting roasted dandelion root and I don't hate it, maybe? It's not coffee, but once you throw in some grass-fed collagen powder and full-fat coconut milk (what? isn't that how EVERYONE drinks their coffee?) it's really pretty darn tasty. Yeah.

In other news, it turns out starting your own business from scratch is a whole lot of time-consuming work, WHO KNEW? I have been doing nothing* for the past couple of weeks since finishing that lengthy book series up there except working on my website and my professional Facebook page and Twitter and ordering business cards and oh yeah, still doing school, because I don't actually finish that and get my certification until September. But I start seeing clients in April. Let's pretend you care about that so I can promise to let you know when that happens, m'kay?

* Total lie. I also read three other books, took my daughter to the doctor 4,000 times and made about 27 batches of kale chips. And one batch of paleo waffles.

Monday, February 23, 2015

February (and part of January) in pictures



























Yeah, so February (and part of January). I guess it's been kind of busy though I can't think what I've been doing apart from reading A Song of Ice and Fire (yes, STILL, though I'm nearly done with book 5 now, huzzah!), school stuff, helping H with her theater costume(s), cooking all the things, eating all the things, drinking sazeracs, occasionally sleeping in my office because it's snoring season, loving the sunny-and-70s weather, loathing the rainy-and-30s weather (we have had nothing whatsoever between those two extremes), and wearing leggings as pants but only around the house because I'm not a savage.

If you've been socked in with mounds and mounds of snow, I wish you sunshine and green grass. If you've been broiling in the Southern Hemisphere, I wish you cool breezes and gentle rains.

I do NOT wish rainy-and-30s on ANYONE.

And I am very ready for spring. Now, please.

*Cupcake recipe here. Sazerac recipe here. Everything else is just crappe I threw together and crammed in my pie hole.