Snapshot is a periodic series about what’s going on in my life right now—what I’m eating, reading, doing, loving, and my favorite links from around the web.
Oh hi! I totally missed you.
You know those times when life gets really messy and things that are normally really important (like writing blog posts) get put on the back burner because you suddenly discover something really, really important that you know with every cell of you, needs to take center stage, even at the expense of everything else?
This is one of those times, for me. One of my loved ones has been in the hospital this week, and my world has temporarily shattered apart and reoriented itself for the crisis. You know how when one person is critically unwell, and also everyone around them suddenly goes into survival mode, too, because of being faced with life and death things and the pain of being human that you can at other times forget about until it suddenly arrives in front of you, demanding to be looked at? Everyone is, thankfully, on the mend and the sun has come out from behind the clouds.
Until I’m back on a regular schedule, here’s a snapshot of things I’ve been eating/reading/doing/loving in the past few weeks.
One of my Soup Club friends brought this Veggie Masala Burger recipe to our latest gathering. I was skeptical about sautéing all the ingredients together (versus blending them all raw) but holy buckets…that taste? Game over. (Plus, there’s cilantro chutney aioli. I mean, do I even need to say more?)
Women Food and God by Geneen Roth. This book is articulating so many truths for me, and drawing so many lines between patterns I’ve seen in my own life, and in others’ lives, around food and hunger and bodies and the sacred. And it offers a joyful, nourishing and healing way forward.
If you, or someone you love, struggles with food, put this one on your reading list. (Yes, I realize I’m talking to basically everyone with that statement.)
Surviving. I consider it a sacred success that me and my family are surrounded by love right now. We’re nourishing ourselves with good food (thank heaven for soup), and giving each other permission to rest and take it easy on ourselves. It’s all I need right now.
Also, I watched Frozen while coloring yesterday. It was amazing. (And last night, we watched Deadpool Have you seen it? SO FUNNY.)
Breathing is my favorite. That’s sort of all I can think of right now, because I can’t brain today.
- I loved this post on the power of rituals, via Goop. I’ve only recently begun to notice how powerful my own rituals are for keeping me balanced and grounded, particularly my self-care rituals. Like taking baths, praying my freestyle rosary every night before sleeping (more about that another time) and making food for people I love. What are your rituals?
- A video on how to hand wash things! I’ve always kinda wondered if I was doing it right. This video is helpful:
- What romance means after 10 years of marriage. Hint: it’s less like a Cinderella story, and more like real life. AKA not what you expected, but vivid and fulfilling.
- I appreciated this brewery owner’s response to a sexist customer, regarding women in the service industry: “They aren’t objects, and they certainly shouldn’t have to wear different clothes because he can’t be bothered with showing them any decency or respect.” I’ll drink to that!
- This is a long (but worthy) read about the popularity—still—of Friends, written by New York Magazine. “I asked Elizabeth Entenman, a 27-year-old Friends fanatic, if you could make a version of Friends about the 20-somethings of today. ‘No,’ she said, ‘because you wouldn’t find six people doing nothing in the same room.’ Or if they were, they’d all be on their phones, seeing what else is out there.”
- Here’s why women everywhere will delete Uber on April 19. Have you heard of this new company, or used it yourself? Sidenote: I find it interesting, ironic and awesome that this Uber alternative was started by a man.
- The new #womancard hashtag is a pleasing response to Trump’s comment to Hillary about using her woman card.
The #WomanCard is so overplayed. All the female presidents have used it.
— Jenn Brissett (@jennbrissett) April 27, 2016
Tried to use my #womancard at an ATM to pull out a $20—got $15.60 instead.
— Julie Leung (@jleungbooks) April 27, 2016
- So, this exists. (World is a better place.)
- One year ago – 9 tips for summer glamping (glamour + camping)
- Two years ago – Friday snapshot #7
- Three years ago – 5 things I love (May)
- Four years ago – Owner’s manual for cast iron cookware (plus 9 reasons why you’d want cast iron in the first place)
Till next time, friends! Sending you love and happy thoughts. (If you wanted to send me some love, prayers and happy thoughts, even silently in your mind, I wouldn’t say no. xoxo)