a few more random things

I saw this on Lindsey's blog. Of course! We share a joy of the small details of life, of personalities, favorites. Inspired by her answers, I thought I'd share my own responses. (Slightly edited to reflect where I am right now). Go-to weeknight recipe?

Hmmm... right now Mediterranean Turkey Loaves because they're easy, tasty and great for leftovers. My go-to crockpot recipe is probably chicken tikka because it makes so much food and you can eat it for days until it gets too spicy and you have to add some yogurt to cool it down.

First job?

My first job ever (besides babysitting) was working the desk and cleaning at a tanning salon in a small town where I lived. I was paid under the table each week and one day my keys wouldn't open the door. After we moved from that town, I worked at a dancewear store fitting toe shoes, ballet, jazz and tap shoes as well as selling all dance and gymnastic-related clothing and gear. It was a great after-school job with a proper paycheck and everything. My first professional-in-my career type job was as a writing center tutor during my Master's program.


I'm inspired by the women in my family who held jobs when many women didn't, who taught me to tell stories, to stand up for what I believed, who seemed larger than life, strong and funny, clever and warm.


That's an interesting question because I moved throughout my childhood. I consider Mobile, Alabama where I visited family, and where I went to undergrad and grad school my home.

What would you put on your neon sign?

Live fully. Love deeply.

Wouldn’t leave home without?

My phone. Lip balm. Headphones. A bottle of water. A sense of adventure.

Essential beauty products?

Lip balm.  Sunscreen. Sea salt spray.

Wouldn’t fly without?

Xanax. My ipad. Headphones. A protein bar.

Things you buy in bulk?

Black Bean burgers. Toilet paper. Quest bars.

Favorite book?

Novels: Frankenstein, The Hours, The Awakening, Never Let Me Go, The Unbearable Lightness of Being  Poetry: Last Night on Earth Poems (Bukowski), anything by Nikki Giovanni, Adrienne Rich, David Lehman, Philip Levine Non-fiction: The Prince of Frogtown (Rick Bragg), Object Lessons (Eavan Boland), anything by Susan Sontag or Joan Didion

First celebrity crush?

also my first girl crush, Alyssa Milano circa Who's the Boss

Favorite movie?

The Big Lewbowski 

People on speed dial?

I don't have a speed dial but I do have a favorites list on my phone, which means even if I'm in do not disturb mode, the call comes through. My wife, my mother, my brother and sister-in-law, are on this list

Preferred form of exercise?

Zumba. Rowing. Biking.

Drink of choice?

Iced tea

Best moment this year?

being at MythAirport with old and new friends

Perfect Sunday?

A bike ride on a day that isn't too hot, followed by brunch at our favorite spot, playing a board game with friends, getting fro-yo and enjoying each other's company

Currently, August 2015

Pretty much what I wore all summer

Weather: after an intense rainstorm, yesterday was beautiful and today is shaping up to be pleasant. It's still quite warm, but next week is supposed to be in the high 70's rather than the high 80's so I'm looking forward to a bit of a break from sweating so much.

Eating:  I've been exploring a variety of recipes, one for a version of pork Banh Mi sandwiches I will share with you soon. What makes the sandwich that much better is the pickled pineapple topping. I love pineapple and I've been eating a lot of it this summer.

Drinking: Sparkling Raspberry Iced Tea, and occasionally peach. M bought one of these for me to try and I really liked it. It has a bit of carbonation which I find refreshing but it has more flavor than sparkling flavored water. And it's only 70 calories so I can allow that for a treat. :)

Wearing:  2 pants sizes smaller! An amazing thing happened when I returned to Oxford. I was able to get into my smaller pants and shirts sizes.  So, while I will still wear workout gear (pictured above), I now have more choices than one pair of black pants. For some reason, I have like 5 different pairs of black dress pants in the smaller size. I've reclaimed my wardrobe! Now, I need to get organized so I can see everything I have.

Reading: I feel a little burned out on my reading choices lately. I've been reading some YA stuff and quick thrillers, murder mysteries. I'm waiting for something to capture my attention the way Station Eleven did at the beginning of the summer and so far, I've not found it. Recommendations welcome.

Watching: I haven't been watching much recently. I keep up with SYTYCD but that's about it. Football season will start soon and then I'll be actually watching TV instead of Hulu or Netflix.

Listening: I haven't completely given up my Summer Playlist but I've been listening to some other stuff recently as part of August's playlist. Handsome Ghost has become one of my favorites. I'm particularly enamored with "Weight of It All" which doesn't yet have a video but you can listen to it here. Such a damn good song. "Roads to oceans let's retrace the moments I had half erased; I'm going to be better."

I'm also digging Oh Wonder, who is putting out a song a month for a year. I like "Dazzle" and "Drive" and I can't wait for the entire album.

Here's "Dazzle"

I'm also intrigued by Coleman Hell's "2 Heads". The video is a bit weird but the song is cool.

Feeling: a tad anxious about the start of the semester but I figure the wrinkles of the first week will work themselves out

Anticipating: a full calendar but one with fun agendas, too

Enjoying: the last few days before the semester kicks off, sleeping without an alarm set

Preparing: course materials and schedules; also trying to mentally prepare for the pace the new semester will bring

Exploring: ways to optimize my energy, a new slate of fitness classes at the rec