Life Lately & Links 19

Happy Friday! It’s stormy and rainy today, and funny enough, it feels like a relief. Do you ever feel like you have to be outside all the time when it’s sunny and warm? I do. I used to dread rainy days but I’ve come to appreciate them as a chance to rest and even tidy around the house (who am I?!)

It’s been a pretty simple week around here. James starts preschool next week, but before then, we’ve got Pete’s dad coming to visit tomorrow, plus a few days in New York this weekend. I’ll share a secret with you….NYC is always dirt cheap during labor day weekend. Last year we got a 5-star hotel for $130 right in Midtown. And the city, as you might imagine, is deserted. The one downside is all of our friends are usually gone, but if you’re just visiting as a tourist, it’s fantastic.

My favorite new discovery from the week is the Planet Earth series. I know I’m late to the party on that one, but HOLY cow it’s incredible. They really managed to hit so many things at once: it’s vivid and complete eye candy to watch, it tells really diverse stories about the other living creatures on our planet, and it also gives me an entirely different perspective on this planet we call home.  If you haven’t watched it, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s entertaining, humorous, inspiring, and touching.

This week at the store I noticed big displays of squash: butternut, delicata, acorn, and the other fall goodies. I didn’t buy any yet as it doesn’t quite feel time, but I can tell that some of the summer’s best is starting to turn. Are you ready for fall cooking?

This Week’s Links:

1200+ museums will be free on September 22nd!

This eggplant dish looks different and intriguing.

They really are very good. A woman at the grocery told me about them a year ago and I’ve been buying them ever since.

My meditation teacher assigned me this Ted Talk to watch, and it really moved me.

I want this for dinner.

I had been thinking about trying a ceramic pan but now maybe not.

A longer read, but a good one with lots of food for thought on life. Warning: Mark curses and some may be offended by his brash writing style.

So crazy to see the before and afters. This is why I have a hard time believing photographs much of the time.

Sometimes I can’t keep up with all the health-related stories, but I thought this was interesting.

This is my kind of house decor. So beautiful!

I never understood the red delicious apple thing!

Have a great long weekend,

Joanne