Good Things

I was having a conversation with a friend yesterday about how easy it is to fall into eating odds and ends rather than real meals when you are tired and depleted. I tend to go into mono-eating of color-less foods when I’m dealing with fatigue and decision fatigue. If left to my own devices I’d just eat bowlfuls of Annie’s and nothing else; I was delighted when cauliflower rice and cauliflower gnocchi came en vogue, so that at least I’d sneak in some nutrition for myself during these phases.

Last week I found myself a few too many meals into odds and ends when I realized that I needed vegetables, so for the past two days I’ve been focused on getting in a green thing and trading greenery photos as positive encouragement. Today’s lunch: still odds and ends, but lots of green things: some leftover roast, soft boiled eggs, the end of the beans, over a mess of steamed leeks. Color! Fiber!

Today it was raining and dark for most of the day, but I still managed to sneak in a good run, walk the puppers, and hop on a long overdue friend zoom. Tomorrow is a packed day, but I’m looking forward to my meetings, work, and my Tuesday night regular class: Yin with Yasmene!

xo, Sam

Good Things

Finally managed to feed myself some greens today. A simplified version of my favorite Epicurious kale and date salad with almonds and parmesan. This is an absolutely stand out recipe if you have the time to make every component. When I’m feeling lazy I get the idea of it in the bowl. I make a lemon olive oil dressing in the bowl, add a few chopped dates, a cube of Dorot garlic, and some parmesan. Then toss in the kale. I forgot the almonds completely, it’s still good. For dessert: a warmed, okay, two warmed stroopwafels, because Trader Joe’s had them.

Good Things Today:

  • Dealing with some fatigue, so I spent the better part of the morning finishing a book of YA fiction, and keeping electronics off.
  • Prepped some vegetables for myself. Chopped the kale, some sweet potatoes, my leeks. Soft boiled a dozen eggs.
  • Long conversations with friends. Thankful for shared experiences, and my weekly “retro” buddy.
  • A short run, walking the dog around the block, and relax and renew yoga with Jane.

To bed!

xo, Sam

Good Things

I’ve reached the part of my evening where I’m assessing when is too early to go to bed on a weekend. Which is to say, it’s probably never too early to go to bed. But dropping a note of just a few good things, today:

  • Dinner from Super Fusion 2.
  • This dog and this blanket.
  • Squash soup with stirred in Rancho Gordo Domingo rojos.
  • Friend Zooms.
  • The Mandalorian.
  • Queen’s Gambit.
  • Leigh Bardugo books.
  • My family making their (first) Turkey of the week. “It’s just six pounds!” (Me, giving them all a side-eye.)
  • Anticipation and savoring of Ore-nells delivery (the holiday itself will be zoomed.)
  • Puppy snuggles.

Enjoying fall leaves and the temperate weather, we walked three miles and change this afternoon and it was lovely.

Here’s to recharging and rest.

Xo, Sam

Good Things

:: Self reminder: It’s okay that GOOD THINGS are really just a collection of small good things, sort of on repeat, because we’re living in a pandemic, and frankly recurring simple joys are important at all times of life.

:: I *love* a good pun. There’s nothing I love more than rolling in with a timely pun. I’d say 1/3 of my twitter replies are puns and I’m happy with that.

:: Bertram’s backyard play date with Sawyer, his bestie.

:: Squash soup for lunch. For dinner I wanted the flavors of Mississippi Roast without the time commitment, so I bathed a piece of beef in Trader Joe’s Green Goddess dip, and a half jar of pepperonici, covered with foil, and cooked in my convection toaster for a few hours. Delicious.

:: Book club. We’re reading “Who not How” (affiliate link).

Important question: Charcuterie Chalets. Heaven or Horror?

xo Sam

Good Things.

Touch your nose…. and stretch!


  • Reconnecting with a friend I hadn’t talked to in years, and finding ourselves in parallel tracks. Always fun to see how groups of people who went through some formative time together share traits even though they have been apart.
  • I worked through lunch. I try not to do that! I snacked on almonds and ended up having a very late snack of Joseph’s lavash stuffed with fromage pavé, which was a good consolation.
  • MOVE: In the evening: a cold walk, a short run, and then Yang to Yin class with Niki. I try not to stack like that but I had a lot to get through today!
  • Dinner was a new Trader Joe’s Korean-ish rice dish from the freezer aisle because I couldn’t be bothered to do any more than reheat.
  • Trivia! The highlight of my Thursday!
  • Flowers: some mums I have to put in a container before going to sleep tonight!

Xo, Sam