Good Things

The glory of a weekend after a “weekend“. Today was filled with a lot of reading and sitting. We went on a walk and then contented ourselves to survey the neighborhood from the front stoop.

Important PSA: Im thrilled to let you know that Trader Joe’s Peppermint mini cones are in stock, and I have two boxes. I had three, but Somchay got one (alongside her 5 bags of Thanksgiving dinner chips that i delivered 😉). Here they are in their glory:

Dinner: air fried chicken tenders with a rice panko coating with garlic powder, salt, pepper and a trio of sauces: duck, mustard, and cranberry barbecue. I could have let these brown for a few more minutes but i was very hungry.

Lest I forget: delicious brunch – eggs and unexpected cheddar omelet with broken up toaster naan in the pan. You get salty, crispy, a little crunchy, and chewy all at once. I followed up with lunch: a bowl of Rancho Gordo Ayocote Amarillos, and the realization at this very moment that I’ve forgotten to fill myself with any green things today. You win some, you lose some.

With that, I bid you adieu tonight.

Xo, Sam.

Good Things

  • A day without zoom
  • hundreds of pages of a book
  • the heated blanket
  • going to bed early
  • a Sunday that is actually a Friday
  • vegetables: specifically today fennel and eggplant salad.
  • breaking down the last of the cardboard build up and removing it from the house
  • a short run, a walk, Radiolab
  • doing as close to nothing as possible

Xo, friends.


Good things:

  • Morning coffee with egg nog and my book.
  • Spending the day with a cuddly turkey.
  • Family phone calls and drive by food delivery.
  • Dinner delivery from the fam from Ore Nell’s, with some pie fro Elephantine.
  • Some vegetables, just in case.
  • A damp but glorious 5k.
  • Wet walkies around the neighborhood and lots of sniffs.
  • An episode of GBBO.
  • Next up: double pies – apple, and pumpkin tahini.

Not my ideal holiday season, but still so much to be thankful for. Hug and love to you and your families.

Xo, Sam.

Good Things

Sneaking in some vegetables – deconstructed Turkish “mantı” – seasoned ground beef, cauliflower gnocchi, and garlic yogurt sauce. Hits all the flavor/texture cravings.

I’ll be here on the heated blanket watching some tween witch show again ☺️.

Happy night before Thanksgiving.

Xo, Sam.

Good Things

Today I’m proud of myself for eating greenery multiple times. A big lemony salad for dinner here with some pork chop and Popeyes Pierogies. I’ve been on a kick. They are probably better boiled and pan fried, but frankly the air fryer puffs them up and cooks them in no time at all from frozen.

We went for a long mid day walk. Notable because this was at the end when he was uninterested in heading back upstairs. Hello, little teefs. Also notable because I am wearing jeans, which is a first since probably…. February?

Tonight this little one was particularly “helpful” during my Yin class. Which is to say he had a LOT of feelings and just needed to be close. Here he is sitting on my meditation cushion.

We are now winding down with some mindless tween witchy tv and some time on the heated blanket before heading to bed in just a few.

Hope you are all treating yourself kindly as the holiday comes upon us.

Xo, Sam

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