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

Good Things

I can count the number of takeout meals I’ve eaten during the pandemic on my two hands, but today I had to venture into the wild for an appointment downtown, and used it as an excuse to get Bon Me and Cider donuts (no picture because they never last long enough for a photograph) from Boston Public Market. Alas, they were out of tea eggs, but I always love a good noodle bowl.

Other things: reading in the quiet morning. I’m getting into a stride with my latest book, which is perfectly passable, but in contrast to my last book is a bit of a slog. I won’t mention it because truly I don’t think it’s fair to the author.

Good things: justifying a new yoga mat because it’s on flash sale (this one by B Yoga – a very good deal at $57.60) and because it’s my favorite, and I use my mat now at least 5 hours a week and could use a rotation!

While I wouldn’t quite list is as a “good thing”, I’m working my way towards the shift to cold season. I love the cold when properly dressed; not so much when I’ve forgotten my gloves. On the plus side, today I remembered them, and yet, the whipping wind made it impossible to enjoy my decent layering even bundled.

On that note: staying warm with a heated blanket and a living heater dog.

And: those tall unscented cylinder candles at Trader Joe’s to keep things cozy.

À demain!

Xo Sam

Good Things

Good Things: okay, a quick note today only because I’m hopelessly engrossed in the Queen’s Gambit. It’s so very, very good!

Dinner tonight – chicken, which I’ll freely admit to you that I microwaved. I now feel a small bit misled because it took just over 6 minutes and stayed incredibly moist, and let’s face it, I didn’t think chicken would work that way in a microwave. Alongside I chopped up some fennel and tossed in the new green goddess dip from Trader Joe’s. Lastly, pierogis! In the air fryer and crisped up a little bit.

Other notes – eased into the morning. I was planning to walk and talk (masked and distanced) with a friend this morning but wasn’t feeling up to it. For some reason I found myself tossing and turning throughout the night, even though I’m usually a good sleeper.

The day was full, and I walked, ran, and took Yasmene’s Yin class.

I finally sat myself down under my heated blanket tonight to watch a few episodes of the show – and I am HOOKED.