It’s time for 5 Things This Week where I share 5 things that caught my eye on the internet and beyond. Although this edition is more like 5 Things in the Past Month because man I’m off my posting game. Timely or not, here are some things I really enjoyed reading.
I made this grilled cheese recipe from Ruth Reichl that I found on my absolute favorite food website, Food 52, on a recent trip to the mountains and it was fantastic. You don’t even need to do the fancy leek and onion fixins’, you just need to do what she does to the outside. Mayo + Shredded Cheese = Insanely Cheesy Crispy Outside Bread. You will never go back. It’s also featured in her fantastic cookbook that’s really a great story with recipes, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life. If you love good writing and delicious food, it’s a must read.
This article is from last month (oops) but it still applies. Read 15 Great Stories That Have Nothing to Do With Politics in the New York Times. My personal favorite is the one about how Hasbro is trying to ruin our lives by getting rid of the thimble in Monopoly.
If you’re like me and you suck at responding to emails (or even texts) on time, this New Yorker piece by Susanna Wolff titled Sorry for the Delayed Response is all of us. Sorry for the delayed response. I opened your e-mail on my phone while my date was in the bathroom, but then I saw that it required more than a “yes” or “no” reply, decided that was too much work, marked it as unread, and then forgot about it entirely until just now!
I both agreed and disagreed with Jay Willis’ GQ account of an Orangetheory Fitness class. The article appropraitely titled How Orangetheory Fitness Wants to Shame Your Half-Assed Workouts Out of Existence got it sorta right but I take exception to a few things. It’s as competitive as you want it to be and there is no shaming. Your name is up on the board along with everyone else’s but I don’t know anyone’s name and I go 3 – 4 times each week. I know people as girl who seems nice and is a badass on the rower who I try to match pace with. Or lady who uses small weights and flies through her reps because anyone would lifting 5 lbs. Or chick who, holy crap, she is flying on the treadmill, I would fall off at that pace. The point is, nearly everyone there is there to work hard and it’s super motivating to me and keeps me accountable. I could not do these workouts on my own with the same intensity.
Finally, this Bored Panda time waster of Animals That Look Like They’re About to Drop the Hottest Albums of the Year. I know you have better things to do, but do you really?
It’s time for 5 Things This Week where I share 5 things that caught my eye on the internet and beyond. I like to start with some of the meatier pieces and then finish with a little whipped cream on top if you know what I mean. Let’s dig in, shall we?
- A friend shared this New York Times article on Facebook after the president’s statements on Frederick Douglass made it unclear if he knew that Douglass died in 1895. This piece by Charles M. Blow should be required reading for every American as it outlines not only the important contributions of Frederick Douglass but his relationship with Abraham Lincoln. It underscores the importance of true leadership in a tumultuous times.
- A second story from the New York Times by Christopher Mele with a headline of “Fatigued by the news?” caught my attention, because yes, I am, in fact, totally fatigued by news. It’s worth a read if you’re bingeing on the political train wreck and need to reduce your consumption. The story makes a great case for picking up a good old fashioned newspaper that has a start and a finish and only features the best articles and information.
- We are headed to the mountains this weekend for a much needed break from reality and some cabin time. I’ve been day dreaming about comforting, cold weather food, fire places and warming cocktails all week. I’ll be making these Chicken Pot Pies from Smitten Kitchen. I could read every single one of Deb Perelman’s recipes and I probably have. I wish we were neighbors. I think she might like bourbon as much as I do.
- Speaking of bourbon, we’re planning a trip to whiskey country to celebrate my 40th and we’ll be hitting Nashville and Louisville and several bourbon distilleries in between. Hubs and I have been enjoying a variety of bourbons lately and putting them in this his & hers decanter that I got “him” for Christmas. That all changed when he stumbled upon this story by Aaron Goldfarb in Punch about infinity bottles. It’s basically a super geeky way of making your own blend of whiskey. We now nerd out and dump the last few inches of each bottle into a special house blend. Awwwww…
- Since drinking bourbon can often lead to pondering mortality, this bit from Caitlyn Schneider on Mental Floss caught my eye and both intrigued and creeped me out. You can have your ashes pressed into a vinyl record with accompanying music by UK-based company Andvinyly. You can also make tons of copies and send them to everyone you want to haunt.
I’m starting a new series called 5 Things This Week where I’ll be sharing some of the stuff that’s caught my eye on the interwebs from the previous week. This first week is a mix of written content, music and pictures of cute animals and people because balance. Without further ado, here are the 5 things I liked on the internet this week.
(1) As I was getting ready to write this post about getting political, I came across this on Medium written by Dina Leygerman. It’s a whole lot of hell yes and will resonate deeply with my fellow marchers.
(2) I’ve read a lot this past week about what’s happening in the White House, too much in fact. My emotions range from anger to anxiety to resolve to pride and then back again. This piece written by Eliot A. Cohen for The Atlantic made me feel all of those things, but mostly resolve and pride. He concludes with “There is nothing great about the America that Trump thinks he is going to make; but in the end, it is the greatness of America that will stop him.”
(3) I don’t know about you, but after reading the first two articles, I need a Valium. Instead, I’ve been listening to this song that neuroscience says reduces anxiety by up to 65%. It works. I came across the song and accompanying story on Inc. and I’ve saved it to my phone to listen to before bed or after the slow crumbling of democracy.
(4) If you want more soul-stirring music and you have not yet seen this beautiful original song by the artist Milck featuring members of the GW Sirens and Capital Blend, it’s a must watch! The performance occurs at the 4:23 mark of the video, but the whole thing is worth a watch if you love Samantha Bee.
(5) A friend shared this BuzzFeed list of 32 Of The Most Wholesome Things That Have Ever Happened on Facebook last week and I didn’t want it to end. It is warm fuzzy central.