Of the moment // 9.8.17
One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my stories, my photos, the ups and downs of travel. But sometimes, I also just want to remember and share the little things that brought me day-to-day joy. Every Friday, I’ll give you a peek into the book I currently can’t put down, a great restaurant discovery, a fun new product or an inspiring quote: a few things that I think you might enjoy before we all take off into the glory that is the weekend!
We ended up not doing much last weekend, and it was SO NICE. I feel like that’s been the biggest difference between life in New York City and San Diego. It was really rare that I ever had a truly relaxing weekend in New York: there were always museums to visit, friends to see, subway delays to deal with, content to create! But I had a couple of deadlines to hit, and the weather was either stifling hot (not great to wander around Tijuana) or surprisingly (not great for a beach day). We took a couple of morning beach walks, ran some errands, played some tennis, and read the New York Times cover to cover, caught up on work on the couch: basically, we didn’t do too much and I didn’t feel guilty about it and it was great!
Obviously, one of my top priorities when moving to a new neighborhood was finding a local ice cream shop (aka I’m missing Oddfellows and Ample Hills in Brooklyn like crazy). We had a bit of a heat wave in San Diego over the long weekend, so we figured that would be the perfect time to try out Hammond’s up the street. Although the flavors aren’t anything super inventive, I did love the concept of the ice cream flight! I always have the toughest time deciding on a flavor, and this is such a fun way to try out several (without needing to be rolled back home). Although I loved the purple color of the ube (a variety of edible yam), my favorite flavor was definitely the root beer. Will definitely be back for more!
We just finished Season 5 of The Wire, and I’m feeling genuinely sad about it: you know that feeling at the end of a really good book where you just want to keep hanging out with the characters and find out exactly what happens to them?
I recently discovered RXBAR, and I’m so glad I did: they’re super portable, healthy and really delicious. I love that they list the ingredients right on the front of the package, and that they’re actually ingredients you can pronounce and know exactly what they are. I especially like them as a pre-workout breakfast or as a late afternoon snack, and I always keep a couple of them in my bag when I’m traveling for work (if I don’t have time to stop for lunch, they curb any hangry-ness). My favorites are the Chocolate Sea Salt when I’m craving something sweet and Blueberry as a breakfast substitute. If you haven’t tried them, I highly recommend: they live up to the hype!
“One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.” -Annie Dillard
This weekend, our friends Kate and Austin are in San Diego! We can’t wait to show them some of our favorite North Park spots and catch up on what we’ve been missing in Brooklyn.