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Of the moment // 12.1.17

Of the moment // 12.1.17

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! 

Tower Theater in Sacramento, California

LADY BIRD FOR THE WIN. From the opening quote by Joan Didion, I was in tears. I grew up in the Midwest of California, just like director Greta Gerwig, and went to her rival Catholic high school during the same time the film is set. It was many layers of nostalgia: to see the tree-lined streets of my hometown (in the neighborhoods where I begged my parents to move so that I’d fit in), to hear the prayers I recited every day at the start of every class (I responded out loud in the theater out of habit) and to swoon over the sparkling lights of her escape to New York City (and remember my own arrival across the country). I loved this article about Greta Gerwig and her hometown inspiration for the film, and I’m just so proud of a 916 alum getting so much critical praise for a film that stars the City of Trees. If you haven’t seen it yet: GO.

Reads

I finally finished Hamilton!!! It took me a looooong time to read, but I’m so glad that I did. Alexander Hamilton had a truly crazy life and rise to the top of American politics, and the mudslinging political atmosphere of the founders actually bears an uncanny resemblance to our world today.

Beach in North Kihei, Maui

Podcasts

I feel like I discovered some really great podcasts this week, so I’ve been spending a bunch of time trying to catch up on past seasons and back episodes. My husband and I listened to Ponzi Supernova together, which was a deep dive into Bernie Madoff (including interviews with him) and the incredible crisis he caused. I’ve been enjoying the conversations in On Being, particularly this one about grief and resilience with Sheryl Sandberg and this one about sex with Helen Fisher. And the second season of Tinder’s branded podcast DTR is out–it’s so good!

Christine Amorose wearing Alo Yoga Raya Back Drape Top

Namaste Hey

One of the things that I’ve been struggling to find in San Diego is a workout routine that I really love. There are a couple of barre and reformer pilates studios that I like (although oh man nothing can compare to my love of New York Pilates), but I have to drive to all of them and deal with traffic and pay for parking. I also am NOT a fan of the Classpass revamp. So! I’m doing a one-week trial at Corepower Yoga. I hadn’t heard of them before moving here, but they are everywhere on the West Coast and especially in San Diego. Any fans out there?

Shows

Our most recent binge: Ozark. I kind of missed all of the hype when it first came out, but it was so good! It’s about a perfectly normal family…that just happens to be money launderers. I’m already dying for season 2.

Gertie the Pug

Words

“Be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic. If something is not to your liking, change your liking.” -Rick Steves

This weekend, it’s all about Gert (like the true crazy pug lady I am): I’m going to a puggie Christmas party (seriously) with my neighbor tomorrow, and then taking her for her final therapy dog audition on Sunday! 

  • Kristen

    I already fangirled over Corepower once but hell, I’ll do it again. I love CPY!! I’m actually in training now to be a Yoga Sculpt teacher so I’m fully hooked on the Kool-aid. It’s just such a lovely community and a GREAT workout – I love the YS and C2 classes personally.

    A few actual cool benefits: If you get super into it and want to be able to go to classes for cheap, you can do a couple of hours a week on their cleaning staff for free or deeply discounted yoga! Policies are different in each region, but in Boston I do 1.5 hours a week of cleaning (which is nothing), have a deeply discounted unlimited membership, and they pay me minimum wage for the work – which when applied to the membership means I pay almost nothing for it.

    Another great benefit as I travel a lot for work – they are EVERYWHERE and you can practice in any studio! I’ve been able to hit up studios in SF, Chicago, DC, Salt Lake City, and LA while I’m traveling for work. Way more fun than the hotel gym.

  • Caroline Eubanks

    Ozark was filmed on property my family owns! It’s a good and dark show.

  • Glad you enjoyed Hamilton! I’ve been putting off reading it because it IS so daunting, but I got a copy for my birthday so I’m going to try to tackle it over the holiday season! Are you going to read Chernow’s new book on Grant next?

  • Torey Van Oot

    CorePower is great! I’ve been going for years (via ClassPass) when visiting my husband’s family in Minneapolis (there’s one a mile away…nice escape from loads of fam time!) and now that I’ve moved here, excited to go more often. I like that they offer several different kinds of classes!

  • Ginny B

    My favorite yoga studios in SD are little yoga studio on ash street and indie yoga – but I’m not super into the sculplt classes! My other classpass rotation classes are sparkcycle liberty station, barrys bootcamp, pure barre, and bodyrok!

  • Liza in Ann Arbor

    Love the quote (and know it well!) by my hero, Rick Steves. 🙂

  • camorose

    Yes! Seeing that they were in SF, Portland and Seattle is definitely enticing – I’m up there a lot for work, and sometimes it’d be nice to be able to squeeze in a workout before meetings or when I’m staying in a hotel on my own for a night. I finished up the week trial, and tried CP1, CP2, Yoga Sculpt, HPF and a Core Restore class (made the most of that week) and I’m still feeling a little iffy–I actually don’t love super heated classes! I’m so much more of a barre/reformer girl –I like being able to go and completely exhaust some muscles, but not leave feeling like I need to shower immediately (part of this is because I just multitask so much so I like being able to go to a work out class and then go straight to run errands!). Still deciding if I’d go to enough classes to make the $144 worth it–I wish Corepower and Pure Barre would have some sort of deal where I could have unlimited at both haha!

  • camorose

    Yesss it is SO beautiful, actually makes me want to visit the Ozarks haha! I’m already dying for season 2 – I loved season 1!!!

  • camorose

    I think I need a little bit of a break before tackling Grant! I’m definitely interested but oh man–part of it is that I have a hard time reading more than one book at once, but all of those politics and historical figures didn’t really energize me to keep reading. I always read before bed, and usually I’m fighting myself to stay up for one more chapter–but these put me to sleep! I think I’ll read Grant sometime in 2018 though!

  • camorose

    Yes! I’m still a little TBD on if I’ll do an unlimited–I wish they had more advanced yoga classes that aren’t super heated! I find the heat so distracting and I hate being so sweaty haha!

  • camorose

    Ah I need to check out little yoga studio and indie yoga. I’ve had a couple of knee surgeries so I’m out on Barry’s – that’s why I don’t do any running! Honestly, if I could just do a combination of Corepower and Pure Barre, I would be so set. Love Pure Barre but I hate that if you buy a package it’s only valid for the one location!

  • camorose

    Yes! He’s the best!

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