Showing posts from March, 2017

Texas TV

The New York Times wrote about Texas-based TV shows this week (let's all take a moment to chuckle about a New York City newspaper writing about how accurate something about Texas is, reminds me of the old Pace salsa commercials).

Texas TV: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

What does it get exactly right? Friday Night Lights (are there still people who haven't watched this show? I don't understand how that's possible. Stop whatever you're doing and watch it. Thank me later):

It’s hard to describe the weird buzz of football Fridays in Texas towns, as anticipation builds throughout the day to explode that night in garish light, color and sound. Luckily I don’t have to: “Friday Night Lights” nailed it, as it did most details. These include the push and pull of hometown relationships that confine and nurture in equal amounts; the egalitarian marriage between the Taylors (Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton); and the cinematography captured in and around Austin. When the sun…

Balanced, Week 1

As mentioned last week, I'm focusing on achieving and maintaining a healthy balance in my life, between diet, working out, and overall wellness like sleep and mental wellness.

So, week 1 is done. How did it go?

Goals for the week were:
Wine once during the week--ummm, this didn't happen, I had wine twice. But only one glass each time. So, progress?Two strength workouts--Check! I've found the closest thing to my beloved Dallas bootcamp, and I'm trying to hit it up as much as possible.Read a book--Done! Read The Hopefuls which has nailed DC living so much that it's scary. 
Diet: This was a bit hit or miss. I had some meals out with friends and such, but on my own ate healthily for the most part. My favorite thing has been reigniting my favorite scramble--sundried tomatoes, spinach, and scrambled eggs. Sometimes topped with avocado. So. Good. 
Weight Down: -0.6 lbs
Workouts: Hit a workout milestone when I passed 300 "torq" points at Flywheel for the first time. I…


Growing up in a red state, I was never really into politics. I did make campaign signs for Kay Bailey Hutchinson when she was running for Senate in 1992 (I was seven, mind you) and hung them from my desk (yes, I had friends, no, they didn't understand what the signs were). But that was mainly because I heard we had a chance to have a lady Senator from Texas, and I was like "I may want to be a Senator one day, blaze a trail, KBH!"

I voted once I was eligible (at least for President, can't say I made it to any mayoral or off-year gubernatorial elections #sorry), and felt such a swelling pride when I voted for Obama in 2008 (hummed The West Wing theme song as I left the polling place).

Then I moved to DC, and made friend with people who worked for the actual elected officials, people who worked on campaigns, and was just surrounded by conversation by politically-minded folks. I felt more informed, and also more passionate..

This is where I take a sidebar to say I recogn…


I'm not one who makes New Year's resolutions around health goals. Last year's did include going to yoga more (which I do now), so I guess I have some success with this, but not really.

But the truth is, I could be healthier. I could lose some weight, eat better, drink less, sleep more, and just generally take better care of myself.

One way to hold myself accountable to this is to actually track it. I've liked seeing the data from my heart rate monitor and seeing how the calories burned and effort put forth, and am thinking weekly blog posts will help me stay on track but also track trends and such.

I recently started reading a new (to me) blog, Franish, and basically want to be her best friend. She's a med student (about to be a resident) in Ohio, but has a really fun and realistic lifestyle blog. She started posting a weekly Healthyish series, and I really enjoy it. So, this is kind of my version of it?

Here's what I'm going to cover:

Diet (goals, meals I l…

The Old Bookshelf

So the last time I posted only about books was over a year ago. Buckle up and here we go (in no particular order):

Talking As Fast As I Can, Lauren Graham: I got this book after seeing Lauren speak live here in DC. As a big Gilmore Girls and Parenthood fan, there was no way I wasn't going to read this. It's a quasi-memoir and journal, filled with some fun nuggets about her early career, filming her shows, as well as her relationship with Peter Krause. It feels like a conversation with an old friend.

The Assistants, Camille Peri: A throw-away beach read, perhaps. I read it in a day. It's a story of low-level workers at a large corporation who embezzle money to help others. Overall, pretty silly.

Commonwealth, Ann Patchett: I was really excited about this book as it got a lot of buzz. It tells the story of how one action at a kid's christening party in the 70s changes two families drastically. I honestly thought it fell a little flat.

Lucy and Linh, Alice Pung: Do you want t…

Thursday Thoughts

I've had so many ideas for blog posts, but never the time to sit down and write them. So hopefully those will be coming up soon (like books I've read in the last six months, what I'm watching on TV right now). So here's a round-up of thoughts I've had over the last few weeks:

--You know you're an Instant Pot fan when, instead of being in bed at 11 p.m. last night, you're straining chicken bones from the latest pot of bone broth you made.

--I've flown 10 times this year (10 separate flights). Three of those flights have faced some sort of delay (two of them were major, hours-long delays, one which made me postpone my flight until the next day). I feel like this is about my average--a third of the flights I take have an issue. Who wants to fly with me now??

--I've started ordering swimsuit items for this summer. Have finally gotten on the ball and realized I can't wait until June to update things (like when I realized my black bottoms from 2006 no…