Friday Fives

A few of the things I’ve been enjoying this week…

1. Fernet-Branca. 

I love this stuff and have an ounce or so before bed most nights. It tastes like mouthwash and licorice and you hate it the first time you try it, but there’s something addictive about the flavor and it settles your stomach.

2. 15 – 20 minute workouts. 

I just do not have time for long workouts anymore. Maybe once a week I can squeeze in a 30 minute workout, but I definitely can’t do anything 45 or 60 minutes long. 15 to 20 minutes is absolutely perfect, and there are a ton of really fun and intense ones on YouTube and on the Nike Training Club app.

3. The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell. 

This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while, and I’m now on my second read-through. Over the past year I’ve bought all of Trine Hahnemann’s cookbooks and started making sourdough rye bread every week, so anything Danish is right up my alley. I also love memoir, and that’s really what this book is. I know it got a lot of criticism for including too many tidbits from various “studies” etc. but that didn’t bother me in practice. Helen Russell is funny and does a good job incorporating her research. Highly recommend.

4. Phone calls. 

I pulled myself together this week and had a phone call (albeit for a podcast) with my friend Lauren. It’s not that I hate talking on the phone, it’s that I hate anticipating talking on the phone. Given the chance I’ll put it off indefinitely and develop guilt and anxiety about it. If I just put it on my calendar and do it, it’s fine. I should use that method for other friends I mean to call.

5. Brunch with friends.

We have one with a bunch of people tomorrow at noon, and I look forward to these events all week. It’s much lower pressure than dinner somehow, but just as fun.

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