Monday, July 22, 2019

On writer's block

I have so much to say and nothing great to write at the same time. Blame it on perfectionism or Pulitzer Syndrome or insecurity rearing its ugly self. So much to download as life has been quite eventful the past six weeks: 

  • Landed in New York City - an (im)possible dream fulfilled!
  • What moving a family of four to one of the busiest cities in the world looks like (hint: Have you ever driven a U-Haul into Lower Manhattan on a Saturday afternoon?)
  • Discovering delicious eats (like pea toast)
  • Race cars, the electric kind
  • Minds blown and expectations exceeded by the great Pierre Cardin at the Brooklyn Museum
  • Figuring out What's Next
  • Love for Willa Cather and Virginia Woolf rekindled 
  • My mid-life awakening

Well, at least I got the outline started. Now that I've thrown the bullet points out there, there's no excuse. Gleaning wisdom from one of my writing heroes, Malcolm Gladwell:

"I deal with writer's block by lowering my expectations. I think the trouble starts when you sit down to write and imagine that you will achieve something magical and magnificent - and when you don't, panic sets in. The solution is never to sit down and imagine that you will achieve something magical and magnificent. I write a little bit, almost every day, and if it results in two or three or (on a good day) four good paragraphs, I consider myself a lucky man. Never try to be the hare. All hail the tortoise."

This week's challenge: Channel my inner tortoise.

Drawing Hands by MC Escher

Monday, June 24, 2019

Pea toast is the new avocado toast

Move over, avocado. Smashed peas is the new culinary "It Girl."

I was at Epistrophy last night and had this OMG-delicious pea mash on goat cheese + mascarpone spread topped with roasted pistachios, tender greens, mint and lemon zest on whole grain toast. Doesn't it look divine? 

A lower calorie alternative to its more full-figured cousin Avocado, Ms. Pea is just as flavorful and satisfying. Sweet, salty, sour, creamy, crunchy, light, aromatic. One would think pea toast would be cheaper, given peas are less per pound than avocados (0.99/lb vs. $2.33/lb if you wanna get technical). Unfortunately, Green Peas Toast on the Epistrophy menu will put you back $12, same as the 7 Grain Avocado Toast.

It's no wonder we're all going broke over smashed green things on bread. Hmmm... What will be next? Asparagus mash on toast? 

Why are will still talking about avocado toast? (Bon Appetit)

Monday, May 6, 2019

One sweater, three ways

I found this adorable Valentine cardigan in the sale room (!!) at Anthropologie last week and I'm in love.

Here it is, worn three different ways: dressed down with my favorite high-waisted jeans; dressed up with a silk camisole and graphic print tea-length skirt; and mixed and matched with a tee and bird-print wide legs trousers. 

Which look do you like best?

Find the sweater here!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

My 9-step bedtime beauty routine

Wednesday, April 24, 2019