Welcome to my monthly “Life Lately” reflections, where I chronicle things I did/ate/drink and liked. I’ve never been much for diaries (short attention span!), but I do really love looking back on these monthly lists. This month has been a series of ups and downs. Work-wise, it’s been a tough month. We got our first negative feedback, and let’s just say, I did not handle it well. It’s really hard– especially when it’s your own family business- not to take it personally. Luckily, I have a solid boss and excellent friends that forced me (in a nice way) to look at all the positive things we’ve accomplished. On the other hand, my social life was lit. We had an epic Super Bowl party, did some Olympic worthy ice skating and ski sessions (not), and celebrated V-Day and Birthdays surprise-style. It’s all about the work/life balance, amiright? How’s your month been?
Life Lately: February
Currently Eating: Creamy Bacon Garlic Spaghetti Squash Casserole
Currently Craving: Peking Duck (hint hint G)
Currently Drinking: Fortnum & Mason Earl Grey Tea
Currently Reading: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Currently Recommending: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Finally!)
Currently Watching: Black Panther and Director Ryan Coogler’s breakdown of this epic scene
Currently Podcastin’ to: Arm Chair Expert with Dax Shepard. Specifically his episode with Kristen Bell. It’s a refreshingly honest look into how this couple relationship. Hint: Involves a lot of humor and work.
Currently Sweating to: The Sweat App by Kayla Itsines. Still chugging along.
Currently Playing: Alto’s Adventures….even though I just download Alto’s Odyssey
Currently Traveling to: San Antonio, Texas
Currently Dreaming about: South Africcccccaaaa, May 2018.
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True fact: I would happily spend an entire trip to France eating just bread. No butter. Just warm, long pointy, baguette parisienne. Sure, I’d be happy to add in some stinky roquefort or a nice spicy saucisson. But honestly, I could eat baguettes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In fact, when I was a kid, I’d visit my family in Montreau and make a constant request for bread. I made the request so much, my grandfather asked my parents if I actually like the food they were cooking. After that, my parents put a swift end to the constant bread requests and I happily moved onto better things like “stinky cheese” and “patè.” Last year, G + I took a 5 day trip to France, where we basically ate our way through the Paris and the Burgundy region. I thought I’d share some of my favorite food pictures.Quick tip: if you’re planning a trip, drop the frantic trip advisors searches and just wander around. My favorite meal was an impromptu restaurant while waiting for our Airbnb to open up. I hope you enjoy.
For years, I’ve seen “spaghetti squash” recipes and been too intimidated by the fact you have somehow turn a hard yellow thing into “spaghetti.” I’m not a magician! Then, I found this helpful Kitchn article and this super helpful Inspired Taste video, and all of a sudden I’m a cooking magician. At least for spaghetti squash. Fast forward to last night, and I finally made 1 of the 19 spaghetti squash recipes from my my “Eat Me” board! Listen people, run don’t walk to your grocery and get the ingredients for this recipe! It is so creamy, so yummy and perfect for those cold February nights. Don’t be turned off by the Blog Name Paleo Gluten Free Eats– I’m not Paleo, Gluten or a Whole 30 fiend. I do, however, love any lactose-free recipes and those buzzwords guarantee that I’m not eating always eating vegan recipes (and then tossing in bacon….oops). I’m so excited to eat all of these leftovers.
Happy cooking. – A
“Creamy” Bacon, Broccoli and Spaghetti Squash Casserole”
Prep: 15 minutes
Inactive: 20 Minutes to 1 Hour
So did you catch the game last night?
Last night, G and I threw our annual* Super Bowl Potluck. I love the Super Bowl. Which is hilarious because I’m not a big football fan whatsoever. I grew up in Connecticut, where we don’t have a single professional sports team (RIP Hartford Whalers). I’m not ashamed to say that I watch the Super Bowl exclusively for the commercials and the half time show. So color me surprised when the game was my favorite part of the night. I love a good “underdog” story, and getting to watch the Eagles win their first Super Bowl ever while the Patriots put up a really good fight, was incredible. So incredible, I found myself, jumping up and gleefully cheering when Brady dropped the ball.
While the game was good, I was pretty disappointed in the the half-time show. Compared to Lady Gaga’s incredible ode to “weird” America and celebration of LGBTIA rights, Queen Bee’s epic performance(s), and of course, Katy Perry’s Left Shark, JTs performance felt a bit tone-deaf bordering on cultural appropriation. I like JT, but I didn’t appreciate his controversial “nod” to Super Bowl 2004 #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay or the Prince hologram. Also, yikes, what was up with his shirt?
Half time aside, the commercials really delivered this year. And they should deliver when companies pay over $5 million for a 30 second of airtime! I was actually impressed by the variety and diversity of many of the ads. I thought I’d take a break from Monday afternoon work to share my favorite ads. Let me know what your favorites were in the comments below.
3. Alexa Loses Her Voice
2. Doritos Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman
1. Tide Ad
As a product manager, who spends WAAAAYYY too much time thinking about marketing strategies. This ad was LIT. Turning every ad into a a tide-ad was genius. Major Props!
*By annual, last year I had planned on throwing my first Super Bowl potluck party but only ended up inviting my best friend T. Honestly, it was one of my favorite parties of the year.