Friday Fix: I’m out of here!

I’m so glad you all liked my education links yesterday! I didn’t realize they would generate such interest. I guess learning is cool after you get out of school.

Today I guest posted at my longtime friend’s blog, I Swim For Oceans. Melissa writes a book blog and she’s always giving me good ideas. I have known her since I was in middle school and we’ve reconnected via blogging – I did get to see her at my reunion back in November though. I also¬†won her contest a while back and got a signed book from a local author (Brooklyn). So go check out the guest post called Friday Fix.

That’s all for today… just wanted to stop in and link to my guest post! Have a great wonderful amazing weekend. I’m off to K-town with Bobby for some banchan and bibimbap.

Book Review: Glorious

A few weeks ago I won my friend Missy’s book giveaway (I’ve known Missy since we were about 12, I think) and Akashic Books (a local publisher – they happen to be in Brooklyn – did you know I still haven’t been to Brooklyn? I keep getting made fun of for that…) sent me a copy of Glorious by Bernice L. McFadden. Glorious was a quick and easy read and I really enjoyed it. And did I mention it was autographed?

From Akashic: Glorious is set against the backdrops of the Jim Crow South, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Civil Rights era. Blending fact and fiction, Glorious is the story of Easter Venetta Bartlett, a fictional Harlem Renaissance writer whose tumultuous path to success, ruin, and ultimately revival offers a candid and true portrait of the American experience in all its beauty and cruelty.

Missy does a much better review than I could ever do, so I encourage you to check it out here. I will just say that I thought the book was great and I breezed through it in a few hours. I really like historical fiction and I haven’t read many books with African American heroines (I don’t know why, maybe there just aren’t that many?) so this was really new and interesting for me. I’d highly recommend it.

I’m excited to check out more books from Akashic too; I like supporting small and local companies that are not evil and corporate.

What have you read lately? (I feel like I ask this question a lot – but I love hearing the new responses.)

Moving to Midlake Music

I was supposed to go see one of my favorite bands tonight down at Bowery Ballroom. The band is called Midlake. Midlake is an Indie rock band of classical jazz musicians. I don’t really know how to describe their sound aside from the fact that it’s orchestral and epic. Especially their most recent CD, The Courage of Others. I have never seen them in concert.

This is one of my favorite songs (“Roscoe”):

It’s so relaxing.

Unfotunately this afternoon I got a little feverish and dizzy so I opted to stay home. Bobby went anyway and my brother is going. I asked for a phone call during one of the good songs. I’m enjoying myself on the couch reading one of my books (Before Green Gables).

Exercise today was something new. This morning (before I got sick) I did a video on Netflix called Dance Off the Inches: Calorie Blasting Party. It’s 45 minutes and it’s a nice little cardio routine. I’ve done it before but I haven’t in a few months. I also walked 2 miles. This is less exercise than I used to do, but way more than I have been doing lately. I really like exercise at times; other times I just want to be a lump. Maybe it depends on the season? Winters are depressing for me so I become more sedentary… then as it gets nicer out I just want to move all day long.

Does your mood change with the season? What about your exercise routine? or…

What’s your favorite band? (Mine is Guster. I went on a cruise with them last year.)

Why Do Sundays Have to End? Parks & Recreation & Books…

Yesterday Bobby and I explored and wandered. We ended up at Borders and I scored a bunch of bargain books. I found this cool health book (Dr. Rau’s The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health):

I have an addiction to buying health books, especially ones that are based on the idea that nutrition is the foundation of health. Dr. Rau’s approach is really similar to macriobiotics, but it’s more European than Japanese/Asian. This actually makes it easier to follow because he uses pretty standard ingredients in his meal plan/recipes. I’m trying out some of his ideas and liking them so far.

I also got Lipstick Jungle (by Candace Bushnell), The Boleyn Inheritance (by Philippa Gregory), and Before Green Gables (by Budge Wilson – fun name).

Hope they’re good. I used to love reading Anne of Green Gables. I never read Sex & the City (also written by Candace Bushnell) but I have the whole series on DVD and I will never tire of it. And I’ve never read Philippa Gregory but I’ve heard great things.

I’m also excited for a book that I just won over at Missy’s blog – she inspires me to keep reading. She’s a true bookworm.

Today we headed down to High Line Park, which is a park on the lower west side of Manhattan that’s built on an abandoned train track. It winds over the city and as you walk the tracks you can see all of these beautiful deteriorating buildings. As we walked I had scenes from The Newsies running through my head. (Did anyone else love this movie? Christian Bale was ridiculously cute.) That area of the city is very old world and early 1900s-esque.

We took the train down to Union Square and walked over the ~6 big city blocks. We entered at 14th Street and walked up to 20th; we couldn’t go any further because the rest of it is under construction. We’ll go back again soon. Landscape architecture is something that I am continually baffled and awed by. The people that had the inspiration to turn a defunct railway into a beautiful project are genius, in my opinion.

Bobby is sitting on our living room floor putting this together now:

It’s our new media center and bookshelf from Crate and Barrel. It goes nicely with our new couches.

How was your weekend? Do you have a favorite park to visit?

Quick Healthy Updates

Yesterday I ended up walking 3 miles – 2 to work, and then one at lunch. But today I didn’t get any exercise in. I will try to do a little extra tomorrow.

Today’s food had lots of veggies and fats, but no overkill of protein. I’m trying oatmeal for breakfast again. It’s good. I missed it. I’m going to be a little bit honest. I’m getting really frustrated with these few pounds that I’ve put on. I feel like I’m trying hard to lose it, but I forgot how annoying it is to lose weight!

I’m reading this really good book: The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker. He’s a very smart linguist. It makes me feel very intelligent as I sit on the subway on my way to or from work. I’m starting to carry it everywhere which is always a good sign.

What’s your favorite book?