Friday Five

A Food-Forward Friday Five

1. Houdini Kitchen Laboratory: last Friday I took Amtrak to NYC for a fun weekend with girlfriends. That evening we went to this pizzeria in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens. We were having such a good time catching up that I forgot to take pics, so the below photo is from the NY Times’ review of the place. Decor-wise I’d call it Rustic Hipster Cool. The pizzas are quite tasty, though mine—the Camorra—was a little soggy in the middle. Depending on where you live or are staying, Houdini isn’t necessarily convenient, but it’s a solid spot to check out if you’re up for a bit of a commute.

Image Credit: Cassandra Giraldo for The New York Times

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Friday Five

Spring in Full Swing

1. May Bullet Journal Spread: I can’t believe it’s May already…that means that I turn 40 next month. WHAT?! Anyway, I tried drawing some crystals freehand on my May monthly spread and they turned out…okay. Not too terrible for my first crystal-drawing effort, though!

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1. Peak Cherry Blossoms! The cherry blossoms hit their peak bloom here in DC late last week. I’ve had some anxiety and foot pain lately so I was dragging my feet about going to the Tidal Basin, but last Friday morning I forced myself to go. I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t go see the trees in peak bloom…and it was totally worth it! You can scroll through more pics on my original Instagram account here.

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1. March for Our Lives: last Saturday, John and participated in this important march to  demand change in gun laws. We didn’t stay the whole time (and we were lame and didn’t bring signs), but it was a wonderful experience—especially to hear teenagers speak about how gun violence has changed their lives. I really, really hope that this movement sparks meaningful, lasting reforms. We’ve GOT to vote out lawmakers who are in the NRA’s pocket or things will stay the same.

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1. Orchid Spectrum: this week I went to the U.S. Botanic Garden orchid exhibit and found my new favorite orchid among tons of amazing specimens. This stunning purple-black orchid is a Vandachostylis Colmarie ‘Carmela’ and I am utterly in love. I posted about my visit (with lots of pics!) over on my orchid blog, bklynorchids.com, so feel free to check them out there!

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1. Black Panther: THIS MOVIE. Everything about it is wonderful. Considering my position of white privilege I’m unqualified to really wade into the discussion, so instead I’ll tell an anecdote. When my husband and I were leaving the movie theater, a little black boy—maybe about four years old—posed in front of the lobby signage for Black Panther. He smiled and crossed his arms over his chest in the Wakanda Forever sign as his mom took photos of him. Then he said “I wanna be like him!” And that, right there, is why this movie needed to be made. This movie is long overdue, but at least it’s here now. Also: THAT CAST, THO. Holy. Shit.

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All The Ways I Screwed Up This New York Times Recipe

After being in Los Angeles for a few days I was looking forward to getting back into my usual routine, which includes making dinner.* Each morning I read The New York Times morning briefing over breakfast; yesterday’s briefing included a recipe suggestion that sounded awesome: Creamy Polenta with Mushrooms. So I decided immediately that I was going to make this recipe for our first real dinner together back in town.

Image credit: Michael Kraus for The New York Times

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Quick note: I’m going on a weeklong vacation soon so I will most likely skip my Friday Five next week.

1. Wormwood: a fascinating, disturbing six-part documentary from famed director Errol Morris about the search for answers after the suspicious death of an Army scientist in the 1950s. The episodes interweave recreations of what may or may not have actually happened, featuring talent such as Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker, Bob Balaban, Jimmi Simpson, and more. I won’t give too much away here, but the story involves the CIA, MK Ultra, and a government conspiracy. Curiosity piqued yet?

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Well, we’ve arrived at my final Friday Five of 2017! This has been a big year for me personally (see my Instagram Best Nine slide show)…but globally it’s been a raging dumpster fire of a disaster. Here’s hoping 2018 is full of real progress.

Because this is most likely my last post of 2017, before I jump into today’s five things I want to wish you all a very happy, healthy, and safe New Year’s. Cheers to great things in 2018!

1. The Last Jedi: my husband and I went to see the new Star Wars movie last Saturday night (in a theater with new reclining seats!) and we both really enjoyed it. I won’t spoil anything here, but I will say that Adam Driver is so super intense in the best way. Daisy Ridley also did phenomenal work—and on top of that, she has the most flawless skin in any galaxy. It’s so heartening to see heroic people of color in the main cast of a gigantic movie.  And this gif of Chewie and a Porg is my new favorite moment ever.

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1. Pokémon Go Gen 3: it’s finally here!!! The new generations of monsters was released last Friday afternoon and as soon as I noticed the release, I went out to try and catch ’em all! This pic shows the first six Gen 3 Pokémon that I caught on that stroll, and I’ve added nine additional new ones to my Pokédex. I believe they released 50, so I still have a ways to go!

Clockwise from top left: Treecko, Skitty, Makuhita, Slakoth, Plusle, Gulpin

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