Favorite Things : June 22 – 28, 2019

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And we made it through another week! — we only have two more weeks left in Michigan until we move to Texas. The house is starting to be filled with boxes of books and I am starting to feel like I am living in mild chaos. I am sad to leave Hillsdale, but I think I’m ready to get on with it.

Plans for this weekend? Packing, of course. And that is basically it. Very exciting.

I did not find too much for this week’s favorite things — my internet time has significantly decreased in the past few weeks for obvious reasons!

How to help a new mom — my favorite advice? Leave her alone. I may have been alone in this, but I did not want a parade of people coming by, even if they were bringing food. I wanted to get back to “regular” life as quickly as possible.

Fun fact for runners: You don’t have to run ultras. I do eventually want to run an ultra, but I think sometimes I fall under the “if I run longer, I’m a more serious runner” thinking trap.

Interesting use of instagram, but I can see how it would help you keep accountable!

As I said, short list. What did I miss?

Have a great weekend!




Favorite Things : June 1 – 21, 2019

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Happy Friday! Since Henry, most of the days feel like they are sort of melting together. I am starting to not know what day it is! We have no big plans for this weekend, which is kind of nice. The last two weekends have been filled with visitors and it will be good to have a quiet, normal weekend.

While Henry is taking a nap (for now), I figured I would get out a few of my favorite things for not only this week, but since the beginning of June.

I loved this essay on running in the morning.

Mr. Coffee will always be the best.

Another good one from Cal Newport: on the pleasures and sorrows of life without screens. 

An ode to that hill you love to hate.

Paddling the Colorado River from source to sea. 

Laura Vanderkam’s thoughts on frugal living and the FIRE world.

Best cookbooks for beginners. 

I agree. If you’re not early, you’re late.

What are your plans for this weekend?






Favorite Things : May 25 – 31, 2019

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This will be my last post for the next few weeks. After my ante-natal appointment yesterday, I was told I probably would not go beyond this weekend, but if I did to show up Monday morning bright and early to be induced. It is strange to think that there is an actual end in sight. In fact — it made everything seem so much less abstract. We came home and I immediately started cleaning. Must be prepared! Constant vigilance!

This week will mainly involve waiting. I do not think I will be able to finish the Harry Potter series as I had planned, but I should be able to finish Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I started Emily Oster’s book Cribsheet this week — so hopefully I can get through some of that to “prepare myself.”

I’m hoping to pop in to check-in in about two weeks! Until then, here are this week’s favorite things:

Cities are not the only location where innovation happens — turns out most of it is in rural areas.

30 lessons of 30 years.

I always feel terrible when I travel. Here are nine tips that can help.

Modern Mrs. Darcy on the writing process.

As someone who wants to do all the things (run, cycle, swim, lift, etc.), I like the idea of being a generalist in sport.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the early weeks of June!


Favorite Things : May 18 – 24, 2019

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Two things will be done this weekend: 1) We will organize and go through everything we can donate to the church rummage sale this week. 2) We will wait for the baby. I’ve been waiting for the baby for awhile now, but with every day that passes the waiting intensity increases. Will you or will you not arrive today? Though I know it is likely I will go past-due (after June 3), I keep hoping that I will be an exception to the first time mother rule and baby will show up just a little bit early (I start my 39th week on Monday).

For now, I’m sitting on the couch, compression socks on, feet propped up, and have spent most of this morning reading, internet searching, and kitchen cleaning. It has not been the most productive day, but I’m doing a little bit here and there. Plus, it has been hard to concentrate with the baby on my mind.

Here are this week’s favorite things:

Laura Vanderkam answers a reader question: can I pursue my own interests after having a baby? Thankfully, that answer is an emphatic yes.

My idea of a good time.

I’ve always been fascinated by the catacombs of Paris.

I kind of want to make this cake…with ice cream.

As I prepare for the baby, I really enjoyed this post and its accompanying resources on the one parent rule for a less hectic home.

What are your plans for this weekend?




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Favorite Things : May 11 – 17, 2019

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Good morning and happy Friday! I’ve been up since around 3:30 today. I took some time to read, but decided to just get into the day. I submitted my minor revisions for an academic article the other day and have been working on editing and cutting down another chapter so that I can send a new article out. I’m reading Paul Johnson’s A History of the American People and will hopefully will go out and take a walk later. I’m tired, but I have not been able to sleep. Week days and weekends can kind of run into each other when working from home, but I’m hoping that I can find some good time to relax.*

I found a few favorite things from the ‘net this week:

Definitely in line with the idea of 1% better, Modern Mrs. Darcy writes on just giving our goals a minute.

Interesting article form Vox about moving to an affordable city in the midwest.

Things to improve on.

I’m just going to say it. Danielle Steel’s work schedule is insane.

But don’t take my advice!

Progress is never dramatic.

On base lines and finish lines.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Favorite Things : May 4 – 10, 2019

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Graduation is tomorrow. I will be rocking those big doctoral gowns (I’m renting) and will walk across stage to receive my diploma for my Ph.D. I have to confess (authenticity being a virtue and all) that this seems sort of “meh.” When I presented my dissertation, that felt like a big moment, the moment I was done, the moment I shared my hard work. This just seems like a task I have to do on a Saturday, along with making bread, yogurt, and cleaning the house before my parents and grandparents arrive.

Bruno and I found out what classes we are teaching next year, so finally I have a project to work on. I’m grateful. I still do not seem to have the capacity for long-term concentration on anything related to Rousseau or my dissertation, though I have been working on edits for my journal article. However, I can spend all day reading American history. I also just love having direction and goals again. Plus, I mean…American history…it really is a joy.

Not too much for favorite things this week. I really have not spent too much time loafing around on the internet (!).

Habits of “lucky” people.

I’m always complaining about how cold the library at my school is. I love that this exists.

Apparently the fashionable aperol spritzes are causing controversy (I’ve always preferred campari spritzes myself).

I may have to write more on this, but I keep seeing this New Republic article shared and compared to the sports-writing article I shared from last week, the writer seems incredibly entitled. Who promised the intellectual life was a money-maker? (Asks the political theory Ph.D.)

What are your plans for this weekend? Anything on the internet catch your eye?






Favorite Things : April 27 – May 4, 2019

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This week’s favorite things is a day late, but I was so sick yesterday that the only thing I was good for was lying on the couch. It is less than a month until my due date and I honestly had not felt so terrible since the first trimester. I feel mostly better today, but I’m ready to get this next month over.

We’re heading back down to Ohio today for family pictures. In all likelihood it will be our last trip to Ohio before we move to Texas. I’m not sure when the next time I’m home will be, so it will be a bit of a bittersweet trip I think with a lot of good-byes — one of them being to my brother who moves to Charlotte, North Carolina in a week or two. The family is starting to spread out!

Here are this week’s favorite things:

Joanna Goddard visited Austin, Texas with her kids the other weekend.

From Laura McKowen — self-discipline as a form of self-care.

Carrots for Michaelmas posts on how she meal plans for a family of six.

Why is it so hard to learn a language in middle-age? Also, here’s a great book on this topic.*

I watch everything with closed captioning. Apparently I’m not alone.

Another for post-baby running plans: how long should your longest run be while ultramarathon training?

A simple solution to burn-out.

Must-read: How to leave sports writing and never regret a second. 

What are your plans for this weekend?

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Favorite Things : April 20 – 26, 2019

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Helloooo weekend. It is bright and sunny today, but is supposed to snow tomorrow (ok, Michigan, you win). I PR’d my strict press at noon CrossFit today and despite general pregnancy discomfort life is good. I don’t have too much planned for this weekend. I’m only a chapter away from finishing my Goblet of Fire re-read. I mainly just feel like I am waiting and counting down the days until Baby C makes his or her arrival.

Here are this week’s favorite things:

This chickpea salad looks like the perfect summer lunch.

Something my dad used to always tell me: walk it off.

I always see running and writing go together, but this is the first time I’ve seen the same with weight lifting and writing.

One of our boy names is one of 2019’s most popular baby names.

Some wisdom from medieval monks for digital distraction.

Saved for post-pregnancy running plans.

I liked this article on scaling in CrossFit and scaling in your budget and financial goals.

I’ve given the new Taylor Swift song a few listens and I have to say, I won’t go as far as this article, but I don’t love it.

And last, but not least, I love cows.

What are you plans for this weekend? Reading anything good? Thoughts on the new T-Swift song?








Favorite Things : April 13 – 17, 2019

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This is short week for posts. As it is Holy Week, beginning tomorrow I want to keep my internet use to a minimum and take some time away from my computer. We have no plans for Easter this year, other than probably the never-ending process of getting the house move-ready and baby-ready at the same time — quite a feat, I tell you!

Here are this week’s favorite things:

How do you get your news? The quest for slower, better news.

From Carrots for Michaelmas, Goodnight, Notre Dame. Easter Morning is Still Coming.

Educating myself in preparation for the move: 17 Tex-Mex Dishes Every Self-Respecting Austinite Should Know.

Another great post from Sabrina Little — “Practicing Bravery in My Sneakers.”

That’s all for this week! Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone!


Favorite Things : April 6 – 12, 2019

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I am a complete mucous mess this week. I had been coughing all last weekend, but nothing more. Then came the deluge. Usually colds take me out for a day. I get a good night’s sleep and wake up the next day not 100%, but significantly better. I had no idea what fresh hell a cold while pregnant could be. I am barely sleeping and barely functional. I called the ob-gyn’s office this morning asking, “Please, please is there anything I can take to sleep?” The woman on the phone was so kind. I included her in my thankful list today when she said the magic word I had been longing to hear: “Benadryl.”

So this week is pretty low on the favorite things. Being sick, most of my favorite things have involved me curling up on the couch watching Netflix. We watched Solo (which I liked a lot more than expected). Afterwards, we finally got our Prime to work to watch the first episode of Catastrophe. It was a lazy day of epic proportions, which will probably be repeated again.

A week late, but a good compilation of what to read and watch commemorating Kurt Cobain’s death.

Stephanie Case on being a “loser, failure, and quitter” in the Barkley Marathons.

Sarah Sellers, who was second last year at the Boston Marathon, on combining a full-time job with elite training.

My post-dissertation life : busy doing nothing (actually this book sounds really interesting).

Have a great weekend!