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Weekly Reads

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Living in a college town means an exciting buzz fills the air as students move in and the fall semester starts. And even as temperatures continue to soar beyond 90 degrees here, my mind begins to wander toward warm sweaters, pumpkins spice and bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils. I do my best to embrace what’s special about my city and the season I’m experiencing now. (Love these tips.) But it’s no wonder one of my top reads this week features nine things you probably didn’t know about Nora Ephron.

Beyond fall, Ephron’s movies get me thinking about life in my 30s. (A milestone that’s just about 6 months away.) After a visit with a financial planner recently, I feel confident I’m on track as far as retirement savings go. But sometimes I wonder what other life events I ought to be saving for. Should I start an investment account for a future down payment on a house? Or even fertility treatments?  I haven’t made any decisions about children yet and I want to keep my options open. But I know as I age fertility could become an issue and as this New York Magazine article explains, treatment is expensive.

Another of my top reads this week highlights the difficult, often frustrating, intersection of fashion and journalism. I’ve seen articles in which commenters question a woman’s ability to report on a serious subject if she has also written about fashion. In this case, the quality of a woman’s reporting is questioned based on her fashion choices.

Finally, to round out my Basic B post, I’d like everyone to know that I love Eat Pray Love and I think Elizabeth Gilbert is amazing. I’m inspired by her ability to boldly be herself and I wish her every happiness following her latest announcement.

 

 

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Weekly Reads

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It’s been a busy, cloudy, exhausting few weeks. First an especially bad cold knocked me off my feet and out of service for a couple of days and kept me dragging for several more. Work piled up. So did dishes. Deadlines loomed.I ate fast food. I skipped my workouts. I focused on making it through. And now I’m here. The storm is clearing, the pressure is letting up, the deadlines are passing and even though I know the sun is coming, (Time planned with friends, a visit from a special cousin and a fun trip are all lined up!) I still feel a little cloudy here.

Sometimes those clouds make me wonder, could that mean I’m not on the right path? Shouldn’t the trail always be sunny–warm, kissing my skin in the late afternoon light? That brings me to my first recommended read this week. The Purpose of Clouds. Erin Loechner from Design for Mankind, a blogger I admire to her authenticity, explains the clouds are often there for a reason.

So this weekend I plan to settle into the clouds, let them give me the rest I need and wait for them break to reveal whatever might come next.

Here are a few more of my favorite articles this week:

Verity Vareé showcases the power and beauty of real women’s stories in through a series of interviews and photo shoots the site’s creators call “Reveals.” (Margaret’s story is one of my favorites.)

From Vv’s Kickstarter:

“When you see someone else courageously reveal her story, you start to see the worth, value, and unique properties of her person. And you begin to think, ‘Is my story beautiful too?'”

Thanks to Darling Magazine for introducing me to Vv.

 

I also love this collection of essays supporting another choice for women–the decision not to have children.

Thanks to  Cup of Joe for pointing me toward this collection.

 

 

 

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Weekend Scoop

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Happy Monday! I hope all of you had wonderful weekends. E and I spent our weekend making plans for a few upcoming get-aways, playing board games with friends and hunting for the super moon eclipse. This week is starting off with a rainy Monday that’s putting me in the mood for soup and couch snuggling. I’m hoping to parlay that into a week of healthy self care — cooking good food, reading books that make me think and maybe a little yoga.

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Weekly Reads

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It’s still warm here in Florida, but I can feel the fall weather coming. And while E and I are planning a trip to the coast to see the lunar eclipse Sunday, I’ve got a bit of an itch to curl up on the couch with some good reads. Here are a few articles I’m looking forward to.

I remember seeing Carly Fiorina speak when I was just a freshman in high school. I was really impressed by her then. What made the biggest impression on me was probably that she had majored in medieval studies, and had worked her way up to run a major company. I think I saw her as role model for women and also proof that hard work and critical thinking could lead to success. I haven’t followed her much since then and I’m not ready to comment on her politics. But I am excited to watch her campaign. Which is why this New York Times article is on the top of my reading this list weekend.

I think this Washington Post story about how children are used to send political messages is really well done.

I love to host people in my home for small parties or get-togethers, but my boyfriend and I sometimes wonder why our friend group so often lands at our house. This story from the New York Times might provide some insight.

And finally, I can’t get enough of the current pope. NPR gives us eight quotes from his U.N. speech.

What about you? What are your plans for the weekend? Any not-to-be-missed stories?

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Weekend Scoop

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It’s hot in Florida, like really hot. I thought I’d adjusted to the sunshine state’s sometimes brutal summers, but after a record breaking spring, it seems like our heat indexes top 100 degrees every day lately. It makes me want to hide inside, lying in the dark under the ceiling fan. But E and I are both fighting that urge.

This weekend our friend moved back into town after a stint at grad school in New Orleans. Our friends threw him a house warming party complete with some amazing guac. It prompted a conversation on the New York Times guacamole recipe. Where do you stand on the peas or no peas issue?

E got some exciting news that we celebrated this weekend with few tasty drinks at our favorite bar followed by a scoop of really good ice cream.

In fact, we used the weather as an excuse for more than one serving of ice cream this weekend. We also did a little organizing at home and recovering after our trip to the Smokey Mountains. (I hope to tell you about that soon.)

How about you? What did you do this weekend?

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Weathering The Storm

treeposeAbout a week ago, at downtown yoga, which we practice outdoors, the usually sunny skies turned grey and let out a torrent of rain. And while some might say that’s a good enough reason to quit, we kept going, pressing our hands and feet deeper into the sopping ground with each downward dog. It was hard. Harder than almost any yoga class I’ve attended. But we kept going, supporting each other with our presence, persistently optimistic with each salutation to the sun. And as it turned out, that optimism was rewarded. By the end of the practice the rain left, replaced by warm, energizing sunshine, and leaving behind a powerful sense of accomplishment.

I realized my life lately has been like that yoga class. I’ve been weathering the storm of the legislative session, made harder this year by a special session immediately following the first, and a swirl of family commitments. But I kept bowing, stretching and bending through. Finally this Friday, lawmaker adjourned Sine Die. The 2016 regular legislative session is coming earlier this year. And lawmakers will be back in town for committee weeks starting in August. But I can feel the sun coming out. I accomplished the goal. I made it through to the end and I’m determined to bask in the energizing glow.

Summer is in full swing in Tallahassee, with temperatures topping 100-degrees. Southerners use the hot weather as an excuse for lazy afternoon naps, iced tea and lemonade, and the freshest fruits drizzled with ice-cream. I hope to spend these next few months following that example. I want to spend time in my garden, eating fresh fruits and vegetables that nourish my body and mind. I plan to continue my yoga practice and explore other modes of exercise that help my body to feel its best. And I hope to slow down, to consider what activities fulfill my soul the most, and actively choose to do those.

What about you? What storms have you been weathering lately? Can you feel the sunshine coming near? And what will will you do when it gets there?

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The Final Countdown

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The legislative session has pretty much  wiped me and the rest of the news room out, but with just six days left (and then probably a special or extended session) I think we can make it.

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