Of Note — September 7
Happy Friday! If you read my last post, you know I spent the long weekend in Ottawa visiting family. I took some pictures but not that many. I really tried to focus on spending time with my aunt and grandmothers; I don't get that kind of one-on-one time very often. Highlights included interviewing my grandmothers about their lives, getting my aunt hooked on The Good Place, and introducing one of my grandmothers to Siri. I do wish I could have filmed Dorothy asking Siri about a saint she's interested in and getting an answer. It was incredible.
I'm still working on Less — really enjoying it so far! I had a goal to finish Citizen of the World by Labor Day, but I haven't picked it up since the end of July. My new goal is to finish it by Christmas, so I can return the book to my uncle who lent it to me.
I am obsessed with Blackish. I've seen a handful of episodes, but on Tuesday I was working from (Erin's) home and we popped on the show from season 1, episode 1. The cast is incredible, it's laugh-out-loud funny, and they take on some big issues in a beautiful way. I have watched the entire first season in 3 days, so let's see how far I take it this weekend.
I'm often a completist when it comes to pop culture — I feel I have to finish the book/movie/podcast I've started, even if I don't like it that much. But I've decided to let go of a podcast that I haven't really been enjoying (In the Limelight) and jump onboard with another, similar one that I enjoy much more. In the Limelight is a pop culture podcast that often focuses on the royals; Royally Obsessed is all-in on the royals. They're often talking about the same thing, and I just really prefer the hosts, guests, and chats on Royally Obsessed. It's a big deal to move on from Limelight, but I'm feeling good about the decision.
I made a delicious combo of cauliflower gnocchi + mild Italian chicken sausage + sautéed red onions + feta cheese that I brought for lunch a couple of days this week. That cauliflower gnocchi really is pretty tasty! And actually feels like you're eating gnocchi. Don't get me started on cauliflower rice, which is literally nothing like rice. I also had tacos from Chipotle after church choir on Wednesday night. I can't believe I spent so many years getting burrito bowls when the tacos are SO MUCH BETTER.
Ottawa Bagelshop and Deli (I'll write all about this next week), Beyoncé's birthday (and celebrating with a themed spin class), fried eggs at a restaurant (so much better than at home), Smarties (the Canadian kind), the Rideau Canal (should I keep putting in parentheses for fun?), Swedish berries (okay I'll stop), church choir being back, Instagram stories, sleep masks.