Bikes, Plated, and Travel

 Okay, byeee. Taken at  Tabernash, Colorado .

Okay, byeee.
Taken at Tabernash, Colorado.

Whoops.

Sometimes new projects have a rocky start, and I’m going to be nice to myself and consider this blog one of those projects. I’ve been entrenched in a time-consuming project at work and a prolonged interview process outside of it (more to come soon), but now I have more time on my hands and want to get back into these posts! I so enjoyed reading over the past two posts I wrote—I love having a record of what I’ve done and the projects I’ve worked on. So without further ado, here’s my (multi-)weekly digest:

What I'm reading

I fell a bit behind my read-one-book-per-week goal, so I’ve been trying to make up for it the past few weeks. I read Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” “Spoonbenders” by Daryl Gregory, and “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel.

I know there are a lot of ~ feels ~ out there about “Lean In,” but I thought Sheryl did have some good nuggets of practical advice, at least for women in professional, traditional career tracks. One thing I found interesting was Sheryl’s recommendation of “thinking personally, acting globally.” In practice, this could mean prefacing a negotiating conversation by saying something like, “Women in general are often paid less than men.” She argues that saying this makes your ask not just about yourself, but about all women. I’ve never done this but curious how it would play out in practice.

On the totally other end of the spectrum, “Station Eleven” is a massively enjoying read about a traveling Shakespeare acting and orchestral group 15 years into a post-apocalyptic future where 99.9% of the world’s population has been wiped out. Happy reading!

What I'm cooking

I did decide to splurge on Plated and am loving it so far. The service has vastly improved since I first tried it in 2014. Most recently, I made Vietnamese beef meatballs and shepherd’s pie, both of which were easy and delicious.

Where I’m going

I’ve been traveling a bucketload recently. Since I last posted in January, I’ve spent weekends in New York, Chicago, San Diego, and a few places in Colorado—Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs, and Tabernash. Now that the weather is getting nicer here (albeit with the random days of snow mixed in with sunshine, still trying to figure out Colorado weather), I think we’ll be staying put more. 

 Scenes from our trip to San Diego

Scenes from our trip to San Diego

What I’m baking

We’ve been terrible about celebrating the holidays this year (see travel above), but I did make a batch of funfetti macaroons for Passover. I used too many sprinkles and they came out pink but were delicious all the same. I followed Molly Yeh’s recipe.

What I’m buying

I got a bike! After much deliberation, I landed on an Electra commuter bike and I am in love with it.

This Weekend

It's been a busy one! We went to a podcast taping called Shut Up & Listen at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver Friday night, went back into Denver for lunch with a friend today, karaoke tonight, and hopefully a whole lot of relaxing tomorrow.