This post is all about things I love. Some of them I got for free. It doesn’t affect my love for them. There are plenty of things I get for free that I don’t tell you about. Promise. Disclosures will come when appropriate.
Little things are the theme of the week, apparently.
These little things are making my life a little nicer. Appreciating the little things definitely helps with the big things, doesn’t it?
*Freebie* My friends at Bruegger’s now have a wonderful, spicy Sriracha Egg Sandwich that makes me feel totally legit about ordering a breakfast sandwich for lunch. Bruegger’s is the only place where I have bagel sandwiches, elsewhere the bagels are too hard to eat. This one has not only the sriracha hot sauce, but some lovely crispy red pepper. (Some may prefer roasted, but I like the bite of the raw here.)
They also have a new bagel, the Morning Glory, which has carrots, raisins, sunflower seeds and apple butter. It’s hearty and yet still summery. Have it with the Honey Walnut Cream Cheese.
Food trucks. Food trucks! E and I are splitting the sublet for another 6 weeks or so. While I’m there I’m thrilled to be finally able to eat from food trucks, as there’s usually one at Cleveland Circle on the weekends. So far I have enjoyed Roxy’s Grilled Cheese (guacamole, bacon, muenster: fab) and Fugu (bi bim bap: fab). One of the highlights of my weekend is checking the Food Truck Schedule.
My Trish Hampton key chain. Yes, I know this sounds silly. But I won this and it was exactly what I needed. Technically you’re supposed to snap it to something, which is genius. But I snap on the key ring E and I pass back and forth without having to deal with two sets of keys. It’s excellent. *Technically this is a freebie, but I won it. So unrelated.*
All the entertainment. Before Midnight just came out. Mad Men is on. Gillian Anderson is back on TV in The Fall. I am almost done with the new season of Arrested Development. I have a kindle chock full of books to review. I have an absolutely awesome calendar coming up for Red Letter Reads. I am not really a superhero movie kind of gal, but there’s plenty for my snobby self to enjoy.
I signed up for Audible again. (affiliate link, yes, but not a freebie) Depending on how my life is going I will sign up and then take a break and then get back in. With my time on the T alone on the weekends, my ipod is my friend and audiobooks are an even better friend.
*Freebie* Getting back to TV, I am a big fan of Aereo, which I’m previewing right now before they open wide in Boston. (They’re currently available in NYC.) The laptop is all I have on weekends, so being able to watch live TV is pretty sweet. If you’re a no-cable household but still want to catch the occasional something, I recommend it. It has a surprising amount of DVR space, too.
The kids have only ever watched Netflix or DVDs we have uploaded so when I let them watch PBS in the morning it was like magic. The television will decide what’s coming on next! Can you believe it??
Somehow I’ve been in a very serious literary mood lately, which is weird. Usually when I’m troubled I like fluff I can read in one sitting, but I keep finding myself getting lost in rather heavier books. There was the surreal and lovely The Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa by Benjamin Constable. And the simple and elegant story of race and country in Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A twist on the college novel in My Education by one of my favorites, Susan Choi. And I’m currently utterly absorbed in Nicholson Baker’s follow-up to The Anthologist: Traveling Sprinkler. Plus I’m in the middle of the novel of North Korea The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. I keep expecting to go for a thriller but can’t really get into them. I guess I shouldn’t complain, huh?
It has to be said. Sure, it’s depressing, but I am waking up refreshed for the first time since before I was pregnant. I am a seriously light sleeper and I’ve grown so accustomed to getting whacked during the night by a flailing limb that I didn’t even notice anymore. But now the kids are sleeping through the night, there’s nothing between me and actually deep sleep.
I’m waking up refreshed. It’s awesome.