Link Rodeo

Just like last week, I’m still working through a good two months or so worth of link collecting.  Enjoy yet another eclectic potpourri of reads.

From New Republic: The Feminists of Zion

From LifeSpark: Visitation Situation in the U.C.I. in Raiford, Florida

From the NYT: Not a Happy Camper

From the NYT: The Pageant King of Alabama

From GQ: Who Wants to Shoot an Elephant?

From The New Yorker: Uses of “Namaste” at My Local Yoga Studio

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Friday Food Round-Up!

This was a week of perfect summer food.  Dig in.

Tuesday – Tater Tot Taco Salad


Jillian came over for dinner because we had to deal with all of the important things.  Since she said that she had a craving for Mexican, I proposed taco salad because it is the best salad that isn’t a salad.

About six months ago, Emily taught me her taco salad secret – add tater tots.  They have nothing to do with tacos OR salads, but oh my God it elevates the dish.  If you’re raising an eyebrow, just try it.  Once.  And then share with a friend.

Wednesday – Summer Corn Cakes with Chopped Tomato and Avocado Salsa and Soft-Fried Eggs


Marcus: Is this vegan?  Besides the eggs?

Me: No?  But it’s vegetarian?

Thursday – Pollo Asado tacos from The Homesick Texan’s Family Table, with Elote


This was supposed to be Not Tacos, but for whatever odd reason, I could not bring myself to make potatoes and tacos sounded really good, so we had those instead.

I know there’s only one taco in the photo, but I pinky swear I ate three.

Birchbox: June + July 2014

We’re all probably a bit overdue for a peek into my latest Birchboxes.  Actually, I know we’re overdue.

Confession time: I am something of a product-hoarder.  Right now, my sample bag runneth over.  All of the miniature sunscreens have found their way into my toiletry bag for cabin usage, but everything else is still hanging about my vanity.  I need to schedule some moisturizing/facial time in a serious way.



In the box: Cynthia Rowley Beauty Silver Eyeliner, Dr. Hauschka Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Wash, LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Menatour, nyakio Kenyan Coffee Face Polish Body Scrub and Hydrating Face Oil, Perlier Body Cream – Shea Almond

If we’re going to keep the honesty-streak alive, then I feel like I should tell you that I haven’t used anything in this box yet.  As gorgeous as that tube of Perlier Body Cream looks, I think that it’s probably going to be saved until winter, because dry skin is not really a problem in Minnesota in the summer.  Come January, I will be begging for just the tiniest bit of humidity.

I am really looking forward to the nyakio facial kit, but I just haven’t made the time to do it yet!  The packaging is actually fairly impressive.  Each of the steps have been split out so that amateurs (AKA me) know how we’re meant to perform this ritual.



In the box: Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain in Sugar, Harvey Prince Singular Scentsations Imperial Gardenia, NAOBAY Body Radiance Lotion, Paula’s Choice RESIST c15 Super Booster, St. Tropez Tan Gradual Tan Plus Anti-Ageing Multi-Action Face, Women’s Health Subscription (10 issues)

This box arrived last week and it was PACKED.

I am a big fan of Harvey Prince scents, so I was really glad to see the Imperial Gardenia in this box.  Since Women’s Health sponsored this month’s box, I also received a 10 issue subscription which makes it probably the best freebie that Birchbox has thrown in to date.

Some of the lotions look thrilling (NAOBAY), other serums look terrifying (Paula’s Choice RESIST), and still some threaten to turn my face an unnatural shade of tan (St. Tropez).  We’ll see where that goes.

Running on The River Road

River Road

Last week, Angie and I met up for a run/dinner date because it is summer and now is the time to take advantage of outdoor running.  We did our warm-up/cool-down together and while she did some sort of barf-y speed workout at the track, I went down to The River Road.

I don’t use my friends for their proximity to beautiful running trails, but I do appreciate that those trails exist.

Wednesday’s run was one where after about a mile and a half, I fell into The Zone and I did not rejoin the group until a couple of minutes before I was back at the track for cool-down time.  The Zone is not something I chase because generally, I appreciate the hour (give or take) I have to work through life as my feet are moving.  That being said, I haven’t been “in” The Zone for months probably so it was a really lovely and relaxing run.

Yesterday, I pulled out my planner from 2013 (which also doubles as a workout log) to get an idea of what 10 Mile training will look like this year.

Summary: Apparently I started training for the 10 Mile in mid-August last year and to give my legs a break from marathon training, I did a massive drop in mileage.  Which is actually a fairly logical choice.  I wrote all of the workouts down anyway and over the next few weeks, I’ll figure out what I can/should bulk up and what can stay the same.  Riveting stuff, I know.

As always, there are goals.  (1) Do not get injured and (2) Beat my time from last year (1:30:10).  Goal #1 really matters, Goal #2 is because we all need something to work towards.


Link Rodeo

I know that it has been ages and ages since we have done a proper Link Rodeo.  Some of these links were collected in May, some of them are even older than that.

From Vulture: Read Amy Schumer’s Powerful Speech About Confidence

From Business Insider: Spurious Correlations

From BuzzFeed: 23 Charming Illustrations of Untranslatable Words From Other Languages

From GQ: The Old Man at Burning Man

From Mother Jones: Big Dairy is Putting Microscopic Pieces of Metal in Your Food

From the NYT: A Tattoo That Completes a New Breast

From The Atlantic: How Jews Designed the Modern American Home

Friday Food Round-Up!

I learned my lesson from last week – when I was meal planning, I thought about what I could make for dinner that would set us up for mealtime success.

Sunday – One Big Steak for Two, Cauliflower Everyone Loves and Red Onion Parsley Salad from Balaboosta


Ready for a confusing story?  Good.  Me too.

Last week, MHM was all rah-rah it’s Bastille Day next Monday!  And so I thought to myself Of course we must celebrate!  I will make steak since we never ever eat that at home.  So I made our meal plan and I looked at our schedule and then I realized that I was going to be working a very long day on Monday.  Remember that thing where I’m trying to avoid overreaching?  Me too.

Having already set my sights on making steak this week (and having already scoured the grocery ads), I moved this dinner to Sunday night.  Unencumbered by the French culture, we ended up with a chimichurri sauce and a host of other things that had not been part of the original vision.

Monday – West Texas Stacked Enchiladas from The Homesick Texan with Cilantro-Lime Rice, Black Beans and Guacamole


Dear Past Kat, thank you for making a double batch of enchilada sauce that one weekend where you had a lot of time on your hands.  I owe you big time.

Main course out of the way, I had just enough time to chop an onion, supervise the beans and soft-fry a few eggs (rice steaming, cilantro mincing and avocado mashing are 100% Marcus’ domain).

Thursday – Chicken with 4-3-2-1 Spice Rub, Asparagus Salad (made with Green Beans) and Oven Fries


I am sure y’all are trying to figure out what it means to have Asparagus Salad made with Green Beans.  When I was at the grocery store, Asparagus was $4.99/lb.  I don’t know about you, but in this house that is Expensive.  I was hesitant to make the purchase, and then I realized that green beans would do just as well when pressed into service.  This is probably a trick we will rely upon more often.

More Summer Reading

More of my holds came in, so I have been reading.  I don’t know that any of these really scream “summer,” but they’ve moved along fast enough.  The bad part = my holds list is nearly empty.  If you have suggestions I need (Need!) them.

Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Tell The Wolves I'm Home

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

We Need New Names

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings

Young Money by Kevin Roose

Young Money