These are easy (just chop a bunch of veggies and saute); delicious; healthy and filling; and you make a ton for not very much money, so it's perfect for making a big batch and having leftovers for lunch during the week. And these are easily adaptable - don't like mushrooms? Leave them out! Craving red meat? Go ahead and use regular Mexican chorizo - though I have to say, I love the Trader Joe's faux version.
Lake Tahoe was absolutely gorgeous (some more pics up on my insta, including really awesome huevos rancheros) and Denver was fun, but now I have a cold and it's back to business. J is doing laundry and unclogging the shower drain (it is ALWAYS clogged) and all sorts of useful things and I am . . . blogging. But! I am trying to get more productive via technology, and felt some sense of accomplishment after using the following apps, so wanted to share:
1) Duolingo. No surprise here - I think this is the most popular language-learning app out there. I've been working on improving up my Spanish - not quite able to communicate with Spanish-speaking clients sans interpreter, but hopefully one day.
2) Glow. I learned about it through a post on A Practical Wedding, and it is a great app for tracking your health and holding yourself accountable. I was surprised to see how much alcohol I was actually drinking each week (what seemed like just a little here and there was really adding up), and felt proud every time I logged another workout session.
3) Mint. It's about time! I should have started some kind of budget ages ago, but better late than never, right? Mint syncs with all your bank and credit card accounts for you, so you can easily see how much money you have and how much you're spending, and make adjustments. Hopefully the fear of going in the red on every category will keep me in line because I need to get on top of mi dinero.
4) Songza. My favorite music-playing app - ok, maybe this doesn't directly make me productive, but a well-curated playlist to pump up my workout or keep me focused when working is much appreciated, and I never tire of my favorite playlists, or the endless choices on offer - like having my own personal soundtrack producer on call.
So those are my top hits. After spending a few minutes getting my finances, health, and mad language skillz in order, I feel much better - (almost) enough to forget about this rotten cold. Meanwhile, J's glad I'm using my phone for something other than playing mindless games and instagramming.
So, readers, what apps help you get stuff done?
Hilarious image credit goes to The Awkward Yeti.
We're heading off for a long weekend in Lake Tahoe tomorrow, but before I go, a couple interesting tidbits:
*NYC eliminating money bail for low-level and non-violent offenders is excellent news.
*More good news: hooray for women's sports and the World Cup and Title IX and little girls having fierce role models to look up to.
*On a related note, who else is excited for the all-female Ghostbusters reboot?
*It's just not summer without lobster rolls.
*Let's just pop some popcorn and watch how this fight between New York's governor and the City's mayor turns out.
*Chicago is going to start taxing Netflix! Interesting to see what impact this will have and whether other areas join them.
*I can't sit in an office in the summer time without a sweater, and some of my coworkers even have space heaters going under their desks to combat the artificial freeze.
*Fish tacos > other kinds of tacos.
*Tacos > sandwiches (says the girl with Southern California in her bones).
*Ice cream in a cone > ice cream in a cup.
*Runny yolks > hard-boiled eggs.
*Cold-brewed coffee > regular brewed coffee poured over ice.
*Vietnamese iced coffee > American iced coffee.
*(This is a controversial one, possibly regarded as blasphemous, but one which, after much thought and tasting, I'm committed to:) Cake > pie.
*Concerts in the park > concerts in a bar.
*Reading a real book > reading a book on a screen.
*As far as holiday weekends are concerned, Friday off > Monday off (but either > no holiday at all).
Happy three-day weekend! Just in case you wanted to sport the stars and stripes head to toe, I'm here to let you know that it is possible.
Top to bottom, left to right:
1) Sweater, available at ASOS.
2) American Apparel bikini.
3) Legging from teeki.
4) Americana aviators at Urban Outfitters.
5) Keds shoe available at Nordstrom.
Plus, my favorite potato salad recipe ever: I'm planning to make some this weekend with sliced black olives, thinly sliced red radishes from the farmer's market, and scallions, and then I'm going to try very hard to subsist on more than just rose and giant bowlfuls of potato salad (but that's what summer holiday weekends are for).
There's been a lot written about the benefits of being grateful - reductions in anxiety, increased happiness, even lowered aggression, among other perks. But being cognizant of what we have to be grateful for, and remembering to express it, sometimes falls by the wayside - so often, grateful thoughts get drowned out by the things I'm worried about, stressed about, regretful about. The trial prep that didn't go well, the judge that ruled against my client, the client that took his stress out on me, the thoughtless thing that I said or the task I failed to complete - that's what I obsess over, and it can become a negative feedback loop.
But with so much to be thankful for, now felt like a good time to run through a little listicle of all the good things that happened this week (much better than dwelling on the bad, right?).
So, here goes.