Friends, hello! Happy Sunday!
I slightly relaxed my grip on quarantine life for the first time in months the past few weeks and woop – not a great idea. I came in close range to the virus and locked it aaaallll back up. A test today showed a negative result, thank goodness, but I’m gonna keep it on lock for the foreseeable future. It’s a wild world and we aren’t out of the woods yet.
I’ve taken it back to some of my early quarantine activities – working from random places throughout the house. My favorite this week was this chair and bench spot under a window.
This week in the kitchen I’ve really elevated my smoothie game to basically ICE CREAM with the addition of frozen riced cauliflower and full fat coconut milk. I’ve also made very delicious brothy beans thanks to a generous amount of olive oil. After many months of life without my many-day-a-week yoga studio routine I can feel the waist band shrinking. It’s frustrating so… I’ve taken to loose dresses and that’s that on that.
I’m wearing my mask, washing my hands, and my pants and I are currently not available for the words ‘double pandemic’.
The offering this week is below. It’s on the lighter side. It represents the weight I’m able to carry this week. As every Sunday, take only what you need and take it easy today:
• Love Is Medicine for Fear. It’s SCIENCE! (The Atlantic)
• By now you’ve listened to AOC’s lesson in decency and if you haven’t, it’s required listening. We’re someone’s daughter too. (The Washington Post)
• My long read this week: The flexible work fallacy. (Aeon via Ann Friedman)
• For a brief moment join me in considering the advantages of being tiny when trying to Outrun a Dinosaur. (Wired)
• Here’s a truth from Tiny Leaps Big Changes if you need it: Nobody Remembers Your Failures (Apple Podcasts)
• This week Oprah reminded us of our guts: Life First Speaks to You in a Whisper. (Apple Podcasts)
• I’ve resurrected the Clay Pigeons playlist. You might need it too. (Spotify)
• A few of my friends have read The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch. Have you? I want to dive in but I hear it’s on the heavy side and… ya know, 2020. (Indiebound)
• This week I had a single peach on its last leg and made a small batch of this Peach and Cardamom Lemonade. (Joy the Baker)
• The Kitchn has 7 helpful ways to store your fresh strawberries. And if your strawberry ripeness still gets past you, make a few future smoothie packs. (The Kitchn and Joy the Baker)
• Jon made Tres Leches Rice Pudding and I fully support it. (The Candid Appetite)
• These days, all I want to do is crafty things and I find these DIY Painted Bangles so lovely. (The House That Lars Built)
• This week last year: Let It Be Sunday, 231! There are some good articles from this world past. (Joy the Baker)
Be well this Sunday!
My love to you.
Your advice are always good for the heart
“I’ve taken to loose dresses and that’s that on that.” PREACH lady ??????
I love your new site design! So easy to read.
I’m so glad!
I, too appreciate you and your authenticity. It makes me love you even more! I can totally relate to “It represents the weight I am able to carry.” That statement choked me up because of its relevance in my own life.
Keep doing what you do, Joy. You don’t realize how many people you are helping. Peace and joy to you.
ELIZABETH A AQUINO
I vouch for Lidia’s memoir. She is a friend and mentor, and her book is brilliant. She writes sublimely of heartache, loss, violence and the power of the body. Read her shorter piece in Guernica if you have a chance, as a warm-up to Chronology.
Thank you so much! Of course I need to read it. I needed this little nudge.