Welcome back Friday! And welcome back you! Time to talk about five favorites from the past week…
C and I went to dinner on Saturday to 12 Acres, a new restaurant in St. Albert with a local / sustainable / farm-to-table approach. I had the Chicken a la Buttermilk, which was delicious, but unfortunately served with a warm kale salad. I’m convinced that all the people that say they like kale are in on some massive inside joke on the rest of us. That stuff is terrible no matter how it’s prepared.
As I mentioned last week, Graduation Day is more of a direct continuation of Independent Study than a separate book. An additional parallel is the wholly unsatisfying ending. I’m not sure if Charbonneau intends to extend this into a trilogy in five parts, but the ending is pretty lame. I’m sure that’s how any such revolution would actually “end” in real life, but I don’t read YA dystopia for examples of real life situations. Real life is allowed to have boring endings, books need to step it up a notch. Overall, I’d say pass on this series. There is much better YA and other reading awaiting your precious time.
Like this! Laird Barron is very much within the weird fiction / cosmic horror set (think modernized Lovecraft). I first read The Croning a few years ago and this collection of short stories is right in line with the theme and tone of that novel. It’s dark and bleak and infrequently gross. It’s unnerving and unsettling and completely absorbing. Love.
As one of the best organized races I’ve run recently, Loops for the Troops is a standout. From the fun warm-up to the flat, relaxing run to the neat challenge coin finisher medal to the pancakes (which C enjoyed) and sausage and surprisingly good coffee, this was a great event. It didn’t hurt that the weather was gorgeous and that it was fun to watch the EPS participants run in formation the whole time.
I’ll be back next year for sure.
These tender, cinnamon-packed treats barely lasted the week. I’m such a cinnamon monster I know these will make many, many recurrences in the coming weeks 🙂
I am one of those “lucky” runners whose face breaks out once I start doing longer runs. Whether its from sweat forming, drying, reforming, etc. on my face or something hormonal, I used to get terrible acne. Especially around my chin, jawline, and forehead.
I got the Mia a couple of years ago for Christmas from C and used it frequently at first, and noted at the time that it really helped either prevent acne or significantly decrease the size and duration of occurrences.
Then I fell out of the habit of using it, and just… forgot about it? Last summer my face was a mess the whole time (or until my injury and total lack of running that followed). I was so frustrated and angry that I was dealing with both acne and wrinkles at the same time. Definitely not fair.
Then a few months ago I dug this beauty out of the drawer, charged it up, and have been using it every morning in the shower. The difference is huge. I still get some acne in the usual places, but each zit is much smaller and usually goes away within a day or two (I use a tiny dab of tea tree oil to help dry them out and kill bacteria to speed the process as well).
Lesson learned: don’t sideline products and tools with a proven personal history of effectiveness.
Stayed tuned for part 4 of my 2014 NYC marathon debacle tomorrow! This one focuses on my injury and what I did (or neglected to do) to rehab prior to the race.