What I'm Loving | 8/12/2018

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The air quality around here has been poor due to fires north of Napa, so since Rusty and I both have allergies (😂) we've been taking it easy this week. I am so thankful that we didn't end up with a high-energy, off-the-rails dog at times like this, because even he's been a little stir crazy after being cooped up. 

We've tried to have fun inside though — our trainer gave us a new toy for tug so that's been helping quite a bit. Baby boy does not like to give up his toys, so he'll play tug so long I end up needing a break before he does! Then he sleeps for hours so it all works out just fine.

Here's what I'm loving lately: 


Reading :: All I've wanted to do this week is read, it seems! I finished up An American Marriage — what a well-written and unique book. The story was interesting, but what really made it exceptional was the way the characters were portrayed. They felt like 3-dimensional beings instead of words on a page, and you experience their feelings in real time. I moved on to Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race, and while it's a social commentary on the structural racism in Britain, it absolutely still applies to the discussion about race all over the world. The author lays out her points clearly and is well-researched about the facts. I would consider this as a must-read for a person of any race who's trying to understand the systems of oppression that people of color continue to face. Now, I'm delving into Elanor Oliphant is Completely Fine which, so far, is unique in the best ways. 

Listening :: This might not resonate with a lot of readers out there, but Nicki Minaj's new album is SO good. I was checking it out running errands on Friday and I was feeling it so much! Love to see successful women doing their thing. ♥️

Spare Time :: We went to go see a movie this week in what felt like the first time in ages! Moviepass's declining selection of showtimes has been disappointing, but since we go to an AMC theater we've switched to their service instead. We went to see Blindspotting and wow. One of the best movies we've seen in so long (and I'm not just saying that because it's based in Oakland!). It was hilarious at times, balanced with some very serious and true-to-life issues that people in our community and communities all over America are facing every day. Wholeheartedly recommend it.

Etcetera ::  Burritos are the perfect food. I had one of the best burritos of my life in a Mission taqueria this week, but I also love to throw together pinto beans, ground beef, and taco rice in a tortilla so we have a quick meal always on hand. Just throw them in the fridge (or they freeze beautifully) and reheat when you're ready. Fast, cheap and far better for you than the traditional freezer-aisle burritos — the perfect food indeed!