1- Book rec: I’m not even finished with it, but I am really enjoying Pooja Lakshmin’s Real Self Care. I did not expect the author’s personal journey to include time spent in a cult! Her perspective as someone who got personally swept up in faux wellness AND as a mental health professional (she is a practicing psychiatrist) is really valuable.
2- Podcast rec #1: Peter Attia x Arthur Brooks: Cultivating happiness, emotional self-management, and more. Yes, it’s two extremely privileged white guys talking. AND it’s a great conversation. I feel like Arthur went a level deeper in this conversation than he has on other shows (maybe because it’s on the longer side).
3- Podcast rec #2: Planet Money –> Why 90s Ads are Unforgettable. Among other things, I learned how soap operas got their name!
Planet Money is a podcast I always find far more entertaining than one would think given the topics. They do such a great job making economics-related topics understandable to non-experts!
4- Podcast rec #3: Marathon Training Academy: Book Talk — Our Favorite Reads from 2023. Angie, one of the hosts of this show, is another reader who goes through >200 books/year (I am AMAZED at those of you who do this, I am a ~50 books/year person!). I got so many TBR-list ideas from this episode.
5- Connetions: My parents turned me onto this game and now I have added it to my morning puzzle ritual after Wordle!
I’ve only done 3 so far and find it pretty easy (no mistakes yet though I’m sure I’ll start making them!) — yet very satisfying. I am not into games . . . other than not-terribly-hard word games apparently. They are my jam!
Well, it’s Saturday!!! We have a weekend that’s pretty packed, but generally with fun things. The weather sucks and I am debating running in the rain vs doing the Peloton (or the treadmill, but that is noisy and would wake people up so can’t do that for a bit). Opportunities to run in the rain are not actually that plentiful here because rain usually comes with lightning and obviously I’m not going to run in that.
However this seems to be lightning-free rain. I’m leaning towards heading outside BUT will wait until there’s some daylight because dark AND rainy (AND windy) seems a bit questionable.
This weekend is a bit of a winter break preview, but the kids have school Monday + Tuesday (side note: I feel like most people are off starting Christmas; our winter break seems early! They go back 1/3). Our nanny is now off until the new year and I have just one more day of clinical work. Despite all that, it sort of feels like break has started already.
- Pick up bday cake (DQ Oreo Cake – that’s what she asked for)