Things I’m Loving Right Now…

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It’s been a while since my first post about things I’m loving, so I thought it was time for another. As much as I enjoy doing food posts, it’s fun to switch things up too. Hopefully, it’s as enjoyable for you as it its for me.

  1. Still Alice by Lisa Genova: I’m reading this book for my fitness and aging class and holy moly, is it good. I started it Saturday morning, and by Saturday night, I was on page 133. It’s a fascinating story about a very bright woman, who is a renowned Harvard professor, that develops early onset Alzheimer’s. She gradually starts losing pieces from her memory, and feels like she’s literally losing her mind. It’s quite sad, of course, but so interesting at the same time. I highly recommend this book!

    Cover of "Still Alice"
    Cover of Still Alice
  2. My brand new dryer: My dryer stopped emitting heat shortly after I returned from Hawaii, and we were without a working dryer for about three weeks! Air drying isn’t so bad for some things, like delicates or technical fabrics, but for things like hooded sweatshirts, jeans, and so forth, it’s kind of a pain in the butt. Items like this take too long to dry and become stiff and crusty. I avoided washing towels during this time (luckily, we have a good supply) because they’d end up smelling mildewy. Anyway, our new dryer was approved and finally delivered last weekend. I don’t think I was ever so happy and excited to do laundry in my life! Not only that, but it dries clothes in half the amount of time as our old dryer. This is one modern convenience that I definitely appreciate, although I do like the smell of line-dried clothes in the summertime.

    Amana dryer (Photo credit:
    Amana dryer (Photo credit:
  3. Mentoring with Jason Seib: As you may recall from my post last Monday, I have a mentor-ship established with Jason Seib. We’ve met once since our initial meeting, and will continue to meet every Monday. We just started working on a project together, which he is leading and I am learning from. I get to be involved in every step along the way, which is really exciting. I’m hesitant to give too many details about this project, but it does involve a third person as well. She’s a dear friend of mine and former co-worker. She’s really excited too! You’re probably very curious now, aren’t you?

    This is a recycled photo from September 2012, when Jesse and I attended Sarah Fragoso and Jason Seib's Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness seminar.
    This is a recycled photo from September 2012, when Jesse and I attended Sarah Fragoso and Jason Seib’s Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness seminar.
  4. Primal Recess: This class is Jesse’s baby at Recreate and I love it! It consists of such things as primal/instinctual movements (squatting, crawling, etc.), body weight training, heavy carries, awkward carries, pulling, pushing, Clubbells, balance games, obstacle courses and FlowFit. It’s fun, playful and challenging, and Jesse’s creativity shines through. He’s a very talented guy.
  5. Creme de la Earl Grey tea: This tea is so good, it’s almost sinful. It’s rich, flavorful and has a lovely hint of vanilla creaminess. I buy a local brand from one of our co-ops, but there are other brands out there as well. Even the tea itself is beautiful, with hints of blue flowers. It tastes perfect straight up, but is extra delightful with a bit of full-fat coconut milk mixed in. Here is a link to the brand I buy locally.

    Creme de la Earl Grey (Photo credit:
    Creme de la Earl Grey (Photo credit:
  6. Using my slow cooker as much as possible: I’ve been a fan of the slow cooker for quite some time now, but have an even greater appreciation for it now. Lately, I’ve been using it nearly every day because it’s a lifesaver with a busy schedule. My schedule continues to get busier, so I’ll be keeping my slow cooker close to my side! This is probably my number one kitchen tool that makes my life easier.
    English: Chef Pepín Slow Cooker
    This is not my actual slow cooker, but a borrowed photo rather (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  7. Knowing that I get to go home soon: I’m flying home to Michigan at the end of March, so the ladies of my family can throw me a proper wedding shower. I know it means a lot to my family to do so, and I want to go home anyway. This way, I can finalize or check into any specific details for our post-wedding party, relax a little (at least from school work, since it’ll be spring break), and enjoy the company of my family.
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    What are some little things (or big things) that you’re enjoying right now?


8 thoughts on “Things I’m Loving Right Now…

  1. Cinnamoneats January 28, 2013 / 10:03 am

    Right now I’m enjoying reading, I read all the time growing up and then along came the smart phones and Facebook and all that stuff so my reading habit kind of went down the drain! Now though I’m reading more and more and have a few books still waiting to be read… it also helps when you have free 2 day shipping from Amazon and the fact that most books are so cheap to buy online! The whole reading thing is really going to help now that we have no TV before we go so I’ll keep myself occupied like that 🙂 Plus we can watch some shows on the laptop anyway.

    That tea looks great btw, I love Numi tea the Chai version it really helps when I have a sweet craving to have a cup of that 🙂

    I’m excited about your work with Jason and look forward to reading more about it 🙂

    • paleoinpdx January 28, 2013 / 5:49 pm

      That sounds so lovely, Naz. I so wish I had more time for leisurely reading right now, but at the same time, I really can’t complain. Plus, I know I’ll have more time at some point.

      I’ve had the Numi chai before and it is very good. Try their Chocolate Puerh if you ever get the chance. It’s like dessert!

      • Cinnamoneats January 29, 2013 / 1:32 pm

        I know I should take advantage of this time but also got to focus on the packing and buying the things we need before we leave. I have tried the coconut pureh tea but have never seen the chocolate one… will keep an eye out for it next time. I didn’t really care for the coconut one.

      • paleoinpdx January 29, 2013 / 1:44 pm

        I tried that coconut one tea, and wasn’t super impressed. The chocolate one is amazing though! Best of luck with the rest of your packing!

  2. Megan January 28, 2013 / 11:37 am

    I took an Animal Flow class yesterday and it sounds like Primal Recess! I also checked out the site for your gym and it looks awesome!

    • paleoinpdx January 28, 2013 / 5:47 pm

      Sweet, that sounds awesome, Megan! Thanks for checking out Recreate’s page too. There are some things that need to be updated (for example, Jesse and I still don’t have bios up under the trainers section), in case you didn’t notice. The description for primal recess can be found if you click on “book a class,” which opens to the MindBody scheduler. Then on Tuesdays or Thursdays, where Primal Recess is listed, you can click on it for a description.

      • Megan January 28, 2013 / 6:01 pm

        Yea I saw that and noticed you guys aren’t up there!

      • paleoinpdx January 28, 2013 / 7:07 pm

        Yeah, we don’t know how to update it, nor do my bosses. I think someone did the website for them. We need to get it fixed…we’ve both been there since the summer!

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