This whole week has been spent in a blissful egg salad food coma, I’m happy to say. I made not one, but TWO gigantic batches and happily munched my avocado egg salad sandwiches every day. Seriously, if you haven’t tried to recipe yet, you need to! But after reading this post, of course, because it’s FRIDAY FAVORITES everybody! Woohoo! 🙂
I’m feeling pretty great about life these days. In the past five days, I’ve managed to check off quite a few things from my chore list, worked on promotional stuff for the book tour, did yoga every day, read for pleasure, and got my homework done/started (because in grad school when one project ends, another begins). Best of all: I got into a fantastic writing groove! The words have been pouring onto the page almost faster than I can keep up with my pen. For whatever reason, spring always seems to be my most productive time of year. Maybe it’s the return of warm weather, the promise of gardening and playing outside, and the fact that the school semester will be wrapping up in just about a month. I finished both of my previous manuscripts in April or May; though I don’t think I’m writing quite that quickly, I hope to get the biggest parts written before my birthday on May 27th. Wish me luck!
Now, onto the Favorites! The things that inspired me, picked me up, and kept me going all week:
For the tea lovers of the world, there aren’t many treats that compare to Matcha. It has long been one of my favorite beverages, but I also love putting Matcha in cookies, ice cream, and smoothies. Matcha is a powder made of finely ground premium green tea leaves, and has been the focal point of the Japanese tea ceremony for centuries. It has a delicate, creamy, slightly sweet flavor and nutritional value that is off the charts!
I love sipping Matcha any time of day, though if you are sensitive to caffeine don’t drink right before bed (a cup of green tea has about 1/4 of the caffeine of a cup of coffee). For a morning treat, I’ve been mixing two teaspoons of Matcha powder and a dash of vanilla into 8 oz. of heated coconut milk. Trust me, Starbucks green tea lattes have nothing on the homemade version. 🙂
As I may have mentioned before, I am addicted to arm balances and twisty yoga poses. Since I started practicing yoga over three years ago, there has been one pose I’ve been trying to master: Scorpion Pose. It requires strength, balance, flexibility, and a fair amount of fearlessness. Why? Because you have to kick up into forearm stand and then curl your legs over and try to touch your head. It’s the kind of pose that made me want to start practicing yoga: because of the challenge. Wednesday night marked the very first time I was able to go into Scorpion without using the wall for support. It just happened. I thought, “I’m going to try this,” kicked up into forearm stand, didn’t fall on my head, and arched my back, still without falling on my head! Accomplishing poses like this one make me feel like I can rise to any challenge!
Book of the Week: First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
I’ve been waiting for this book to be released for MONTHS and it finally came to the library this week. Sarah Addison Allen is one of my all-time favorite authors. I’ve read every book she’s written, and am so excited to read her newest adventure. All of her novels are beautifully written, lyrical stories about identity with love and magic woven into each tale. First Frost returns to the world of her first novel, Garden Spells, and continues the story of the magical Waverly family in the small town of Bascom, North Carolina. Ten years later, the Waverly sisters’ world is rocked when faced with a secret that could change the meaning of their lives forever. I’m half-way through already, and here is my favorite quote so far:
“It had taken her a long time to realize that a prison sometimes isn’t a prison at all. Sometimes, it’s simply a door you assume is locked because you’ve never tried to open it.”
Grab a green tea latte and enjoy! That’s my plan for the weekend. What are you reading?