Currently – The December Edition

from New Darlings

Happy December!  I am so ready for a break from work, a bunch of festivities, and a new year.  Well, kind of.  I’m still not done with my Christmas shopping and I’ve got stuff to wrap up for work before my end-of-the-year vacation, but I am definitely in the Christmas mood!

Lately I’m …

Eating:  I’ve been trying to get better about actual meal planning — unless I pick out real recipes and figure out what foods make sense for what day of the week, I will end up eating a giant salad every night.  That’s just something I’ve learned about myself.  (I’ve also learned that meal prep isn’t really my thing.  Planning is one thing, but prep is a usually a no.  Unless I’m doing a Whole30.  During Whole30s, both meal planning and prep are a must.)  In the past month I’ve tried and liked these Korean Beef Meal Prep Bowls (one recipe made enough for yummy leftovers!) and these Halloumi Burrito Bowls.  They’re both fun and different, but not too tricky to make night-of-consumption.

Reading:  The latest pick for my book club is The Handmaid’s Tale.  I know everyone else seems to have read it in high school, but I didn’t.  I also haven’t seen the show, so I went in with zero knowledge or expectations.  All I’ve got to say is “woah”.  It’s heavy and thought-provoking, and I can’t wait to talk about it.  Also, my mom sent me this article about the power of taking tiny steps and my dad shared this article about productivity without burnout (I especially like the suggestion of choosing your own success metric).  And I love the idea of creating a list of go-to feel-better ideas.

Hearing:  Last week, my sister sent me the “Single Ladies” episode of the “Role Overload” series that the Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast has been cranking out recently.  I am all about that conversation — ownership of your time is important, whether you’re a single lady or not!  Oh, and Christmas music too, of course!

Planning:  My January 2018 Whole30!  My parents, my sister, and I are going to kick off the year with a month of no sugar, no alcohol, no grains, no legumes, no dairy, and no carrageenan/MSG/sulfites.  This will be my third full attempt and I’m nervous, but excited.  I’ll definitely be reviewing my previous Whole30 notes in preparation.

Watching:  Obviously, season two of The Crown is on my watch list.  My boyfriend and I also just started watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.  Rachel Brosnahan is so good!

What are you loving lately?

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