Saturday Coffee Digest: Week 39

Coffee Digest is kind of a dumb name for this, but it was the only thing I could come up with. What I mean by it is: grab your morning cup of coffee and think back over my week with me! And if a snappier name for this weekly digest ever comes to me I’ll be sure to swap it out without notice. Kidding! I think.

What I Read

  • Heart of a Samurai, the fictionalization of a true story about John Mung, a Japanese teenager who gets stranded on an island while fishing and eventually explores the world. A Newbery Honor book from 2011! It’s been quite a while since I’ve written about my own goals and things on here, but back in March a VCFA’er started the Newbery Book Club, where each month we read through a given year’s Newbery award-winners and honorees. It’s 4-5 a month, but it has me checking off a lot of books that have been on my TBR pile forever.
  • I’m also slowly reading through Parenting Toward the Kingdom, an Orthodox parenting book. Slowly as in: I read it during nursing sessions, which are only about eight minutes max these days (yes, it’s stressing me out). But actually, reading it in bits and pieces is almost better than reading it in one or two sittings. I feel like I’m getting more out of it. GREAT book, by the way.
  • I’m toward the end of Getting Grit, a book by Caroline Adams Miller that explores how to foster “grit”. I’m really really enjoying it. I don’t have much grit, so the book is very challenging for me. (In a good way!) What are my passions, anyway?

What I Ate

  • Giada De Laurentiis’ Ribollita — one of my favorite recipes ever. It was actually supposed to be my first post-labor meal but that didn’t pan out. It was the first time I’d made it since Ambrose’s birth, and so, a little poignant. But also delicious. As always.
  • Linguini with Herb Broth and Clam Sauce — an old favorite around here.
  • Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies — pretty good, nice and quick, but in the future I would just roast the potatoes and broccoli and do the steak separately. It was near raw in the center, even after broiling.
  • Spicy Tuna Cakes — a pretty tasty make-ahead lunch.
  • The Best Shredded Kale Salad — another old favorite, and the title doesn’t lie. I’d completely forgotten all about this salad until I was browsing my old Pinterest boards a few weeks ago. I ate it all the stinking time when I was pregnant.
  • Capellini with Shrimp and Creamy Tomato Sauce — yet another favorite. After six and a half years (I don’t count the year in India) of cooking new recipe after new recipe I’ve finally come to a point where I have enough favorites to create four seasonal cycles…if that makes any sense. I’ll maybe write a post about it some other time. I’m hoping it saves me money and time, anyway!
  • Olive Oil Pumpkin Bread, because it ain’t fall without it.

What I Watched

  • 13th. Well, I sort of half-watched it while making said Olive Oil Pumpkin Bread and writing Thursday’s blog post. But. Sigh. This country, man.
  • Assassin. Eh. Gorgeous film that was low on plot. I want to watch something frivolous to make up for it.

What I Wrote

  • Lots of #continuouspractice over here! I’m prioritizing my writing and it feels fantastic. We also have the small cafe table set up in the master bedroom and it’s just the perfect place to write while the baby naps. I dove back into Basically Yours and am currently changing all the scenes to first-person so I feel like I’m getting a lot done. (It’s also helping me reacquaint myself with the story.)
  • I’ve also been digging the Morning Pages. I really got into Morning Pages (explanation here) during the two depressing/angry weeks between Christmas and Ambrose’s arrival, and then picked back up with them soon after we got back from the NICU. My journaling has flourished for it — before I would journal at the end of the day and be too tired. But Morning Pages are a perfect way to start the day.

What I Accomplished

  • All that cooking and baking, man. I can hardly believe how much I did, looking back on that list now.
  • Started HIIT running loping again. I was big into it back in 2014. It feels good to be doing cardio again. I’ve also been really consistent with my GymnasticBodies workouts. Boom.

Baby Stuff (a new category!)

  • Ambrose has been chowing down on a Lentil-Sweet Potato-Carrot-Onion-Coconut Milk curry I made for him. It’s actually so tasty that I enjoy sneaking bites myself! He also took well to straight up prunes. Like, from the bag, torn in half.
  • After almost three months of consistency offering a shot glass of water at meals, Ambrose FINALLY figured out how to get it to his mouth correctly and without spilling it! I mean, it dribbles all down his front so there is work to be done but hurrah! I could barely contain myself when he did it on Wednesday. It’s so neat to see him reaching for his glass and drinking out of it like a little man.
  • Re: motor development, Ambrose is a master at the army crawl and currently in the revving-his-engines pre-actual-crawl stage. He’s also sort of started to get onto his knees and reach for things on the second shelf of the bookshelves.
  • Nursing has been fraught recently, as referenced above. I don’t know if it’s too many solids, or if it’s a tooth. (He’s definitely got a tooth coming in up top — as of this writing he’s been ULTRA whiny and has the telltale dark spot on the gum that means the tooth is close to erupting. Thank goodness!)





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