Image Credits: Jenny Graham – all unedited.
Are you an early bird or a night owl? I have always been an early bird, however I am sometimes a night owl. For instance, I will make exceptions to the bird to embrace the owl who writes this blog, gets lost in time with a creative project, and goes out on the town. I read there appears to be a genetic component which explains why staying up late may run in families. My mom and two of my brothers are Class A night owls. My dad and my other brother skew more my way. Perhaps there is something to it? I got to thinking about circadian rhythms this morning after waking up much earlier than the worms. Now let me tell you: I am someone who sleeps at least 7 hours a night no matter what continent I am on, no matter what happens to be swirling in my mind, no matter what is a-glow in my heart. My head hits the pillow, I’m out, I dream, and I awake to begin a brand new day. (For all of you who have kids, let’s remember I haven’t had my own children just yet. I am sure this will all go out the window when I give birth!). For now, back to being a traditional Chinese medicine nerd novice. I got curious after the random wake up and dug up an organ clock chart. Most practitioners will tell you waking up only one time at one specific hour doesn’t mean much, if anything. But, if you find yourself clocking in on a frequent basis to a particular time frame, well, it could tell you more. I’m fascinated by our ability to navigate our needs by simply tuning into our inner cycle. Goes without saying, I have no formal training in this…I am a devotee of acupuncture and reiki and simply find Eastern medicine useful and insightful. So, to all of you early birds and all of you night owls, here is a guide to all of the hours of your organs’ day.
Good morning, good afternoon and good evening. Crack into your day like none other. Treat it like a weekend, a birthday, a new habit. Because gosh darn it, people, today is brand new. Even if you must show up to an office or take care of kids or pay your bills, you still get today to live. Call someone who makes you laugh out loud, sign up for that class you keep thinking of, savor a cup of coffee five minutes longer. Book the ticket, paint the picture, say yes to love. Whatever it is, big or small, do it. Do it for you and you’ll raise a wave of good wonder for all of the rest of us.
Mermaid School. This is my dream school. AquaSirène in Montreal offers a one hour initiation class to unlimited mermaid membership. I came across a blurb in a magazine about “Aqua Mermaid” and thought this cannot be real. But it is. And I want to go. Mermaid tails are made of stretch fabric and worn up to the waist, monofin attached for your graceful kicking pleasure. What more could a gal need?
Image via AquaSirène
I’m loving this pineapple print as much as I enjoyed reading these links. Happy clicking…
An all rosé wine festival is coming to Los Angeles? Um, yes please.
15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter. If you want to sound smarter. If you don’t, you literally always just really shouldn’t read this link.
Rock star, TED speaker, and crowdfunding pioneer Amanda Palmer wrote a rad book, The Art of Asking. I read it and couldn’t stop telling anyone in my path to get their eyes on it. As Jenny Lawson said: “This is the kind of book that makes you want to call the author up at midnight to whisper, ‘My God, I thought I was the only one.'”
My high school French teacher, a multilingual Jackie O.-chic mother, wife and world traveler, Madame Musacchio, once told me: “Jennifer, you will adapt the things you love no matter where you are.” She was continuously sharing wisdom, especially with a small circle of us 11th grade girls. It was after traveling with her and studying in Poitiers, France, at the ripe age of 16, that I began to practice her sage advice. Moving back and forth (and back and forth again, and yet again) across the United States, I am adapting the things I love no matter where I am. We are all in motion. The moon changes, the earth orbits the sun, we are in constant adaptation. On your journey, wherever that may be, choose to cultivate an acknowledgement of you. Yup, simply your very own existence. Close your eyes and breathe in and then out. Feel your feet firmly on the ground. Straighten out your spine. Breathe again. What is it in this wild life that you see for yourself? What do you want? What is the place you want to be a part of? It is all actually possible. Creating something from nothing has been going on since the beginning of time. Adapt the things you love wherever you are today. Linger into your beautiful future. It’s bright.
Image Credit: Jenny Graham
Please join me in making a donation in an effort to send any little bit of help and hope to the people of and in Nepal. OrphanGift, Circle of Health or The Red Cross are each a way to begin. Sending love and light to all on the planet, and especially those affected by Saturday’s devastating earthquake.
I hosted my first dinner party in my new beach abode last Month. The couple of hours leading up to my friends’ arrival found me in a full joy of cooking. I hadn’t cooked a meal for more than myself or a party of two in so long. I was reminded of the total, complete fun meditation it is to create and simmer and taste the goodness of a new recipe. It prompted me to skim the web for more delicious notions…I am making this easy, not-a-lot-of-prep-time-required one today. Bon Appetit.
One Pot Spicy Chicken Riggies
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil; 5 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped; 1.5 lbs organic chicken breast, cut into small chunks; 2 large roasted red peppers, sliced into thin strips; 6 hot cherry peppers, chopped and deseeded; 1 28 oz can organic crushed tomatoes; 1 cup cooking sherry or white wine; 1 cup water; 1 lb Rigatoni; 1 cup pecorino romano or parmesan cheese; ½ stick butter; ¼ cup heavy cream; 2 teaspoons fresh basil; ½ teaspoon sea salt; crushed red pepper flakes.
1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add in the garlic and chicken. Sauté the chicken until it is just browned on the outside but not cooked through.
2. Stir in the roasted red peppers and hot cherry peppers, and sauté for a minute. Add in the crushed tomatoes and sherry or wine. Add in the water and pasta and bring to a low boil. Continue to cook, stirring often, until the pasta is al dente, about 15-20 minutes.
3. Reduce to low heat and add in the butter, basil, and salt. When the butter completely melts into the pasta, add in the cream and cheese. Let simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Top with additional cheese, basil, and red pepper flakes.
4. Serve warm.
Recipe found here.