Mercury is in retrograde and I’m about to turn 35. Here’s a few of my favorite things.
To be a total hipster dick about it, I’ve been following the Iditarod every March for the past 20 or so years. It’s a pre-birthday tradition of mine, to watch this 1,000-mile dog sled race unfold via the internets. I love it and it’s the only sport I can talk somewhat intelligently about.
This year it seems like more people than ever are following the race, thanks in part to Blair Braverman‘s storytelling and the #uglydogs community that’s rooting for her as she runs her very first Iditarod.
As a longtime fan of the race, I’m delighted with the coverage and the attention this incredible race is getting. There’s this (absolutely stunning) piece that Blair wrote for Vogue. There’s a podcast. There’s this piece from the Today Show, great reporting from the Anchorage Daily News as well as updates from the teams behind a few of the mushers, including fan favorite Aliy Zirkle, one of 17 women racing this year.
And yes, it is on my bucket list to be there for the start of the race. Someday.
GEEKS WHO DRINK TRIVIA.
Last year, I decided I wanted to be a person who plays trivia regularly and, through willful sassing and the attainment of a whole new pack of friends, I now play trivia almost every Thursday night at one of my favorite Richmond breweries, Väsen. It’s hosted by Geeks Who Drink, which puts on events at bars and breweries across the country, and we’re even kind of good at it. Last night we won first place and we’re almost always in the top five, out of 18-24 teams.
POPCORN WITH CHEESE ON IT.
I am not talking about bullshit parmesan sprinkled from a can (the horror!). I am talking about thin slices of sharp cheddar thrown on top of a bowl of stove-popped popcorn. It’s my go-to snack and sometimes it’s even my dinner because popcorn + cheese = delicious, heavenly perfection.
BAD BLOOD + EVERYTHING THERANOS RELATED.
I didn’t know a lot about the whole Theranos debacle, just the basics. There was a thing, one drop of blood, change the world, blah, blah, blah, but then it wasn’t real, all a sham, etc. So then I read Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou and let me tell you friends, that shit is insane. Now, I’m listening to The Dropout, a podcast about the whole mess while quietly snickering about Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos founder, and her dog Balto, who she says is a wolf.
EARLY AM GROCERY SHOPPING.
My gym is right next to my preferred grocery store, which opens at 6 a.m. Instead of trying to fit in my grocery runs around a sometimes hectic work schedule that often has me working weekends, I’ve started doing my grocery shopping right after my workouts, just after the store has opened and it’s GLORIOUS. The only traffic in the aisles is workers restocking the shelves, it’s quiet, without the screams of children or the bellows of college students calling to one another from across the store. Better yet, it allows me to cross two things off my to-do list, all before 7 a.m. and that right there is the stuff of dreams.
BONUS: I also managed to get all three of my pets into a snuggle pile around me on Sunday and it was the coziest, most joyous snuggle of my life.