Friday Five!

Hello and happy Friday! Friends, summer is a tough time for me. I have come to realize that when the weather gets warm I fall victim to a bit of reverse-Seasonal Affective Disorder. Summer for academics means less structure and less time with humans. Even though the work load is sometimes just as heavy, the fact that I don’t have to be anywhere or with anyone is very challenging for someone who is slightly more “E” than “I.” Anyway, I say all that because these Friday Fives are really rad for me because they hold me accountable to keeping track of interesting things and happy things. So, thanks for giving me an excuse to snap out of the summertime sadness!

Hope you enjoy!

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The State of the American Dog

Turns out Esquire magazine has some really good writers, and this article is evidence of that. Tom Junod explains a few really important things: many dogs in America have some pit bull in them, even if they don’t appear to be pit bulls; people Otherize pit bulls in extremely troubling ways; and this astute proclamation: “Their detractors say they are more likely to kill; their advocates say the only thing they are more likely to do is die. We make a habit of asking dogs about their own goodness without expecting or getting an answer. But go to an animal shelter and before they are euthanized, ask the dogs you see there—the pit bulls you see there—about our goodness. You will get all the answer you need.” The whole article is thought-provoking and also moving. As a dog-lover and friend of several pit bull owners, I highly recommend this illuminating piece.

Learning to Grieve

As I’ve alluded to on the blog, the past 12 months have been ones full of major loss. I’ve experiences loss due to death, to breakups, and to moves across the country. This piece by Ram Das encourages us to “counteract our natural tendency to turn away from pain, we open to it as fully as possible and allow our hearts to break.” He suggests that embracing the pain of loss will help us be more present in what comes after–including more waves of intense grief for the thing we thought we were “over.” I feel this so.much. right now. Very grateful the universe popped this into my view this week.

Mung Bean Sprouts, Seared Carrots, Kale Salad with Chile Lime Sesame Dressing

I am admittedly lazy when it comes to sprouting things, but I love when I do, and this recipe is totally going to make me do it again ASAP. Vegan Richa is always full of amazingness, and this recipe combines so many of my favorite things. This is high on my list of meals to make, for sure.

gobi wrap- mung bean salad 098

Do Something About Gaza 

I can’t not say something about the brutality occurring in Palestine right now. This post from Life As It Happens provides a lovely commemoration to Gaza through a reflection of cooking Gaza-inspired food, and also provides a list of things we can all do to support the Palestinian people who are in the midst of so much death and destruction.

Stuff from the Week That Made Me Happy

Lunch with Angela (my first IRL blogger meet up!)

Good workdays

Bike rides and long walks

Delicious home cooked meals

CSA veggies

These pics of animals and their parent/s

Phone calls with friends

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What things made you happy this week? 

Have a great weekend! xoxo

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6 thoughts on “Friday Five!

  1. angela says:

    I feel you on the isolation of summer work. Although there are good things about not having to be on campus, online classes can be lonely! Let me know if you want to have work dates at a cafe sometime. Thanks for the mention, I’m so glad we could finally meet up for lunch :)

  2. FoodFeud says:

    Lots of stuff to think about here today, Raechel, and thank you for that as always.
    What’s happening in Gaza is so sad and so frustrating. I keep wondering about a friend’s brother, who lives in Tel Aviv.
    The Learning to Grieve piece is also timely for me. I always tend to ignore my problems until they end up becoming worse, but lately I am trying to focus more on specific situations and learning to be okay with what happened. It’s difficult, though, for sure, and I send you strength for yr problems.
    I’ve been ok lately but in the past I get kinda depressed in the summer too, mostly because everyone IS doing things – beach things, party things, LOTS of THINGS – and even though I choose not to partake (due to anxiety in social gatherings) I still feel left out and lonely. Ha.
    Anyway, all the best to you this week, and the rest of the summer.

    • raechel says:

      The whole summer “FOMO” (“Fear of Missing Out”—I am hip to all the lingo because I teach 18 year olds) is REAL. Because I am working so much (alone, at coffee shops), I often see the deluge of FB posts of people beaching, partying, etc, just as you said. It seems like everyone is having the time of their life. Thanks for the empathy, although I’m sorry to hear you struggle with it too.

      Glad the grieving article was helpful. I think pretty much everyone can benefit with more resources on processing loss.

      ALSO! YR ZINE CAME IN THE MAIL AND IT IS WONDERFUL (as was all the tea). Love it so much, thank you for being rad!

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