For those of you who know us well, you know I am Gary’s straight man; the yin to his yang, the Cher to his Sonny, the Lindsey to his Sam (let’s see how many of you get that reference). While we have many things in common, we also have some divergent tastes and interests. If you do not enjoy this version of the High Five, do not despair as Gary is unlikely to allow me to guest author again.
I will begin with a current favorite that will horrify Gary, a TV SHOW!! Gary’s evening entertainment choice typically varies between Shakespeare Sonnets or a Christopher Hitchen’s essay. I’m typically struggling to stay awake past 9 pm and my brain has to fight to stay on during even the most riveting episode of “Jessie” with the girls. This makes Catastrophe
with Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney the perfect evening entertainment. If you do not have Amazon Prime by now (come on people the free shipping alone makes it worth it!), do it for this show as well as Jeffey Tambor’s Transparent. Catastrophe is darkly hilarious and by dark I mean real and absurd. I rarely laugh out loud when watching a show or movie alone but this show makes me cackle. Between my solo cackling and Gary’s underwear exhibitions, I’m certain our neighbors are concerned. Rob and Sharon’s characters laugh their way through the challenges of marriage and parenting—and I obviously relate as humor is a solid pillar in our marriage.
If we are friends on FB then you are probably weary of my love for the recipes in the cookbook, Against the Grain
. But this list would not be an accurate reflection of my current interests without this cookbook, as I remain obsessed. The dishes are delicious with interesting flavors but also easy with ingredients you are likely to have on hand (I promise you will not have to spend hours at the grocery store hunting for galangal or kiwano). Gary and the girls have generally given in to my Paleo ways and stopped asking if the pasta is quinoa or the ice cream is coconut milk but there are still occasional grumblings. They have yet to complain about, and frequently devour with compliments, each dish I’ve made from this book.
On the way home from a simply perfect day trip to Flagler Beach with our people a few weeks ago, we stopped at Biggers Apiaries
in San Mateo. I have to give credit to this suggestion to Ludivine—if you have any French people in your life, you know they are good at making suggestions, MOST of which are excellent (just disregard any advice on storing dairy products). If you have driven to Flagler Beach from Gainesville you know this place. Gigantic ceramic roosters mark the site along with rows of honey along the side of the road. It is an honor system so bring cash and the honey is truly delicious. You can also order on-line. As I tucked my sun-kissed girls into bed that night, the smell of that sweet honey mingled with the salt of the ocean is a memory I will hold.
While we do our best to shop healthy, one area I need to improve is our products. I have found some staples I now rely on such as Tom’s deodorant and toothpaste or Beautycounter mascara, lotions and hair products (my friend Ashley Cuffe sells it if you need a hook up!) and checking the veracity of “healthy” claims is easier with the Healthy Living App
. You can enter a product name or simply scan a barcode and the app will rate the product in 3 areas: allergy concern; cancer concern and developmental concern. It breaks down the ingredients (with further ratings) so this can be helpful if there is a particular ingredient you are trying to avoid.
I do sometimes stay awake long enough to read and the best pages I have turned lately were in Fates and Furies
by Gainesville author, Lauren Groff. Unlike Gary, I prefer fiction, and this National Book Award Finalist does not disappoint. Structured from two viewpoints, first a husband, then the wife, the novel explores the perceptions of spouses with beautiful prose and thought provoking concepts.
Unlike Groff’s characters however, Gary and I have been fated with very little fury in our relationship (see what I did there? And now you also know why I leave the jokes to Gary) and the perfect amount of furry. There is a very old hilarious joke some of our law school buddies may remember involving the mix-up of the words fury/furry, which still makes me smile to this day. And smiling is what it is all about.
Have a nice weekend,