Dave, Smudge, and I are in the last five days of production on Well Fed 2. We have to eat our meals on the kitchen island or on the couch in front of the TV (so bad! so bad! so bad!) because we’ve temporarily moved our workspace from our separate studio offices to inside our house. The dining room table is unrecognizable under the laptops, digital drawing pad, iPhone cables, stacks of printouts, post-its, used and abandoned tea cups, dark chocolate wrappers, and mail that probably needs our attention.
All of which is a long way to say I’m incapable of writing you a proper blog post, but I thought I’d give you a quick update on what’s happening and point you toward some of the stuff that’s keeping me afloat, even as I might be losing my mind. (Two days ago, I looked at the words “garnish” and “waffle” so many times, I was convinced they were misspelled. I actually LOOKED UP how to spell “waffle.” I’m not kidding.)
Proofreading: The first day I held the printed copy of the original Well Fed in my hands, I turned to the recipe for Spinach and Meat Muffins to use it in my kitchen. I was delighted that I would finally be cooking from my book, instead of the laptop screen or a crappy print out. I flipped to page 105 and found a typo! In my freshly-printed book that we’d copy edited (twice!) and proofed (twice!). Then I turned to Bora Bora Fireballs and found another typo. My breath grew shallow, my blood ran cold, I felt faint… OK. That’s an over-dramatization, but I was pretty upset. I do not want to experience that again! This time, we’re reading the whole book out loud (245 pages) to do our final check on language, typos, etc. It’s very tedious, and I suspect when Dave and I are finished, we won’t talk to each other for a day or so, just to have a break. Smudge, as usual, is not helping.
Workouts: Although I haven’t had time to write about them, I’m still doing my workouts with Mark at Movement Minneapolis. We have weekly phone calls to supplement the workouts he provides for me, and every time we talk, he gives me new ideas about how I can tweak what I’m doing to make a little more progress. He seems to have endless good ideas. I love the workouts and the technique a ridiculous amount. If you’re curious about how it all works, I encourage you to visit Dave Dellanave’s site and sign up for “This Goes Against Everything I’ve Been Taught.”
Meditation: I’ve been meditating 5-7 times per week, and while it cannot eliminate all the stress I’m feeling right now, it is helping me roll with it and at least for the 21 minutes that I’m meditating, it gives me a time-out from to-do lists and shallow breaths. The mantra I’m loving right now is known as “long ek ong kar,” and I swear to you on my jar of Sunbutter, it makes time elastic — my meditation time is over before I realized I’ve even started. It is 100% restorative. (If you’re curious, you can listen to the mantra here.)
Meals: I’m eating Whole30 style except for the occasional square of dark chocolate. This is me, eating collard greens for breakfast every morning.
Supernatural: Every night, when we’re finished with work for the day, we watch an episode of Supernatural on Netflix. We started with the pilot and are now about halfway through season two. If you haven’t seen the show, it’s a fun mix of spooky stories about unusual phenomena, family drama, and people who are easy on the eyes. It’s truly excellent entertainment that demands nothing from me except that I sit there. Perfect.
My haircut: I’m still loving the ease and sass of my new short haircut, but I had a funny run-in at the post office I thought y’all might enjoy. There was a time when I was hitting the post office a lot to mail books. One of the clerks always said something, like, “Hello, pretty lady!” and complimented me on my long hair. Like, every time. It was very sweet and maybe also a little weird, but whatever. The other day, he greeted me with the usual “pretty lady” bit, then said, with mild admonition, “You cut your hair.” I was tempted to say, “Well done, Captain Obvious.” but I decided not to be a bitch and said, instead, “Yes, I did.” Which prompted a barrage of follow-up questions that began with, “Not that it doesn’t look good, but…”
– “Why would you cut off your pretty hair?”
– “How long will it take you to grow it back?”
– “Never? You’re never going to grow it back?”
Dude. Seriously. Get over it. He clearly needs to read this. And to all the dudes who think women need to have long hair, I agree with Audrey Hepburn in the last photo.
My health (schmealth): At my last visit to the dentist, I had alarmingly high blood pressure (grrrrr!), and I’m still not losing my belly fat (double-grrrrrr!), though I am building muscle (yay!). My previous functional medicine guru Dr. Sebring recently changed his practice, so I’m trying a new doctor next Monday. Dr. Amy Myers (at Austin Ultrahealth) was recommended to me by one of the attendees of my Whole Foods cooking class. Fingers crossed that this new doc can help me get everything back in alignment. More on that as the story unfolds.
The Cornetto Triology!: Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are two of my favorite movies, so I’m stupid excited about The World’s End opening this week. We already have tickets for Saturday night. And you know what?! I’m probably going to have some popcorn and a glass of Prosecco.
That’s all of my news. Send your positive energy to Dave, Smudge, and I as we slog through these last few days of Well Fed 2 production. And if you haven’t done it yet, I would totally appreciate if you pre-ordered our new book on Amazon. You’ll get it as soon as it’s available, and you’ll help us maybe maybe maybe make The New York Times Bestseller list. We’ve been close a few times with the original Well Fed, and it would be fun to make it happen with WF2.
What’s happening with you?
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