Five on Friday – Oct. 14, 2016

Friday Friday Getting Down on Friday!

I am starting a Five on Friday feature.  It is meant to be a random hodgepodge of things that are taking up my bandwidth.

Without further ado:

1).  In celebration of my birthday this weekend, I bought myself a new bag.  It deserves it’s own blog post, but at some point, I need to explain myself and exactly what my problem is when it comes to bags.  But this isn’t that kind of post.  The point is, I am kinda fussy when it comes to bags.  Right now, I have a Timbuk2 messenger bag that I have been carrying for about a year.  But, It’s not great for walking long distances.  I always put *way* too much stuff in it.  My water bottle doesn’t fit in the water bottle pocket on the outside of the bag.  And it is just a heavy bag.

I am trying to take public transit and walk a lot more- so I figured if I went back to a backpack, that might help. We should definitely NOT talk about the two other LL Bean backpacks that I have currently.  Let’s just say that they are not big enough for my lunch and my laptop.  Don’t judge me.

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I wandered into the Lincoln Park Title Nine last week and came across this guy, which I am currently in love with.  It is also Timbuk2.  Which is crazy.  I didn’t realize that that was a thing for me.

2). I discovered Katie Fleming’s blog last year, just after she took off on her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.  Despite being a Florida Gator, I really like her.  Her blog is pretty sweet- giving a wonderful description of hiker life.  She just completed a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (which is walking from Mexico to Canada).

You know how there are those hiker types that seem so alien?  It’s like they were born outside, walking a trail?  They eschew most of modern conveniences and are just so alien to most of us?  These are often the same types of people who are like, “Hahahahaha!!  I forgot to eat lunch today!!  Isn’t that funny?”

I’m like, “Bitch, I plan my whole day around lunch, so what are you talking about?”

Katie’s blog is the kind of blog I would write if I ever get off my ass to hike over 5,000 miles.  She’s real- its not all rainbow barfing kittens.  Sometimes the weather sucks.  Sometimes you bust your ass on the trail.  Sometimes you just can’t even.  She posts just about every day or every other day, which is really quite a feat, if you think about it.  Her posts are also pic heavy- so in addition to it being a nice account of recent PCT and AT thru hikes, it also fulfills my need for shiny, pretty things.

3).  I just finished listening to The Bridge of San Luis Rey.  The audible version was read by Sam Waterson, whose voice is sooooo recognizable.  I think he has a really reasonable voice.  You know how in tv and movies, the angels that sit on our shoulders, who are theoretically representations of Selfishness/Evil and Altruism/Goodness?  If there was a similar angel, for reason and intellect that sat, maybe on our brain, it would have the voice of Sam Waterson.

I am reading/listening to TBSLR (can I do that?) as part of Modern Ms. Darcy’s 2016 reading challenge.  This is the book I should have read in high school.  See what happened is that we were supposed to read it second semester of my senior year and I was done with high school everything at the point, so I definitely didn’t read it.

I never even bought the book.  Which is a shame- because it has a brilliant line in it.

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4).  I don’t know who this guy is, but he is adorable.

Moreover, I could eat a chocolate croissant every day of the week. EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK. But who even has the time to make chocolate croissant every day of the week? Why is my life so hard? Why can’t I just have a cook/chef who comes to my house, makes our meals and restocks my chocolate croissant stock? Every day? Is it too hard to ask that I have this in my life?

Apparently, chocolate croissant (sorry, I am not calling it Pain au Chocolat- I am already insufferable enough) isn’t that hard.  It is just time consuming.  And a little fussy.  Honestly, if I were on GBBO, I would just get really good at this and just make this for bread week- no matter what the challenge was.  Mel and Sue would be like, “Paul and Mary would like you to make a savory focaccia” and I would still make chocolate croissant.  But, I would make it so well, that they couldn’t even be mad.  Like, “We’re not even upset that she didn’t make a savory focaccia, because these chocolate croissant are amazing!!!”  Then I would moon walk right out of the tent!!

5). My kid is fighting in his third judo tournament this weekend- actually on my birthday.

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I am nervous for him. I am also supposed to have a soccer game that day. But it is the last game of the season and it is a consolation game, because we went 0-6. 0-6. Can you believe that? What is my life even?  I wish I could say that my presence in goal will matter to this team.  But I am not sure it will.  It hasn’t mattered all season- seriously.  I can’t put my finger on what our issue is.  I concede it is probably me.  This old girl just aint what she used to be.

Regardless, I think Nico would like it if I was at his tournament.

After two tournaments, we have settled into a pretty good groove- Dave coaches and I record on my phone.  Then I upload and send links to the grandmas and grandpas. It is almost like they will be there.

I hope your weekend is amazing.  Whatcha got shaking?

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