My goodness- it’s been a while! Here’s a rough update on what’s happened, health and otherwise:
What I read (memorable things, at least):
- Booker T. Washington- Up from Slavery
- About halfway through this!
- Atlantic interview with Tara Westover
- Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
- I’m only a few pages in but I really love it. It’s also the third time I’ve tried to read this. Wish me luck.
- MR article on creating a Culture Calendar
- Great to have things to look forward to, and makes it easier to channel my energy into the really important activities
- What Would Hannah Horvath Make of Elizabeth Wurtzel?
- This article from the New Yorker has been an open tab in chrome for the past few weeks and I finally got around to reading it.
What I listened to:
- Tyler Cowen interviewed by Tim Ferriss
- Tyler is brilliant and thought-provoking. I can’t get over how succinctly he speaks and manages to condense offbeat, complex ideas into a few sentences.
- Bach- The Art of Fugue
- Prompted by Tyler Cowen.
- Rich Roll interview on the GoopFellas podcast
- I kind of stumbled into this, but wound up really enjoying it (I love learning about endurance athletes). Seamus Mullen, one of the podcast hosts, has the most delightful voice.
What I watched:
- Finished VEEP- anything else?
- Two episodes of Big Little Lies, Season 2
What I cooked/ate:
- Odd Duck dinner with Mom and a friend!
- Pesto (dairy-free)
- Walnuts, basil, lemon, garlic, a bit of kale, and tons of olive oil
- Paleo pancakes with strawberries (simple mills mix)
- Açai bowl
- Morning Glory muffins
- Simple Mills Vanilla cupcake mix, to which I added: walnuts, raisins, pineapple, apple, shredded coconut, orange zest, baking soda, and apple cider vinegar. DELICIOUS.
Medical stuff I did/tried:
- Cupping (on my own!)
- Helps with lymph
- Feels great
- Reduces back pain
- NAD IV (250mg NAD, also added Mg, Amino acids, and B vitamins)
- Yikes. This was the last of 4 NAD IVs, and it had been a few weeks since my last one. NAD IVs are not a pleasant experience, and it takes forever to administer. I do a super slow drip to minimize the effects (it’s like massive pressure on your chest plus headache and it generally sucks but usually stops once you’re done). I had a massive headache when I got home (delayed reaction, so could be due to something else, but apparently headaches aren’t uncommon).
- Detox foot bath
- Azithromycin for mycoplasma infection (super fun!!)
- Trying to take more of my supplements and meds in the AM rather than at night/with dinner, to help digestion and sleep quality
- Lion’s mane liquid in AM to help with brain function and sleep
- No negative side effects
- Might have slightly improved my brain function
- Definitely having some crazy dreams!
- Focused on walking!
- No major strength training or exercise classes
What I’m thinking about:
- How to balance family and friends with my health
- How much more to experiment and try, and where to cut back
- How to take fewer supplements
- How do I get back into the subjects I loved in college, like ancient greek history and political theory?
“I saw then, as I have so many times since, that stories don’t end just because you tell them. They may become funnier or more colorful or more meaningful because you’ve told them. They may make it easier to wake up every morning and keep living that story. But they don’t change it or make it a happy one. Change, unfortunately, can only be accomplished off the page. Change means enduring some measure of sameness while you build a foundation from which you can launch yourself into your next adventure. A pure heart beats as steadily and as monotonously as a sell-out one.” -Meghan Daum, who’s actually made the whole writing professionally thing work.