First Thursday Things for 2014

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How was your first day of 2014? Today has been my day off after working yesterday, so I’ve been catching up on some of the little human things. There’s a big-ass snowstorm on its way, so it’s nice to have a day to do things like clean my closet and make soup. Because I have some red lentils, frozen spinach, and canned tomatoes handy, this recipe from Oh She Glows is sounding pretty good.

For me, a day off also means savory breakfast:
savory oats with brussels sprouts

This oatmeal had ground flax, grated zucchini, baby spinach, and an egg white cooked in, plus plenty of garlic, ginger, turmeric and red pepper flakes. I topped it with some leftover roasted brussels sprouts. Weird but delicious.

A few other things I’m enjoying today:

  • Food 52’s “New Year’s Resolutions Made Easy” —worth a look for the beautiful photos alone!
  • New York Magazine‘s restaurant critic Adam Platt introduces his top picks by sharing some thoughts on the myth of anonymity and the restaurant critic’s role in a  world where everyone is a critic.
  • This piece from Glamour‘s “Jake” columnist  in which Jake meets a woman who’s frozen her eggs. It offered a perspective I hadn’t really considered and made me feel less weird about wanting to put mine on ice. I don’t mean to imply that male validation is the important factor here, but knowing that there are men out there who will think positively of it instead of viewing me as selfish and/or desperate was encouraging. It’s only something I’ve been thinking about more recently, and it’s very expensive, but I’m a gal who likes options and is willing to work hard to make things possible.
  • Adopt-a-Pet. I’m starting to want a dog for real. I don’t know if this will be the year, but the wheels are turning. Anyone moving and need someone to give your goldendoodle a good home?

I also finally got snow boots, something I’ve not had since I lived in Boston. Sometimes it seems like I just got to New York, an anxious 22-year-old kid in need of a a change of scenery. Other times, I feel like I am both halves of an eccentric NYC couple who’s been living here for 30 years. We love reading the Times over coffee on a Sunday morning while listening to WNYC. Either way, I’m happy to be here.

Mostly, I’m just excited that now that the holidays are over, things can finally start moving again!

What are you most looking forward to this year? What do you eat for breakfast on a day off? 

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2 thoughts on “First Thursday Things for 2014

    Lyric Andersen said:
    January 2, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Those savoury oats actually sound really good; I love topping mine with a dippy egg! But on a day off I usually go with some sort of protein pancake because it just feels so comforting!

    Cook and Go « Keeping It Real Food said:
    January 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    […] There was nothing fancy about the cake. I just reheated it in the oven at 350 until it was warm and enjoyed it while catching up on the morning’s Times, like the eccentric middle-aged couple I am. […]

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