Of Note – February 1

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We’re officially out of the month of January. We made it! There is something quiet and calm about January. It seems like a time of hibernation for most. Like taking a deep breath before the year really gets going. I can already feel the change in pace. We’ll be watching the Superbowl on Sunday and next weekend is the Oscars (they moved it up this year). Over the next week, we’ll be doing our best to watch all of the best picture nominations. What have you seen so far? Whatever your plans are, I hope you hold on to the relaxing vibes of January for as long as possible. Here are some items Of Note from the last week.

Podcasts

The Crown: The Official Podcast

If you watch The Crown and would love to learn a little more about the historical background and thought that goes into each episode, The Crown: The Official Product is a delight. They interview creator Peter Morgan who, I suspect, enjoys revisiting the episodes too.

Drinking (Or lack thereof)

Dry January

I completed my first dry January. It felt weird at first to not be drinking in certain social settings. At a bar on a Friday night. At Sunday night dinner, where we usually have a few glasses of wine. But overall I loved it. Physically I felt and looked better. More energy, better sleep, better skin. Mentally I felt better. Sharper, less irritable, more positive. It definitely made me re-think when and how I consume alcohol. The positive benefits are enough to make me want to cut back.

Blogs

Best Black Blazer

Cupcakes and Cashmere tested out six of the best black blazers and found a clear winner. This is a great list of options for anyone trying to add great foundational pieces to their wardrobe (capsule or otherwise). But I also found it interesting that a Target blazer made it to the top three. Target has been impressing me lately with their work wear pieces at affordable price points.

Pittsburgh Things

Oscar Preparation  

Row House Cinema is helping you with your Oscar Preparation. Over the next few days, they’re showing some of the Best Picture nominations as well as the Oscar-Nominated Shorts. The shorts are obviously a little bit harder to come by, so I love when theaters combine them into one showing. The categories are Documentary, Animation, and Live-Action. Always fun and interesting to see.

Also, here is the official Oscar Ballot. We like to fill ours out every year.

Recipes

Trader Joe’s 1-Minute Lentil Salad

I was perusing my local Trader Joe’s when one of their employees saw me holding their bag of premade lentils and said she likes to prepare hers with bruschetta and feta cheese. I was originally just going to throw it on a salad to add a little protein, but I had to copy her recipe because it sounded delicious. Then I found the official Trader Joe’s 1-Minute Lentil Salad recipe on their website and had to share it with all of you. It’s yummy, healthy, very filling, and, as the name implies, very easy to make. One serving of lentils has 9 grams of protein.

 

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