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Friday Fare: 3/5/21

I am one of the least flexible people that I know. And you can interpret that any way you wish, but in this context – I’m now at that age where I can injure myself by sleeping on the wrong pillow. Let’s not even discuss how I also serve as a trampoline for my cats. (Don’t ask.) Anyway … I keep hearing about those people who are emerging from quarantine and they’ve worked on their abs, have arms that rival Michelle Obama’s, or they dedicated themselves to a meditation practice. Ummmm … a year later, my abs are a little flabbier, my sourdough starter is languishing somewhere in the back of my refrigerator, I’ve upgraded from wine in bottles to boxes (environmentally friendly, you know), but hey … as of this writing, I have a four-day streak of doing yoga. I guess the YouTube hits for Yoga with Adriene skyrocketed during the pandemic. It’s no real wonder why – Adriene is this laid back yogi who lives in Austin, Texas. Her dog makes guest appearances in her videos. And even for someone inflexible and plus-sized like me, her videos feel pretty accessible. And although the zen, calm, and focus is a huge benefit of daily yoga, I’m in it because I’m in my 40s and most days my back hurts like a sonofabitch. And there is your moment of zen …

I made the viral baked feta pasta that originated from TikTok.  (No, I’m not on TikTok, but if they keep making delicious things go viral, I’m all for it.) Yes, it was tasty.

Carole King’s landmark album “Tapestry” turns 50 this year. Her daughter Louise Goffin wrote this incredible piece commemorating her memories of the album. My mom had this album on vinyl and I remember “discovering” it when I was a teenager. I got to catch Ms. King in concert when she and James Taylor celebrated the 40th anniversary of their November 1970 performance at The Troubadour. It was pretty cool to sit next to my mom and hear the songs that brought us together when I was a kid.

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Watching: I finished the latest season of Netflix’s “The Crown” and have moved on to watching CBS’s “Elementary.” I think that originally came out in 2012. Sometimes I wonder how I’ve missed out on so much television, but then I remember that 2012 was the year my first child was born. The second came in 2013. Ergo … not a lot of time for TV.

I also like to say that I don’t watch a lot of TV. And I guess I really don’t, but given that come March 18th, I’ll be celebrating the one-year anniversary of when my family went into lockdown, binge watching TV is the least of the vices I’ve been leaning on.

Reading: I finished Mindy Mejia’s “Everything You Want Me to Be.” And it was so good that I promptly sent copies to my mentor Jerry and my BFF Deb. I think Jerry managed to read it in a day. I’m waiting for the rude texts to start from Deb once she gets to the scenes involving “Jane Eyre.” (Deb and I have known each other for over 30 years, she’s still bitter that I convinced our high school AP English teacher that we HAD to read JE for our class.)

Writing: Busy work week (which is good), I’m hoping for a quiet afternoon today to research some agents.

As usual … stay healthy, get active, wash your hands, and mask up!

– Shelley

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What is Friday Fare? As a recap, on Fridays I post link love to the various bits of arcane shiz I discover on the Interwebs.  I liken it to a glimpse into my mind, but without the 80s song lyrics or mental cobwebs.

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