Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
As I mentioned earlier this week, we’re experiencing a record-breaking heatwave here on the West Coast and you guys it’s been hot. Like, “Death Valley”-hot. I think we peaked at 116F on Tuesday. We received power alerts from our local power provider five days in a row.
And on Tuesday, the hottest day, the whole state of California received emergency alerts (that even made national news!) on their phones, urging people to conserve energy. Californians heeded the warning and we were able to avoid rolling blackouts. That’s amazing, but also a warning for the future. Something has to be done about climate change. This is not poised to get better.
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I had a 3.5-mile run scheduled earlier this week and I picked an 80’s Run on the Peloton app to keep me company (and to match the 80F at 6:30 am in the morning, haha). The playlist was awesome (isn’t 80’s music just delightful? It always puts me in a good mood) and I couldn’t help but smile when an old NKOTB song came on. Psst, as you might recall,
I used to be no, I am (!) a big fan.
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A recipe I tried was this creamy roasted red pepper pasta (I used whole grain thin spaghetti) and oh, you guys, I highly recommend you give this a try for a quick and super-tasty weeknight dinner. The recipe says not to substitute the heavy cream, but I am a bit of a kitchen rebel and did anyway (I almost always use half&half instead of cream these days), and I also threw in two handfuls of leftover kale for good measure. It was delicious and you can be sure that this recipe is bookmarked for repeat use!
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I am sure you’ve heard about the case of abducted and murdered runner Eliza Fletcher. I’ve been thinking about her nonstop these last few days and was hoping so badly that she would be found alive! As a female runner, this hit a little bit too close to home. It’s heartbreaking that this keeps happening to women who are just out doing what they love! We should all feel safe running outside (or do whatever!) whenever we goddamn please, but alas, that’s not the world we as females are living in.
I’ll be running for Eliza this weekend. Come and join me and let’s “Finish Eliza’s Run” (you can run, walk, cycle, rollerskate, swim… however you want to honor her!).
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And then also, Queen Elizabeth II died. I am just mentioning it as a piece of headline news I came across yesterday. I am not particularly attached to the royal family, I have mixed feelings about a monarchy in this day and age, but she did seem like a nice old lady and it’s always sad for the family when the matriarch dies. May she rest in peace.
Have a great weekend, friends. It’s supposed to finally cool down here, so I am excited!