… so, I finished “Brodo: A Bone Broth Cookbook”.

Do you remember when cookbooks were full of recipes? I do. I remember reading my mom’s cookbooks as a kid and going nuts. I’ve always had a big imagination, so I could “smell” the meats cooking, or “see” the butter melting, or “feel” the dough forming between my fingers as I read about it. I remember bending the corners of every recipe I wanted her to make… or help me make…. and having to stop because almost every corner was bent. It was simple, too: an introduction, either by the author or someone else, which took two pages at the most… and then, recipes. Lots and lots of them.

This book starts with what feels like an indoctrination. Reasons Why You NEEEEEED To Become A Broth Person. Is this what this new generation of recipe writers are going to be about? Cliques? Segmenting people into broth-ers…. detox-ers…… paleo or Atkins…. gluten free by choice, not allergic reasons…. smoothiers…. protein-shakers…. “do you do chia?”…. super food-ers? I’ve been reading science fiction for a while now.. it feels like we’re almost living inside one of those books. Everything is the answer. Everything is the cure. Nothing is a part of the whole, everything is its own separate entity. Apparently, so are broths. Broths are the new…. umm… the new whatever was big earlier. It’s not just a broth anymore, it’s a whole production. “Recent explosion of interest in bone”? That’s not recent. Bone broths aren’t new! Is everyone seriously finding out about them now?

… so, I finished “Brodo: A Bone Broth Cookbook” and, though I wanted a book full of broth and related recipes, I have to settle for a few tens of pages at the end. At least I got some, right? And, guess what? I still haven’t made one from this book. I’m not saying I’m not going to, or that I don’t like this book… I just really, really wanted a book-full of broth and broth-related recipes.

Do you like broth?

Disclaimer: I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

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Give it to Leo!

I think last night was one of the very few moments where a looooot of people collectively made the same wish after “and the award for Best Actor goes to”..

  1. … I also really wanted Tom Hardy to win Best Supporting Actor.
  2. … I also realized I haven’t seen as many Oscar movies as I thought I had.. just “The Revenant“, “Mad Max” and “The Martian“. I want to see “Room” and “Brooklyn“. Any others you suggest? Is “Spotlight” a must watch?
  3. Brodo: A Bone Broth Cookbook” is here! I was expecting something else, though. Remember when cookbooks were full of recipes instead of “THIS IS HOW YOU MUST LIVE YOUR LIFE NOW!!!!” affirmations? Longer review to come.. I’m waiting until I at least make one of the broths in the book.
  4. Another thing making its way down to me that I expect AND HOPE to be able to review soon? Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate peanut butter. These are meant to be used for a healthy, pre-workout snack but I am SO RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED.
  5. Currently reading “Station Eleven“, as recommended by Rae. I’m halfway there and I can’t wait to see what happens. After a few faulty starts, where I’d pick it up and forgot everything that had happened previously, I finally got in the groove. I’ve decided to make a habit of reading when I get home from work, and before it gets dark enough for me to start yoga, so I anticipate I’ll be done soon.
  6. ….. ok, the “dark enough for me to start yoga” bit is mostly waiting for it to be quiet enough. Usually, it gets quieter then.. people are home from work and either making or eating dinner. I feel like I enjoy it better when it’s quieter. And dark. It puts me in a more meditative mood, I guess.
  7. Speaking of yoga…. my mat is the cheapo kind so it doesn’t offer much cushion against my floor tiles, so I’ve been considering getting two of the cheapo ones and glueing them together. There are thicker mats available, specially on Amazon, but these are the type of things that I like to see before purchasing… also, it will likely be heavy and awkward to transport, and I wouldn’t want to deal with returning it in case it came damaged. Also, and slightly related, I want a yoga wheel… doesn’t that look AWESOME?!
  8.  I just finished marathoning “Superstore“.. it’s kinda cute and funny. I liked it and I’m kinda sad the first season is over. Have you been watching any new shows? I’m waiting for “Better call Saul” to get a few more episodes before I begin.. maybe I’ll wait for the whole season to be out. I like marathoning shows.
  9. … I can’t wait until “The Night Manager” begins!!

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I know you’ve seen some of these pictures before but I find the road from fiber to project quite exciting. First thing you all should know is that this braid was dyed by Nicky a few months ago, inspired by one of my beachy pictures, and named it “Elisa the Beach Bum” as a result. When is Nicky going to dye more fiber/yarn for your crafting pleasure? HOPEFULLY SOON. Second thing you need to know is that I started prepping this fiber on a very emotional day… fiber play has become a really important part of my life, truly therapeutic, and I’m very thankful for it. I don’t know where my fibery journey will take me next, but I’m excited to go!


 

 

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Prepping!

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Spinning!

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Plying!

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YAAAAAAARN!!!

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Knitting!

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PROJEEEECT!!!


Find some of these pics on Instagram: @elisadallomo

… it has been a while, huh?

I haven’t made one of these lists for so long that I no longer remember how it works.. 😛

  1. Brodo: A Bone Broth Cookbook is making its way to me thanks to Blogging for Books. I’m not much of a broth person…. as in I don’t ever have it. But I’ve been thinking about adding it to my diet for a long time now. I used to make a chicken broth that I’d keep in the fridge and eat for dinner for five days straight. One day I’d boil cabbage and shrimp and add lots of hot sauce… the next day, broccoli and chicken… and even use it as water to make pasta and rice. I loved it, too. But I stopped making it. Sooo, now I want to make more!
  2. Are you guys gonna watch “Fuller House“?? I can admit to being excited for it.. in fact, it’s one of the shows that helped me with my English. I used to watch it every day. Eeeevery day.
  3. “Excellent specimen”, she says, and I can’t agree more. Link takes you to the “High-rise” trailer, starring none other than Hiddleston. Tom Hiddleston. I haven’t seen any of his latest movies.. I need to catch up.
  4. I went to the movies to watch “The Revenant“. Ehh. The photography was amazing… is it weird that I liked Tom Hardy better? I think he should’ve gotten nominated, as well. It felt like an obvious “for your consideration” Oscar movie, sometimes.
  5. Since I brought up another Tom, lemme go back to the first one… anyone watching “The Night Manager“???
  6. SO EXCITED FOR “SUICIDE SQUAD“!!! Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the trailer is absolutely genius. I haven’t been this excited for a DC comic since Nolan did the Batman trilogy……. I think those were the only ones I was genuinely excited for. I don’t even know if I’m gonna like the new Batman v Superman movie, honestly……… but I hope it proves me wrong.
  7. After that Murakami book I haven’t been able to read anything else. I think I need to pick up a weekend book so I can get back on that groove.
  8. How did you feel about the Coldplay/Bruno Mars/Beyoncé SB50 Halftime Show?? I still don’t know what I think. I loooove Coldplay…. but, I dunno…. Superbowl Halftime should be more production than concert, you know? At least to me. Plus, the sound was awful, so if you were watching it live it just didn’t connect. I might have to look it up on YouTube and watch it again.
  9. I’m sooooooo in the mood for Chow Mein!!! I don’t think I’ll actually have it soon, but I crave it often. Chow Mein is comfort food to me… I think Chinese food in general, I don’t know why.. but Chow Mein specifically is one of my most favorite dishes in the world.

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Previous handspun being knit into socks!

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And current handspun, while being plied.

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I sewed a project bag!

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I also got a blending board…

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… and I can’t stop…

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… making rolags!!


Find some of these pics on Instagram: @elisadallomo

… so, I read “Kafka on the shore”

DISCLAIMER: This post about Haruki Murakami’s “Kafka on the shore” has spoilers. Not on purpose, ’cause I really don’t like spoilers.. but it’s the only way I can properly explain why I disliked this book so much.

I like weird books, I know. I like weird movies sometimes, too. My favorite movie is “Memento”, which is saying something. This book started with two seemingly separate stories that, in the end, converge…… ish. But the reason for my dislike isn’t its weirdness. Like I said before, I like weird books. I also liked some parts about this book.. Nakata’s storyline was quite interesting at first; to me he started as an interesting character but later became a tool: a convenient magical shortcut of sorts the author used to his advantage, whenever needed.

The other “main” character has a classic Oedipus Complex, except the teenaged subject is aware of the issues and continues to pursue them anyway. “I was masturbated by someone who I think is my sister, and later actually visited her dreams and dream-raped her even after she told me she thought she was my sister, too… and, by the way, I’m in love with someone I think is my mother – but, wait, I’m not in love with this version of her, that would be sick-ish – but totally in love with her 15-year-old spirit, who visits me in my room late at night even though she’s still alive. I mean, I’m still gonna have sex with the woman I think is my mother now, obviously, sooo… also, I may or may not have directly or indirectly killed or somehow made someone kill my father, that’s still blurry… but it was all part of my dad’s prophecy/curse, you see”. Ugh.  Also, a very disturbing description of cat torture I skipped as soon as I realized where it was going, which in my opinion was gratuitous. He didn’t need to spell it out.

… so, I read “Kafka on the shore” and if I never read another book like this I would be happy. I don’t understand it. It feels like he was trying very hard to achieve something. I just don’t know what it was. Disgust? Repulsion? Or maybe he was just trying too hard, period. Also, the author reminded me of a horny old man writing stories for his own sexual satisfaction. You know how sometimes you want to read a romance novel, so you get one of the free ones on Amazon and after a few chapters of lovey-dovey narrative you suddenly get an explicit sex scene? I can take that “smut”… it’s a romance novel. But, for some reason, I just couldn’t digest this one. I don’t want to read about a 15 year old boy’s penis or how his mom’s/sister’s vagina feels to him.

Have you read a book written by Haruki Murakami before?

… so, I started doing yoga.

Anxiety, I have it. I overanalyze everything, I stress out and get overwhelmed easily. Not often, I gotta say… it was more common in my teens, but as I grew up I learned how to deal with it. I learned how to notice what my triggers were and deal with them before anything happened. However, both a resurgence of stressful situations and a really toxic environment at work threw me off my game and all of a sudden it just started consuming me…. add to that both of my parents with important health scares (that have, thankfully, remained as just scares), financial situations, a death in the family and the situation at work snowballing into a big ball of ugh that I couldn’t wait to get out of (via my vacations, for now)….. well, food became a prize again. I’d buy fresh baked bread because I deserved it… I’d order chinese take out because I needed to destress… I’d fry everything and whatever because I needed a win…. I basically went back to bad habits.

However, this new year, my resolution is to make it right. My first resolution is to forget the snooze button exists and just. wake. up. So far, so good. Today was exceptionally hard, but I didn’t snooze! I stayed in bed and snuggled for a few more minutes, yes, but awake and aware. My second resolution is to go back to actively working on letting go of my anxieties. One of the things that’s helping is my Instant Happy Journal.. I open a random page every day. I also keep repeating to myself how I’m “alive and able”, which helps me realize that whatever I don’t like I have the ability to work on and change. And then, because I seriously missed sweating my way through the toxins, I had to figure out what to do to start moving!

… so, I started doing yoga. It’s been four days. Am I crazy when I say I can definitely feel the difference already?? Emotionally more than anything else. I definitely look forward to it. Don’t be fooled, though. Yoga may look like a lot of breathing and sitting around in weird poses, but it’s not as easy as it looks. The weird poses are actually engaging a lot of your muscles. Save a few, like Savasana (corpse pose), which is basically laying down face up and breaaaathing with your eyes closed… they are uncomfortable and a lot of work. I mean, think about it… plank looks so easy, doesn’t it?! Try to hold the position for a minute. Thank you. I don’t even get how it’s supposed to be a beginner’s pose…. like, it is very easy to get into the pose, I get that.. but holding it??? Ugh. Seriously??

How long can you hold a plank for?