Friday Smiles

Given that it’s the end of the week, I want to look back and recognize some of the things that I really enjoyed this week. Sure there was some stress and rocky moments, but when it comes down to it, this was a great week and I am a very lucky person. Here are my top Friday smiles:

1. Morning Runs

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The weather hasn’t been consistently nice yet this spring, and it was nice to have some relaxing (albeit chilly) morning runs.

2. Seeing Michael Pollan Speak

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I – along with 1500 other people – listened to Michael Pollan speak about the significance of cooking for health, democracy, ethics, and development. Meals, according to Pollan, are a shared experience that help to create bonds and love between the individuals who enjoy them together. Speaking of….

3. Taco Dinner with Friends

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Potluck taco dinner with beloved friends = big happiness

4. Art Class

This week I worked on a mushroom value and perspective drawing. Here is the original picture:

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And here is my version:

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5. The Love Fern

Yes, this is ridiculously hilarious creepy girlfriend-ish wonderful…but I have created a love fern to help me survive my anguish while Noah is away in Italy (did I mention I am going to visit in 7 days?!?!?!).

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Bonus: it’s blooming!

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And there you have it, my Friday smiles. 🙂

What are your Friday smiles?

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Magers and Quinn

Magers and Quinn Booksellers is a real gem. Right in the heart of Uptown Minneapolis on Hennepin between Lake and 31st, Magers and Quinn is the Twin Cities’ largest independent bookstore. Open until 10pm on weekdays and 11pm on weeknights, it’s always busy, always well-stocked, and always has several carts of sale books displayed on carts outside the front door. Inside, it’s a treasure trove.

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As soon as you walk into the front entryway, there’s an impressive collection of displays and shelves. It gets better though when you realize there’s an even larger back section:

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M&Q’s numerous awards are humbly stowed away in a corner:

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The atmosphere is one where you can browse through books in the store and not feel any pressure to buy or be on your way. On several occasions I’ve relaxed in the store, reading through cookbooks or browsing topics, and no employee has ever seemed to mind. Today, I was interested in browsing some food theory books:

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After skimming through Michael Pollan’s Food Rules, I decided to purchase a copy of In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. The book is about the American food paradox: the most nutritionally focused our society becomes, the less healthy we are. I’m interested to read it and think I will learn a lot!

After my adventure at the bookstore, I was in need of a snack when I got home. I decided to make a protein shake with 1 scoop of chocolate Tera’s Whey protein powder, 5 strawberries, 1 cup of almond milk, and 6 ice cubes:

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Very refreshing! I like the flavor of this protein powder a lot, but I don’t think I could stomach it with just water.