One To Nothin'

Layers All Day
Have you guys ever heard of Raynaud's disease? No? Well, I hadn't either until a few short months ago. A day that now seems long, long ago because I drank wine in a bikini all day while floating on a giant blow up boat, and now I'm sitting inside my apartment watching my breath come out of my mouth as steam. 

The sun was hot, but the water most certainly was not. Northern California doesn't quite get that the whole point of having beautiful bodies of water everywhere is to be able to swim, splash and enjoy them. Nope, instead everywhere you dip your toes into freezes you down to your core. So on this fateful day, I was comfortably numb from the waist down before climbing onto the raft where a friend of mine so kindly pointed out the odd color of my feet. She diagnosed me with Raynaud's after I explained that I spend all of the cold months with toes that feel like rocks in my shoes. She may not be a doctor, but according to the Internet, it's where your arteries restrict blood circulation to your extremities resulting in the feeling of numbness and a white/yellow appearance. Yep, sounds about right.
The Internet also lovingly informed me that there is no cure except to not get cold. I guess I was kind of onto something by living in Florida for the first 23 years of my life, but now I need a strategy. There's not much I can do when it comes to summer days on an ice cold lake, but when your heater breaks and your dog only wants to lay across your torso, you have to rely on layers.
Layering out here is essential, not because it actually gets cold (I mean when the thermometer goes under 60 INSIDE, I am cold, but not compared to places where it truly gets cold), but because it gets considerably less cold as the day goes by. When I wake up to a frozen tundra of an apartment and walk a mile in the sun to a train packed with candescent bodies, my toes are still frozen but the rest of me is sweaty.  
Then, after the time change, it's practically midnight by the time I leave the office and cross the bridge to get back home in the dead of winter. Which means my apartment is once again an igloo, which is why I emphatically said, "YAAAS" when Cuddl Duds offered to send me warm, cozy layers in stretchy materials. That's where the leggings and two long sleeve tees worn in these photos came from, and I am into it. 
They're perfect for wearing under a grandpa sweater and beanie or paired with a leather jacket and ridiculously bright lipstick--but probably most importantly, they're perfect for cuddling up on the couch and watching "Stranger Things." 

Check 'em out in action in this awkward montage below.

Sooo how much do you people who live in actual winter wonderlands hate me rn?

Exploring After Dark

The Exploratorium at Pier 15 in SF is kind of a big deal. It's this incredible hands-on science museum where you get to play with all the things while you passively learn all the things as well. I've been a big fan of this place ever since I moved here, and last Thursday was my third time (fourth if you include the time I brought my nanny kids to play in the gift shop because the museum was closed).  

Last week I found myself at The Exploratorium After Dark. Every Thursday night they open the museum from 6pm-10pm for adults only. Not only are tickets cheaper and you don't have to fight germy babies for the exhibits, but they have special presenters, films and a bar with signature cocktails. 

I went a couple months ago, and I just tried to play as much as physically possible, so this time around I made sure to take advantage of the special exhibits. There's a tactile dome where you can't see a thing and are encouraged to feel your way through the exhibit. I played catch wearing perspective-skewing goggles, watched a map of my body temperature and snapped macro shots of water dropping into a coffee cup. It really brings out the child inside playing with the furriest magnets, making lots of noise, creating electricity and defying logic.  
Thursday they showed Emmy award winning Virtual Reality film "Collisions" created by Lynette Wallworth. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to see it, but I did get to hear Wallworth talk about the inspiration behind it.

"Collisions is a virtual reality journey to the land of indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian desert. Nyarri’s first contact with Western culture came in the 1950’s via a dramatic collision between his traditional world view and the cutting edge of Western science and technology. 65 years later Wallworth carried cutting edge video technology into the desert so Mr. Morgan could share his story. Reflecting on the event, in this most magical of immersive experiences, Nyarri offers to viewers his experience of the impact of destructive technology and the Martu perspective on caring for the planet for future generations."

They offered free admission to see the film within the next few weeks. I can't wait to go back and get the full experience. After watching this filmmaker's moving presentation, I grabbed dinner at SeaGlass cafe where I had approximately 12 minutes to scarf down some Korean BBQ and play on the outdoor exhibits (I still have bruises from where I tried to cross a bridge that was haphazardly put together, by me). 

If you’re local, I highly recommend you check out the Exploratorium After Dark. You can use the code FUTUREFOOD to get 5% off individual admission through Nov 30 and an additional $5 off a membership package. I'm thinking about getting a membership myself because it's literally impossible to see ALL the things. Who wants to come with me next time?! 

Fall Quinoa Salad Recipe

Happy fall, friends!
Even though I've never really lived in a seasonally heterogeneous area, I've become considerably more enamored with autumn since moving to Northern California. We see changing leaves, dropping of temps (not just at night), and legit apple-picking farms.
Last year I got to enjoy the fall season in a snuggly way that only a part-time nanny turned full-time office dweller can feel nostalgic about. Since I won't be scooping up two blondies and dressing them in all orange everything to explore every pumpkin patch possible (at least not while getting paid), I'm going to have to make up for it somehow this year. Probably in the form of food and hot beverages.
While I'm sure I'll have plenty of grown up cider and lactose-free white Russians coming your way soon, right now I'm still trying to ride this clean-eating wave (this might be my longest MyFitnessPal streak ever). While I've been obsessed with soup lately--no joke, I ate cauliflower soup for breakfast every morning last week--I thought I'd try a pretty, autumnal salad featuring truRoots sprouted quinoa.

1 cup water
1 large sweet potato
2 cucumbers
1 small red onion
Goat milk feta
A bunch of fresh cilantro
Dressing of choice

It's pretty self-explanatory, but cook the quinoa first--combine water and quinoa in a bowl over the stove. Bring it to a boil and then turn the heat down to low, let simmer for 15 minutes (I love quick cook quinoa and this one is nice and fluffy). Then transfer to the fridge while you prep the rest of the ingredients. Set the oven to 450 and slice the sweet potato into teensy pieces. Fold aluminum foil over a pan and toss the potato pieces in olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake for about 15 minutes, or when the pieces are starting to turn brown. Set aside to cool while you chop the rest of the ingredients. Combine and toss with dressing of your choice. I planned on making my own with olive oil, lemon juice, etc. but I wasn't home so I used this one and it was delicious. 

This was probably the prettiest, most delicious salad I've ever made. Not to brag, but... it was pretty phenomenal. I highly recommend you get on it. And if you'd like to try the truRoots ancient grains sprouted quinoa, shop at Target with your Cartwheel app to get this discount. 

How are you celebrating fall?

Sheep Milk Yogurt Parfaits FTW

There’s a slight chance that all the alcohol-sponsored posts I’ve been slaving over lately (this looks like hard work, right?) have taken a toll on my bod. Homegirl isn’t training for a marathon or chasing after toddlers all day anymore, so I’ve been feeling all the sugar and sitting during the week. 
While I did treat myself to a swanky ass gym membership a few months ago (helloooo, eucalyptus towels), I haven’t quite found the motivation Kensie of 2013 OTN had. Remember #OperationShakirabod? Ah, the good ol’ days.

No matter how many times I do it and feel great about it, waking up at 5:30am to workout never gets easier, so I finally accepted that it needs to be a combined effort. I’m cleaning up the diet. On Amazon Prime day I impulse-bought a Magic Bullet, and it’s my new favorite thing ever. I’ve been making protein smoothies for breakfast several days a week for a while now, and I’m an avid double-tapper of elaborate smoothie art, so I thought I’d give a smoothie parfait a go.  
 Let me tell you, that shit is way harder than it looks. Getting pieces of fruit to stick to the sides of a mason jar is a skill one simply cannot master in the wee hours of the morning. But I digress.
Here’s what you need for two servings:

1/4 cup chia seeds
2 cups almond milk
1 banana
1/4 cup frozen mixed berries
several figs

Combine the chia seeds and one cup of almond milk and let them sit in the fridge overnight. The next morning, blend the banana, berries and another cup of almond milk and slice the figs. Place a dab of honey on the fig slices and stick them to the insides of the jar (be patient and let them dry lying on their sides if you have time), then pour half the smoothie mixture followed by chia pudding and vanilla yogurt. Top with more figs, chia seeds and whatever other goodies you may have lying around, and enjoy. 

If you're interested in trying this yogurt, use this coupon here and check the website to see where they sell it near you. I found mine at Sprouts. This stuff is delicious, and they are partnering with the Whole Kids Foundation during the month of September and donating $1 of every cup of yogurt sold to support schools and help improve children’s nutrition and wellness. So it's a win-win. 

Have you ever tried sheep milk? And more importantly, have you ever successfully stuck figs to the sides of your smoothie?

5 Steps to Curing the Adulting Blues

We’ve already established that adulting is hard. It’s all work, laundry, bills, nuclear war-induced anxiety attacks, emotional eating and more work. But I’m about to pass on a game-changing life hack. Are you ready? Five steps to pure, grownup, college-style bliss. Let’s go. 
Step 1: Purchase Fancy AF Tequila
Literally the only preparation you need is a trip to the liquor store. Purchase Gran Centenario tequila, Agavero Orange liqueur, lime juice, and a couple oranges. Bring it home and leave it on the dining room table so your roommates think it’s their idea when you subtly drop the hint that you’ll be making margaritas tomorrow night. 
Step 2: Check In With the Amigos

Maybe send out a group text around 3pm (that’s when they’re weakest) to said roommates, like: “Laaaadies, it’s been a long day. Expect margs on the patio this evening.” If they happen to be amazing, like my own, they might even offer to pick up TJ’s microwavable tacos on the way home from work. 
Step 3: Let the Preparations Begin
Stick those deliciously simple tacos in the microwave and bring a cup of water and a cup of sugar to a boil on the stove, turn down the heat and let cool. Combine the following in a cocktail shaker (or two tumblers if you’re also not a fully developed adult) with ice for batch number one:

.75 parts lime juice
.5 parts simple syrup
Orange slices for garnish 
Step 4: Dress to Match Your Setting

Again, it’ll depend on how cool your roomies are, but mine were all, “Let’s wear matching floral dresses and play in the garden!” and I realized that I’ve once again won the Craig’s List roomie-finding game. 
After you finish your first glass of these margs, you won’t want to stop because a) they’re delicious (even if you’re not a tequila person), b) it only takes one to feel tipsy and c) by the time you’re finished, drink #2 sounds like a great idea and no one remembers that it’s a school night. I must warn you, however, that once you and your ladies get through batch #2, there will be early morning next-day repercussions (just another side effect of adulting) in the form of needing greasy food and ibuprofen stat. #worthit 

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