Mrs. Fletcher

After I graduated from law school in 2008 I very quickly got married (the next day) and moved to Boston.  I had previously lived in Boston before law school so I still had a couple friends but since Boston is such a transitional town many of them had left.  One good friend remained and she invited me to join her book club.  I was very excited to be part of it and I always look forward to our meetings.  When I joined none of the members had children.  Now I think every member has at least one child and the founder is goingon #3!  Many times the discussion has focused on being mothers (we are all women) and not the book but it is still a great chance to try books that I wouldn't normally pick up or would have trouble finishing.  The book club is a small motivator to complete a book even if I'm not loving it.  On my own I have no problem just giving up on a book if I'm not feeling it.  

Our latest pick was Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta.  Tom Perrotta is known for Little Children, Election and The Leftovers.  I have not read Election but I enjoyed the other two so I was pretty sure I would like his newest novel.  

Mrs. Fletcher is about a recent empty nester who is trying to figure out what to do next.  The book also focuses on her son and his new college experience as well as a coworker of Mrs. Fletcher.  Mrs. Fletcher becomes a little obsessed with porn and the son goes through some unfortunate sexual experiences.  These morally-fraught situations for all of the characters were intriguing, however, I am not always a fan of men writing about a woman's sexual awakening, especially when it is through porn. 

I would recommend this book for a quick, lighter read.  I'm not sure it's up to being made into a movie like the rest of his books but we'll see, the world may be ready for a middle aged porn obsessed main character.

Next up is a book that a colleague lent me called Idaho by Emily Ruskovich.  I'm looking forward to it.

Podcasts and Oven Roasted Pork Ribs

I have about a 35 commute to work and I go through phases on what I want to do on that commute.  There's real book phase where I actually check out a book from the library and read it old school.  There's kindle book phase where I read a book on the kindle or the kindle app on my phone.  And there's podcast phase where I try not to crack up laughing or break down crying listening to podcasts on my commute.  My favorite for laughing is 2 Dope Queens with Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams.  They are hilarious and have funny comedians on.  My least favorite part is usually when they interview their special guest because I do not love their interview style but the rest is hilarious and pumps me up for the rest of my day.  

A favorite for laughing or crying is The Moth.  The Moth has true stories, told live and they can be about anything.  Most weeks have a theme and some are obviously better than others but it's usually good for a laugh or cry.  

I occasionally listen to Katie Curic's podcast where she interviews big names so I usually look at the titles to see which I like.  I enjoyed her interviews with Sheryl Sandberg and Dan Savage.

Another good one for laughing is Judge John Hodgman where comedian John Hodgman pretends to be a judge and decides pressing issues between two people.  Like whether a couple should require visitors to take off their shoes.  He's hilarious and it's good mindless entertainment.

Now for the food...

We have a subscription to a meat delivery service called Butcher Box which I will post more about at another time but they sent us some ribs and we had been waiting for a good time to try them.  Our meat loving friends came over on Friday but since we had to work we didn't have a lot of time to cook the ribs.  I ended up putting a rub on it which it sat with for about an hour then cooking it slowly for another hour and then turning it up for about 30 minutes.  They turned out great!

Rub 

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (or regular chili powder)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

This is good for about 2 pounds of ribs.  Increase the recipe if you want more. 

Prepare the ribs.  Rinse the ribs in cold water and pat dry.  Pat the rub on the meaty part of the ribs and let it sit and come to room temperature for 10 minutes to 1 hour.  Cook ribs at 300F for an hour or longer, then increase heat to 400F for about 30 minutes.  If you like a little more saucy ribs you can pour your favorite BBQ sauce on when you increase the heat.  When done, cover with foil for 10 minutes or until ready to serve.  

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I roasted some brussels sprouts tossed in salt, pepper and olive oil at the same time along with some apples (yes, we still have apples) and boiled some potatoes.   Dinner was complete!

 

2 I Have and 2 I Want

These posts will be about a couple things that I have and love (or hate) and a couple things I am coveting.

2 Things I Have 

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

Ok, this first one is expensive but it has been the only thing that has noticeably changed my skin.  I received the serum and the lotion as a birthday sample from Sephora and I was hooked.  It really makes your skin soft, smooth and helps with evening out the color.  Get a sample at Sephora or just buy it.   The lotion I used with it is Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet which I really like but I am still debating whether to buy the full size.  

 

Birkenstock Thong Sandal

I love my flip flops and will basically wear them anytime I can, rain, shine, cold, hot but this summer I ran into a problem.  First, the flip flops I bought last year are already falling apart and look terrible but also I started to get a pain in my foot after wearing them which told me that I am getting old (gah!) and that I needed new shoes.  I have seen these Birkenstocks around everywhere and one of my cooler friends had a pair so I decided these were the thongs for me. The first time I wore them I did not walk far but I found them incredibly painful.  Since this was my first pair of Birks I wasn't sure it the pain was normal.  I did know that I paid money for these shoes and I wanted them to work.  I tried a couple more times on short walks and by the third time the pain was gone and now I love them!  I got them in Onyx.  

2 Things I Want 

Madeleine Pan

My kids discovered the Starbucks madeleine cookies they have in the checkout and since then I've been wanting to make them at home.  While I'm not a huge fan of all the pumpkin flavored everything, I do think a pumpkin madeleine would be delicious.  I like these cookie/cakes because they are not too sweet, small enough that you do not feel gross if you have two, and light and fluffy.   

Print by Clare Elsaesser

I like almost all of them but here are a couple of my favorites.  

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So Much

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happiness

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus

I have been hearing about the Polar special flavors like Unicorn Kisses and Mermaid Song but had not seen them at the store.  I happened to see the Yeti Mischief flavor at Stop and Shop the other day and had to try it.  The can is really cute but I couldn't quite figure out the flavor.   I was secretly hoping it would taste woodsy, like a Christmas tree candle, because that would be funny (and gross).  However, I guess it tasted more like "Mischief" because I couldn't quite nail the flavor.  Maybe some vanilla?  Some mysterious "mixed berry."  

Polar Flavors

 

 

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