I love that sneakers are so versatile these days. I wear mine for dress up.
Vans by Sophie Roach
On Saturday, I decided it would be fun to make corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day. I consulted some recipes, and was startled to read that it takes 6 days to brine the beef, which meant I needed to leap into action. A flat-cut brisket was easy to procure. The finicky ingredient is pink curing salt, also known as “Prague Powder.” I finally found it at a great specialty store about 30 minutes from my house, and grabbed the last pack on the shelf. I’m now on day 2 of brining, and look forward to the results. Fun fact: The word “corned” comes from chunks of salt that resemble corn.
This is a great reading list from the Silent Book Club for the politically minded. To that end, I’m making my way through an epic piece in the New Yorker. And for fun, the second part of Elena Ferrante’s quartet. How about you?
Even in the best of times, I’m a political junkie. These days, I turn to Twitter way too much, and it’s not good for my mental health. I alternate between rage and dread. I’m not sure how to look away. Any tips?
New Yorker cartoon
In my work as a Career Coach, clients come to me at a crossroad. They need to do something different, but they’re not sure what path to take. My job is to ask the right questions. Sometimes, I invite them to explore past successes, or reflect on the pain/gain of the status quo. But at some point, over analysis can lead to paralysis. Is there an idea you’re waiting to hatch?
If you’re at a crossroad, check out my latest career change blog post with 10 essential questions to jumpstart your process.
Uncertain by Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands
When I was 15, I thought I had the most mundane life imaginable. Stuck in the boring, outer borough of Queens, when I longed to be in Manhattan, I wondered if I’d ever find a path to creativity. What I didn’t appreciate at the time was my Mom’s commitment to acquaint her children with the cultural bonanza of New York City, even if it was a bus and train ride away. Our family outings included theater, museums and the symphony. Thanks to her influence, I’ve managed to construct a life with outlets for creative expression. How do you express yourself?
Spot by Jean Jullien and Anaick Moriceau
I’m on the Board of my condo association and we’re in the beginning stages of picking a new paint color for the hallway. For this job, I’m luckily paired with another Board member who’s a recently retired interior designer with decades of experience. I’ve never been good at visualizing what wall color will enhance a room. In the past, I’ve had some real missteps. Are you good at choosing paint?
Paint pots by Cecile Gariepy