this week is brought to you by fun. and bike rides.

i snuck out on a ride this afternoon, just a quick one before the rain started. i love that there is a killer loop right from my house. i get curvy wooded roads, views of the water and the mountains, a few hills and an espresso stop on the way home. at the coffee shop, i borrowed a pen and the barista gave me a piece of scrap paper so that i could jot down whatever popped up while i was peddling. 1. the past few weeks, i’ve lost the fun element of what i’m doing. it’s hard, yes. and sometimes the first thing to go when that happens is the joy of the thing you’re doing. i can shift that. i can bring back the fun, the joy. it’s not entirely gone, but it’s certainly waning. 2. there is always, always, always time for a ride. or a walk or a run. moving and taking a break from the screen flips a switch and i’m usually able to make some kind of progress when i sit back down to work. 3. the right tools make all the difference. when i moved to seattle, i treated myself to a good pair of 3/4 bibs and a rain jacket from velocio. they are worth every penny. if i’m comfortable riding in the rain, i’ll fucking go for a ride in the rain.

the short list: 2016 podcasts.

i went on a bit of a podcast hiatus over the holidays, and when i logged on this morning, i was greeted with a slew of amazing new episodes. i cannot WAIT to dig in.

taking a step backward, though, here are some of my favorite episodes from the past year:


on being with krista tippett



here’s the thing with alec baldwin



the moment with brian koppelman
seth godin
savanna guthrie
ethan canin


song exploder


freakonomics


design matters with debbie millman


ideo futures
i know i’m slightly biased on this one, but there are some REALLY great conversations!

i’ve also listened to a fair number of west wing weekly episodes. let’s just count that whole podcast as a favorite episode.

olive oil granola.

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i love this recipe. i’ve made it the past several years around the holiday to hand out as little gifts. by this point, i know that i can’t keep it around the house because i could eat an entire jar mindlessly in 5 minutes flat. it’s so simple and so tasty.

3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup raw pepitas
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup maple syrup*
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt

*if you like your granola a little sweeter, do 1/4 cup maple syrup and 1/4 cup honey instead

preheat oven to 300.

combine all ingredients and spread over a parchment lined baking sheet. bake for 35–45 minutes, tossing occasionally.

cool and enjoy!

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canopy.

i’ll admit, i shop on amazon, (a lot). but when it comes to just browsing, it’s not the best experience—i usually turn to canopy. with a clean interface and curated selection of goods, it’s a joy to scroll. you can heart your favorites and click to buy directly from amazon. here are a few of my recent hearts:

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from the top: casa tissue box cover $7; vintage nasa tee shirt $22; roadie 20 cooler $250; personal survival first aid tin $9; alarm dock $28; creative confidence $18; ripple towel $18; swing arm natural wood desk lamp $35; rectangular modern minimalist white ceramic succulent planter $18; crinkle bag vase; everything i want to eat $28; zebra series alborg end table $160.

on blogging.

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the other day i mentioned to a friend that i wanted to start blogging more.

“how often do you blog?” she asked me. and then i laughed and confessed that my last blog post was in september. that’s nearly a year ago. a year!

i’ve frequently thought about blog posts, but in the chaos of everyday life i forget how simple it is to take a morsel of an idea or a glimmer of inspiration and jot it down. i look back through posts for inspiration and to find recipes. once i’m out of the habit of writing, though, it seems so laborious to keep it up. “write blog post” sits on the to-do list day after day.

then earlier today I found this quote from the inimitable bruce lee: if you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

(sit on that for a second)

that’s exactly what i was doing. i was transported back to my sophomore year of college, when my mom and i watched this woman on the today show and i promptly ordered this book.

so here i am blogging.

to get back into the swing of things, here are 4 things, in no particular order:

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this song on repeat. perfect for an evening walk to zone out and rinse off the day.

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i am currently sidelined from the bike, but i still swoon every time machines for freedom sends me an email newsletter.

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the photo above was taken at the start of my early morning run on a ranch in ukiah, ca. i’m 10-weeks away from the new york city marathon, and running is my savior right now. expect more posts on running.

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after listening to paulo coelho talk with krista tippett on her podcast, “on being,” i recently re-read the alchemist. it’s just as good now as it was when i originally read it ages ago. here’s to all of us following our personal legends.