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Posts from January 2014

Musical Memory Lane

Last night a neighbor and I were talking about music from our childhood days and he remembered a song from Sesame Street that I hadn't thought of in years called "Someday, Little Children." We then discussed some other gems, including the soundtrack to Really Rosie and various songs from the Sesame Street Alphabet Album ("Would you like to buy an O?"). It's looking like I have to buy some music for my nephew!

Booze You Can Use: Have A Division Bell

Tomorrow I leave for a week in Oaxaca, Mexico. As you may know, Oaxaca is ground zero for mezcal, and I'll be spending a great deal of time visiting palenques and learning about mezcal production (this is, after all, a USBGNY trip). For those of you who aren't joining me on the trip, you can play along at home, and make yourself a Division Bell (or go to Mayahuel and have one there).

Division Bell
1 oz Del Maguey San Luis Del Rio mezcal
3/4 oz. Aperol
3/4 oz. Maraska or 1/2 oz. Luxardo (Maraschino)
3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
Shake well with ice, strain into a cocktail glass. Twist and squeeze a grapefruit peel over the glass. Rub the rim of the glass with the peel, then discard it.

I Hear the Secrets That You Keep*

As you may recall, I was the lucky recipient of a Fitbit One this year (thanks, Mom & Stephen!). One of its features is sleep tracking -- it tells you how many hours you slept, how long it took you to fall asleep, how many times you woke up and how many times you were restless during any given night. Looking at this information has been fascinating to me. Since I got it, I learned that generally I might wake up once during the night, and am restless from one to three times per night. During the time that I have been sick (including the night before I started to feel crummy), I woke up at least three times and was restless upwards of ten times, including one night when I was restless twenty six times and one night when I was awake five times. No wonder I've felt so exhausted. Last night I didn't wake up at all and was restless nine times -- an improvement at least. Here's to hoping for less restless sleep going forward.

*when you're talking in your sleep.

Slow Start

2014 isn't treating me well so far -- although New Year's Eve was lovely and filled with friends, food and laughter, I've been hit by a cold that keeps me up coughing all night. This was fine when I could lounge about and nap during the day, but it doesn't work so well when I have to go to work. Definitely ordering soup for lunch.

Happy and healthy 2014 to you all (and to my body, which didn't get the memo about the "healthy" part)!