Colorado, you were lovely.
Colorado, you were lovely.
I had tickets to Ryan Adams tonight, and I have a ticket for a 6 am flight to Denver tomorrow. I’ve actually been busy lately and sleep deprived so I decided to be responsible. The tickets went to a grateful friend, and I spent the night working out, packing and preparing for my meeting. And I filled my manicure punch card. I guess it’s a win for tonight?
Wilco Announces Rarities Box Set and Compilation
Just in time for the holidays and the band’s 20th anniversary, Wilco has announced a November 17 release date for two new compilations.
The first is a 4-CD (or 4-vinyl, depending on your preference) called Alpha Mike Foxtrot, which features rare studio and live recordings pulled together from the band’s massive catalog of music. The set also includes a 64-page book featuring archival photos, track-by-track liner notes and personal memories from the band and those who worked with them over the years.
Today’s weather is gross and my emotions were running high - not a good high - so I was in a pretty deep funk this morning. It’s amazing how fast mood and perspective can change with a shamrock mug as a Boss’s Day gift (amazingly, someone actually gave it to me!), a kind email from a friend that helps with perspective, making someone’s day with free concert tickets, and fun plans for a night. Tuesday is alright.
Last December I made my first appointment with a nutritionist to address psoriatic arthritis that was starting to become pretty debilitative, and the general embarrassment that comes with scabby, flaking skin from auto-immune problems like psoriasis and cortisol imbalances. I’ve written a bit about my experience here because it’s a good way for me to remain accountable to my health and a reminder of the unhappiness that manifested from these problems.
I’ve been pretty stressed out lately (which causes weight gain for me) and spent last weekend indulging in Napa/Sonoma, so I dreaded my nutritionist appointment today. Nine months after starting a whole health approach, the psoriasis and arthritis are still gone. My skin glows and I’m able to tackle workouts with relative ease. I’m down about 40 pounds, 28 of which was fat, and a lot of inches. Most important, I feel healthy.
This week also marks two months of Pure Barre classes. As weight came off, I wanted to add a strength workout to help with tone. A friend spoke highly of Bar Method for body transformation, and I liked the concept behind the exercises. Pure Barre in Evanston was the closest option for me, and I was hooked from the first class. It’s crazy expensive and not necessarily convenient; however, PB has really reset my body and it’s a place where I can find focus and presence. There is one instructor, Jess, who really motivates me to work on my mind and body, and the challenge is great. Between running and Pure Barre, I am really happy with my exercise routine. Depending how things go over the next few months, I might try to run a half-marathon in Ireland with my cousin this winter. (Who am I.)
Marla and I talked about the next set of goals for my health and revised my routine a bit. I’m excited for this next chapter in continued good health.
Napa/Sonoma 2014 in the books. Lots of wine, food and, most important, laughs.
One more for the road.