Orphan Black

Orphan BlackWatching: Orphan Black

This show is in its third season but I just started watching it last week. And let me tell you: I. am. hooked. Binge watching, blew through season one in a week kind of hooked.

I don’t want to say too much about it in case you don’t watch it and want to give it a try. What I will say is that it’s one of those highly suspenseful shows that leaves you feeling like you physically need to know what happens next.

Also Tatiana Maslany, the main actress in the show, is absolutely incredible.

Eating: Pesto, pesto and more pesto.

I’m pretty sure this is going to be the summer of pesto—especially if I get my act together and both get a basil plant and manage to keep it alive. My favorite way to eat it lately is by making little pizzas with it. I use a corn tortilla (since they’re gluten free), spread on some pesto and top it with spinach, onion, mushroom and a little bit of cheese. YUM.

I’ve also been putting it on my zucchini noodles (which, by the way, I’m still obsessed with) and mixing it up with a chopped hard-boiled egg. I am a fan. A big one. If you have any other ways to incorporate pesto into a meal, please tell me. Help feed the addiction!

Drinking: Tazo Passion tea

Last time I did one of these posts, I was all about Tazo’s cocoa mint mate tea. Now that the weather is warmer, I’ve moved to a sweeter, more summery tea that tastes just as delicious iced. This one is a combination of hibiscus, orange peel, rose hips, and passion fruit and the more I type about it, the more I want to run to the kitchen and make a big, fat pitcher of the stuff…

fitbit flexWearing: Fitbit Flex

My husband got me a Fitbit for Mother’s Day figuring it was the sort of thing I was interested in but would never spend money on for myself (which is totally true). I haven’t had it long enough to go on and on about its merits or where it falls short. What I can tell you is that it most definitely makes me move more.

I’m one of those people who does better with a challenge, so having a goal to achieve (10k steps per day) is really motivating. Last night, in the middle of a TV binge with my husband (which is our version of a date night), he went upstairs to go to the bathroom. When he came back, I was circling the room while scrolling through Instagram in hopes of getting closer to my 10k steps. Because that’s how I respond to challenges. If you could care less about a challenge or what an electronic device has to say about your movement throughout the course of a day, Fitbit might not be as effective for you.

If you’re interested in an in depth look at it, Elise Blaha just wrote a blog post on using the Fitbit for a year.

Listening to: Happier with Gretchen Rubin

I’m still in podcast mode. I can’t listen to them while I’m writing, but they’re great for when I’m editing photos, putting together graphics or doing something else that allows my mind to wander. Recently I’ve gotten into Gretchen Rubin’s podcast with her sister. Gretchen is the author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before and basically works her butt off pursuing happiness and good habits—while telling us the science behind it all. Her sister is way more laid back, which makes for an amusing pair.

the promise of a pencilReading: The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun

I loved every last second of this book. Maybe I’m an emotional disaster, but it totally made me cry (in a happy, ignited, mind blown kind of way). Laid out as a series of mantras, this book tells the story of how Adam Braun went from working in finance to finding his calling, leaving a prestigious job, and founding Pencils of Promise, an organization that builds schools around the world. Incredibly inspiring, this book proves that one person (with the help of others who believe in his/her cause) can change the world. And it totally has me itching to make moves.

Dreaming of: Publishing a children’s book.

I have a little secret: I wrote a children’s book.

So far my girls are the only other humans who have heard the story—even my husband is in the dark. Now, obviously, tons of people have written books and they’ve never been published. But it’s my new mission to remove myself from that category. And telling you is my first step at holding myself accountable.

I have some editing to do before I test the story out on family and friends. I may do even more editing after that, but once I’m a bit more satisfied, this girl is going on an agent hunt, gonna catch a big one, she’s not scared…

I’m deep in children’s book mode. #sorrynotsorry

What are you obsessing over right now?

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.