So what’s all this about mason jar koozies?  Apparently the hipsters in Union Square are enjoying their coffee in mason jars these days. My husband, not one to miss out on such a fun fad, told me about it.  But glass jars full of coffee are HOT!  Enter, the KOOZIE, or COZY.  Are koozies only for cold beer?  But cozies are for teapots… (they seem to be interchangeable).  Anyway,  after a few false starts (pics if you’re interested) – one being so small and cone-shaped that it has been re-purposed as a bear hat – I finally got it right.  Or at least right enough.keeper koozie!

Swim!  My old swimp3 died – it wouldn’t hold a charge – so I contacted Finis Inc. and they sent me a new one.  I was expecting to get the same kind I sent back, the yellow and black 2g, but when I opened the box, I saw that they had sent me the new Neptune.  Hmmm.  I wasn’t so sure about this:  it looked a little like the original SwimP3 I had oh-so-many years ago:  a chunky box-like contraption to clip onto my goggle strap in addition to the ear paddles that I was used to.  I kind of liked the streamlined ear paddles + small, light USB port of the 2g.  But after trying it out, I’m a convert!  The Neptune is really light and the ear paddles are smaller and lighter, too.  The sound is great, not that I ever had an issue with the sound in earlier models.  And the part that clips to the goggle strap is actually informative!  There’s a small screen so I can see what’s playing (if I want to stop and look), and I can choose among playlists and whether to shuffle songs or not.  I used to have to guess if shuffle was on by the frequency of the blinking green light.  I hope this device lasts a while!

Bike!  Spin class is all fine and good, but no comparison to being outside.  Except maybe the no cars or pot-holes part…   In addition to other rides, for the last couple years I’ve been riding weekly, weather permitting, with a great group of women.  We’re compatible in terms of speed, temperament, and desired ride distance, so it works out really well.  It’s such a gift to have found the right group.  I ride with others, too, and it’s fun, but this group feels like home.  Now that it’s finally warm enough, the group is heading out again!

Read!  I’ve read quite a lot since I wrote my last blog, so I’ll only mention a few highlights.  Thirty Girls, by Susan Minot; Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson; Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman; Swimming Studies, by Leanne Shapton; and Ripper, by Isabel Allende.  I also read The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt.  A lot of hype about that one, but it didn’t really work for me, and it was too long.  Actually a lot of books seem to be a little too long to me lately!  Even some of the ones I mention above could have been cut by about 100 pages give or take.  Not Shapton’s book though.  That one was just about perfect.  As a longtime swimmer, I struggle with how competitive swimming fits into my life, so I can relate to what she says (on a completely different ability level, though, of course!)

and EAT!  boring, boring, boring.  Except for cookies.  Oh, and I made a killer Chicken Marbella (mostly like this recipe) for Shady and a friend.  I don’t eat chicken, so I didn’t have any, but it smelled really good!

 

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