ReadRightNow: July 22, 2013

This week’s installment of #ReadRightNow is a celebration of the finer things in life – good drink, good food, good literature, good film. It’s been occurring to me quite a bit lately that I’m almost thirty – that in a year and a half, I’ll cross that milestone out of my twenties (glory be) and head into the decade that, I’m told, contains the golden years of my adult life.

We’ll see.

But as I near that shift out of my twenties and into my thirties, I notice that I can’t quite party down like I did in my youth. In my younger days, I could down a bottle of wine in a night with no problem (look away, Mom and Dad); I thought nothing of eating spoonful after spoonful of cookie dough out of the 5lb container of chocolate chip cookie dough that I kept under my bed (seriously, look away, Mom); I didn’t need to work out or drink herbal tea or detox from coffee. I was young! The world was my oyster! Nothing could stop me!

But now, I know better. One glass of wine (maaaaaybe two) is good. Keeping chocolate chip cookie dough unrefrigerated under my bed is not only bad food safety, but it’s also an unnecessary stomach ache waiting to happen. My body hurts worse from not working out than it does from exercising. Gracious.

So in celebration of my growing up and out of ill-fitting clothes, cheap wine, and cookie dough, here are this week’s links leading us to the finer things in life.

ReadRightNow:  July 22, 2013

  • I always thought of port as an old man drink. I imagined Colonel Pickering from My Fair Lady calming his nerves with a glass of garnet red port. I thought “intense red wine.” And since I don’t usually drink red wine anymore to protect my stomach (see note about bottle of wine above), I thought port was out of the question as a drink option. I was so wrong. Last week, I went with a group of fellow Navy spouses to a local wine bar, and after our dinner plates had been cleared, the owner treated us to glasses of port, which I had never tried before. Y’all….. port is AWESOME! And only days later, Food52 ran this fantastic post about different kinds of port, including the amazing Tawny port, which I sampled at the wine bar. Read the article, and then go buy a bottle of port, and then tell me where you got it, because the next time I publish something, I’m treating myself to a nice bottle of port.
  • You know how teachers and parents are always saying, “Reading is important.” No? Well, I’m a former teacher, and READING IS IMPORTANT. And a couple weeks ago, Smithsonian Magazine ran an article on findings of a recent study that showed that reading and writing regularly can help keep your brain quick and agile in old age. Apparently, our mental agility peaks at 22 years old (22!) and begins to decline at (gulp) 27. That was a year ago for me. It’s all downhill from here. BUT! I read and write. No worries.
  • Looking for something good to read so you can keep your brain quick and agile? Join me in my quest to read Cheryl Strayed’s hit memoir Wild. I looked for it in the library last week and couldn’t find it, but I remain undaunted – it’s on my to-read list. And after we read it, we’ll be able to see the movie, which has been green-lighted by Fox Searchlight and is being produced by Reese Witherspoon’s production company. I’m beyond thrilled.
  • Speaking of literature (PS are my transitions awesome or what? Kudos to me.):  Have you ever wondered what cheese you should pair with Joyce Carol Oates, Hemingway, or Virginia Woolf? The answers are here! (Blue cheese for Virginia Woolf? More reasons to love her. And cheese.)

So there we have it. Put your cookie dough in the fridge where it belongs, and pull out a book, a glass of port, and some literary cheese. We’re getting fancy in here.

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