Now that it’s May I feel like winter is finally behind us.  I’m sitting at my desk, looking out on the tree line and suddenly it’s a lush, mossy-green canopy. 

My birthday is this month and I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life.  I’ve been reflecting on what is important to me and what I want to get out of the coming year.  For this issue, I’m focusing on some of my tried-and-true favorites. 

T H E   E D I T

This month I decided to do something a little different - the top 10 things I can’t live without.  While I like to discover new unique items each month, I always come back to my old favorites.  I’ve included some of my favorite clothes, accessories, and personal care items.  

I start my day by washing my face with Purity face wash by Philosophy.  I’ve been using this face wash for almost 10 years.  The fresh scent helps me feel awake in the morning and it does take off make up at night.  I’ve never found a face wash that leaves my skin feeling cleaner than Purity.  

Turkish towels seem like the opposite of what someone would want out of a towel.  Before converting, I would have thought that plush, pillowy terry cloth made a good towel.  The thin fabric is actually wonderful, because it dries so fast.  I love that my bathroom doesn’t smell mildewy.  These are also great for wrapping up hair because the fabric doesn’t have the weight of a traditional towel.  

Another key part to my morning routine?  My Nespresso machine.  Basically anyone who has met me knows how much I love this thing.  It is the easiest way to make an espresso at home, and the quality is great.  Best of all, Nespresso recycles the capsules for free.  

I could say a lot about all of these items, but for the sake of my time and yours I’ll leave it at the list.


Pilot G2 .38 mm Pen, Madewell Whipser V Neck, Fjallraven Kanken Backpack, Smith’s Rosebud Salve lip balm, Pellegrino Water, Ray Ban Original Wayfarers, Nespresso Pixie, Turkish-T Basic Towel, Philosophy Purity face wash, Zella Live In Leggings


B O O K   C L U B 

Convenience Store Woman - Sayaka Murata 

Convenience Store Woman describes the life a woman trying to fit in with society, it is wonderfully weird, insightful, and well-written.   

Vacationland - John Hodgman 

Before Rob introduced me to the podcast Judge John Hodgman (where Hodgman settles petty disputes), I best knew Hodgman as the PC in the “I’m a Mac / I’m a PC” Apple commercials circa 2006.  I’ve grown to appreciate his wit and commentary.  In Vacationland Hodgman pokes fun at himself as a product of privilege when he finds himself owning two vacation homes.                   

F I E L D   T R I P

Sanibel Island, Florida 

About two weeks ago, I visited Sanibel Island, Florida.  Sanibel is one of my favorite vacation spots because it’s so beautiful and always relaxing.  I love how friendly everyone is on the island - in the check out lane, at restaurants, on the beach.  There is a real sense of camaraderie.  

Sanibel Island has a long history - named by the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León in 1765, raided by the pirate Black Caesar, and settled by homesteaders in 19th century.  Because I love history, I enjoy the Sanibel Historic Museum, which features period homes and antiques that tell the story of the island.  

Of course, the real reason to visit Sanibel is the beautiful beaches.  I love how everyone takes care to keep them clean - the only litter we found was a plastic cup that washed up from the water and had clearly been in there for awhile.  The sand is powdery and smooth and flecked with stunning sea shells.

In The Kitchen

Chicken Gyro

My favorite thing to have for dinner?  Anything Rob cooks.  Tonight it was a Gyro-inspired chicken wrap with tzatziki sauce.  This was a delicious and easy meal.  


1 lb Chicken Thighs 
1 Lemon 
4 cloves of garlic 
Olive Oil 
Salt and Pepper 
4 Pieces of Pita Bread 
Shredded lettuce 
Thinly Sliced onion
Tomato slices 


For Tzatziki sauce 

1 pint full fat greek yogurt 
Juice of one lemon 
1 cucumber, grated on a box grater 
Dill to taste (at least 1 tbl)
3 garlic cloves, grated or pressed 

*Makes four servings 


Start by marinating the chicken in the zest and juice of one lemon, olive oil (about 1/4 cup), 4 cloves of garlic, smashed, salt, pepper, and dill (about 1 tsp dry works, but this could be adjusted to taste). Let it sit in the marinade for about 30 minutes. 

Meanwhile, make the tzatziki sauce by whisking together all of the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.  You can also buy pre-made tzatziki sauce, Trader Joe’s makes a pretty good one.  

Grill the chicken or cook in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until it registers to about 165 degrees internally.  Let it rest for a few minutes and then slice.  Brush pita bread with olive oil and lightly fry.  Build sandwich with sauce, chicken, lettuce, tomato, and sliced onion. Serve immediately.  

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