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This post is later than I would like, but last week was unique as I closed out the week in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a friend’s bachelorette party. Admittedly, I basically used this as an excuse to do nothing productive and just relax before an extended weekend of partying.
Scottsdale is a cute town, just outside of Phoenix. As soon as you exit the airport you can tell that you are in a desert; it has soaring palm trees and lots of cacti all around you. It makes me question how my succulent plants will last the indoor winter conditions. Definitely noticed that this was a town that lacked diversity. We spent most of the time in an area called Old Town. The area is their entertainment district, with bars, clubs, stores and galleries. We spent two days in a variation of pub crawls (one on a party bike, and one on a scavenger hunt), with lots of eating and drinking. All in good fun! I would visit again to relax and explore a bit more; a weekend would be a good amount of time. It is not too far from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon, so it could be a stop on a road trip next time!
What else have I been up to? I’ll be using this space to reflect on books I’ve read, and linking to any other interesting shows/documentaries, podcasts that caught my attention. Maybe it’ll inspire you too!
Recipes I’ve tried this week
- Dessert: Vanilla Cupcakes for Two: Sally’s Baking Addiction
An excellent recipe! Sally never disappoints! I made these small batch cupcakes as I had a major craving for cake. Instead of 2 regular sized cupcakes, I made these into 8 mini cupcakes and added sprinkles to make them funfetti cupcakes. They were shared amongst 4 people. Spread the calories!
Ramblings on media (books, documentaries, podcasts etc.) that left an impact on me this week.
- Book: Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned – Lena Dunham
This book is written in a creative biography style. At times it’s hard to determine if all of this is true – though Lena Dunham herself admits that many of her memories may be a construct of her own imagination or stories she’s been told. She does tackle controversial subjects like sex, depression, therapy, but only at the surface. Overall, an average book – for me, it’s hard to read a biography where you can’t relate to the subject.
- Podcast: Side Hustle School – Chris Guillebeau
This is an interesting podcast – every week – multiple times, Chris features the stories of entrepreneurs who have created a business, a side hustle. He talks about their stories, their methods, and how they often stumbled upon their ideas. He also talks about what makes these side hustles work and what might be limiting. The episodes are each 10 minutes long, so not a big time commitment. Listening to these has been a source of daily inspiration.
- Documentary: | Netflix: Explained
This documentary series produced by the Vox has weekly episodes about various topics. Some of the episodes I’ve enjoyed were:
~ The Racial Wealth Gap – a look into how policies can be distributed unevenly by silently targeting race – and the rich keep getting richer
~ K-Pop – how K-Pop has purposefully become a cultural phenomenon
~ Why Women are Paid Less – talks about how different countries approach policies and their impact in closing the gender wage gap.