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5th week // OCTOBER

TO WORKOUT (May): Those of you that are familiar with this video may recognize the jovial refrain of “Hey gang!” coupled with an upbeat electronic keyboard playing in the background. A friend introduced me to this 8-minute abs video a few years ago and ever since it’s been a go-to when I want something quick and easy(ish) to finish off my workout. Side note: why do most workout routines end with abs? Someone please explain. (Caroline's note: this video is also a favorite of mine because of the giggle factor and because of the very, very real burn.)

TO HALLOWEEN (Caroline): In search of a last-minute halloween costume? This article some cute, easy ideas- one of which you’re bound to have all the necessary items for. My personal favorite is the Mr. and Mrs. Fox costume or the Lars and the Real Girl costume. And if you want a giggle, here are some costume ideas for pregnant Halloweeners like your’s truly. (I’ll be going as Jane Winslett-Richardson from the Life Aquatic because of the similar baby bump size.)

TO MAKE (May): This Sausage, Kale, and White Bean Stew is easy to make and has endless possibilities for adaptation (if you’re into that kind of thing). I treat soups like this as my opportunity for a fridge cleanout. Maybe throw in a diced potato, a handful or two of orzo, or some frozen tortellini. You can add a small splash of cream, or just make it as is. Either way, it’s a weeknight meal that comes together quickly with ingredients you likely have on hand. Also, because I can’t help myself I added a bay leaf in with the onion, along with a tsp of Sumac (or a hint of lemon juice will do). Bonus: it reheats beautifully and the flavors meld better the next day.

TO WARM-UP (Caroline): If you’re not like me and don’t live in the land of eternal summer, things are starting to get nippier outside. But before you go buying yourself or your family brand new winter wear, like one of these, check Patagonia’s Worn Wear page. They sell refurbished Patagonia gear for really affordable prices. You also might come across one of their really old, vintage items.

TO READ (May): Enjoy this inspiring read from the NYT: The Japanese Man Who Saved 6,000 Jews With His Handwriting. In defying government orders, this man issued visas to Jews fleeing German-occupied Japan. It is estimated that 40,000 people are alive because of his courageous work. “Day and night he wrote visas. He issued as many visas in a day as would normally be issued in a month. His wife, Yukiko, massaged his hands at night, aching from the constant effort.”

TO VOTE (Caroline): To all our US readers- hopefully you’ve already registered to vote (some states allow you to register day of), but if you’re like me, you might need some help with the finer points. (Like what does a state secretary of state dooo?) This website shows you exactly what your ballot is going to look like and explains what the different measures mean and who the candidates are.

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