LFG or MY FILIPINO SQUAD REPRESENT

Nothing else to say but LFG!

Also, I love how much of my world converges around PHL now, mostly between work and mangoes.

#iamgrateful and #iamthankful for all of it. #jollibee

https://ny.eater.com/2021/3/26/22350459/jollibee-times-square-location-new-york-opening?fbclid=IwAR3ZyAea638oiwNC7F5KoUdYecm0nHieClekwh1Mv1PbYOv1MkYWht4N_rI

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WORKING OUTSIDE or PORCH LIFE

Westher today looks great. Windy but wonderful. I’ll be working outside today and I’m blissful. I didn’t get a lot of these days last year for all the reasons we all know. I’m excited to get some of this time in today. For our porch and some new porch furniture, #iamgrateful and #iamthankful.

About 45 minutes after posting this, my hernia became incarcerated; I spent 3 hours in agony working through work meetings hunched over, sweating, periodically vomiting; and then 4.5 hours in the ER. So … yeah, I didn’t quite get to work outside. 🙂

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DOSE 2 or MAKE SLEEP IRRESISTIBLE

Dose 2 for me wasn’t terrible. We all react differently.

A few things that may have helped were:

1) Timing – I targeted mine for 11am, so the 12 hours until side effects typically hit happened when I was sleeping.

2) Be Tired – I worked until 11:15pm the night before and by the time I got to bed it was 1am. I was up at 630-ish so I was light on sleep by my new lifestyle going into the day.

3) Be Active – I got in 10 miles on my treadmill. Which meant my body was ready for rest.

4) Be Creative – I took a half dose of zzzzquil at 7pm and the other half at 2am.I made sleep irresistible.

At night I had soreness, aches, fever, sweats, chills, but I also couldn’t resist sleeping through most of it.

And I woke up feeling normal except for some grogginess from the meds and my arm.

Hope that helps you all.For being on the other side of this round of doses (we know we’re getting more right?)

#iamgrateful and #iamthankful

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DOSE 2 DONE or CLOSER TO POST-COVID NORMS

Got dose 2. The folks at East Brunswick Community arts Center are amazingly efficient. #iamgrateful and #iamthankful for them. (Coffee!)

And for this vaccine. And for what COVID forced me to learn more about and pay more attention to.

3 Hours: Arm starting to feel a little sore.

9 Hours: Arm a little sore. Still nbd.

10.5 Hours: Sore arm. Chills.

12 Hours: Sore arm. Full body aches. Fever. Breaking sweats every 30-45 minutes. Uncomfortable but just like the start of the flu.

15.5 Hours: Sore arm. Full body aches. No fever. Can’t sleep. Want to. Reading instead. 🙂

17.5 Hours: Sore arm. Mild aches. No fever or anything else.

23 Hours: Sore arm.

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PUPS or LOVE

Not much to say about this one except there’s a happy close to the story and the love of a great dog for which #iamgrateful and #iamthankful

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CHAPTER 9 OF CASTE or PARALLELS BETWEEN INDIA, AMERICA…AND NAZI GERMANY

I’m reading Caste: The Origins of our Discontents and I’m haunted.

As an Indian American (who’s studied and worked with the poorest of the poor in India); as a kid in South Jersey who was pulled into and confronted Nazi culture directly and have continued to study it since; and as…an American acutely aware that were still inside or one lifetime removed from Black people having civil rights …

Chapter 9 of this book shook me.

#iamgrateful and #iamthankful for having read it.

I’m 21% into this book and feel so many synapses formed and connected in the most horrific and disappointing of ways.

Isabel Wilkerson: wow.

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/10/900274938/caste-argues-its-most-violent-manifestation-is-in-treatment-of-black-americans?fbclid=IwAR2bhE-vchufWPJ6taav4rEuX-7mKGV_5s4N3OSvMlR8fcvMxPmDt1TX5FI

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I LOVE MY KINDLE or IF THE GOAL IS READING DO WHAT HELPS YOU READ MORE

I love physical books. I love turning pages. I love the feel. I love dog ears and bookmarks and cracking spines and the smell of paper.

But you know what I like more?

Reading.

And kindles help you read more.

The data is there in aggregate. So much friction is removed by having all that you read on one device. Discovering new books. Getting that book in your hands immediately when finished the last one (think about what Netflix does for tv consumption by starting new shows before the credits roll out on the last one — a kindle can do that but in a good way for your reading).

If the goa is to read more, learn more, explore more, discover more, the kindle (and kindle app on your phone) is incomparable.

And #iamgrateful and #iamthankful I just leaned into it.

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FOCACCIA ROBIOLA or I MISS NYC

Three quarters view of a nicely browned pie with spots of white cheese oozing out a series of holes.

The picture says it all. #iamgrateful and #iamthankful for what NYC does to food and to my tastebuds and to my imagination.

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That focaccia looks to die for.

https://ny.eater.com/2021/3/22/22338704/coco-pazzeria-new-pizza-focaccia-nyc?fbclid=IwAR3FcpwF3y_2eRuneu1vg3AkiuKmrz4rMz7XEsQk6HNzg_u0ZFwkoI_0j9I

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WORLD WATER DAY or A BOOK FOR KIDS

The first kids book I wrote was about the global water crisis; I love that I still get texts and messages from people who have purchased the book, picked it back up for some reason, and who’ve found it helpful in having a meaningful discussion with their kids about water.

https://www.amazon.com/Saved-Well-Dream…/dp/1439238103

100% of what we make from each purchase is donated to water projects on GlobalGiving.

If you’ve got kids in your life, and you want an engaging, light, but meaningful way to talk to them about this pressing global, social, and environmental issue, you can find this on Amazon. #iamgrateful and #iamthankful for the experience Dream Village, Where Kids Build Better Tomorrows writing this story gave me. I’m happy and hopeful it’s worthwhile to those who read it.

PS – Started working on my fourth book this past weekend. Like each book I’ve written, it came from a deeply personal experience that moved me to tears first, and then, to words.

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STATE ABBREVIATIONS or GENIUS

Good smart comedy is taking a simple concept and working through all the layers. Extracting laughs from the story you bring to life that people shift from hearing to seeing in front of them to actually feeling immersed in.

I love this bit by Gary Gulman. It’s not new by any means but any time I see state abbreviations in an unplanned way, I play this back. And #iamgrateful#iamthankful for it to fall back on. Smart stuff. #holidaysauce

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