Currently - Thanksgiving 2016

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I’m on Thanksgiving break for 6 whole days, and on day 11 of the cold/cough that just keeps hanging on, so you get a mostly non-music-related post from me today. Work/life balance?

Reading the Nutrition Stripped cookbook that I just got from the library.

Listening to music that makes me happy. (Samba de Mulher means Samba for Women, BTW.)

Watching Parks and Rec again for the millionth time - their commentary is spot on, hilarious, and makes me feel better. Leslie Knope 2020!

Taking a self-care Tuesday, brunch with a dear friend, acupuncture, and required (rare!) supreme laziness.

Stepping back from endless to-do lists.

Walking outside, even in the snow - showing Mother Nature who’s boss!

Plotting my hygge strategy for the Minnesota winter, so that I can enjoy winter as much as possible. Right now I have fuzzy moccasins, blankets, a Himalayan salt lamp, and lavender-scented candles. Oh, and an orange lap cat - he really knows how to relax.

Continuing to play as much music as I can while balancing with relaxation (no pressure!)

Catching up on reading email newsletters - some of my favorites are by Caroline Winegeart, Mara Glatzel, Christy Tending, Ann Friedman, Erica Midkiff, and Tara Mohr.

Thinking about the importance of community.

Deciding how best to become more politically active, where to send donations, and thinking of ways to make everyone feel welcome in our society.

Being inspired by Grace Bonney’s latest book In the Company of Women.

Reflecting on 2016 and deeming it the year of “Well, I never thought THAT would happen.”

Cooking this squash/rice salad to bring to Thanksgiving. I’m really looking forward to seeing my extended family, who I don’t see often enough.

Remembering all of the things and people I’m grateful for.

Hoping you all have a great Thanksgiving!

Rebecca Hass

Pianist and composer