Books and food, relaxation and productivity. It’s not always that a weekend meets its high expectations, but this one did. And now I get to link it all up!

Expected: Good Books.

(What Are You Reading?)

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Embassytown by China Mieville

Mieville sets up an eerily spectacular world that is alien in all senses of the word. He raises the fantastic issue of whether beings can be so utterly different that they cannot communicate and barely recognize that the other exists. He plays with language philosophy and turns this book into so much more than a scifi romp. At first. But then the alien-ness breaks down, the story begins to drag and slog, and what made the first part of the book so unique and interesting disappears. This wasn’t a terrible book, but it didn’t hold up to the promise the first half made.

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Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

I thought this book would be good, but in an enjoy-it-and-forget-it way. Boy, was I wrong.This is one whopping tale of emotion, of life, of the sprawl of the past and the future. Beautiful, poetic, and what I can only cheesily refer to as “moving.” I sobbed through the last chapter–not because it was sad, but simply for the reality, the openness, the honesty of it.

“…happy to no longer expect the dead perfection of museum art, but embrace the sweet lovely mess that is real life.”

Expected: Nuts.

(Meatless Monday: A to Z)

I had old bananas. I had the Meatless Monday A to Z requirement of walnuts. I had a hankerin’ for Greek-yogurt-based pancakes ever since reading this post. I expected banana-bread pancakes.

But then I decided not to buy walnuts, because they are freakin’ expensive and they make my mouth feel weird.

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Turns out plain ol’ protein-powered banana pancakes are pretty good as-is anyway. Probably even better if you top them with walnuts.

High-Protein Banana Bread Pancakes

  • 1/3c oats, blended into flour
  • 1 scoop protein powder (30g scoop)
  • 1/2t baking powder
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/2c Greek yogurt
  • 1/4c Almond milk
  • 1/2t vanilla

Mix it all together, cook it pancake-style. Makes 1 delightfully big serving (~5 medium pancakes).

What did you do this weekend? Did it meet expectations?

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