Making Decisions, Stanley Tucci, and a New Vietnamese Place

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The Oscars were interesting, to say the least. If you need to dissect “the slap,” I would recommend listening to this episode of the Big Picture podcast. I was so happy CODA won best picture! Yay for Troy Kotsur and Sian Heder as well! As far as Oscar fashion goes, I noticed a lot of skin-bearing ensembles this year by celebs — Timothee ChalametTracee Ellis Ross, and Kristen Stewart — to name a few brave souls. Some of my favorite looks were worn by ZendayaLupita Nyong’o, and Jennifer Garner

A Toastmasters Milestone

Besides Oscars excitement this week, I have my own accomplishment to share. I completed Level 1 and the fourth speech of my Toastmasters pathway this week! I still have a lot to work on to become a better speaker, but that feels like a huge milestone. I wore this Audrey Hepburn-inspired, mostly black outfit and felt chic and put together on camera (we’re still meeting on Zoom). 

How to Be Less Indecisive

A podcast I really enjoyed this week was Life Kit’s How to Be Less Indecisive About Every Day Decisions. I don’t know about you, but I suffered from decision fatigue during the pandemic. With every little decision becoming such a big decision, it became exhausting. This podcast episode gives strategies for becoming less indecisive. All of the tips are good, but I especially like the idea of decluttering one’s life and establishing routines to take some of the decision-making out of everyday moments. My capsule wardrobe approach is very much a way to declutter my life and makes deciding what to wear that much easier. 

I Loved Stanley Tucci’s Memoir 

I just finished Stanley Tucci’s memoir “Taste: My Life Through Food” and loved it. Tucci grew up in an Italian American family where food was very much the center of daily life. It made me think of my own family at times. He shares stories from his life and accompanying recipes — from the big family dinners growing up in Westchester, New York, to the meals he enjoys cooking for his colleagues on movie sets. He talks about his travels and the food he encounters. The parts about Italy are my favorite, but Iceland sounds promising too! I like the style of writing, too. It’s funny and very much in Tucci’s voice. I listened to the audiobook, which he narrated, so it felt like I was just sitting down to let Stanley Tucci regale me with stories about food, family, and life. It was a pleasure! 

A New Vietnamese Place 

We have a new Vietnamese restaurant in the neighborhood. A few months ago, New Saigon opened on Potomac Ave. in Dormont, where Mekong used to be. We’ve ordered their food twice in the last two weeks, so I’ve had a chance to try the Bun, Pho, and Banh Mi, and everything I’ve had so far has been great. Most dishes come with fresh mint, basil, and bean sprouts that make for a delicious meal when mixed with the different spices and sauces.      

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