Book Review: A Gentleman in Moscow

Book Review #25: A Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles)


An amazing book. Really the type of book you want to devour while drinking coffee on the Orient Express, but equally absorbing during the dog days of summer. Cozy, creative, feel-good, it takes a light view on Russian history from the Communist revolution to the 1970s or so as seen by a Count sentenced to house arrest within the premier hotel of Moscow. It’s such a creative premise for a book and while you would think the plot would become stilted due to the lack of movement, it absolutely does not. A++

Monthly Review: July

Here is my monthly review for July. If you want to read June’s, check it out here.

1. What went well this month?

  • Recreating routines. My office re-opened so I started commuting to work again (which was annoying but also helped make sure I woke up early and packed lunches), I re-started my workout routine and haven’t missed a day since, and I’ve just generally had a little more structure and normality to my life. 
  • Intuitive eating. After almost instantly gaining some weight in weeks 5-8 of pregnancy, I became worried about my trajectory. This month, I ate almost exactly what I wanted but focused on the healthiest options and walking a lot and thankfully haven’t gained any more weight. Intuitive eating has always been a bit of a challenge for me, but I feel really tapped into it right now.

2. What didn’t go so well this month?

  • Yoga.  I have had this strange resistance to stretching and yoga recently. I don’t know if it is related to pregnancy but my body feels very tight and achy and I’m not doing anything to relieve it. All I really want to do is get massages or lay in a bath.  

3. What did I work on last month and how did it go?

  • Better structure and routine. This went great!

4. What am I working toward?

  • More intentional time usage. I have had large windows of time where I can’t figure out what to do and end up on my phone or just not enjoying myself. I want to be more intention here — what would be nice to do with the 2 hours between dinner and bedtime? What would be nice to do on summer friday? What would a nice weekend day look like?

Pregnancy Week 12

This week went by in a blur. On Friday, we went to our 12-week ultrasound which was insane. The baby was super active — flipping around, kicking its legs, etc. Everything looked good and healthy which made me realize, a little bit more, that this is really happening. Cue some anxiety and angst, especially when we went to Target to try to acclimate ourselves to baby gear and left disgusted by consumerism.

Physically, I have started to feel better. I have been more active and napping less, and was happy that I didn’t gain any weight in the last month because I was ravenous a lot of the time. But summer has helped with focusing on eating fruits and veggies. My mind feels a little settled too, like I am almost ready to go back to my daily stretching and meditation practices.

Movie Review: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Movie Review #4: 2001: A Space Odyssey


Okay, this was legitimately one of the weirdest movies I have ever seen. I was watching it in my favorite movie theater on a very, very hot day so I enjoyed the experience more physically than mentally. My main takeaway is that it is very much positioned, both internally, and via the main reviews that I have read as “man’s journey.” How is man, as a species, evolving through the ages? But the whole existence of woman is just…completely missing. Like, completely. My interpretation of the end is the last surviving astronaut dies while he is trying to disconnect HAL. The rest of the movie is a vision he is having as he is slowly dying — he envisions himself growing old, and eventually envisions himself returning back to earth as a fetus to embed himself with the hope of purity and that he can try and start again. But — women create fetuses. So the ultimate realization of man in the film is about the importance of one thing for the human race (the fetus) that only women can create. But they get no credit, nor exist, elsewhere in the film and all of man’s progress is based on the scientific male brain.