Sorry for the blogging hiatus. Morgan and I have been crazy with school and work, respectively, earning us both a well-deserved spring break road trip. (One of the perks of being an auntie – I get to go on spring break!) Tomorrow we’re loading up the Subaru and hitting the road for Asheville, North Carolina for a DIY wellness retreat. Massage appointments are booked, our road trip playlist is assembled and we have recommendations for podcasts and audiobooks in case Morgan gets tired of my soulful talks about our bodies, our selves. (Which will probably happen somewhere around St. Clair County.) We’ll blog about our trip next week and share some real-time highlights on Instagram. Meanwhile, here’s what we’re taking us on the road.
Road Trip Playlist
A good road trip playlist should have songs about the road (duh), songs that pertain to any heavy shit you might be working through at the time and lots of recommendations from my friend Jonathan. This one has all three. Enjoy!
Healthy Road Trip Snacks
Like I said Morgan and I want to turn this trip into a wellness retreat, which means hiking, massages, hitting the gym at the Hotel Indigo and healthy eating. Check out a sampling of some of our favorite healthy road trip snacks (yes, those eggs are boiled.) Hopefully this will help us resist the call of fast food, though ten bucks says we polish off our whole cooler before we even hit the interstate.
Podcast Recommendations from my friend Susan:
Susan subscribes to about 30 podcasts (no, really) so she’s my go-to for recommendations. She also turned me on to the My Favorite Murder podcast so her judgement is solid. Her fave five:
5) The Moth
Audiobooks we know and love or haven’t heard at all:
I like you just the way I am by Jenny Mollen
(Haven’t heard) C-list actress from the TV show Angel, better known for hiring a prostitute for her husband, Jason Biggs. O-kay. That should keep us from drifting off.
The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart
(Haven’t heard but kind of lived) The dramatic demise of a female friendship that’s as intense as any love affair.
Sweet bitter by Stephanie Danier
(Stephanie’s heard, liked) A coming of age novel where a twenty something learns to take the bitter with the sweet in one of the most exclusive restaurants in New York.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
(Steph and Morgan have heard, both love)
The Bloggess shares her life-long struggle with mental illness and manages to write a funny book about horrible things.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
(Stephanie’s heard, liked) When a friend she hasn’t seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she ends up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead.
Also on the menu
Our trip won’t be all hard boiled eggs and string cheese. Asheville used to be a client of the ad agency I work for and years ago we helped christen it Foodtopia, because its culinary scene is a transcendent experience. I believe fried chicken can be an act of self care when enjoyed in moderation, so expect some food porn coming your way. The shot below was from a visit to Tupalo Honey I made years ago and I fully expect a repeat performance. Stay tuned!
What about you? Love a road trip? What’s on your playlist. Any good restaurant recommendations in Asheville? Do tell.