May is already over! This month went quickly, and although I was keeping myself busy with training, I managed to find some time for outside interests, too.
Bikes vs Cars - This documentary by Frederik Gertten dives into the global traffic issue and how bicycles try to fit into the car based world. I loved how it showed cycling life in different parts of the world. As someone who enjoys cycling, but also depends on a car to get around, I could see both sides of the issue, and found this documentary very thought provoking. Clearly it was made by bike people, and there were a few moments that I felt an agenda being pushed, but overall it was still enjoyable. Recommend!
Casting By - Shocker, but yes, this is another documentary. This one focused on the position of Casting Director in television and film, with a particular focus on Marion Dougherty. I didn’t really understand the full scope of casting before watching this, and I found it eye opening. Quite the interesting watch if you like behind-the-scenes Hollywood kind of docs.
Captain America: Civil War - J and I were both officially meh about this latest installment from Marvel. I don’t know if I’m just tired of the Avengers, or if the story telling is just getting really bad. Actually, not really much of a plot in this one, just a lot of introducing characters, explosions, fights, and a sprinkling of story. I’m looking forward to Marvel’s other non-Avenger projects coming up in the future, like Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel. Infinity Wars...meh. At least I don’t have to worry about that for a couple years.
It looks like I spent the month of May with something of a polenta obsession. You have been warned.
Polenta with Spring Vegetable Ragout - This was okay, and I would absolutely like to try it again and go a bit off recipe next time. The Kitchn’s way of making polenta was a snap, so I can’t recommend that enough, but I did find the vegetable ragout a bit bland. I think for my next go at it, it needs more herbs and less asparagus. This kept nicely in the fridge for my lunches, but it was the best the day I made it. If J would eat something like this for dinner, that would be a real win.
Breakfast Polenta Squares with Spinach & Bacon - another polenta recipe from The Kitchn. Points for consistency? I know these say breakfast squares, but I ate these for lunch. I wound up freezing a little less than half the pan, so we’ll see how they do defrosted over the next coming week. I thought these were filling and yummy. I think next time I would cut these into smaller squares and have a salad or something veggie-rific on the side. These turned out richer than I originally thought they’d be.
Triathlon For Beginners, by Dan Golding - I checked this out on a whim from Amazon for my Kindle, and I’m really glad it was free. I would not have been pleased if I paid good money for this book. While it was fairly clear and concise, there wasn’t much in this book that I couldn’t have gotten online from forums. That isn’t to say it's a worthless book, and some may like it, but since I already have a strong mentor team, I feel that this book wasn’t a good choice on my part. Also there were a few typos and grammatical errors, which I found quite distracting. Basically, if you’ve found my review of this book, you have the tools you need to get the triathlon information you need, and can give this book a skip.
So boom, May is over. June is, dare I say it, busting out all over! How is summer here already? Can’t wait to see what it brings.