I am a voracious reader, and I read several books every month. Each month, I will give a short list of recommendations based on books I’ve read recently. I will try to keep the list limited to books I’ve read within the last 30 days as much as I can. The main reason I want to do this is because I love sharing what I’m reading. If I read a great book, I want to be sure someone else has a chance to enjoy it as well. Also, It gives me the motivation to keep reading more and more. With that in mind, here are my February book recommendations:
One of the key components of any great workout is the post workout shake. Delivery of amino acids and other nutrients to your muscles after a workout is essential for reducing recovery time and promoting muscle protein synthesis. The problem with protein shakes is that the powder is usually hard to mix and they rarely tastes as good as advertised. It’s usually a safe bet that the “chocolate” flavor is going to be awful. I can usually tolerate vanilla because it will take on the flavor of whatever I add to it. Unfortunately, it’s usually still a chore to finsih the entire shake.
After much experimentation with different brands, flavors, and other ingredients, I have finally found the recipe for the best post workout shake ever:
For most of us, our daily schedules are pretty full and hectic. We may go to the gym sometimes, or even regularly, but the rest of the day is often spent sitting in a chair in front of a computer screen. But you don’t have have to sacrifice physical activity during your busy day. Here are 9 ways to be more physically active during the day, even with a busy schedule:
Stone Brewing Company in Escondito, California announced today the release of their 2014 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine. The beer will be available in 22 oz. bombers in select Stone markets across the county beginning today.
I am always interested in ways in which I can become more productive and get more out of each day. There are countless blog posts and articles online about the daily habits of highly successful people. I find a lot of inspiration in reading them and I try to incorporate some of those habits into my daily routine. With that in mind, I thought I would share some of my daily habits. Some of these I have been doing for a long time while others are still a work in progress.
When I am in my office, I find it difficult to concentrate and focus when it is too quiet, so I almost always have music playing. In fact, Spotify is usually one of the first programs I open on my computer each morning. I mostly listen to alternative/indie rock, but my taste in music varies wildly. While I’m working I often like to listen to classical music.
A few days ago I was in the mood to listen to The Fray. Now, “I was in the mood to listen to The Fray” is not a phrase heard too often from someone who identifies alternative/indie rock as his taste in music. While listening, I even thought to myself that The Fray is sort of my guilty pleasure. The more I thought about the idea of a guilty pleasure, though, the more it bothered me. Here’s why:
I once again find myself writing another of those, “it’s been a while” posts where I blog about how I have not been blogging recently. I’m not sure exactly what happened along the way, but at some point I just stopped writing. Part of the reason for not writing is that I have not been drinking many beers I felt compelled to write about. I have also not had a lot of time to write about the ones I did. I have recently been doing a lot of other writing (journal writing and such), and it has become a steady habit of mine over the last few months. I finally feel like I am ready to bring Rough Draught back to life.
This past weekend I took a very brief trip to the Chicago area for a good friend’s graduation. My wife and I received a call Friday night informing us that our hotel reservation for the next day in Bolingbrook, Illinois could not be honored because the hotel had an issue with flooding. After re-booking at a hotel in Naperville, and a subsequent search for bottle shops in the area, I discovered (much to my delight) that the Two Brothers Tap House was less than two miles from my room in near-by Warrenville, Illinois.
I’ve grown quite fond of Oskar Blues’ beer since the became available in Columbus last year. Dale’s Pale Ale is a great go-to beer, and Gubna is an absolutely incredible Imperial IPA (which I had a for the first time a couple days ago and will write about shortly). Tonight though, I’m drinking Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red IPA, a beer that is as interesting and awesome as it’s history.
Harpoon El Triunfo Coffee Porter is release number 44 in Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series. The name of this coffee porter comes from the area in Chipas, Mexico where the coffee beans used in the beer were harvested.
El Triunfo pours a thick, dark brown that reminds me of cola. The two fingers of off-white head recedes relatively quickly and leaves behind little to no lacing on the glass.