Leslie's List: Eclipses, Plane Reads, and Floral and Sage Incense

The best things to eat, do, and read this week.
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Since I got back in L.A. late Sunday night from a week-long vacation, the only thing I've wanted to "do"—or, honestly, have had the energy for—is get back into the swing of things. When I arrived at home, I planned it to coincide with a delivery of groceries (which I'd file in the Top 10 Decisions I've Ever Made) and managed to do some meal planning for the week with a quick, big pot of soup. Since then, the week's already been a blur of meetings, catching up with friends, and getting back into an exercise routine (since lifting a beer is as close as I got to a bicep curl on vacation). Here's what else I'm up to this week! 

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Next Monday there's going to be a total eclipse of the sun (which I can't think about without thinking of this or this—just me?). Even if you don't live in the 70-mile band that the eclipse will be most visible for, you'll be able to see a partial eclipse starting in Lincoln City, Oregon at 10:16 a.m. PT and ending in Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. ET. Here's how to catch it this Monday

If you're in San Francisco this weekend, check out The Color Factory, a pop-up exhibit in a warehouse featuring work by artists that celebrates color, curated by the blog Oh Happy Day. It'll be there through September, though I hear tickets may be tricky to come by! 

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After weeks of debating, I finally bit the bullet and bought an immersion blender. It's wasn't expensive (under $30!), but I already have more kitchen gadgets than cabinet space, so wasn't positive I needed another—but let me tell you: It has completely changed my cooking game. Ever since Sunday night's Zucchini and Leek soup, I've been on a major soup kick, with Gaby's roasted tomato basil soup—we even created a Slack channel called "#welovesoup" which our graphic designer Hannah and I have been steadily bolstering with our favorite recipes. This "Not Recipe" guide has been my foundation for any/all vegetables I need to use up in my fridge, and I keep a bag of frozen rice in the freezer at work to bolster them for lunch. I know soup is hardly ground-breaking, but immersion blenders? Pretty genius in my book.

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My flight back from Guatemala was a trek, to say the least. Over twenty hours, I visited four countries, or their airports at least, but it actually flew by thanks to the book I had on hand, The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney. Set around a family inheritance, split between four siblings, that's unexpectedly drained, it captures the family drama and individual characters in such a captivating way that I barely looked up from the moment I started it. 

Also loved this ManRepeller link of the ten most addicting books—I was surprised to discover I've read eight of the ten, and those eight are definitely some of my favorite books I've ever read. Now I just need to read When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi and White Teeth by Zadie Smith!

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After I watched Silence of the Lambs for the first time, I become fascinated by serial killers and entered college dead-set (get it?) on studying Abnormal Psychology after reading the book Mind Hunters. While that's obviously not where my career ended up heading, I'm just as fascinated by it now as I ever was. The author, John Edward Douglas (who also served as inspiration for Silence of the Lambs character, Jack Crawford), invented criminal profiling, identifying the shared characteristics between murderers and sexual abuser. His ideas are still widely used to catch killers—which is why I can't wait to watch the new Netflix show, Mind Hunter, based loosely on him and his research. Until then, I'll be watching Jessica Biel in The Sinner—has anyone else started it?

On a totally unrelated note, Despacito has become the most-viewed video on YouTube. Just thought that was worth mentioning in case you aren't one of the three billion people who have watched it. 

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I've written before here about Julia Michaels, with her song 'Uh Huh,' but her new album Nervous System warrants a second call-out. I can't get enough of her song, 'Make it Up to You' which has a very 'Bad Liar' feel to it, probably because she co-wrote 'Bad Liar,' as well as pretty much every big pop song right now... It's really upped my running playlist (actually caught myself dancing to it the other day on the treadmill). 

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I love having inexpensive gifts on hand for everything from a small birthday gift for a girlfriend to hostess gifts, and these floral and herbal incense burners are perfect (especially in L.A., where we're all about sage burning and sound baths).