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Leslie's List: Craft Beer, Everest, and Audio Books

The best things to eat, do, and read this week.
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This to-do list is culled directly from my own calendar and interests. Most everything on the list can be done no matter where you live, but because I live in L.A., my "Do" each week will spotlight a unique L.A.-based event or activity. If you're inspired by any of these tips or have some of your own to add, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below (shoutout to those of you who have reached out and actually joined me for events over the past few weeks which I love)! Enjoy!

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I first learned about the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles from a friend who works at a museum herself and has the unique job perk of free entry to almost any museum around the world (how cool is that?). On the first Thursday of every month, the CAFAM hosts a "Craft Night" that's $10 for the public and free for members. Tomorrow I'll be attending their craft beer tasting and felt koozie workshop with a few friends, which sounds like the perfect low-key way to unwind and catchup after an eventful week.

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This week, I started training for the Los Angeles Marathon, which was a necessary but rough wakeup call after months of lots of hiking and climbing, but almost no cardio. I was feeling pretty sorry for my legs until I read this New York Times feature on athletes who do the equivalent of five Iron Man races in as many days. A measly 26.2 miles doesn't sound so bad when they're biking, racing, and running 700 miles. At least that's what I've been telling myself...


If I had to name my favorite genre of movie, it would be films about mountain-climbing. I find it awe-inspiring that people choose to go straight into nature's most treacherous places. Recently, one stood out to me for its completely unique, but obvious, angle: the sherpas who climb Everest. The documentary, Sherpa, is about a 2014 expedition told entirely from the sherpas' point of view. It's a heartbreaking look at the sacrifices these people—whose records for climbing Everest often aren't even recorded—make everyday for their "job." It's available to rent on Amazon. Some others I highly recommend are Meru (the director Jimmy Chin will be your personal hero by the end of it), Touching the Void, Everest (even though it's very loosely based on actual events), and The Summit.


You know how every podcast ever has an ad for "Audible Dot Com"? Well I finally tried it to listen to Amy Schumer read her book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. I'm only part-way through it but it's already been making traffic jams far more enjoyable. Speaking of which, if you're in the L.A. area, the Los Angeles Public Library—as well as a lot of libraries in large cities—has an amazing app called "OverDrive" where you can listen to audiobooks for free. All you have to do is sign up for an ecard online, which is pretty amazing! (P.S., if this sounds like an ad, it's not, I'm just on an audiobook kick right now and excited about my newfound audio book wisdom).


Halloween costume-making and ideating completely dominated my life last week, so for the time being, I've put crafts and DIYs on hold for a practical ventures—and by that I mean: hair ties. Last week I found myself down to the last hair tie and got desperate. To save some money and make sure that never happens again (what is more frustrating than wanting to put your hair up and not being able to?), I bought yards of fold-over elastic in neutral colors, which is the fabric no-crease hair ties are made from. I'm planning on cutting off a bounty of hair ties during this week's Westworld episode. 

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