Monday, December 21, 2009

and so it begins: last full week of the year!

sunday brunch
there's just something wonderful about a decadent & leisurely sunday meal with family. josh was post-call from wake med yesterday in raleigh, which is where my sister lives, so the stars were aligned perfectly for the occasion.

we all met up at zest cafe & home art, a combination restaurant/boutique that is extremely cute with good cuisine to boot.


before any brunch was consumed, however, it was gift exchange time!! i was super-excited to give my sister a pair of indian earrings from one world market (i had stopped by there to give april her planner giveaway prize!).

she just returned from england (for work) and brought me . . .

orla kiely chocolates!!!!!!!!!

they are as delicious as they look. i checked.

the rest of brunch was quite lovely. josh managed to stay awake post-call:

the OJ came with a pineapple & strawberry skewer. nice touch.

i ordered a 'pizzesta':

a bargain, since it provided enough to share PLUS part of josh's dinner last night!


admittedly, i was jealous of my sister's plate after seeing (and tasting):

warm, melty, pillowy goat cheese

i love how i have a picture of her plate but not HER. too bad, because she was dressed quite fashionably. next time!!

up & coming
i'm actually excited that it's monday, and that i'm back to a pretty full work schedule for the week -- to be followed by 6 days off for new years! i've been spending a lo-o-o-ng time writing my posts latey, and i'm going to have to be a bit more efficient. here's a little teaser of things to come, though (which i'm doing in part so i can remember what i wanted to write about!).

doin' time recap: top 10 recipes
☑ cooking plans for 2010
☑ resolution-o-rama! i think i might roll mine out one at a time. countdown-style, perhaps.
☑ continuation of the running story
☑ next training/race plan

twitter: i kind of get it now
i admit i didn't 'get' twitter when it first came out. it just seemed like another facebook, but more annoying to read. but in the past few weeks since i've installed tweetdeck, it's been a lot more fun. i actually use twitter mainly for blog friends & contacts (feel free to follow along), whereas i use facebook for the real world (admittedly the lines do blur sometimes!).

and i realize that i'm slow on the uptake, but last night i just realized that you can follow really anyone who has a public profile. including . . .







yay! can't wait to hear what these peeps have to say.

AM run
okay, off to run on the shortest day of the year (i think). it's cold out (27), but i feel lucky NOT to be tromping through snow!

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12.21.09

workout: none! i decided to only do what i felt like last week -- and being SORE from my weights workout on saturday, i just wasn't up for a run. no running on saturday OR sunday -- i can't remember the last time that happened!

reading: none for work . . . but i started the namesake and so far it is AMAZING! i loved the movie, but i absolutely adore the writing style of jhumpa lahiri and the way i can just linger on the images for as long as i want.

14 comments:

  1. Ooh, chocolate pictures! What did the round one with the dark sprinkles taste like?

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  2. yum, those chocolates look amazing! So exciting you have 6 days off!
    I definitely want to hear mroe of the running story, especially now that I am finally ready to call myself a runner :)

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  3. you totally would follow gaga :)

    me and my sister prolly severely damaged out eardrums last night listening to her. youd be proud of our dedication to her! hahah

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  4. I KNEW you would follow Gaga! :D

    Merry Christmas, bloggie [and real life!] buddy.

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  5. One day I'm going to have to see what this whole Twitter thing is all about.

    Looking forward to seeing all your upcoming plans.

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  6. I still don't really get twitter either. And have not heard of tweetdeck? I'm clueless sometimes...

    I'm excited for your top 10 doin' time recipes!
    Happy Holidays!

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  7. You look wonderful and happy in that picture at brunch (and I love the Anthro pullover!).

    I'm always inspired by your New Years resolutions, so I can't wait to see them!

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  8. Glad you are enjoying the namesake - you would like her other books too.

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  9. jon: hey, how did you know that's the one i tried!? it had a soft dark chocolate center. yum!!

    meg: tweetdeck is a program that lets you have twitter in the background and 'pops' up tweets as they happen. you can reply right from the little desktop console. it's fun . . . you'll like it!!

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  10. atilla9:55 PM

    really loved the movie

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  11. I'm liking your end of year posts, although I don't know if I'll make 2010 goals since I met few of my 2009 ones. Also, loved The Namesake.

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  12. I am the same way with facebook and twitter. I use twitter for blog friends and facebook for real life friends, although there are some on both, like you!

    I thought the Namesake book was a lot better than the movie. Hope you enjoy it.

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  13. Thanks for checking on those chocolates for us. It's a tough job but someone's gotta do it! ;)

    Brunch looks awesome!

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  14. I didn't get twitter at first either...but now it's really fun! I feel more connected to people as well, and I meet new people on a regular basis so that's fun too. :)

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