Tuesday, April 20, 2010

enjoying the day . . .

tuesday is the new saturday
okay, not really. but i am definitely having a lovely time on this day off -- the delayed-gratification effect means that it feels just that much sweeter!

(no, i haven't been to the tailor yet . . . headed there after this post!)

after a leisurely breakfast (aka google reader catchup hour!), i spent 2.5 very satisfying hours scrubbing the bathroom from stem to stern. while the war on mold has not been won -- is it ever, in NC? -- i think my opponent has at least retreated back behind enemy lines! this was followed by an energizing and pain-free workout while reading the latest real simple, and i just now got back from a delicious and relaxing lunch with jessica.

pretty much perfection, right?

except despite my best intentions (and i swear, i really am trying!) i can't quite seem to relax. i'm going to admit something: lately, i have been dealing with some mental clutter, otherwise known as rip-roaring, nail-biting, heart-pounding, cortisol-inducing STRESS.

and it's really starting to get to me.

tihs stress is something i haven't written about, really, and i guess i still don't feel like going into specifics. essentially, it is a work/life sort of issue, and it will directly impact the shape of the next several years of our lives. at this point, josh and i are just waiting to hear from the powers-that-be, and i have absolutely no control over the ultimate verdict (yes, this stings a little!).

even as i try to distract myself, it tears me up inside every time i have a free moment. running helps, writing helps, work helps, and uhhh -- alcohol really helps -- but once these distractions/buzzes wear off, my brain is right back where it started, pacing in tight little angsty thought-circles.

anyway. i suppose i ought to move onto my next cleaning project or podcast. at least i can still enjoy my distractions! and the next few weeks are certainly packed with a lot of adventures to keep the demons at bay. but it feels good to admit that it's not all hearts and flowers (even as i plan -- meticulously, of course -- the official launch of my happiness project).

lunch revolution
jessica and i originally planned to meet up at beyu caffé (pronounced like BE YOU, get it?), a cute coffe & sandwich shop in downtown durham. but i was late (oops) and jessica wandered into something even more enticing:

the new lunch counter at revolution)! i LOVED this place when i finally got to try it in january (cara: you need to come back + we can go again!), and it turned out that the elegant setting transformed quite nicely in the springtime sunlight to a comfortable lunchtime spot.

served up counter-style, at the bar!

i don't know why, but i just can't resist taking the obligatory menu shot. or, apparently, posting it. maybe because that first perusal of a menu is one of my favorite parts of each dining experience?

my thai shrimp salad was fantastic! i even forgave the hints of cilantro because it was THAT good. the vinaigrette provided a lovely asian-inspired backdrop for arugula, baby greens, radishes, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, and wasabi peas (YES: wasabi peas!).

i'm off to run some errands (including the aforementioned tailor), and NOT think about the stressful things above. as singer anna nalick instructed in her major radio hit:

oh, breathe . . .

. . . just breathe.


  1. Anonymous4:13 PM

    ((hugs)) to all the stress youre under! i hope everything gets resolved and in your favor!

    and i WISH that tuesday was my saturday. after taking 2 days off of classes my work is piling up and i want a no-obligation day to catch up ha!

  2. I'm so sorry to hear that you're stressed, Sarah! I hope things are resolved soon, and you can relax a bit.
    PS I always feel obligated to take a picture of the menu too:)

  3. I hear you on the stress! It just eats away at any otherwise not-stressful moments. Hopefully you can muscle your way through the trying moments. In the meantime, I'll have a glass of wine for the both of us.

  4. atilla11:34 PM

    I know what you're stressing about but there's no way to impact so you have to chill until its time to celebrate or time to strategize

  5. thanks for writing this, Sarah. I'm a medical student (today was my last day of 2nd year!! yay!! half way to you!), and my biggest struggle has been, and I know will continue to be balance. It gets to the point where my boyfriend, WHO IS IN MY CLASS, gets frustrated with my tendencies towards med school tunnelvision. Even today, my final day as a classroom-based student, was bittersweet for me, because there are so many things I wish I would have done differently. I feel for you on the frustration with things being out of your hands, and I hope things ease up for you soon

  6. Sarah! I will definitely come back to go to revolution again, Jessica's salmon salad looked fabulous! Promise to visit Ann Arbor soon!

  7. Love seeing your planner :)

    And please take me to that restaurant next time I'm in the area!