sunday dinner parties may be my new favorite thing. enjoying a fun meal with friends really puts a different sort of ease into the end of the weekend. last night we had just 3 guests (basically my ward team*), but they were guests with big personalities . . . so it felt like more! lots of laughter, food + wine, and just an overall relaxing evening.
i didn't ask my guests whether they wanted their pictures up for all to see, so i'll just share the end-result of my menu-planning from yesterday's post.
sweet pea crostini (although in the end i didn't really use giada's recipe at all -- instead i made the green peas into a kind of pesto with walnuts, romano, mint, and olive oil)
the main dish: roasted salmon with lemon relish, greek salad, and pine nut and lemon orzo:
it came together quite nicely if i do say so myself! we finished with ridiculously delicious chocolate cake that one of the guests brought from mad hatter.
i'm not usually a cake person but it was quite nice -- and i loved all the intricate layering involved.
* to any med students reading this: and wondering why i haven't mentioned teaching or working with MS team members at all this month, it's because we haven't had any! the duke medders were on a 1 month elective for my entire call block. otherwise, i totally would have included them and had them over last night as well -- i loved it when i was in med school and my senior residents did that.
for months now, i've had 'yoga review!' on my to-do list. the wonderful people at aurorae were kind enough to send me one of their mats to try, complete with a rosin bag and towel to prevent slippage.
i wanted josh to take some pictures of me posing on the mat to truly do it justice, but the opportunity never arose! however, a couple of days ago i decided it would be a fun way to experiment with my camera's timer.
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as you can see, this is a super long and very attractive-looking mat! the pink color is vibrant and makes me smile, and i enjoy the extra foot or so of space this mat provides over my older gaiam mat.
it does tend to get slippery, but the rosin bag counteracts this quite well. i would definitely recommend it, especially for anyone looking for a mat with length. there may be a giveaway involving these mats here in the next few days . . . stay tuned!
workout: 42 minutes elliptical (i was running out of time and needed to get back for cooking prep!)
back in the kitchen: see above.
HP report: this week, i am continuing with my goal to delight in the mundane. last night's gathering definitely stood up to that -- while having a few people over for dinner isn't really a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, being a hostess, cooking, and being social are some of my favorite activities. it really made my day, and i plan on doing it again soon.
reading: returns today.