Wednesday, August 18, 2010

if i had an extra hour . . .

if the clock were set back 60 minutes right now, i would:
★ expand on my HP plans
★ update my weekly recipes/workouts
★ post some fantastic anthro sale finds (!)
★ write a meatier post than this about the need for sleep (because i have been feeling totally drowsy and therefore just generally bad lately)

if work was cancelled today and i had the day off, i would:
✔ deep-clean the apartment
✔ tie up all loose-end emails & write thank you notes
✔ pay billz
✔ get caught up on my study schedule
✔ spend an hour or two reading american wife
✔ run errands
✔ catch up on the wonderful blogs i found out about at the HLS

if there was a hospital strike and the whole week was cancelled, i would:
✿ spend the first day doing the things above
✿ spend time with my sister, calling friends, and catching up with family
✿ take a day trip to the beach
✿ host at least one party
✿ study every day
✿ take time to update this blog with pages (restaurant reviews, recipes, etc)

if i were granted a one year paid leave of absence right now, i would:
♥ try to write a book
♥ pour my heart and soul into learning espanol
♥ travel all over to visit friends and family
♥ probably miss my current job (!)

what would you do with ______ amount of time off? answer here, or post and comment with your link! i found this to be quite an interesting exercise.



workout: 35 minutes elliptical (levels 9-12) + quick circuit workout (pushups, tricep press-downs, ball-to-tucks, lat pull-downs, bicep curls, back extensions, repeat!)

without a recipe: our bella bean produce is so good that lately i've just been throwing it all together without a recipe. who needs extra guidance when the vegetables are just so perfect on their own?

big salad with spinach, fresh & local corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, plus mozzarella, walnuts, and annie's light honey mustard dressing

studying: uh oh - i'm a day behind already. there goes friday 'off'. i actually went to see yo yo ma and the silk road ensemble in concert at UNC last night when a free ticket became available spur-of-the-moment. so . . . worth it.


  1. this a good list - i want to think about that!

    ooh! my parents went to see yo yo ma + silk road earlier this year and they loved it. i really miss all the classical concerts i used to go to regularly while still in undergrad.

  2. Anonymous7:54 AM

    i would want to sleeeeeeeeeeeeep. for real. and cut down on my to-do list that doesn't have really pressing stuff on it but the annoying stuff that needs to get done but doesn't because it's not urgent.

    but ideally i'd LOVE to be able to read more for fun. i have a stack of books that is getting lonely!

  3. If I had the day off, I would:

    go back to sleep
    run 3 miles
    paint my bathroom

  4. If I had the day off I would

    Get a massage
    Play piano
    Do yoga
    Do at least one home organizing project
    Watch Arrested Development on Hulu

  5. When I had last week off I:
    *got up at 5:20 every day with an energetic toddler
    *cooked for a lot of house guests
    *spent nap time making lunch for everybody and wishing they would just grab a sandwich and clean up after themselves
    *made delicious baked goods every day
    *ate way too much homemade baked goods
    *didn't make time to run because I felt bad leaving our guests and my husband and child to take time for myself
    *stayed up too late to try to be social after the baby went to bed
    *missed my job!

    Sigh, time off is just not the same with a wild kid around. Not that I don't love (almost) every moment of it, but sometimes days off are even more exhausting than days at work! ;)

  6. I can relate to Jenny's comment...I'm a stay at home mom so technically I have every day "off." But this job is way more exhausting than my former full-time office job! If I had the day to myself (i.e., child care), I'd spend two hours writing, an hour running, two hours on the couch reading or sleeping, and an hour drinking wine with a girlfriend!

  7. Aww I loved this post. Reading it makes me realize I need to make the most of my free time! By the way, Gretchen Rubin is following me on Twitter now and I about died & immediately thought of you!

  8. Um, so I actually do have time off right now (as you are aware) but I am so awful at getting my act together and getting organized! Good thing I attended your HLS session though because yesterday I was more productive in two hours than I was all month!

  9. Tomorrow's my day off....I'm going to:

    - do a long run (maybe?)
    - Check out the Anthro in Wayne in your honor (!!!!)
    - go shopping in general
    - study pharm because i have a pharm test for my new job on Monday!
    - bake some cupcakes!

  10. Anonymous11:19 AM

    What a great list. If you don't mind, I may have to copy that someday. yummy breakfast.

  11. this is a great idea for a post! i'll have to think about it and write something later. :)

  12. I do have time off. School's out for the summer and I'm a teacher. This post reminded me to make the most of my time. I did update my blog and read some great books/articles. I wish I traveled more.

  13. I just found your blog from your HLS talk and I am loving this topic.
    If I had a year off I would:
    Raft the Colorado River
    Visit Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Arches, Canyonlands, and Olympic National Parks
    Train for and run the Stockholm Marathon
    Go see the Vuelta de Espana and bike in Girona
    Work at a ski resort in the winter

  14. I did a post! check it out if you'd like:

  15. atilla6:44 PM

    love yo yo ma
    extra time = visit kids and in general

  16. I did a post! Mine is here:

  17. To Emily, who wanted to run Stockholm Marathon:

    I have run it 4 times and it's a great race. Hope to see you in the corals one year! Best of luck with your training!