i spent the past weekend off the grid (well, as off-the-grid as one can actually be in a full-service hotel suite).
okay, perhaps i wasn't all the way off.
but there was little to no . . .
✔ "screen time" (includes blogs, movies, and TV!)
✔ thinking about work
✔ time spent at the gym
and a there was a maximum of
✔ running outside
✔ enjoying new music
✔ appreciating nature
✔ couples time
✔ quiet contemplation
it was as nice as it sounds and even a little bit inspiring. i found myself truly relaxing, but also thinking about what is truly important to me and the ways in which i would like my life to change. i have felt really stressed out lately, and i'm not sure that OVERDRIVE is really the gear i want to be stuck in for the rest of this decade.
while staring at the waves, i made the following conclusions:
♥ i want to work hard while at work, maximizing my focus and flow so that i can accomplish meaningful and important things
♥ i want to be able to feel satisfied with my efforts at the end of each day . . .
♥ . . . and then i want to be able to go home and enjoy other pursuits.
♥ i want to spend less time connected to the internet
♥ . . . and more time connecting with people.
♥ i want to relax more and enjoy time outside
♥ i want to do more yoga
♥ i want this to be the year i finally break down and buy some boots.
what? not every ocean-inspired thought has to be deep.
today is the first monday i will not be signing onto the pager at 8! the second-year fellow will be covering clinical duties and i officially start my first research block. i plan to spend today doing a lot of busywork leftover from the clinical realm, and then sending some emails to get things rolling on the research side. i am ecstatic at the thought of having hours to just get things done without the pager mocking me every hour with its shrill reminder that i am not really in charge of my day.
on the docket
for the rest of this week . . . some progress on the remaining 'pages' on this blog. i still have run, work, shop, cook, and smile to fill up with links and useful tidbits. i'm sure no one is hanging on with baited breath waiting for these to get completed, but let me know if you have a request for which one to do first! it would certainly be motivating.
the rundown: all i felt like doing this weekend was running outside . . . so i went with it! a guesstimated 9 miles (3 with josh) on saturday, and 4 (all with josh!) at the beach (well, on the roads near the beach . . . ) on sunday. my polar needs a new watch battery, so i'm data-less for now. i have to admit, though, i miss seeing my splits! i am going to get it replaced soon.
real simple strikes again: after drinking half of this (2-serving) pumpkin ale with 9% alcohol-by-volume . . .
dinner NEEDED to be simple! luckily, the recipe required a minimum of brainpower and only a modest amount of dexterity.
my version, whole grain-i-fied:
with bonus avocado slices for good measure. yum!
board prep overdrive: begins . . . now.