yesterday i had an off day. you know what i mean: throughout the entire day, i pretty much found any activity other than lying-on-the-couch-under-the-covers-in-a-fetal-position to be an unbearable chore, an insult to my body's natural inclinations.
potential reasons for the above:
✔ sad, opaque gray skies above with a tiresome spitting of rain
✔ 3 new consults in the PICU to start the day
✔ research meeting in the afternoon that i was fretting about
✔ after-effects from the past week of pager call (i need a day to myself to mentally cleanse!)
✔ the days feel oh-so-short all the sudden -- thanks, november
✔ off day --> skipped my AM run --> endorphin withdrawal
given my field, i have to believe in their power!
anyway, so yeah. i did all of my obligatory work, but that was it. the heavens opened up just as i was headed out to run, so that didn't happen.
the horizontal line is my anti-checkmark. as in: no, i didn't do it, but i want this task off the list because it's either a) being tabled for later or b) abandoned (as in this run).
anyway, i am including this illustration because i want to emphasize that while lists and planners are wonderful things (for me, anyway!), sometimes it's okay to just give yourself a little break. while lying-on-the-couch-under-the-covers-in-a-fetal-position with my laptop after work yesterday, i came across heather's perfectly timely post entitled "when it's okay not to exercise." i would add that sometimes it's also okay not to cook dinner, not to clean up, and to go to bed at 8 pm.
that way, at the very least, you're well-rested for the next day! and that is a truly important accomplishment in itself.
the breakfast challenge: day 3
i knew this would be hard! that's why i allowed myself a little loophole when making the rules:
a) i have to eat something different for breakfast each dayall right, so today is that one day. tomorrow, i am going to go really radical and make something using eggs. breakfast rut, i will beat you!
b) only one day out of the seven may be a variation on my standard theme
hosting for the holidays?
can you believe we're just a week from thanksgiving!? i actually am in a mild state of shock that my first year of fellowship will be half over in just 6 weeks. josh and i will be on vacation for most of next week (both of us are working on monday), going on a pilgrimage of our own to see family up north (PA) and down south (miami).
i am really looking forward to this extended pager-free block -- this will be my first true vacation since starting fellowship. since we are traveling, we will not be hosting anyone in our apartment (which is good, because it's really too small), but i really liked this holiday hosting guide i came across on simplemom.net, a website that i heart despite my non-mom status.
some of my favorite tips
✿ prep the sofa bed (if you will be using one) in advance
✿ make towels and toilet paper insanely easy to find
✿ buy a few food basics to suit guest's preferences (josh & i both drink coffee straight up, so we never have the right additives around!)
✿ leave empty shelves/drawers for your guests -- that way, their stuff won't get mixed haphazardly with yours.
are you inviting guests into your home for the holidays this year? i'd love to hear your hosting tactics!
off to run - for real this time!
11.16.10 --> off day
cooking: i may have had cereal for dinner.
sleep: 9+ hours!