7 days of solitude
okay, perhaps that's a bit melodramatic. but i alluded to josh going abroad in a recent post -- and as of now, he is on a plane headed for nicaragua (via miami), and i am not. in our 8 years together, this week will probably be the longest we have been apart (!).
i thought about going, but he is going to be spending most of his time in a hospital working with local surgeons, and i'm not sure what i'd do all day -- not to mention the fact that since this resolution hasn't really gotten off the ground, i'm not exactly fluent in the native tongue. plus, i'd have to take vacation time -- and i'd rather save that for a trip together when josh isn't hanging out in the OR.
and so, he's there, and i'm here. of course, i will fret about him daily. and i already miss him! but i also want to try to make the most of my alone time. i am going to try to use this time as a sort of personal retreat, because i realize that spending the time just waiting for him to come back (and worrying about his safety) would be unproductive and unwise.
things i plan to do with this time
✔ get a lot of work done on my grant!
✔ go to a yoga class this weekend
✔ massage! (already booked for saturday)
✔ catch up with girlfriends
✔ make a point of cooking for myself sometimes
✔ spend some peaceful nights reading
i have no idea how military spouses -- or those with business-traveler partners, for that matter -- handle it! my heart goes out to you. any tips are welcome.
all right -- off to clinic!
workout: 4 miles on the TM at 9:06/mi, 0.5% incline. i am actually following a 5K training plan right now -- details to come! unfortunately, it's dark out here past 7am, so i've been doing more runs indoors. i can't wait for daylight savings to kick in!
real simple - week 4 this little recipe challenge is nearing its end! i think i only have 3 left to do. last night josh and i went out for sushi, but on monday we worked together to make this balsamic glazed pork with apples.
we actually used sprouted lentils because i bought them by mistake from the bulk bins at whole foods. they reminded me of lima beans -- but since i like lima beans, that was fine. i actually really liked the simple salad and would make it again for a healthy dish without the pork! to the leftover lentils, i added some golden raisins and this made a great lunch to take to work.
KA+TN: i didn't work on my grant yesterday because it was josh's last day here, but i am ready to GO on this starting now. i will detail my progress in this section (not because you are all dying to read about it, but because i think it will be motivating!)