resolution #3 for this year was to make better use of my free time by actually . . . you know, doing things. this weekend's high-jinks included:
✭ fun dinner at [one]
✭ hitting the crunkleton afterwards for drinks -- in my case, a thrilling seltzer-with-lime -- arriving home after midnight
✭ 4 mile trail run in duke forest
✭ watching the rest of breaking away (yes, a movie older than me!) in bed
✭ my favorite yoga class yet at blue point
✭ my first publicly-attempted headstand -- in yoga; not, like, at the supermarket
✭ inspired by kath, i cleaned out our fridge (there were things in there so old that this WAS an adventure of sorts . . .)
✭ planning and booking reservations for our upcoming trip to arizona
✭ making of a 3-hour+ stew
so i didn't jump out of any planes or even tour any local landmarks. but i was conscious of making the time count and really enjoying the freedom, so i'd call it a good start! perhaps next weekend i will venture a bit farther out of my comfort zone.
i'd like to think josh and i have honed our vacation styles over the years. or, more descriptively, we've been able to come to a compromise between my preference to lie around and do . . . not much, and his desire to cram in as many activities as possible into each day of a trip.
on vacation, we both like to:
✔ eat at great restaurants
✔ work out (usually running together)
✔ do one major activity/day
✔ enjoy some luxury (my favorite thing ever is to get a massage)
since we are only making resident-level salaries (and socking away a chunk monthly into a future day care fund -- we've got about 10 months saved up!), the trade-off for this pampering is that we often choose destinations that are not super-expensive to get to (asheville or CA, for example, rather than europe) and we keep our trips on the shorter side. i'd rather enjoy 4 nights in a lovely hotel than spend 7 in a so-so one! we also limit these real vacations to one/year; other weeks off are spent visiting family in miami or philadephia.
here is what we came up with for AZ:
since learning that vacation anticipation is as much of a happiness boost as the trip itself, i am even more into planning and thinking about upcoming getaways!
it's not going to be a tropical paradise . . .
but i'm still expecting a step up from this:
Q&A of the day: what's your vacation style? do you like things action-packed or slower paced? active or purposefully lazy? are you into roughing it, or do you require your hotel bedding to have an obscenely high thread count?
so fresh and so clean
you know that nice feeling you get when your closet only contains clothes that fit and that you actually want to wear? (if not: go clean yours out already!). just as satisfying is cleaning out the FRIDGE so that a) it's moderately sanitary and b) everything in there is edible and non-expired.
exhibit A: no mysterious unidentified leftovers in sight
exhibit B: drawers are clean and filled with fresh produce
exhibit C: (ultimate triumph) none of these condiments are expired!
public service announcement
yoga journal is running a 21-day challenge, complete with free video routines to use for the next 3 weeks!
because i have real-life classes to use up, i won't be doing the entire thing, but i definitely plan on trying some of the workouts (and perhaps catching up later). my heels are still about a foot off the floor in down dog, but i have to admit that slowly but surely yoga is truly growing on me.
workout: 75 minute all levels class (mostly vinyasa style) at blue point -- on lauren's recommendation, i attended andrea m's class and she was excellent. i actually got to sweat and felt like i got in some semblance of a workout.
the 3 hour stew
well, at least they didn't try to sugar-coat it:
starting out at about 5 pm, i was nervous. what if it took even LONGER? i wasn't too excited about a 9:00 dinner.
in went the star ingredient . . .
and a mere 2.5 hours later, we were eating this delicious guinness lamb stew.
we both LOVED it. another CL success story! because it was a bit expensive, i actually used a lot less lamb than called for (i put in 1.5 lbs, when it called for 2.5) but found it plenty meaty for our tastes. so warm and comforting! i highly recommend this recipe, as long as you have plenty of time on your hands for simmering.