miami was lovely, as usual. stepping off the plane to feel a tropical breeze in the middle of december is always welcome, even if the experience is short lived. after almost a decade of visiting miami beach [and associating it with carefree vacation time], it is starting to become a reality to me that we are going to be living there in just about a year and a half. i'm going to have to get used to balmy morning runs and a whole lot of sunscreen.
but this trip was more about family than it was about the sun. it was really wonderful getting to spend time with KK + pop-pop [josh's grandparents], even if the reasons that brought us down were more bitter than sweet. he is feeling better now but still recuperating from a long hospital stay, so we spent all afternoon in their condo, discussing everything from old memories [baby-care in the pre-disposable-diaper age!] to new horizons [stem-cell infusions for heart failure].
i didn't take a single picture. i sort of decided that i didn't want to feel like i was 'covering' the trip for my blog -- turning my daily discipline into a chore of sorts and perhaps taking away from my true presence during the [extremely] short interlude. that sounds great, but in reality i absolutely wish i had brought my camera -- it made me realize that my vacation recaps and photo-sharing is absolutely just as much for me as it is for "the blog" [as an abstract entity] or for you, the readers.
✰ insert pretend picture of josh, me, his parents + grandparents, all sitting around laughing while watching boats speed by on the bay
✰ insert nonexistent picture of me with my adorable niece + nephew, playing with a little mermaid stickerbook [instant gift hit!] and going through an intricately-orchestrated bedtime + bath routine together
✰ insert picture of josh looking a little shellshocked, suddenly realizing that pretty soon we're going to be going through our OWN bedtime routine
✰ insert photo of an amazing meal at tudor house on the night before chef geoffrey zakarian won on the next iron chef
so ummm, at least i know that for next time, the camera will come along even if the laptop doesn't! and i will remember that lacking photo evidence does not take away from the memories of precious time spent with family.
if flying were much cheaper and more environmentally sound, i would take 24 hour trips to various destinations all the time. it was pretty crazy and amazing to spend a day with family in a completely different place and still arrive home on sunday in time to do laundry and buy groceries.
given this, i feel ready for the week. i'm starting yet another new project . . .
the kitchen is stocked with ingredients for future dinners, plus plenty of lunch leftovers . . .
josh and i had some essential couch time after we landed, and i managed a run outside while it was still light out. really, i feel like this past weekend had more in it than would seem to fit into just 48 hours or so.
off to practice some spanish, do a little yoga, and then attend my last [i think?] 2nd tri OB appointment. bring on the week!
workout: an incredibly refreshing 3.73 mi at 10:13 pace. i am still feeling quite good out there at 25 weeks! 7-day rundown:
not so balanced -- i had been better about weights and yoga until this past week. but i'm still happy with the running and my overall activity level.
dinners: this week's meals will be brought to you by the current issue of CE -- although i'm a little sad because there are no easy links to share recipes here! i was reading the jan/feb issue on the flight back and found a number of recipes to try. last night's taco bowl [shown in the post above] was excellent - i'm already excited about eating leftovers for lunch.