Saturday, June 30, 2012

things i've noticed

letting things go
i have begun to let go of some . . . control.  examples:  the house is a [mild] mess.  my runs may be shortened by a needy baby.  i'll pump what i'll be able to pump, and a. will eat what she eats.  i have no idea if i'll be able to finish writing this post, or if someone's nap will come to an abrupt end.


and it's okay.

zen habits' leo babauta loves to wax on about letting go/embracing chaos.  and while i'm not yet at THAT stage, i think there is certainly a beautiful balance to be found.  my planner can still look like this:


. . . because i think it's the only way i'll be able to manage my life effectively.  but i don't need to be in control of every moment.  because obviously, it's not possible anyway!

prioritizing/efficiency
from my brief stint at work thus far, i realize i will have many challenges up ahead in attempting to balance career and family [anyone listen to this piece on the subject?].  while i still maintain that happiness/satisfaction depends on finding one's own PERSONAL 'all' to have, it truly is impossible to be in two places at once.

i do think that having a little one to come home to will help with my efficiency.  every day will begin with a list, and it will be my mission to get everything done within the confines of the work day.  if i can get ahead and it means a little more time with a. at the end of the day -- well, awesome.  i've never been so motivated to make every moment at my desk/bench count.

also, thank you!
this is unrelated but i think FOUR of you either email/commented about the orla kiely collection for bed bath and beyond [here]!


if you look really closely you can see it's quilted with stem print!

i did end up splurging on some new bedding -- we actually needed some new sheets and . . . basically, i couldn't resist.  i went the understated route with this quilted coverlet and more neutral stem print sheets.  so excited!

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a little catch up:

what we've been eating lately:
i think this was wednesday night:



i'm a little surprised that the reviews on cooking light's site aren't higher, because we LOVED this dish.  it had a cajun flavor and was exceedingly easy to throw together [mom, since you have been doubting my kitchen efficiency, i timed it and it took 26 minutes from start to finish, INCLUDING cleanup].   plus, it featured red pepper, squash, tomatoes, and celery -- enough vegetables to mean a side/salad wasn't necessary.  i brought this for lunch both work days this week.

work night dinner: 


not as exciting.  but it worked!  the ravioli is WF's butternut squash, which i love.  however, i wish the package contained . . . MORE.  maybe next time i'll just buy 2.

workouts:
thurs - 2.9 miles @ 8:41/mi [i think.  i can't quite remember actually . . .]

friday - rest

today - 5 miles @ 9:30 - 8:49/mi [total time 45: 33] while watching the gymnastics trials [on mute . . . with closed captioning while a. napped  and she is STILL asleep!].