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To Do: Back From Hibernation

Welp, I’m back. My almost-two-week-long hibernation was fantastic. Fan-fuh-reaking-tastic. But it’s over. And I’m back to work, and back to normal, and back to packed lunches and real clothes and schedules.

Le sigh. It’s hard.

But I’ll live. I’ll thrive, I’m willing to bet. But I have to amp myself up a little.

I’ve enjoyed my #janphotoaday challenge, which has forced me to be engaged with a daily prompt. I’ll share a week at a time later this week–I don’t want to bore you with a post a day of some random photo–but until then, I’ll keep snapping. And planning. And doing.

  • Make another purge pile. I think I’ve hit the max of this current purge, and it’s a good start for the new year. Off to the bin this week some time..!
  • Renew our passports. Filled out the paper work, have the money, just need the photos. This weekend, perhaps?
  • Menu plan for NYE. We had dukkah crusted lamb, brie/chocolate/quince cups, roasted Brussels sprouts, and truffle mac and cheese. And cava. And cava. And a fire drill (that I did not cause, thankyouverymuch) that took us into the cold with the dogs and about 200 other people from our building at 10pm, but it was invigorating. Climbing the 7 flights down then up helped work off some champagne….right?
  • Menu plan for this week, with a focus on vegetarian mains. Lunches and dinners will be mostly vegetarian (including fish and eggs) at our place going forward. Just because it’s cheaper and healthier for the larger population, and it’s forcing me to be creative in the kitchen again. A hunk of meat doesn’t require much creativity; a whole mess of vegetables and legumes does. There will be bacon sprinkled throughout those meals (…there was bacon in my golden lentil pea soup!), for sure, but mostly vegetables, fish, and eggs. Tonight, we’re having a Sicilian pasta salad; tomorrow, tofu (hopefully not ew-ee-ew Killer Tofu).
  • Hit the gym twice a week. Just twice, yes. Why? That’s attainable. That’s two Golden Girls episodes on the treadmill or bike or elliptical, or two podcasts while I forget I’m moving. Hala will be joining me. This, plus my Thursday night yoga (probably more than that), and a few walks? I’ll be feeling better.
  • Keep up with my Cook’s One Line a Day diary. I forgot about this wonderful little journal this summer, and it sat, unused, on my countertop. I picked it up on January 1st and have been remembering to jot a note about my food, or where we ate, or with whom we ate, or a craving. Saturday night had something to do with being very drunk and enjoying a Big Mac…

Hoping for a smooth transition back to normal. What did you do over the holidays and how are you transitioning into the new year?


To Do: Looks Like We Made It

I sing that song every Friday when I get to work, much to our front desk person’s chagrin. I’m just jazzed it’s Friday, yo!

Except today. Today is Tuesday. But it’s kind of a Friday. Because starting today at 2:30pm, and ending at 9:00am on Monday, January 5th, I have a paid vacation. The whole operation shuts down, and we get paid, and we lose no vacation time. A concept unheard of in my former life as a public servant.

So, it looks like we made it to this wonderful point when we all NEED this break, and we’ll get it.

My vacation plans are relatively non-existent, aside from Christmas and New Year’s Eve. And that is A-OK by me.

What do I have to do, though?

  • Vegetables and grains, not meat. It’s becoming easier and easier to do this without thinking about it. Any meat outside of the one big meat meal each week is a total afterthought or B-note in the meal.
  • Plan outfits for this week to finish strong! I have not planned outfits. I’ve been a coasting-close-to-the-line hot mess instead. Up until this morning, I was fighting a wicked wicked chest and head cold. I was knocked on my ass, to say the least, but I was not going to stay home for the 1.5 days before a 2 week paid vacation because, to this former HR lady, that’s simply suspicious. So off to work I went, in corduroys and a sweatshirt jacket (…yep), to hide in my office and conduct a cacophonous glottal orchestra. Today, I at least wore a sweater. Work wise, though, I’ve finished strong. So.
  • Plan and use my Thursday nights better. Ok, so I didn’t do the long yoga practice last Thursday because I was starting to get sick and the mere idea of downward dogging made me cough and hack. So, I wrapped presents and read instead. Our cable was out, which for us doesn’t mean “no cable TV,” it means “no internet,” which means no audio visual anything. So I had a book I had downloaded to my Kindle, and I read a good chunk of that while Steve was off saving lives being an elf on top of a ladder truck with Santa, throwing candy canes at little kids. The gym in our building reopened and MY is it lovely. It is huge and new and shiny and nice. So, perhaps a little visit there sometime when Steve is gone will be in order.
  • Attack the pre-holiday list. I have some kitchen cleaning to do (Steve cleaned the apartment on Sunday), and some prep work for Thursday’s meal, and some table setting ahead of me. But I have Wednesday off, so that’s that. Heading to the grocery store when it opens tomorrow morning instead of sleeping in.
  • Make another purge pile. There’s always more to rid ourselves of, especially around the holidays. Making another purge pile sounds like a great idea.

I’m so very grateful for this new job and all of the personal and professional joy it has brought me, but it’s time for a short break. I’ll be ready to start again, fresh and re-energized, in the new year.


To Do: Getting in the Spirit

Creeping ever closer to Christmas, I’m noticing that my planning has paid off, and I can simply enjoy the season and get into the spirit! Early shopping, menu planning, and decorating, then; now, I’m just listening to Bing and Nat, crooning away, and munching on candy canes.

We got our tree on Saturday, in my favorite Christmas tradition. Tree Day, if you remember from last year, is bigger in our house than actual Christmas, and this year was a lovely execution. The tree looks beautiful in the space, and I’m thrilled to be able to just sit and enjoy it! By the way, Steve named the tree Herbert. Last year, the tree was a girl, this year, it’s Herbert. Go figure.

tree day

Realizing that I have time to just be this year, I’ve turned my focus back to taking care of myself. Eat better, eat less; move more, move better. That’s the goal. I have been trying to find a yoga studio since we moved, but I don’t have an extra first born child laying around to exchange for a crowded, sweaty class. So, I tried DVDs. I tried videos on Hulu+ and Amazon.

I hated them all.

Until I found this app: It’s $3.99, but SO worth it. So. So. So.

Yoga Studio lets you build your own class, pose by pose, or choose from numerous pre-set classes. They are all HD videos, with good explanations and pacing, and soothing non-obnoxious music. You can schedule classes in your calendar from the app, study new or challenging poses, and generally avoid mortgaging your life to pay for decent yoga. They have a great triple sun salutation class (12 minutes?) that I started my day with today, and it’s already paying dividends. Highly recommended, guys! Stretching and moving and centering my….spirit? was a nice way to start.

Now, onto the To Do list!

  • Start addressing the holiday cards. MAILED! The only exception? The one that has to head off to Australia…that needs a special stamp. I’ll send that tonight when I drop packages at the Post Office.
  • Wait for the rest of the Christmas presents to arrive. ARRIVED! I’m waiting for one small thing to arrive (today!) then it’s all here.
  • Slowly decorate for Christmas. DECORATED! You can see some of the décor in the picture above, but I’ll post more next week.
  • Vegetables and grains, not meat. Mostly did this. I ordered in Indian food twice last week, but only ate vegetarian stuff. My one big exception this week? A very porky brunch at Daikaya in Chinatown yesterday…it was amazing, but I’m back to mostly grains and veg. Lunch today is cous cous (I realized that I could just bring dry cous cous and olive oil to work in a mason jar, mix with boiling water from the dispenser, cover, and five minutes later have lunch).  Leaving it up as a challenge in this week before Christmas (…which involves a lot of meat eating).
  • Plan outfits for this week to finish strong! I have a busy work week ahead, interviewing candidates for a new position. Usually, I’m on the nicer end of business casual, but this week I want to spiff it up for external candidates. No full suit needed, but close. And it’s my last full week before a glorious two week office closure. I figure: if I finish strong, give it all I’ve got between now and Tuesday the 23rd, I can really enjoy my break as it was intended. I need the break now, for sure, but why not adopt a balls to the wall spirit between now and then?
  • Plan and use my Thursday nights better. Steve has EMT overnights on Thursdays, so it’s just me and the pups from 7:30am Thursday through 5:00pm Friday. Of course, I’m at work Thursday and Friday, but that evening, alone, is long. I’m trying to use it productively (wrapping gifts! cleaning my closet!), or completely non-productively (ie: 5 episodes of Gilmore Girls and wine? sure.). I created a 40 minute yoga practice–most of the one I used to do at my studio–in my new yoga app and I’ll do it on Thursday night before diving into some version of food and tv that Steve doesn’t like!


Getting into the spirit in more ways than one this week.