Sunday, July 25, 2010

We'll be comin' around the mountain

Slowly but surely - things are returning to normal around these parts! Yesterday was an absolutely AWESOME day. Refreshing, calm - simply splendid!

I woke up completely refreshed. I suppose I got a solid night's sleep. I had an excellent cup of coffee, wrote my little morning blog post, had a banana and caught up on some of the blogs I have missed out on this past week.

The egyptian awoke - was in a friendly mood (chemicals in check!) - and he proceeded to do what he always does (go on the computer) - and I made lunch.

Highlight of my day! I made an orzo salad with various herbs, balsamic vinegar and EVOO, with goat cheese and onions. I added a few strawberries on the side.

Then I soaked some cucumber wedges in vinegar and added a little pepper.

I topped everything off with a salad I made with: Lettuce, Cilantro, Goat cheese, EVOO, Balsamic Vinegar, Black Pepper, Sweet Banana Peppers, and Vidalia Onions (don't forget the Parmesan Croutons!)

That afternoon the egyptian and I enjoyed a movie - "Salt." Was actually pretty good. Much easier on the mind than "Inception." Though I think everyone should see that one!
We split a small butter popcorn and diet coke. (We ended up only eating half a bag. Not bad... )

Last night he took a looooong nap, while I watched 3 movies back to back: "Hitch", "The Holiday", and "You, Me & Dupree."

Dinner - Another Salad.

Finally the egyptian awoke - and he heads right back to the computer. I decide I want to get out of the house - so at 10pm - I take off for Starbucks, and yes.. I got a Caramel Macchiato. Came back and blogged some more. I even spent a little time looking at old 80's fashion videos on YouTube. Gave me a laugh.

Sounds boring.. right? Nope - was completely relaxing. Granted I did not drift off to sleep until 2am.. but it was nice to just savor the day.

The thing is - I have got to find ways to fill my time. This IS our life now. We have a routine. That's why I am sooo desperate to start learning some of those folk crafts, or heading back to dance class, or joining a gym (again).. or volunteering SOMEWHERE.

Luckily for me, the whole Youth Group thing is about to gear back up. School will soon begin, and that means Wednesday and Sunday nights will be busy. I must get back to this. I have not gone to mass in months. Seriously. I have got to get back to this, also. I was given an offer with YMCA - no sign up fee, and half off the monthly membership fee. Pretty cool?
I might do that for all of the classes. I will have a city wide Y membership and they are amazing here. I remember, back at home - completely unimpressive. Here? FANTASTIC!
Check them out here. Perhaps I can run over to my personal trainer friend and do weights/sculpting with him a few days a week. But I am SUCH a "class" girl. They offer an amazing amount of classes. I will probably use the Downtown Branch and the Vestavia one the most.

That's the beauty and the pain of having no other responsibilities. You have LOTS of time. This is both excellent and taxing. I know - my mommy friends out there are probably thinking I have lost my mind complaining about having too much time on my hands.. but.. it's true. There comes a time when you can only relax so much! Ha! - don't kill me for saying that.

Now that I have eaten my breakfast ..
It is time for me to head back to my book.
What's next? Who knows... any suggestions?

PS - What have you done for yourself this weekend? How have you recharged your battery?

Peace out!

*** The breakfast was a small amount of blue berries, a few strawberries, two Georgia peaches, and plain greek yogurt mixed with dill and blue cheese.


Leanne said...

Yum!! (Ok, of course, I obsess over the food you are making first. I need therapy!) But those yummy meals look so good - I only wish I lived closer to share (notice, I would "share" them with you!)

I haven't done much to recharge the battery this weekend, although this morning I found myself sitting at the kitchen table with some white paper, a new box of crayons and a new box of markers (school supplies that I had to open - bad me! or me bad - W). I found myself lost in drawing and coloring some flowers - will share it w/you later.

Check out leslie's 31 Days - creativity challenge - I think it would do your soul good to force a little bit of "creativity" time into you day (even if just 10 minutes of taking pictures.) The link is:
- you might like it right about now!

Anonymous said...

Aren't relaxing days the best? Starbucks ROCKS!!! and that fruit & dip looks yummy! Hey head on over to my blog! I left something for you on my Random Jambalya post! :-)

Bossy Betty said...

Love the description of your day, including all the delightful foods! Yum. Your weekend sounds wonderful!

Nicole said...

Thanks everyone! I will check out the creativity piece and Mitzi - heading your way now.

Bossy Betty - hope you are relaxing!

Yenta Mary said...

Like you, I actually had the most restful weekend I've had in AGES ... it's wondrous when it happens, isn't it??? I cooked dinner on Friday night (and not just eggs, but real food!). Tom and I went to a pie celebration on Saturday night. And I got 4 posts ready today while loitering in my jammies, before going for a walk in perfect weather ... sigh. Do I really have to go to work tomorrow???


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