Sunday, November 25, 2007

Holiday Weekend Recap

I had a nice, low-stress (by my strange standards) four day weekend. And boy, did I need it!

Thursday morning started with a two-hour spin session to put me in calorie deficit ahead of Thanksgiving dinner. Dan and I stayed home, no traipsing across the city to be bored by his family or annoyed by mine. Although we had toyed with the idea of cooking, we ended up buying the things we would need at the Central Market deli Tuesday night, instead. It was all very nice and we watched a movie afterwards, took naps, stayed up late puttering around and just generally didn’t do much at all. During my late-night writing time, I wrote a new short story.

On Friday I went thrift and consignment shopping. My favorite thrift store was closed, but I did well at a good consignment store near River Oaks. The store often has really nice stuff, sometimes with the tags still on. It’s amazing what rich people give away. Once I got home, it was time to do the laundry, since Friday is always laundry day around here. It was also grocery night, and we stocked up for the week. In the evening, I finished editing my new story and posted it.

Since it was raining like heck on Saturday morning, there was no hope of doing a long run. I dilly-dallied and finally forced myself to get my butt to the studio for a spin workout. I did three hours, thus earning the right to stuff myself on Indian food, which I did. I took a nap afterwards, overslept, and stayed up late to compensate.

While I napped, Dan went to meet his sisters on his father’s side of the family and was surprised when they gave him some his dad’s effects. His father passed away several years ago and Dan had been wanting to ask for something to remember him by, but had been shy about it. Long story, but to put it most simply, Dan’s father had a wife and family already when he started sneaking around with Dan’s mom. So Dan grew up without knowing his father, and only met him a few years before his death from lung cancer. So it was quite a special thing for him to get some mementos.

This morning I got up and cooked for the week. I made steamed carrots, sautéed spinach with garlic, roast potatoes (two kinds) and bread pudding. It took longer than I would’ve liked, so even though I had hoped to do a 20 mile run today, by the time I did 16 it was getting too late in the day to finish. I did today’s run in the gym due to the bad weather and alternated one mile on the treadmill with one mile on the indoor track. It worked pretty well and I think if it hadn’t been getting so late I would’ve had the mental stamina to do 20. I hope I don’t have to find out, though. I’d much rather run outdoors.

When I got home I ate dinner and put a bunch of things in the crock pot in the hope it would turn out to be turkey soup. And it did! I had some after my nap and it was delish!

So that was my long weekend. There’s a lot I meant to do but didn’t. I wanted to finish hanging pictures and tidy the studio some more—things left undone when I finally ran out of steam after our move in August. I meant to finish a lapsed salary report for work and of course I meant to do more writing and didn’t. I didn’t do a heavy weight workout this weekend, either.

I’m not disappointed in myself or the weekend, but I really do need to move to a planet with longer days. Or get a job with longer vacations.

12 comments:

Thomma Lyn said...

I'd love to live on a planet with longer days, too! :) Sounds like you had a great long weekend. And oh my goodness did I ever eat too much, but I'm getting back on the healthy eating and exercise wagon tomorrow! ;-D

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Marilyn MonREOW said...

Oops, sorry for the deleted comment! I posted using the wrong account.

Yay, Tidbit! I'm so glad you're coming to my Gotcha Day party. And while there will be plenty of good eats, catnip, and pet grass, you're welcome to bring whatever delectables you like! *smile*

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn.

Michele said...

Your Thanksgiving day sounds marvy, BG. Relaxing, cozy, and productive! In fact, your entire long weekend sounds pretty much perfect, even if you didn't get in everything you'd hoped.

My little town doesn't have any good thrift stores but supposedly there are excellent weekend markets where good used stuff is sold. I've got to get to one of those.

I think if I lived on a planet that had longer days I'd just waste more time. I'm bad that way. ;-)

the Bag Lady said...

Oy, vey, Bunnygirl! You make the Bag Lady feel like a sloth. Oh, right, she IS a sloth. All that running and spinning and stuff. At least the Bag Lady now knows what spinning is. Her niece was telling her about a spinning class she attended and, after she picked herself up off the floor from laughing so hard, explained to the poor Bag Lady that, no, you don't spend the entire time spinning around like a top! (Which actually sounds to the Bag Lady like more fun than riding a stationary bike, but what does she know?)

bunnygirl said...

Actually, Bag Lady, I have my road bike set up on a trainer, which allows me to use it as a stationary bike. I have road race and triathlon-specific training videos that I watch and I have music from CDs I made myself. So it's more fun than you would think, although there are days when nothing will make a workout fun except being finished!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Ho Bunny Girl ...
You sure did more of a workout over the big holiday than most folks! Food sounds good too!

When it the next competitive event?

Need to see a bunny!

Church Lady said...

For every minute the Bunny spends spinning, CL spends eating. I guess it universally evens out.

Church Lady said...

May I use this bit of your post for my writing exercise tomorrow night?

This morning I got up and cooked for the week. I made steamed carrots, sautéed spinach with garlic, roast potatoes (two kinds) and bread pudding. It took longer than I would’ve liked, so even though I had hoped to do a 20 mile run today, by the time I did 16 it was getting too late in the day to finish. I did today’s run in the gym due to the bad weather and alternated one mile on the treadmill with one mile on the indoor track. It worked pretty well and I think if it hadn’t been getting so late I would’ve had the mental stamina to do 20. I hope I don’t have to find out, though. I’d much rather run outdoors.


It's so good. I want to delete some words and have others fill in the blanks.

:-)

bunnygirl said...

Church Lady, sure you can use some of my post. Are you Mad Libbing it or something?

Church Lady said...

Oh, Thank you!! Thank you!!

What's mad-libbing?

Every Wed night, I post a writing exercise. Since people are tired and a bit holiday-busy, I want to make the next few fun/easy.

I want to take that passage and delete certain key words/phrases, and people will fill in their own blanks.

I am on my way out the door with the kids, but I will link you to my site later this afternoon.

Thank you again!!!
(I'll reference your site when I do this)

Cheers,

Vickie said...

Sounds like you were busy! Glad it was non-stressful, however. Odd that your husband hadn't met his father until so late in life. That's how it was for my Don too.