weekend fantasies + chocolate dreams

January 17, 2011

what if every weekend contained 3 days?
when my dream job becomes reality someday, i’ll find out what this is like* (i’m still hopeful)! however, until then, i’ll have to settle for the minibreaks scattered haphazardly (and somewhat stingily, in my opinion) on duke‘s holiday calendar.

that’s it ’til MAY!? luckily i have vacation coming up!
while i used to be happy just to get that one day off in seven that our duty hours required, now i have become spoiled and have gone utterly soft. i now believe the ideal setup is:

day 1 to unwind and acclimate to weekend pace

day 2 to clean up, get things done, and perhaps even catch up on some work

day 3 to relax in the now-clean environment and rev up for the week ahead

okay, before anyone flames me for my terrible work ethic, i’m at least sort of kidding. but i have to say this little stretch has been lovely! and truly, i am very grateful for it.

* though i’m pretty sure the concept of ‘weekend’ will change drastically once there are l’il ones running around underfoot!

today’s plans

☑ plan next week’s meals + grocery shop
☑ 3 mi run + weights (at the gym)
☑ go somewhere fun to read + sketch out budget (!)
☑ make cuisine from the following nation for dinner with k + m

here’s the flag; can you identify the nation?
we’ve done asian fusion, middle eastern, and french before with fellow gourmands k + m; however, a couple of weeks ago josh and i upped the ante with this nordic feast! i think it’s safe to say that these international theme dinners are now a tradition, and a really fun one at that.



workout: 75 minute yoga class at blue point. i went to crystal’s class for the first time and really liked it! her pace is slower, but since that sometimes translated to holding hard poses for longer, that didn’t necessarily mean easy.

there were some brand new beginners in the class and one of them was next to me. i noticed him watching me a bit trying to follow the poses and it was the first time i realized that HEY — i kind of know what i’m doing! it was a bit of a breakthough, actually.

my shoulders and hips are pleasantly sore today. i’m really happy to say i’m REALLY starting to genuinely like yoga!

a family affair
i do not hang out with my sister nearly enough. she lives 30 minutes away in raleigh, but we really don’t see each other that much (we do talk on the phone allllll the time, though). josh had to work late, so i headed over for an impromptu italian dinner.

[bonus: the lighting in her apartment is awesome for photography!]

colorful salad accompaniment
main event: tried & true martha meatballs with whole wheat spaghetti
for dessert, my sister attempted a version of the famous angelina’s hot chocolate. i say ‘attempted’ because what we ended up with was not liquid.

luckily, it was still DAMN good.
it tasted like the center of a molten chocolate cake! our servings were small but uber-rich. honestly, i might have liked it better this way!