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!


  • Reply Chelsea March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Sign me up for the 3-day weekend every week. Daniel actually had a great schedule at his last job where he worked 9 hours/day M-R, 8 hours one Friday, and was off the next. I&#39d definitely do that if it were an option here.

  • Reply Jon (was) in Michigan March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    You didn&#39t use Omanhene chocolate like Angelina&#39s recipe did you? Its awful chocolate. I suspect they use it because its the only chocolate that&#39s actually made right in Ghana. Other "Ghana" chocolate just uses beans from Ghana, but makes the chocolate elsewhere.

    Your sister&#39s creation looks like there&#39s too much water (maybe from too much milk, or skim milk?). Try substituting some cream for half of the milk.

    I&#39m intrigued by this recipe. I may try it this week. 🙂

  • Reply Valerie @ City|Life|Eats March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    PS – And I am so glad you are enjoying yoga. If I could only do yoga, I totally would (but I need to do more to get cardio – even the most intense yoga class does not feel like enough)

  • Reply Lu @ Done Dieting March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I wish I would have gotten today off. I would love to be lounging around in my clean house. I would also love to be eating that salad you made. It looks delish.

  • Reply BroccoliHut March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    How depressing that there aren&#39t any national holidays until May. I am cherishing my time as a student–at least I get spring break!

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