Yesterday, while everyone was hanging out with friends and family and stuffing themselves with turkey and pie, I took a day off – it was exactly what I needed.
I started my day with a sleep in, waking up at 9:30. Plenty of time to catch the 11 am yoga class at the gym, if it wasn’t cancelled. What I hadn’t factored in was that the time could change, so when I called at 9:45 to make sure the class was still on, I discovered it had started at 9:15. Bummer. So instead of heading off to yoga, I did what I never get to do – I read the paper, the morning it was delivered! This is big because my husband usually wakes up and leaves the house around 5 am every morning and TAKES THE PAPER WITH HIM. So I often get the paper at night or days later (depending on when he brings it in from the car), usually after I’ve read most things online anyway.
After the paper, I chatted with my husband on the phone while making some green tea and oatmeal (I cheated and used Trader Joe’s instant cinnamon and spice – sooo good). Then the texts and phone calls started from friends and family. My sister, Jennifer, got me motivated to start my Christmas shopping and in a few hours I had presents for my sister Jennifer and her husband, Dave, my nephew Jack and my Dad all ordered and shipped – thank you Macy’s and Amazon! I also picked up a few small things for my husband and one of his daughters. Tomorrow I plan to get more serious and dive into Black Friday downtown – Nordstrom, Macy’s and Barnes and Noble are on my list. Pike Place Market will be heaven for stocking stuffers, but for edibles, I’m waiting til a day or two before.
I started getting hungry around 1:30 and decided to try out a Shape Magazine recipe I had been eyeing – corn chowder for only 178 cal a cup. Per my sister’s request I videotaped the experience with my Vado HD. The soup, however, was a serious disappointment, so I won’t waste your time with video. Thin and watery does not a chowder make. Maybe it will thicken in the fridge and upon reheating? Doubtful, but I’ll try that before I throw it out. Bottom line: chowder is not supposed to be low-fat.
As yoga hadn’t happened, a workout was in order – I spent 45 minutes on the treadmill while gaining inspiration from the fantastic shape Angelina Jolie is in, in Tomb Raider.
Afterwards, it was nearing dinner so I tried out a recipe for Butternut Gruyère pasta – it turned out pretty well, but at 2 hours to make, it’s quite a commitment. The pasta, coupled with Murphy-Goode’s Fume, was my Thanksgiving entree. Followed by a truly guilty and embarrassing indulgence, Ocean Spray’s cranberry sauce (not the whole berry, the molded kind) – this has been a Thanksgiving staple in my family for years as has the running joke about how long it took us to mold it just so. I had the pumpkin spice bars I made Weds night for dessert. All in all a satisfying meal with a few less calories than the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
I followed dinner, with a favorite movie, The Mummy. You may be thinking – The Mummy? Seriously? All I can say is men take note, Brendan Fraser’s character in The Mummy (1 and 2 only, 3 was a disaster) is the ideal man. Strong, courageous, smart enough, and super supportive of his uber-smart woman. If you follow his lead, you will go far.
After The Mummy, a long hot bath and then bed.
What did I learn on my day away from the holidays? When you think you need R&R, take it. Also, it is next to impossible to be “alone” on a holiday. I spent 40% of my day fielding texts and calls from friends and family. And you know what, that’s not a bad thing 🙂