Five Things Friday: My Week
I’m glad you all related so much to last week’s Five Things Friday post about aspects of life that have REALLY been making me feel adult-like lately. Those reminders have continued throughout this week, and I also want to give an update on how I’ve been doing since my particularly overwhelming weekend. Then I got to thinking – there are five days in a work week, and it’s Five Things Friday. So I’m going to share how each day of my week went/has been going, in an effort to catch you up on all the things.
I knew all I wanted to do Monday was go to work, go to spin class, and stay in watching the Emmys. One of those things didn’t happen – spin class. Did I not feel well? Did I not have time? No, I just didn’t want to go. I got out of work late and the class was halfway over. I could’ve made it to half the class or gone to the gym to do my own workout, but I was starving. I was exhausted. So i went home, heated up the casserole I’d prepared the night before, popped a bottle of Prosecco (which I ended up not drinking half of and pouring out #singlegirlproblems), and watched approximately 20% of the Emmys. And then I went to bed, because it was absolutely necessary.
Following up the decision to take a spontaneous rest day with watching a bunch of trim and toned celebrities strut their stuff may not have made me feel that awesome about myself, but I probably felt better than I would have if I’d made myself work out and not sat down to dinner til 8:30PM. Seeing as that’s when I ended up getting in bed.
8:30PM bedtime = early run wakeup call. And I actually felt good for it! I mentioned that I’ve been aiming to get in a 10K run for half marathon training, and am proud to say that I did just that. My goal pace was about a 10 minute mile and I hit it right on the nose. So I felt great all day Tuesday and was up for friend time after work, since I had so much of the afternoon available to me (perks of early morning workout, but that still won’t make me start working out early on a regular basis).
First I met up with my former neighbor from CT, Leigh, at City Table. I hadn’t been to since my dad and I took a father-daughter trip to Boston before living here was ever on my radar. Oh how times have changed – or not, because I ordered the EXACT same drink as I did in December 2012. The photo above is recycled! I also had a tasty scallops entree complete with asparagus & corn hash and probably the best bacon I’ve ever had.
We finished dinner and it was still barely 7PM, so I headed to Southie to meet up with Molly for trivia at The Junction. Not my typical scene, but definitely fun. The first question was super easy…and followed up by tons of impossible questions. Oh well, I’ve never been good at trivia and at least I didn’t cheat this time around. I splurged on an Uber home but it was worth it to me to spend that money so that I could still be in bed early.
After being out the night before, all I wanted to do Wednesday evening was stay in and get cozy. I spent all day at work dreaming of it! But first I went to the gym after work to try out the Total Body Conditioning class without my fave instructor Corrie (she moved to NYC). The class was really good, but the instructor was just a sub, and there’s still no permanent replacement. Still the workout was just what I craved and made coming home to rest even MORE satisfying. I watched the latest episode of The Leftovers (my favorite yet) and dove into the second half of the Sweet Potato Black Bean Casserole I’d made on Monday. Honestly it just hadn’t tasted great to me (not the fault of its creator Kim – I definitely didn’t use enough cheese and also didn’t use any chili powder, cilantro, or cinnamon because I didn’t have any of those ingredients and was too cheap to buy them). But then I remembered something I had tucked away…
Eureka! I heated this bad boy up, added it to the casserole, and all was well. Good thing I had no chips in my apartment at the time or they may have gone for a dunk or twenty into the leftovers. I totally recommend this queso – but I’ve never met a Pacific Foods product I didn’t love.
Thursday was a good day at work and I literally ran to plans afterward. I had a second lady date with the hilarious Emily and arranged for us to meet somewhere about 5 miles from my apartment – Warehouse. Because what better motivation is there than cocktails?
Despite the name and sports-bar-like marketing, Warehouse is actually a trendy-ish Financial District happy hour spot full of beautiful men in work clothes and pretty girls in designer dresses. DULY NOTED by the girl in running shorts and a pit-stained t-shirt. Despite at first feeling awkward because of my out-of-place appearance, I had a lovely evening. Emily arrived and distracted me with her adorable-ness as usual and we shared some damn good buffalo fried Brussels sprouts! I couldn’t figure out what I wanted for a meal so I ended up just having a kale Caesar with a crab cake. One of those times when the spiciness of the app kinda killed my craving for anything else. I took the T home and was in bed plenty early.
The last few Fridays I have woken up and felt exhausted and/or dehydrated. Not so this week! I woke up ready to hit the gym and do cardio – not something I’m typically up for on a Friday morning. I did 30 minutes of intervals on the stairs and some abs. My legs definitely are a bit sore from Wednesday’s class and last night’s run, so that’s all for me today.
I’m driving back to CT tonight (when am I not?) for a very exciting Labor Day weekend – the theme being KAITLIN‘S WEDDING! Tomorrow are the rehearsal activities and Sunday evening is the big event. I’m bringing Maria as my +1 which will be so fun, and I’m doing a reading during the wedding, something I’m so honored and humbled by. I certainly never imagined I’d do a reading during the wedding of a friend I met online, but that’s 2014 for you, people! I can’t wait to dance the night away afterwards and celebrate – and the wine of the wedding is of course by 90+ Cellars!
What will you be up to this Labor Day weekend?
What was the highlight of your week?