Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ready for the routine

I only got in 2 workouts last week. A 45 and a 60 minute run outside. I have no idea how far I went either time. The heat and humidity are in full effect in Atlanta already, so I’ve packed the Garmin away for the next few months. I just set a time goal and ran at a comfortable pace.

After being away in Spain for over a week, we finally walked into our house at 10pm last Monday. Then rest of my week was spent catching up on projects at work, returning calls and emails, laundry, and all that sort of stuff. I felt edgy that I didn’t get some more running in, but combined with the jet lag those two runs were about all I could handle.

Then Friday night we were back here again.


Traveling on Easter weekend wasn’t nearly as bad as I was anticipating. We didn’t have trouble getting flights either way. Is Easter more of a stay at home and chill holiday?

Saturday night we attended the wedding of one of Mr. Blondie’s good friends from high school/college. They drifted apart after college and the only contact they’ve had in the past 10 years is through some exchanges on Facebook. It was rather odd we were invited. It was being held at a really swanky place in NY and other buddies he still hangs out with were invited, so we all decided to make it a fun night out.


After cocktail hour, a 4 course meal, and wedding cake, they rolled this out.

2005 called, it wants its chocolate fountain and candy buffet back….


I love these things. It’s one wedding trend that I hope never dies. It was such a night of gluttony. We did a lot of dancing though. Maybe that helped negate a chocolate covered strawberry or two?

Then we woke up early Sunday morning to attend Easter service at my father-in-law’s church (he’s a Lutheran minister). Emily got to play with all her cousins.



As soon as church service was over we hit the road for a 2 hour drive to NJ. My grandma was admitted to the ICU on Friday with pneumonia and some internal bleeding in her GI tract that required blood transfusions. It’s still touch and go. It's times like these when I feel especially awful about not living closer. After visiting hours were over, we turned a back around to Long Island to join my in-laws for Easter dinner.

The state of Georgia still recognizes Confederate Memorial Day (yes, you read that right). It’s the last Monday of April and conveniently coincided with Easter weekend this year. A weird holiday, but I’ll gladly accept a paid day off if you want to give it to me. It helped that we were able to come back on Monday instead of rushing back Sunday night. However, we wanted to get back to Atlanta as soon as possible to get more stuff done around the house, so we were still up at the crack of dawn to catch the 7am flight out of LaGuardia.

Yesterday consisted of grocery shopping (did awesome with coupons again , woohoo!), laundry and even a run.

I’m such a creature of habit. After the past couple weeks, I’m so ready to get back to a regular routine again. I’m totally craving a week of consistent running, eating salads, and going to bed early. You know you’ve been living a little too much of la vida loca when that happens :)

What’s your favorite way to de-stress after a hectic week?

14 comments:

  1. Even though you live far from your family, it's nice that you were able to go back for Easter weekend. My husband came back from training for the weekend, and I have to say I wonder about non revving on Easter weekend too. There were something like 50 open seats on the flight he took back to LAS. (I also said that maybe people feel guilty about flying into Sin City on Easter day, but who knows why there were so many seats?!) (:

    I think everyone has a little 'creature of habit' inside of them, because I am always wanting some routine in life... even though I have about zero of it right now. I think that you hit the nail on the head with some of your cravings for salads and going to bed early after being busy. After a hectic week, I like to stay home, maybe relax by reading a good book, and get to sleep early if I can.

    I hope you have a great week full of running, salads, and early bedtimes. (:

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  2. I've been eating salad for lunch every day since our camping trip the weekend before last. Eating was that bad on the trip, but I felt like I needed a detox from all the alcohol. =/

    I don't know if Easter is a big holiday for traveling. I wouldn't think so, but what do I know? All my family lives in the same state for the most part.

    Glad you had a nice trip. I'm sorry to hear about your Grandma, I hope she recovers quickly!

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  3. I didn't know yesterday was a holiday here! Not fair, I never got that off:( glad you had a great long weekend!

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  4. You have been all over the place and so busy!! I would be ready for normal routines too. Plus, I think getting in those 2 runs is awesome. Even in the heat/humidity I bet you covered a great distance/pace. :)

    Love that picture of you in the dress with the blue/purple on top. Your shoulders are rocking in it!

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  5. Haha, want to know something funny?? I OWN a chocolate fountain! We got it as a wedding present. It's probably only been used about 3 times. It kind of requires a lot of effort... :)

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  6. Sometimes you really do need to get back to "normal life!"

    I love being on vacation but eventually things like eating out too much start messing with my stomach....

    Glad you got to see so much of your family, but sorry your gram isn't doing well. Hope things get better for her.

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  7. I am "SUCH" a creature of habit and home body. It doesn't take very long to really miss my boring slow paced life. I also need my routine to keep my daily diet in check. Doesn't take much to knock me off the wagon.

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  8. My favorite way to de stress is to not make ANY plans - then I can control what I do, eat, etc...

    Looks like you guys had a great trip to Spain though so it was totally worth it! We're going in September!

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  9. I went home to NJ last weekend too! I'm kind of jealous of your odd state holiday, I had to hop on my plane back to Indiana before Easter dinner on Sunday, which was kind of a drag.

    Our last month has also been a whirlwind of travel and Mt. Laundry is overtaking my laundry room. Time for me to hunker down and get caught up at home!

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  10. I'm a few hours south in Jacksonville & summer is already in full swing here. I usually sequester myself to the treadmill, but your time-only runs are intriguing... I may have to give that a shot one of these evenings!

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  11. So glad I found your blog! I'm on a "peach"ish rd all too often (;

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  12. Devon- I'm finally coming to the realization the beating the hell out of myself in the heat isn't just isn't worth it. Focusing on getting in "time on my feet" is going to be my approach this year. Great time to basebuild and not worry about speed.

    Brit- I didn't realize you were from Jersey too! What part?

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  13. Devon- I'm finally coming to the realization the beating the hell out of myself in the heat isn't just isn't worth it. Focusing on getting in "time on my feet" is going to be my approach this year. Great time to basebuild and not worry about speed.

    Brit- I didn't realize you were from Jersey too! What part?

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  14. So glad I found your blog! I'm on a "peach"ish rd all too often (;

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