ME time

Me Time

I haven’t really been taking very good care of myself lately. Mostly because of the 2 months (no exaggeration) that we were all sick. Whenever I felt better, Logan or Michael would get sick and I’d take care of them, then I’d get sick…it was a vicious cycle that didn’t seem to end. Mix in there lack of sleep and I just haven’t been feeling great lately.

I’m trying to keep up with my workouts (when I’m not sick and trying to recover) because that’s one thing that I can still do for myself to stay healthy.

I had started counting down the days until I had an extra day off from work (weeks ago!) and it was literally a light at the end of the tunnel! I was almost giddy with excitement for a ME DAY.

My long weekend started Thursday night with happy hour with a friend. We met at Gold Dust Meridian, a bar I hadn’t been to in a long time but always liked–and their happy hour goes really late, which is nice!

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Their food is really good and I love that the happy hour goes late. You can get cheap, good food and it’s small portions. We started with the deviled eggs and I got the Fried Brussels Sprouts. They were probably the best sprouts I’ve ever had! I seriously could have eaten three more orders of it!

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Here are the Brussels Sprouts: Grana cheese, calabrian chiles, pine nuts, roasted garlic aioli. SO GOOD! Seriously. We both got the happy hour mac n’ cheese. It was a small serving, which was good, just the right amount. The mac was just ok–I prefer creamy. And we split an order of the bourbon BBQ meatballs (3 small meatballs).

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All of the food was really good and it was so nice to get out and be social after basically being locked up in the house sick for two months! And it was nice to talk to a friend about all the stuff that’s been going on in our country as of late. Just talking about things made me feel a little better.

So anyways, Friday finally came. Not only was it a “me day” but the night before Logan had slept in his crib in the nursery all night by himself with no crying AND he only woke up once in the night!

I decided that I would take Logan to daycare for part of the day so I could do some stuff for myself. And I didn’t feel an ounce of guilt! (Ok, maybe I felt a slight ounce of guilt.)

I dropped Logan off at daycare and my first stop was the salon. I was in desperate need of a haircut. It had been 7+ months since I had one (I usually go every 5-6 months) and my hair has been making me crazy and making me feel frumpy because it’s such a frizzy mess I just put it in a ponytail.

Before:

After:

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She cut off about 5 inches and cleaned up the layers. I am so glad I did it!

Next up: the gym. I did some body weight exercises, free weights and weight machines. Then I did 2.75 miles on the elliptical and called it good.

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After the gym I went home and took an extra long shower and ate lunch.

I was starting to feel the itch to pick up the baby from daycare. I missed him. But I had one more stop I wanted to make before getting him: pedicure! Unfortunately I couldn’t find anyone to go with me so I went by myself with my book and it was kind of glorious to just chill out and relax in the massaging chair while I was being pampered.

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I picked up the munchkin from daycare and we spent the afternoon together cuddling and eating and playing. πŸ™‚ It was a good day and I’m glad I took some time for myself.

Social Butterfly

Ladies Who Do Lunch

 

I’ve been so busy lately. It’s all been good stuff and fun stuff, so that’s in no way a complaint. First,Β I met my friend Star for lunch one day after a swim and we celebrated our birthday together (a month late but oh well). We met at Tao of Tea, one of my favorite tea houses in Portland. The place was packed for a Sunday. I was surprised.

We got a table and ordered our lunches immediately because we were so starved. I ordered the Chana Chaval, which was chickpeas in curry sauce over basmati rice. It was topped with fresh cilantro and sliced tomato chunks. It was so delicious and filling. I loved Indian food. It feels so healthy and I never leave feeling hungry.

I forgot what Star got, but it was bread stuffed with spinach and cauliflower with Dal sauce and yogurt. Look at how tasty her lunch looked:

I got the Pitta Ayervedic tea and we shared some biscotti for dessert.

We exchanged gifts and toasted our mutual birthdays. Star gave me the new line of Mary Kay skin products (she’s a Mary Kay Lady). It was a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and a mask. I’ve tried it a few times now and like it a lot.

 

The Happiest of Hours

One Friday night after a swim, I met up with my cousin Anna for Happy Hour. The original plan was to go to Bunco together but the Bunco night was cancelled (boo). I was disappointed but it actually ended up working out nicely. I went to the pool, skipped my pre-workout snack, and swam my little butt off! It was such a good swim! And I was done just in time to meet Anna at Produce Row. Produce Row is a little cafe down on SE Water right by the train tracks. It’s been AGES since I was at Produce Row! The last time I was there, it was a total dive–not nice at all, with picnic benches inside the restaurant. They’ve since remodeled and it’s a cute, classy, romantic little place with lots of seating, pretty decor in the restaurant, and an enclosed patio for the summer months.

We got happy hour (which lasts til 7!) and started with beers. I got my new favorite beer (discovered in Bend) called Boneyard IPA. I absolutely LOVE this beer and I wish I could find it in bottles so I can enjoy it at home. Boneyard is a strong, hoppy IPA and tastes like grapefruit. My favorite.

We split the happy hour order of nachos:Β nachos cheddar cheese & black bean sauce melted over tortilla chips and topped with chili-spiked sour creamΒ and salsa fresca. These were GOOD nachos! I kinda wanted some more and was kinda sad when we cleaned the plate.


We shared our nachos, slurped our beers and got caught up on all the good, bad and ugly that’s been going on with us lately. It was a nice time. I always feel so much better after my “girl time” with friends. Even though we split the small order of happy hour nachos, I was really full from them and called that dinner.

I’m so glad I’ve been doing better about scheduling FUN into my life. It’s too easy to get bogged down with chores and routines and not take care of “ME” when I really need it!

I’m enjoying the long weekend and a quick update on Maya: she’s finally eating (Sunday). She ate on Friday but on Saturday she seemed to go backwards and refused to eat anything. I was starting to worry about her, but she ate a little bit this morning after much coaxing. She’s been really good about holding still long enough to receive all her medicines–but she’s definitely not having fun being caught twice a day! She’s showing some signs of her normal behavior and personality so that’s a good sign!

QUESTION: Do you take care of YOU? How often do you schedule “YOU” time?