I’m not quite sure what it was about 2010, but clearly I have not been able to recreate whatever it was that prompted me to write every day about something that made me happy. In fact, I haven’t been able to write every day about anything since then.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t think about writing happy thoughts every day, and it is, of course, the thought that counts, right?
Regardless, I’ve had a lot to be thankful for this week. It’s my spring break, and for once, I decided not to do anything. I decided to engage in a staycation. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the term, it’s a vacation where you stay at home. It has been an amazing week, and I decided a couple of days ago that my brief comeback to the blogosphere would detail exactly what made this week one of my favorites in recent memory.
Monday: Ladies of Leisure
One of the best parts of being on vacation is waking up without the help of an alarm. That’s exactly what I did today. At 11am, I went to the gym and worked out with my trainer. After that, I got an hour-long massage, and then met up with my friend Meghan for a late lunch. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the lifestyle I was meant to lead. Unfortunately, I did not win the MegaMillions, so it’s going to be a while before I can fully become a true lady of leisure. Additionally, I decided this week to cook one new recipe a week. Today it was shrimp paella. While delicious (and a recipe I will totally make again), I should have fully read the instructions before I started cooking. Cook time: two hours. I didn’t eat dinner until after 9pm. Totally worth it.
Tuesday: Pre-Trivia Bar Crawl
New recipe of the day: veggie scramble. Throw asparagus and mushrooms into a coffee mug. Add egg and a tablespoon of milk, microwave, and BAM: breakfast. After a run, I met up with the trivia team, mainly comprised of fellow teachers, for a Shirlington bar crawl, pre-trivia. We hit Busboys and Poets, where we sat out in the sunshine and decided that yes, a leisurely life is the way to go. Then, we played darts at Bungalow, and I’m still pretty terrible at the game, despite the fact that I throw darts with some pretty severe aggression. I don’t mean to, it’s just how I throw. After Bungalow, we headed to Guapos for some deadly 27oz. margaritas. Finally, we made it to trivia, almost all of us slightly intoxicated. You would think this would have a detrimental effect on the outcome of the round, but no. The alcohol, which at this point included a beer and a few shots, only increased our mental acuity, and we won.
Wednesday: First Recipe Fail
First thing’s first: going to the grocery store in the middle of the day is heavenly. No one is there, there are no lines at checkout, and the shelves are all fully stocked. As if I didn’t ALREADY love the grocery store.
Anyway, I had been wavering all day as to whether or not I should cook bacon ranch chicken or lasagna in the slow-cooker as my recipe for the day. I went with the bacon ranch chicken, and it was a bit of a failure. The chicken got overcooked, and it was pretty bland. I also experimented with shirataki noodles, which are essentially fake noodles made of tofu. I forgot to pat them dry after cooking, which made the bacon ranch chicken sauce a little soupier than it should have been, but other than that, they tasted kinda like overcooked ramen. And for zero points (yes, zero points pasta), I’m willing to give them another whirl. But not the chicken. I actually dumped the leftovers this morning because I know I’m not going to eat them. And I never dump leftovers.
Thursday: Lazy Day and a Midnight Showing
I did something today that I absolutely love doing: I watched an entire British television series in one sitting. They’re only six episodes, so it’s okay. I watched “Jekyll,” a modern version of Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde. It was pretty decent, but how could it NOT be considering the fact that it was written by Steven Moffat?
After spending all day in bed watching TV, I had energy in reserves for a midnight showing of American Reunion. Definitely worth seeing, even at midnight. For those of us who were actually IN the class of ’99, it was a throwback to simpler times…or at least a movie about old people kickin’ it old school. Hilarious.
Friday: Epic Naps and Even More Epic Cooking
Today is the day. I have wanted to make slow-cooker lasagna ever since I started collecting recipes, and I finally found the time in which to do it. I started cooking around 12:30, and everything was in the crock pot and ready to go by 1pm. After that, I went to the grocery store, bought some produce, and came home in time for an epic two and a half hour nap. Woke up just in time for Body Pump, and had to wait another hour and a half to try my latest experiment.
It was worth. The. Wait. I am loving this whole “cooking” thing, I just wish I had time to do it every day. Staycations can be such a tease. My only complaint was that it was a little salty, but I stupidly switched ground oregano for dried oregano, but it was all I had. Despite this minor flub, I am just pleased as punch with this latest experiment, which led me into my second culinary experiment of the day: chocolate and peanut butter filled crescent rolls. I had to do two recipes today since I didn’t cook anything new today. Decadently delicious. I found the recipe on Pinterest (a new addiction for those with lots of leisure time on their hands), and it said to cook the delights 10-11 minutes, but I suggest 17.
And now we’re back to the weekend. I keep forgetting it’s Saturday and no one is working. After such a glorious staycation, I’m not exactly chomping at the bit to go back to work, but it’s time. I almost cried twice watching Kathie Lee and Hoda on Thursday, which tells me I either need to go back to work, or run the risk of becoming one of THOSE women.
And no, I’m not sure what I mean by that.