2.22.09 busy bee

The last few days have been a bit of a whirlwind, in the best sense of the word.
  • On Thursday I made a mid-week trek to Pittsburgh for a kidnap. Met KL, DH, SH, and AF in the old neighborhood, and stayed at a hotel that was within walking distance of my old apartment. (It was freezing, so there was actually very little walking done!) Had coffee with my fav teaching friend SS, and marveled at her once-feral-now-polished son, who talked about making pillows and video games. Went to the greek restaurant near my old house and ordered Surley Temples. (like Shirley Temples, but definitely for adults) Had a great Italian dinner. Went to the old dive bar, and stuck out like waspy, middle-aged thumbs. Ow. Add some late night pizza to the mix, and you have a night that was both rejuvenating and exhausting, filled with laughter and memories...enough to sustain us all a little while.
  • Friday started slowly (see last bullet point), with breakfast at my favorite diner. I'll post pictures of the food, because you'll not only be jealous of my breakfast, but you'll be ashamed at how little of it I was able to eat. Or maybe I'll be the ashamed one and you'll just be wishing for my leftovers...Anyway, from there I drove north to Mom's house, and was immediately molested by her 3 large dogs. After some puppy love and a much-needed nap, I made dinner for my Mom, Brother, Niece and Nephew. It was a great evening - lots of laughter, silly jokes, hugs. It still feels weird that Dad's not there, but it was really comforting to cook in "his" kitchen.
  • Saturday morning I drove back to DC, as Pittsburgh was supposed to get snow. (I wonder if they actually did...must check weather report. Or call Mom.) Got back just in time to teach some voice lessons, and then headed home for some puppy love of a homegrown sort! Later that evening, we headed to the club near the house and took in a concert. I've heard this singer at a few songwriter roundtables, and like his stuff...universal themes, accessible melodies...great stuff. Plus the club is owned by him and his siblings, so his brother was bartending, dad was bussing tables. I'm a big fan of family businesses, and I adore that this is a great example of one - a comfortable place, open to all ages (i saw the coolest 9 or 10 year old, rocking a skeleton t-shirt and drinking a root-beer float. she's my idol.) with a real sense of community. I can't say enough good things about the singer or the club!
  • And today...since I haven't been to the gym for what seems like years and have had more to eat and drink over the last few days than I have for eons, I'm meeting my trainer at noon for a workout. And, because of that, I'm doing laundry so I don't have to work out naked. (Ew.) I've been stiff and sore, and my body is obviously craving some serious motion - which is good progress! When I started trying to be more conscientious with working out and eating well, I knew it would be a process...while this week has been a bit of a setback, I'm anxious to get back to it. It's still all about baby steps...the scale isn't really budging, and I'm not denying myself too much, but it feels good to want to be good. And I can't tell you how helpful it is to have someone to be accountable to: my trainer LG is gentle, positive, non-judgmental, and inspiring. And just meeting with someone to talk about health, having a resource for questions and who creates challenging workouts is fabulous.
Ok, laundry to do, a dog to walk... gotta get moving - have a great week!

My five:
  1. Singing in the car.
  2. Seeing old friends.
  3. Live music.
  4. Puppies. (Should I get another one? I'm tempted...)
  5. Family.


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