Whenever I visit Mindi and Tom, I come back with a list of recommendations or new tidbits. Like, Mindi uses a little bit of mayo on her grilled sandwiches instead of butter because it’s easier to spread and makes for a crispier crust. Who knew? Now I love it.
Last night I curled up with Merlin and read more of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls, which Mindi just read and passed on to me. I’m only about ten pages in because I’ve been falling asleep as soon I as I get into comfy-time-to-read mode.
My morning started off with tea, Skyping with a friend from Japan, and an episode of Portlandia. Mindi and Tom are letting me share their Netflix – which I can now get Stateside – and it’s awesome. Of course, they told me to watch Orange Is The New Black. I know. I’m going to get on it.
On my lunch hour, I went ice skating with my supervisor. I found these skates a few years ago on campus; someone had thrown them away. Lucky me, MY SIZE! I’ve only been ice skating a few times in my life, but it’s just so much fun. Some coworkers and I are going to try to make it a weekly thing.
*I skated for about 45 minutes and I kept thinking these steps said “the future is awesome” so I stopped to take a picture.
And I got my Amazon package today! Mindi and Tom raved about their Fitbit zips last weekend, which is a pedometer that you can sync to your phone through an app and follow friends. I’ve been pretty sedentary lately – missing all the biking and walking and standing at work I did in Japan.
I also bought an Ashtanga yoga DVD since classes here are incredible (I went to an amazing Ashtanga class on Monday) but pricey. I’m trying to save some money this year, while fitting in some US travel.
Lastly, I have NOT felt like cooking at all since I have been home. N.O.T.H.I.N.G. I subsisted on my mom’s cooking for a few weeks, and now it’s peanut butter sandwiches. It’s weird. While I was waiting for my car to get inspected on Monday, I hung out in the bookstore. This cookbook. It’s too gorgeous. Everything is beautiful – from the healthy food to the soft lighting in the photographs to Gwyneth’s outfits of layered denim shirts and chunky silver jewelry. Total inspiration. I am getting sick of using my computer for everything – reading, news, work, television, etc – that I had to have this cookbook. Plus, it’s half-price on Amazon. Hoping for some in the kitchen motivation! If that fails, I’ll have outfit ideas.