After I peeled myself out of bed and into the kitchen for breakfast, I made my way to the gym for a light workout. Surprisingly the gym was quite busy for a Tuesday mid-morning. The second my iPod was in sync with my movement I began to daydream about those around me. I wondered if the runners beside me had a stressful work life, or if they were enjoying a 'staycation' day too. Where they happy? Sad? Were they counting burned calories or simply daydreaming on the treadmill like I was? Then I thought of my own life and how happy I am to feel my inner passions and dreams burning bright; how balanced I finally feel to be aware of my own breath. As I laid down on the mat to stretch I let out a sigh; a sigh of relief, gratitude, and happiness. The rain had stopped and I was at the gym, on a Tuesday, with nothing to do but whatever I wanted in the world.
Later in the afternoon Nadine and I finally went to see Eat Pray Love. I have yet to read the book, but Nadine thinks I'll enjoy it (she is currently reading the India chapter). Dressed in casual, yet acceptable-in-public, pajamas I picked Nadine up for our 4:00 p.m. movie. She too was sporting comfy attire, which is the only way to fully enjoy an afternoon movie in my opinion. Naturally we came armed with fresh fruit and even stopped at DavidsTea for two banana bread teas to-go. Delicious and warm.
During the movie I teared-up on more than one occasion. My heart murmured for what's to come and my soul yearned for Australia.
"Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions."
"People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.
I look forward to cracking open the book. It's been propped on my bookshelf for the entire summer, accumulating dust no doubt.
Driving home I turned to Nadine and said "Gee, I haven't blogged in a while...I've been meaning to, but it just hasn't happened." She replied with "Ya, it's like working out...miss a week and then, oy".
Once I got home I knew it was time to cook, blog and be merry. My dinner turned out to be an incredibly tasty experiment. I decided on some light buckwheat noodles with steamed kale, avocado, red pepper, and basil.
Steamed Kale & Buckwheat Noodles
Ingredients & quick directions
- Buckwheat noodles
- 1 cup steamed or lightly cooked kale
- 1/2 steamed or lightly cooked red pepper
- 1/2 avocado, cut into cubes
- 3-6 basil leaves, for garnish
- 1 tsp cumin, sprinkled on top
- 1 tsp olive oil, for kale and pepper
- 1-2 tsp balsamic vinegar, drizzled on top
- pepper to taste
Back in bed, but not yet under the covers, I let out another sigh of relief, gratitude and happiness. Tomorrow I'm back at the office, but I'll be shiny and warm from my staycation...and it's hump day.
Wipe down the window feel
rush of air around my face,
Breathe in and back,
we're warm feel the outside going in,
Look at the trees in the dark bending
like a bony finger,
Cry for the face on a little moon by the tree,
Shiny and Warm,
Shiny and Warm,
Head in the storm,
Gona drive that home to you,
- Goldfrapp, Shiny & Warm