"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence
Hola Amigos!! My trip to Israel is in less than a week! This is crazy to me, being as I’ve been planning this trip for almost a year, and suddenly, it’s go time! The weekends of the past month or so have been full and fun, but a chance to wind down before winding up (again) for Tel Aviv was in order. So J, Cobalt, and I worked on refining our relaxation skills. A few tips that worked for us this weekend:
1. Work/Play hard, rest harder.
Take a lesson from the puppy dog.Have you ever seen a puppy on crank? Me neither. But Cobalt is on his own puppy schedule right now and vacillates between acting like he’s on a caffeine/acid trip and passing out on the carpet (the rigors of growing 2 lbs per week, no doubt). J and I opted to try it out and I think it works well (the schedule, not the acid)! This weekend we had some errands to run so did it all at once and in a hurry to get it out of the way, then time to relax. Kitchen to clean? Sure! Dishes, sweep, mop, wash, then time to chill. Something about this flurry of energy, getting chores done, and then being free to enjoying a bit of catatonia worked really well for me.
2. Eat delicious food.
On Saturday morning I cooked up a Cajun scramble for breakfast. And for dinner I made up some super yummy lamb in a white wine sauce, mushroom and spinach risotto, and roasted asparagus. Sunday breakfast was all the good stuff: bacon, eggs, and home fries. The afternoon was for football eats so J made us some cheesy, bacon-wrapped jalapenos and I whipped up a 5 layer bean dip. And dinner was a scrumptious stuffed steak dish. All relatively healthy, especially if you’re taking the puppy on regular runs, and so very tasty.
3. Sunday afternoon walks are the best.
We took Cobalt out to the park for a wander. Walking hand-in-hand with J was rejuvenating. The sun peeked out from autumn clouds, the trees were showing off their best colors, and the river was brimming with recent rain. Cobalt got a burst of energy and had fun dragging J through the overgrown brush by the river. And then we sprinted home to wear ourselves out completely.
4. Nap often.
I fell asleep watching football after our walk. Apparently I was snoring AND drooling on J’s chest. And here I thought the dog would be the drooly one. J wasn’t mad but he laughed at me for a long time. But that’s beside the point. Naps are awesome on weekends!
5. Laugh most.
This weekend was a blast! A chance to spend with my wonderful guy and sweet pup. We laughed at each other, at ourselves. I salsa danced my way around the kitchen, making dinner. J scared the living daylights out of me during football. We pointed and laughed at the ridiculous and hilarious touch down dances each player makes. We teased each other incessantly. It was a weekend of hilarity and such good memories. Nothing reinvigorates my soul quite as much as a good and restful time with the ones I love.
So how did you relax this weekend?
And if you were off on a crazy adventure instead, what did you do?