Actual photo of me.
Happy HUMP DAY! I love when weeks start on Tuesday, and we make it half way though in the blink of an eye. I slept so poorly last night. I don't know why, but I couldn't get my temperature right, and couldn't stop my mind from racing. I wasn't even stressed--just couldn't "turn off". I hate that. I finally gave up at 3:15am and grabbed my phone.
Accountability: I forgot to eat my egg for breakfast before I left the house, I had a small handful of potato chips at an afternoon meeting, and I SWEAR I went to the gym, but got there to find I hadn't packed a shirt, lol. The I skipped dinner because I was too lazy to move once I hit the couch. Also, I left my work water bottle and didn't drink anything but my coffee...
So to sum up: no sleep, not enough food, succumbed to snacks, not enough water, and no gym. Self care = still at toddler level. Oy.
QOTD: Do/Did you play an instrument? I faked my way through the clarinet for a few years as a kid but hated it and never got good at all. As an adult I learned to play the keyboard a little on my own by watching videos, but I can only manage a basic tune.
Exercise: Nothing formal, but I am officially walking 3+ miles every day without fail by skipping the bus. It's my favorite part of the day!
It's mid week and on Sat I'll be back on a plane US bound. Why is it that weeks crawl by when you are working but zip by when you are having fun?
It's been so good for my soul to hang out with my family. There were no extra plans for when I'm here so I'm just part of their day to day life and this is exactly what I had missed. When I come here with my husband and kids there are always a flurry of activities planned, but this time it was just me taking a peek at what life is all about.
My mom finally made me my all time favorite di****'s comparable to your comfort food Mac & cheese. Since I was a kid I loved her cauliflower soufflé; for me that smell and taste is home and childhood memories. It's practically a cauliflower head, besciamelle made at home (not store bought - oh the travesty) and tons of cheese. See? I was eating cauliflower before cauliflower was trendy!
QOTD: I played piano for 2-3 years but hated it and begged my parents not to send me any more. I still remember the French teacher that would hit me on the fingers with a ruler.
I know it's not pic day but I'm really excited to share these with you, so bear with me. Last Sun we went antic shopping. The 4-5 little towns near by rotate the location of the antic market every Sunday. Driving to the location I saw this street (via), I'm sure in the past I have driven through these vias without giving them a thought. But now with more Americanized eyes I was oohing and aahing over the trees and the narrow via that two cars go by without even slowing down.
I have tried to keep up with some modicum of exercise. We are walking a lot but not to the point I feel like exercise. So I try to sneak in 2-3 times a week a 10K early in the morning while the queen mum is asleep. Lo and behold my view during my morning walks.
I'll be back on Mon posting regularly. Until then un abbraccio!
SW:261 6/26/17 GW:150 10/6/18
Ahhh thank you for sharing these beautiful pics! It looks like the type of place that takes your breath away. I'm so glad you are having a relaxing and rejuvenating time with your family :)
Great pictures, Sheila! Was that an Alfa Romeo that you were driving last week?
Jim Age 53 Height 6 Feet Consult Weight 344 SW 289 Pre-Surgery -55, M1 -25, M2 -16, M3 -21, M4 -10, M5 -5, M6 -1, M7 -4, M8 0, M9 +4, M10 -4
World Class Fitness in 100 Words: Eat meats and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, Clean, Squat, Presses, Clean & Jerk, and Snatch, Similarly master the basics of gymnastics: Pull-ups, Dips, Rope Climb, Push-ups, Sit-ups, Presses to Handstands, Pirouettes, Flips, Splits and Holds. Bike, Run, Swim, Row, etc. hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.
WOW, those pictures are magical, Sheila! What a great trip you are having.
I totally hear you on the "hanging out doing real-life" things. Kris's parents and sister come for a week every Christmas. I used to try to plan a zillion things but I realized they just like to wake up, drink coffee, hang out and chat, and do regular things. It's really fun for them to just be part of our normal activities. We still do bowling one day or an escape room, or go downtown, but we spend a lot of time at the house too, which they love :)
Have a great time and sending you a big abbraccio as well!