It’s Been A While

It has been waaaaaay too long since I last posted here.  If you stopped by at some point in the past few months, I greatly appreciate it.  If this is your first time here, then welcome.  I hope you enjoy your stay.  Thank you, Fitters, for allowing me to come back with open arms.

I figured I’d start with where I’ve been since it hasn’t been here, hanging out with all of you.  Even though the week is Sunday to Saturday, to me the week begins on Monday.  Monday is the start of the workweek after all.  So, Mondays.  And Tuesdays.  And Wednesdays.  And Thursdays.  And Fridays.  I sit here for five straight days from roughly 9 in the morning until 5:30-6 in the evening, sometimes later; in other words, I spend more time here than I do in my bed:

office

I took this picture as I was leaving work the other day, hence the darkness outside of the window and the missing Surface tablet (that’s the empty dock on the right of the monitor).  See that painting on the wall?  I did that at this new place in my town called Muse Paintbar.  More on Muse and my paintings in a future post.  (Don’t worry…I started the draft for that post while working on this one, which means my next post won’t be months away.)

Alright.  We’ve got the desk I’m at all day Monday through Friday and the painting class I take about once a month for a creative outlet.  Hint: look for the classes that have a complimentary drink.  The few sips of wine take the edge off of make stepping out of your comfort zone for a few hours.

Wait!  My views!  On cloudy days, I see:

office view

But sometimes the sunset (I face east so I see the reflection) is spectacular:

office view 2

Please pardon the glare/reflection from the window but those colors!

I digress.  Most nights after work (most being 3 weeknights) I can be found WODing at my local CrossFit box.  When I first started WODing in January 2013, I attended classes two weeknights plus Saturdays when I had a one-on-one session with Trainer J.  Exactly a year later (I checked my Google Calendar) I added a third weeknight.  Back in October I changed my membership to the unlimited and added a Saturday morning class.  And I still train with Trainer J on Saturdays.  Phew, I’m tired just thinking about all of that working out.

Monday through Friday day time I’m at work.  In the evenings I’m at a paint night or the box.  Once every few weeks I see M in NYC at night, either for a session in her office or out for a casual dinner.  With Restaurant Week coming up (January 18 – February 5), we’ll be having a dinner at a participating restaurant.  On the fifth weeknight, you can find me crawling into bed early to have a snugglefest with Finn:

Finn (2)

We have Saturday mornings and early afternoons taken care of.  Saturday nights can vary.  Sometimes I go out to dinner with B or attend special functions where I meet my favorite chef:

Perilla

Gasp!  A rare picture of me.  You may recognize Kenji Lopez- Alt (second from left) and Chef Harold Dieterle (far right).

One Saturday night each month, I meet up with the girls from Book Club.  It’s the rare Saturday night that I get to lay in bed with Finn and catch up on my DVR (Quantico, I will watch you!).

Oh my goodness, I’m getting tired just writing about my day-to-day and I haven’t even reached Sunday yet.  No wonder I’m wiped out.

Sunday.  One thing you probably don’t know about me is I play the piano.  I’ve been playing for over 25 years, having started in August 1990, one month before I started kindergarten.  I began playing on a Kimball upright piano.  I now have a Steinway Model A grand piano from the 1950s.  I stopped taking lessons when I moved into Manhattan for grad school (I went to NYU) and didn’t pick them up when I moved home.  My sister started taking lessons a few months ago with my old piano teacher and when my father offered to pay for mine, I couldn’t refuse.  My sister and I take back-to-back lessons on Sunday mornings.  (In the next few weeks, my piano teacher and I will be recording a duet.  Check back here for the link.)  I then spend the rest of my Sunday cooking my breakfast and lunch for the week.  In no particular order, I’ve made:

Baked eggs in spaghetti squash

Baked Eggs with Spaghetti Squash from Primal Palate‘s Make it Paleo II (I receive nothing in return if you purchase this book through this link)

Too Much

Back to front: roasted sweet potatoes, Shaina’s famous blondies, Cappello’s fettuccine with a cauliflower, hazelnut, sage sauce (in which I used homemade beef bone broth in lieu of veggie stock and flavored with black truffle salt), lamb chili (I used lamb in lieu of beef, homemade beef bone broth, and spaghetti squash instead of butternut squash)

Veal Marsala

Veal marsala

Sweet potato hash browns with baked eggs

Sweet potato hash brown nested eggs from Primal Palate’s Make It Paleo II (I omitted the bacon for obvious reasons)

Somewhere amid all of that, I find time to walk Finn approximately 2 miles every day and take her to the dog park at least once a week.  And I tutor.  Oy.

On that note, dear Fitters, this post is my holiday present to you.  Wishing you a merry everything and happy always and all the best now and your many morrows.

Tell me, what does your weekly schedule usually consist of?  Any good recipes you suggest I try?

Until next time…

Author’s note: All food above is paleo and uses kosher ingredients. Clicking on any link does not benefit me in anyway.  I receive zero compensation for links I provide; they are there for your convenience.

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