Meeting my website deadline last Friday left me bleary-eyed and exhausted. I was ready for a relaxing, do nothing weekend, wanting to spend days holed up at home in my PJs. But… (of course, there was going to be a BUT!) family plans were made, not all by me, and although I was so tempted to cancel I kept each commitment. Miraculously I ended up having a busy AND relaxing weekend! Years ago I attended a women’s retreat and the life coach leading us taught us the term “BOTH AND.” Having a tendency to see things as “black and white” it was liberating that there’s more than one right solution. Amazingly, I was exhausted AND I had fun!
- Dinner with friends at THEIR house…I was so tired I didn’t think I had the energy to socialize. But, we were treated to lots of laughs, a great meal and we came home to a clean house and not one dish to wash!
- Gardening…yes, it was work but, after I planted in pots and in the ground, I took a step back, took a look and finally getting that project done felt great!
- Soccer…my first game of the season. I was dreading it, mostly anticipating sucking wind and hurting afterwards, but, all my recent conditioning paid off! Our team of mamas, most of us in our 40s, played a team of JV and varsity girls. We lost AND we scored 6 goals (uh-huh…BOTH AND!) Final score: 7 – 6…and I SCORED A GOAL! Not much wind-sucking going on, no injuries and no pain. Just fun! And, dang, scoring a goal felt great!!
- Hosting dinner…even before I washed the mud off my soccer legs I tackled the Barefoot Contessa’ Filet of Beef Bourguignon recipe and massaged some freshly picked sweet kale for my salad. Long story short…hours later, on a beautifully set candle-lit table, I served up a yummy meal! No leftovers, the sauce was sopped up with my latest favorite Pane’ de Lion bread from our local Pane’ d Amore bakery and I ended up serving up one of the best meals I’ve made in a long time. (Try the Barefoot Contessa recipe. Faster than Julia Child’s and so tasty! I had intended to take a picture but, before I could even grab my camera we were all digging in and it was all gone!!! Quick tip: I cooked it with Chianti, I didn’t have pearl onions so I used sliced sweet onions, and, I didn’t have to thicken the sauce with flour. )
Yup, I’m pattin’ my back… gardening, a soccer goal and Beef Bourguignon in one day! Oh, and yeah, that busy work week…it’s been awhile since I worked on a new website. That was kind’ve a big deal for me too. Obviously, I’m pleased with myself. So, pleased I wanted to whip off this quick blog entry and share it! HA! There are days (weeks?) that clean laundry stays in the basket before I even get around to folding it (I’m not joking…ask my hubby…it annoys the heck out of him!) Coming out of YEARS of having chronic fatigue syndrome and anemia…this IS a big deal for me! But, now it’s time to REALLY relax. Hubby’s finishing up the dishes, Nora’s off to bed, and it’s PJ time…FINALLY!!!! 🙂