We spent over six hours at the pool yesterday for the Kaua’i swim finals. Six hours. In the sun. We got to the pool at 8:00 a.m. and left at 2:30 p.m. I was thankfully under an umbrella most of the time, and wearing a LOT of sunscreen, so didn’t get burned, but it was still hot, hot, hot. The meet ended on a high note too: the girls’ team won the championship by 47 points! And now it’s on to track & field . . . .
Today is the final day of what has been a very good month, and a good start to my “one month at a time” plan for the year. I’m more than ready to get going on February. Continuing on with eating vegan is a no-brainer because I’ve enjoyed it this past month and I feel great. This month’s “goal” is to try at least three new vegan recipes, ones I think the whole family will enjoy. I’m also going to keep on with the daily bike riding as well, 15 minutes twice a day, but will give myself a little more resistance on the bike starting tomorrow, to kick things up a notch.
Otherwise, this afternoon I am:
- Reading: I’m a little over half way through Dennis Lehane’s The Given Day and it’s a terrific book, a genuine page-turner. I’m already looking forward to the next two books of the series.
- Listening to: There’s a gentle rain falling this morning, and Brett and the girls are reading, so it’s very, very quiet around here. I can still hear some birds singing, but that’s it. The rain is appreciated – we’ve had a very dry winter here.
- Watching: We’re of course watching Downton Abbey and Mercy Street tonight. Brett and I have been watching Making A Murderer on Netflix. It’s been an extremely intriguing show and has given us lots to talk about, but I have felt from the start that the filmmakers have an agenda (because all documentaries have an agenda), and I’d like to know more about the case and Steven Avery beyond what’s been presented. I feel there’s more to the story than what’s being shared in the film, and having sat on a jury for a criminal case (thankfully not murder though) I’m interested in how the jury reached their decision. We’ll watch the last episode tonight and then need to find something new to watch.
- Cooking/baking: I made sausage and eggs for the girls’ breakfast this morning, what they were supposed to have for dinner last night. I ended up making big chef’s salads for Brett and the girls yesterday because we made a big salad for the after-meet potluck, but no one brought plates or forks so there was no way for anyone to eat salad and we ended up bringing it home. We’re having spaghetti and meatballs (vegan for me) and more of the salad for dinner tonight; the girls will be making the meatballs later this afternoon.
- Happy I accomplished last week: Brett and I got all the screens vacuumed and windows cleaned – compared to our last house this chore is a breeze here. I also got quite a bit more cleaned out of the freezer. One more week and we should be able to defrost it!
- Looking forward to next week: I’m getting together with a friend on Thursday for coffee, and then on Friday Brett and I are having breakfast with faithful reader and friend Denise and her husband at the Kountry Kitchen followed by a hike along the coast. I can’t wait – we’ve been waiting a year for them to come back to Kaua’i!
- Grateful for: I’m feeling very grateful these days for my exercise bike. The daily bike rides have been a great way for me to fit in exercise, and I enjoy being able to ride “outside,” both in the morning and the evening. I know that if I had tried to stick with the early morning walks I would have given up by now, but with the bike riding I can sleep in a little later, the 15 minute sessions are easy to fit in, and the exercise is low impact so no joint or other pain.
- Bonus question: If an anonymous stranger was going to buy you a car, what would you ask for? The Adventures of Travel Penguin asked this question today and it didn’t take me more than a moment to come up with an answer: a 1963 Mercedes 230 SL. I am not a “car person,” but I have always loved the sleek look of this particular car. Hopefully my anonymous benefactor will also make sure it’s white ;-). Second choice would be a Karman Ghia from the early 1970s. I loved the orange ones back then, but these days I would prefer either white or something in blue.
Hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday afternoon! How was your week?