Retail Therapy

I took the day off from work yesterday, so I let myself wake up naturally which was around 6:30. I spent some time blogging and chatting with a couple of friends before making breakfast. My the time I realized I needed to eat, I was already in low blood sugar mode so something quick was on the menu. I made a large bowl of greek yogurt with granola and honey.

On the side, I had a bowl of scuppernong grapes. They were actually already gone bad so I only had a couple.

After breakfast, I caught up on more blogs and then did the 60 minute Jennifer Tipton vinyasa flow yoga dvd. I really enjoyed this one and I can see putting into regular rotation. The menu has a matrix on it that for some reason my dvd player wouldn’t work with so I just hit play and did whatever that was. My guess is that it was the practice with minimal instruction because I was thinking the whole time there was no way it could be for a beginner. It is sold as beginner/intermediate but what I was doing had no instruction just basically either the sanskrit or the american name for the pose. Even in the vinyasas, the only instruction was to flow through a vinyasa rather than the actual poses in a vinyasa (sun salutation). All of this was fine with me of course since I am pretty familiar at this point. I rarely had to look at the screen which was refreshing for me. Some DVDs have tons of poses I have never heard of so I have to look too much and that really takes away from the focus of the practice.

During the practice, I only faltered in Half Moon which I think it pretty good. In my days of taking 3 classes a week and practicing at home, I could easily do it. For now, I have lots of strength and balance to gain before being about to fully get it again.  The good news is that during half moon, I didn’t beat myself up about not being about to get it. I stayed focused on the moment and just kept trying. I guess this is why I like practicing at home, my ego, that I wrote about in this post, doesn’t get in the way. I hope to one day be able to practice at home without the use of a DVD or book.

After yoga, I got ready and met the dear husband for lunch. We met at the Central Park Deli which is one of our favorite local places. I ordered a cup of broccoli and cheese soup to start. It was warm and comforting.

Then I ordered a turkey Reuben. It was seriously not even close to being a real Reuben. But the real truth is that I really wanted the chef salad because I was really craving veggies. The turkey Reuben caught my eye and I decided to go for it. Next time, I will do one of two things. One, if I am in the mood for salad, I will order salad and two, if I am in the mood for Reuben, I will order the real thing.

After lunch, I headed out for some retail therapy. With Fall coming, I needed some new things to get me through the season. I have never been what anyone would call a fashionista but lately, I have really taken a liking to making sure that I dress well. I have been working on my own Fat Acceptance and have come to find that a cute outfit and shoes sure do go a long way in the self esteem department. So, I bought a few things that I loved and had a wonderful day shopping.

By the time I got home and put my fashionable loot away, it was time to make dinner. I had planned a dinner that required more time but I was running short on that so a quick dinner it was. First, I discovered that our salad mix had gone bad so I made a salad of all the other stuff. Orange and red cherry tomatoes, cukes and grapes dressed with salt, pepper, basil, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Very tasty!

I also made spaghetti and meatballs. I used whole wheat pasta and topped it with frozen turkey meatballs from Whole Foods and marinara sauce. A sprinkle of parmesan cheese and I called it dinner. It was very good and I could not tell that the meatballs or the sauce was of the pre-made variety. Yum!

For dessert, we shared a little reese’s extravaganza ice cream from the local ice cream shop. Yes, right out of the carton but this time, I was emotionally stable and only had about a serving worth.

To relax, we watched the movie Coco Chanel on the DVR. It was three hours long so I, as per usual, fell asleep and missed the last hour or so. I plan to watch it later today. My day was splendid, filled with the things I love in life, yoga, shopping, good food and a little extra time with my dear husband.

QOTD: How do you spend the day when you are able to do whatever YOU want to do?

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10 Responses

  1. Your breakfast is absolutely stunning – it looks like it’s glistening in the sun!

    How do those scuppernong grapes taste?? I keep seeing them at the markets, and am intrigued by them, but I don’t know much about them (which is why I’ve been hesitant to try them, haha 😉 ).

    I’m just now getting into yoga, and I especially love the Half Moon and Twisting Triangle poses 🙂 Glad that you’re enjoying yoga as well!

    Oooh, love that tomato/cucumber/grape mixture – yum!

    Coco Chanel is one of my greatest inspirations, and definitely my #1 favorite designer. I’ve read so many biographies about her, so it was a treat to see a film about her – I hope you watch the whole film in it’s entirety!! You won’t be disappointed!!

    My oh my, your day WAS quite splendid – hooray!!! I wish you MORE days like yesterday.

    When I’m able to do whatever I want to do, I take loooong walks, bake, go shopping, listen to music, read magazines and whatever novel I’m currently reading, watch movies or favorite television programs, go to Whole Foods…

  2. VeggieGirl, the scuppernongs are very sweet in the center, you don’t eat the skins. You just pop the insides into your mouth. Then you have a choice, spit the seeds or swloow the seeds. I just kind of midly chew it and then swollow. Yum!

  3. You know, now that you said the part about the skins of the grapes, I have had them. Or at least some grapes that you eat the same way. It’s weird, because my great grandmother [the one in the hospital] used to grow them on her fence & we’d eat them off the vine. Man, that was just brought out of my deeeppppp memory. Ha. That was from when I was about… 5 or 6. Good job on finding that one deep in my brain =P

  4. when i have the entire day off i like to either go out to the pool, read, or be lazy!

  5. Fun day! You should take pics of the outfits you bought so we can shop vicariously through you!

  6. Those spotted grapes look SO cool!

    When I have the day to myself I like to go shopping and then crash with a good book. Mind you, I rarely have a day alone and when I do I start missing the kids after a few hours! Weird, i know! 🙂

  7. Sounds like you had a fun day!

    When I can do whatever I want, I tend to relax at home with a good book or my favorite movies.

  8. I’ve never seen those grapes before but I love the way they look!
    CONGRATS on the shopping! It sounds awesome. I am somewhat obsessed with clothes and accessories. 😉 It DOES feel good to rock a gorgeous, well tailored outfit, doesn’t it?
    I just hate the dry cleaning bills!
    Your dinner looks slammin. I’m really impressed.

  9. I love waking up and taking my time doing my devotional and going online and than working out and just not having a time limit so I dont have ot be rushed… and making a nice dinner too is always enjoyable when I have nothing else to do!

  10. I’ve never tried honey with Greek yogurt! I know it seems like the logical choice, but I never thought I was much of a honey fan. Perhaps I will give it a try now though, as a change from maple syrup.

    I’ve never heard of those grapes! They sound interesting though!

    Reese’s ice cream? Oh heaven.

    I’m in serious need of a wardrobe change. I tend to go low maintenance most of the time, but sometimes I wish I had more outfits that I could wear and feel like a million bucks.

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