Someone woke up feeling much better today, thank goodness. He slept for over 12 hours straight and then attacked the day! He started it off right. Smoothies at the cafe with daddy and morning talks about getting haircuts hopefully. He looks like shaggy dog.
And because I can't post a picture of one shaggy kid without the other...
Why not round out a photo of the whole family. I love this because it's yet another shot taken right after we've said "see ya" to our babysitter and cut out of dodge for a date night.
I have two projects I'm knee deep in at work so I cleared my calendar and worked from a coffee shop this morning. I was pretty darned excited to try a new one that opened near my house so I packed up my laptop and hit the pavement. I secured a table that hit the trifecta of work-from-coffee-shop desirables: close proximity to electrical supply, accessible to—yet out of visual/nasal range of—the bathroom, and in perfect range of view for people watching. If you secure all three of these desirables, you might as well run a tab and plant yourself for the day!
For some reason pink kept making an appearance throughout my day. This cute little pink unicorn piggy was my table sign for my order: coffee, sparkling water, sesame bagel with tomato, avocado, and egg. Maybe they were having an off day but it was not great. Next time I'll order one of the specials on the menu. I always give a place at least two chances before ruling them out for poor service/quality. It must be hard for a coffee shop to survive in a city like San Francisco where if you have an off day service-wise, there are a dozen other cafes for a customer to move on to...
PSA: Support your local coffee joints!!
This one resonates with me right now. I find myself taking big, deep breaths several times a day because I catch myself holding my breath. It's what I do when I'm not handling stress well. This is why running is SO VITAL TO GOOD MENTAL HEALTH, for me at least!!
After knocking out one of my deliverables in a very productive morning session, I treated myself to a nail-do at lunch. And here is a picture of my chin and shirts.
Can you guess what color I landed on?????
I love this skeleton graveyard.
R.I.P. Yul B. Next and Art Attack.
Continuing this shades of pink theme, I picked up a chia seed, coconut, and acai breakfast bowl that was awfully pretty. My manicurist commented on my grooved nails. They've been this way as long as I can remember, and I also remember my grandpa having them too. Are your nails grooved? My grandpa said they were caused by stress and that each line represented one of his kids (he had six) :) I read that it is usually a harmless side effect of aging. Add it to the list folks!
These little poems that Nomadic Ground puts in their coffee bags make me so happy. I loved both poems tucked inside both bags of coffee I've tried. The poems are made even better because the paper smells like the beans. This brand is becoming a staple for me. BTW if this poem had been called Pink or Rose, I would have had to call Jon immediately and remind him I'm partially psychic. I swear I am a little bit and he swears I've never been able to channel it into anything productive :) It's kind of a running joke.
When I got home, I started dinner while on a conference call. Multi-tasking at its finest. I had a piece of fish that I bought a few days ago (which was my first mistake—always best to cook your fish right when you buy it in my opinion). I sliced it into chunks and sprinkled a bunch of kosher salt over it, then put it in a glass container covered in some yellow vegetable curry from Whole Foods. I plopped it in a 375 degree oven covered in foil for about 20 minutes (5 minutes too long). This is my go-to style of cooking during the workweek: mix something fresh with something prepared. I guess if you were into that kind of thing, you might say it was akin to Rachael Ray's cooking point of view on 30 Minute Meals. (Anthony Bourdain just spit in disgust somewhere.)
There is nothing I love more than a perfectly cooked piece of fish and I'm not exaggerating when I say if someone perfectly cooked me fish every night then I would eat it every night. But here's my damage: I'm not very good at cooking fish and I can't stand the smell it leaves in my house after I cook it. So I usually don't buy it, and instead I just eat a ton of it at work and whenever we go out to eat.
It turned out fairly well but could have used more curry. I served it with pita bread, roasted garlic hummus, veggie dolmas, and this incredible mango that I had to walk away from so I wouldn't eat the whole thing before everyone got home.
I can think of nothing that would mortify my kids more than getting this in their pillowcases at Trick or Treat. Is this a real thing because I might consider buying a pack for the practical joke factor alone. Jeeves, please look it up and report back to me. :)
Speaking of Halloween, these boys were awfully excited to get cards in the mail from their grandma Bobo! And Croc got his black cape for his costume! It was a very exciting evening in our house.
Now I want to share my four favorite foam roller positions for when you only have 10 minutes to stretch. Or in this case, you only have 10 minutes before a kid attacks you demanding your full attention.
#1 Doing the Butt - Sit on the edge of a foam roller and cross one foot over your opposite knee, and then let that corner get real deep into your butt muscle. Ouch ouch ouch ahhhhhhh relief. You can sit on a medicine ball or yoga ball if you don't have a roller.
Here is a much more official-looking photo to illustrate what I'm talking about:
#2 Snow Angel - Lay on the roller lengthwise with your head supported and pretend you're making snow angels. This one really opens up your chest and arms. Sometimes I lay here for a frighteningly long time because it's really relaxing.
#3 Quad Roll - Get into a plank with one hip digging into the corner of your foam roller hitting your quadricep. When you feel a good (meaning uncomfortable) spot, stop and breathe for 30 seconds and then bend your leg back and forth so you hit all the little short muscles. Hurts so good. These photos are extremely high quality, folks. I hope you appreciate what I go through to bring you the cutting edge in foam rolling technique...
Croc has his own unique version of the Quad Roll.
#4 Lat Roll - The first time someone showed me how to use the roller to target my lat muscles, I was blown away. I had no idea how much tension I carried in and around my under arms until I started rolling there. Wow, relief came fast. I must be tensing my arms when I run or letting my elbows flap around. There are lots of ways to hit those muscles with the roller. Here are a couple ideas:
There you go! These are just my standard four but I'd love to hear your recommendations too.
I'll leave you with a confession: sometimes I steal a piece of my secret stash of "mom's baking chocolate" and put it on a piece of bread (in this case tonight's leftover pita) and then scarf it down in bed. I call it my "poor woman's pain au chocolat." It is one of my favorite indulgences.
What is your favorite indulgent snack food? I might add frozen chocolate covered bananas from TJ's to the list.
(Almost) daily blogger. Sober runner. Mental sh*t stirrer. Pro gender equality in tech. Family first.