The weeding is done; the family crisis has (mostly) passed; and I practiced yoga on my own, in a guest room, with the lights turned off. I feel so much better already!
First things first: I gave the Husband a very good idea of what I might look like in 30 years if I ever become like his mother.
She loaned me gardening clothes since my outfit from yesterday (a tee, shorts, and compression socks to protect my legs) was dirty. I suddenly felt like a 50-something year old British lady.
I weeded and filled seven (seven!) more garbage bags, finally completing the mammoth task of cleaning up the backyard.
While I gardened, I listened to Eat, Love, Pray on audiotape.
So â€“ for a really, really long time, I tried not to read this book! Really, I resisted. One â€“ I hated the title for some reason. Two â€“ everyone and their mother seemed to be reading it, and although I nearly always jump on the book bandwagon (if millions of people think itâ€™s worth reading, they are usually right on some level), it made me want to avoid it for some reason. Then I heard from a few people that the Italy and Bali sections (â€œEatâ€ and â€œLoveâ€) were the most interesting, and the middle was boring and slow. So that turned me off too.
But then I had to get in a car and drive 8 hours by myself to Florida, so I downloaded it. AND IT IS SO GOOD. Really. And you know what? I think the India (â€œPrayâ€) section is the most fascinating! I do not know WHY people hate this section of the book. Itâ€™s so interesting, and lately Iâ€™m digging discussions about worldly views on spirituality.
And I do recognize that some critics might hate on the book because itâ€™s â€œnavel gazing,â€ but to be honest, that kind of stuff doesnâ€™t bother me. I do, after all, write a food blog. 😉 If thatâ€™s not navel gazing, I donâ€™t know what is (at least I admit it)! And I like to know what other people think about themselves.
I have about 30 minutes left on the audiobook, and I canâ€™t wait to see what happens.
Snacked on some almonds:
And dinner was simple but nice:
To make todayâ€™s tofu, I pressed the water from an extra-firm block and then chopped it up:
I added maple syrup and soy sauce, and then I dusted the tofu with some sesame seeds:
And then I spread it out on a roasting pan in a little foil pocket with some veggies.
Cooked everything at high heat (400 degrees) for about 20 minutes (I pre-cooked the potatoes in the microwave).
In addition to the tofu, I had some spinach, zuchinni, carrots, and roasted potatoes with some Chinese-flavored sauce from the back of my in-lawsâ€™ fridge.
Blogging behind the scenes â€“ tonightâ€™s dinner was photographed by the pool. 🙂
And chocolate for dessert (about a serving and a half). Would you expect anything less?
After dinner, I reviewed your suggestions on at-home yoga workouts. Everyone had great ideas (definitely check out the recommendations), but one in particular stood to me because it required no planning or downloading. Heather suggested:
1. Start with a short meditation
2. Breathing exercise of your choice
3. Side bends and a gentle twist
4. Warm up with a sun salutation
5. Choose 3-4 of your favorite standing balancing postures(that you know you can do safely and correctly, holding for 30-60 seconds) and after each posture do one sun salutation.
6. Choose 3-4 seated postures and do them at your own pace (holding for 30-60 seconds)
7. Final sun salutation
8. Savasana/corpse pose
I locked myself in a guest room, turned off the lights, and yoga-ed my way to relaxation. It was so nice! I havenâ€™t done yoga in a week, and Iâ€™m now accustomed to doing it 3 â€“ 4 times a week! I didnâ€™t realize how much I (or my hamstrings) missed it until today. Bliss. 🙂
We go back to North Carolina tomorrow!!!