Aren't long weekends great? A chance to take a morning or two to sleep in, lounge around the house, catch up on some things...or not. Try some new dishes for supper.
Hubs and I have decided that we should lose a couple of pounds, we came home from our trip feeling a tad bloated from all the restaurant eating. Do we regret it? Hell no. Are we going to do something about it? Hell yes. Cut out some of those nasty pound gaining culprits and start walking.
So, I made Lemon Chicken (I used chicken breast with the bone in, added more garlic, started the chicken in the oven at 425 F, then reduced it to 350F halfway through) with Caprese Salad (basically it is cut up tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil leaves, arrange it on a plate, sprinkle salt, pepper and olive oil on top - and dried oregano, if you have it), and Roasted Brussel Sprouts (made it in the oven at the same time as the chicken - the last 1/2 hour, that is - sprinkle sprouts with salt and pepper and olive oil). Unfortunately I forgot to snap a photo of the chicken and brussel sprouts but here's the Caprese Salad..........so yummy, isn't fresh mozzarella fabulous? My apologies for the rambling paragraph.
The night before, we made our own version of fish tacos, which turned out quite well. I am all about fish tacos now.
On Friday night, we went to a police college graduation, our good friend T is now a city cop! Now every time I will see a cop car, I'll think........it that T????? Better slow down!
Last week was a trying week at work....you see, I work with a bunch of raging workaholics who can't possibly fathom taking a holiday or weekends off completely....in fact, I'll bet you half of the office have their butts firmly planted in their office chairs right now, toiling away on a long weekend. That's right, these people do not have fulfilling personal lives and only find lasting satisfaction at the office....while checking out of their personal lives at home. I definitely felt the 'contempt' from various co-workers after I returned to work from holidays (the "how dare you take holidays when it is so busy here" contempt....which resulted in two particularly ridiculous work days last week (Hubs deserves a gold medal after dealing with my breakdowns, that's for sure.....) I am defensive by nature but I try not to let my feelings rattle me at work.
Thank goodness I have a safe place to come home to at the end of a work day!
........and now I say whatever. I work to live, I try to do my best at what I do and I try to get as much done in a work day as I can..............but work isn't my life and I'm not going to let it dominate me and pave the way to burnout and other nasty stuff. No thanks.
.......and I say bottoms up with my new Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee shot glass, which Hubs bought to cheer me up one night!
I was confronted with a lesson, which has been a recurring theme in my life....I can let the naysayers affect my life.... or I can smile sweetly, be a glamourous duck and let the contempt roll off my back (and give myself a little attitude adjustment while I am at it...never to stoop down to other's misery).
And I can't be miserable - my superfab Sis is due any day so I'll be an auntie again!
Here's some photos from the Mission in San Diego: