I could very easily get used to my schedule this week which has included sitting around the house grading exams for a bit, then taking a short break (to snack, look at the dogs or let them out and maybe even play with them, waste 10 minutes or so on the interweb like I'm doing now, or do some light housekeeping, like fold laundry), then returning to grading, then taking a longer break to go for a bike ride or to make lunch, then grading more, and then taking another long break...
Maybe not the most productive lifestyle, but it really works. Now, if only I could find a way to do this all the time!
Okay, that's an impossible dream, so I will bask in the fact that I have a break from my 'real life' this week which has allowed me to definitely switch around my usual schedule. A few changes from the norm:
- Going out on a Sunday night! That is something that almost never happens because Sunday is "crunch" time as I cram to prepare for the week, but I discovered that Sunday night is a great night to go out because it is such a low-key evening in most restaurants.
- Working out mid-morning or early afternoon is such a treat. The pool is set up competition-length, so I can get a more exhausting workout. Also, biking mid-day, mid-week is super fun and other cyclists seem nicer than the weekend riders. Maybe that's my imagination? Finally, I get to attend spin class with Rod, the most awesome spin instructor ever on Friday morning at 8:30 am!
- Along the same theme, trying out a new class. Somehow, having more mental energy from putzing around all day means that I can push myself to try something new, like Pilates last night. That was a great experience, and I hope to repeat it soon!
- Taking our dog Milo to the vet for his recent and unexplained weight loss. Apparently we've had him on a starvation diet since his bloodwork is normal. Don't I feel like a terrible pet owner?
- Brunch on a Friday morning followed by a pedicure - that plan is in the works for tomorrow. Can't wait to be a "lady who brunches". It might actually remind me why I *like* to work, but pretending to be a lady of leisure for a day isn't a bad thing.
The other major positive about the week is that, with the exception of Sunday's splurge (in every way possible), we have returned to a more "normalized" eating pattern. The past 6 weeks or so have been filled with too many celebrations and vacations, so we ate out more than usual as we celebrated two birthdays and the holidays, traveled to places with good food, and enjoyed socializing with friends and family. Now, we have no excuses about the lack of time or company or special events, so we are back to preparing meals en casa which is much easier on the pocket book and the waistline. Hopefully this will not just be the product of a 'random' week but will become the norm again as I return to a more hectic routine starting Monday!
In the meantime, I'm back to grading essays.