‘you’ll take a week off.’
I made lists and plans and to-do’s with bulleted items that included:
a damn thing.
I wanted seven unstructured days.
with frozen hurricanes and a clipboard and a watch and an adrenaline high like no other. For five solid days.
I met and mothered every last thing that’d let me. I felt intense and alive and present, but
tired at the end.
And next week,
next week I’ll begin writing the first of two books. A weight loss memoir first, then a cookbook to follow.
I’ll be deep in thought at Starbucks more often than not. I’ll be having breakthroughs in bitty book shops and wanting to share with you all the things I’ve already written, because I know you’d hear them just right.
So for these seven days, I wanted nothing more than nothing. I spent each of them purposefully. And then, when they were all over, I made a list of what I did- all the things that restored me. I emailed the list to a good friend, because, well, no good reason, really.
Here it is:
- A massage. Worth every single dollar.
- Movie-going. I much prefer being at the theater to watching anything at home. This is among my top five life pleasures.
- Reading. Breezed through two, and currently [should be ashamed to admit but somehow I’m owning it]: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Personal Finance.
4. Eating outdoors.
5. Trying new restaurants- Recent favorites: La Carta de Oaxaca (amazing, slightly frou-frou Mexican. Order the pork tamales de mole negro, entomatadas, and halibut tacos. Do not forget a margarita rimmed with salt.) and Portage Bay Cafe (one of the best brunch spots in Seattle- I recommend spicy chipotle migas and a trip to the French toast bar).
7. Trying unusual-sounding cocktails (the one with squid ink felt fun, tasted less fun).
8. Drinking lots of coffee.
9. Watching episodes of Breaking Bad.
12. Wearing my favorite yoga pants. Probably never getting dressed again.
13. Making lists of things I want to do this year.*
*Even at 26, many years out of school, I feel like my year is beginning in early September and ending in late May.
14. Considering then reconsidering then re-re-considering flights on Kayak.
15. Buying imported Irish butter.
What have you been up to?