I’m back from Europe, friends! The past 2 weeks were amazing – filled with good friends, many adventures, lots of pastries and cheese and bread and rosé wine, miles of running and hiking and walking and biking, delicious dinners that lasted late into the evening, and a lot of relaxing, too. Taking a breather from technology while I was away was so nice – it was my first real break from work in over 5 years and boy, did I appreciate it. I haven’t felt so relaxed in I don’t even know how long!
I have approximately 4 million photos from my travels in France and Switzerland that I want to share with you guys, so stay tuned for that – I’ll intersperse Europe recaps with normal posts in the coming weeks.
I got back yesterday afternoon and was so happy to see Matt and my favorite little fluff again. Traveling was awesome, but I missed them! Matt was nice enough to make us a tasty dinner while I got settled. Isn’t it pretty? I requested “lots of veggies”. :)
He pan seared some chicken thighs, then added some water, beef broth, and marsala cooking wine into the plan with all the veggies. Simmered until it was ready! So good and simple, too. Plus some spices and salt/pepper I think as well. He didn’t follow a recipe exactly but was inspired by this one for Chicken and Spring Veggies from Cooking Light.
I’m jumping right back into work and am actually on a plane again (!) right now – I’m headed up to Maine for a cool blog trip with the Wild Blueberry Association. I’ll be back in DC on Saturday and am looking forward to relaxing and getting caught back up on life then! If you want to see what I’m up to in Maine this week, check me out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, as usual. :)
I was so tired with the time change last night that staying up until 9 p.m. was all I had in me. I woke up around 4:30 a.m. and tossed and turned until 5:30, when I decided to use the jetlag to my advantage and hit up a 6 a.m. Crossfit class. It was a tough one – no strength portion, all “metcon” – metabolic conditioning aka high intensity interval type training.
You had 5 minutes to complete each thing, and if you finished early you got to rest until the next 5 minutes started. I made it through the pull ups (with a band), wall balls (using an 8 pound ball), box jumps, and run, but the row and burpees got the best of me and I couldn’t complete them in 5 minutes. Something to work towards next time! :)
I was randomly hungry for real food vs. breakfast food when I got home so I ate the leftover chicken and veggies from last night, and made my Flour Free Breakfast Pancake to pack up and take with me on the plane. Plus berries! I thought this might just be my lunch, but I was starving by 11 a.m. so I already ate it all. Oh well! Important to listen to your body – sometimes you just need a double lunch. Guess I’ll be buying more food when I land in Maine!
I’m going to try to share some of my first Europe recaps tomorrow or Friday, but given that I’ll be in Maine and pretty jam packed with activities, that may or may not happen. Thank you for bearing with me as I get caught back up! Either way, I’ll be back on Monday with my regular weekday blogging schedule.
I hope you’re all doing well! I missed you guys the past couple weeks! :)
p.s. Help me figure out how to best organize my Europe recaps – what are you most interested in reading about regarding my trips to France and Switzerland?