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Good morning—happy Monday! How was your weekend? I enjoyed a little stay-cation. It was so nice to unplug and unwind. I’m really bad at relaxing, but after almost 4 years of grad school with a dietetic internship and some crazy studying thrown in there, logic told me that one should totally take a few days off after passing the RD exam.

So I made a deal with myself: every time I felt that I “should” be doing something productive (on a weekend, I know), I would write it down so I could get to it come Monday. I was mostly successful, save for a few work emails and stats homework. Other than that, I did only fun things.

Friday I got a reflexology massage and went to a really fun Zumba class—endorphin overload in the best way possible. My muscles were so sore by the time I went to bed.

Saturday I cleaned, took a few walks, and made use of some giftcards I’d gotten for my birthday. Then I organized my closet. I’m embarrassed to admit I had more than a few items that had been lurking in the mix since 2003. Somehow, “maybe I’ll wear it this summer” turned into ten years. Whoops.

I love that Ann Taylor LOFT actually has a decent petites selection. Tiny ladies are people too!
I love that Ann Taylor LOFT actually has a decent petites selection. Tiny ladies are people too!

I also went to a favorite cafe and sat with a glass of wine (first white of the year!) writing in my notebook. I don’t really care if the couple next to me knew that I was taking in every little word and analyzing their conversation. Um, people in their late twenties and early thirties: why do we pretend to own less Ikea furniture than we do? Whomever you’re trying to impress will find out eventually! Case in point: someone who came to my apartment for the first time once said, “Hey, I know this table!” It was actually a good ice-breaker.

No matter your profession, I think it’s really important to just free-write sometimes, whatever the hell pops into your head. It’s a form of meditation for me, but a meditation that is especially enjoyable with a cup of coffee or wine. I used to be afraid to go and have a drink by myself, but it’s really nice once in a while.

Sunday I did yoga and spent more time outside. I also managed to read a whole book. A friend had recently recommended a popular author whose work, for better or worse, bears that “airport best-seller” label, but I was glad I gave it a chance—there’s a reason some writers’ books can get you through a transatlantic flight, no problem. Good, engaging writing that lots of people like is not a crime! I need to remind myself of that every once in a while, lest I wander into lit-snob territory.

I didn’t take a whole lot of food pictures, but I do have to admit, it was so nice to enjoy a simple salad between excursions outside. IMG_1864

Are you good at relaxing? How do you like to unwind? Thoughts on Ikea? 

9 thoughts on “Stay-cation

    Mary Frances said:
    March 11, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I really enjoyed this post. Your relaxation came through. Sounds like a lovely staycation!

      Jess responded:
      March 12, 2013 at 12:41 am

      Thanks! It was really nice 🙂

    Emily said:
    March 11, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I’ve been told that Ann Taylor petites has good stuff but I have yet to check it out!(I’m 5’3.. short legs FTW!)

      Jess responded:
      March 12, 2013 at 12:42 am

      I’m definitely a fan—I’m 4’11” but actually have hips and a butt (thank god), and their clothes fit really nicely. I hate how some companies think that if you’re short you’re shaped like a little boy. Or a blob.

    What I Ate Wednesday #101 | Keeping It Real Food said:
    March 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

    […] photos load faster and keeps me entertained. Here’s what I ate on Sunday, the last day of my stay-cation. It’s interesting for me to compare it to the WIAW from my last stay-cation, way back in […]

    raechel said:
    March 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    That sounds like a truly amazing staycation! I’ll have to check out Ann Taylor dresses…Not enough clothes for the vertically challenged. : /

    Also, you have to spill what airport-author you were reading! I’m always down for the kind of books you can finish in a day. Such a nice way to escape!

      Jess responded:
      March 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      A friend recommended a few of Emily Giffin’s books to me—I’d never given them a chance, but the one I read was really fun! Such a nice break from stats homework 🙂

    Note to Self… | Keeping It Real Food said:
    March 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

    […] a semi-related note, continuing in the spirit of almost-spring cleaning, I’m half-assedly/non-committally challenging myself to use up most of the contents of my […]

    Wearing o’ the Orange | Keeping It Real Food said:
    March 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    […] nails done. Totally worth the extra few bucks. If you couldn’t tell from other recent posts, I’m a sucker for a good massage—why bribe myself with, like, shoes, when I can have that […]

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