(Long) Weekend Update – Sleep, Eats, and Skipping CrossFit

Happy Tuesday, all! One week from yesterday I will be landing in the Bahamas, so I’m pretty much focused on that as I start this short week. Let’s look back at the long weekend, shall we?

Friday
Friday was the usual work–>CrossFit–>rehearsal deal. I booked it home and pretty much went straight to bed, because I wasn’t feeling 100% well. Boring.

Saturday
I slept in LATE, almost until 11, which is quite unusual for me, but I was just trying to kick this cold. Ben took off to go snowboarding relatively early, and I just hung out for a while, waking up and deciding what to do with my day. I opted for equal parts relaxation and productivity, doing some cleaning and tidying around the house, reading, video gaming, and lots of other randomness.

In the evening, we met up with a group of friends at Stone Corral, a brewpub a couple of towns over. It was packed, and we had to wait a while to snipe a table, but it ended up being worth it. I had some delicious fish tacos and two tasty beers, and there was live music too, which was nice.

We finished up the evening with a nightcap and dessert at our friends’ place, and then headed home for some more sleep, as I was still feeling under the weather.

Sunday
I was up and at ’em by 8:30 Sunday morning, even though I didn’t have rehearsal until 1pm. Knowing that I had all day Monday to do things like meal prep left me to enjoy a leisurely morning at home. My father in law made breakfast, and I just lounged about, reading and slowly getting myself ready to go into town.

Sunday vibes at the Drew house.

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Rehearsal was a relatively short deal, working on some of the larger dance numbers at a local dance studio. It’s always nice to have mirrors to help you see spacing and make sure you’re doing the moves correctly.

Ben’s Aunt Maureen was up for the night to visit Grammy, so we had a nice dinner of lasagna, garlic bread, and salad, and spent the evening chatting. We still went to bed relatively early, though, since Ben still had to work Monday.

Monday
I was up pretty early again, feeling much better rested than I have in a while, though my sinuses were still full of junk. I spent most of the morning reading, then spent a good chunk of the afternoon doing meal prep. I made my usual batch of rice and beans, but this time I also sauteed some boneless, skinless chicken thighs to add a bit more protein into the mix.

Meal prep on a Monday off–beans and rice with boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Cheap, easy, and delicious!

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After that, I made the decision that I was NOT going to go to CrossFit. *GASP* I know. I really do love CF, but I just needed to relax at home a bit longer before going in for rehearsal. I was able to spend another hour and change at home, read my book, eat dinner, and THEN go to rehearsal, which was a long and somewhat arduous affair. Lots of hurry up and wait. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but it was frustrating nonetheless. Once I got home, I immediately got ready for bed and went lights out.

I would say that today I’m feeling about 90% well. Honestly, the only thing that’s bothering me is my sinuses. They are just unpredictable and full of stuff. I’ve been religiously using my neti pot and my desktop humidifier, so I’m confident that I’ll be totally well before we fly out on Monday. Eeeeee!! I can’t wait.

Did you have a holiday on Monday? What did you do with it?

Friday Free-For-All – 02/17/17

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I just had my three year anniversary at work. I honestly can’t believe it’s already been that long. I know I sound like a broken record at this point, but I’m very lucky to have the job I do. Sure, it’s not a field or subject I’m passionate about, but the pay is great and the people are awesome. Also, I’m now fully vested in the 401(k) program, so, yay for retirement planning!

Long weekend ahead! We have Monday off for Presidents’ Day and I couldn’t be more stoked. Of course I will still have rehearsal and CrossFit and such, but it will be nice to have an extra weekend day for fun and productivity. And sleep. Sweet, sweet sleep.

I’m fighting a head cold and I hate it. Ben was sick all of last weekend and most of this week, and I can feel my body starting to succumb. I’ve got a dry, swollen throat, and some nasal congestion. I’m doing my absolute best not to give in, and fighting back with lots of tea, sinus irrigation (love my neti pot!), my desktop humidifier, and resting as much as possible. Which isn’t much because I’m stupid busy. But I’m trying. I simply don’t have time to be sick right now. My audition for Dogfight the musical is next weekend, and we leave for the Bahamas a week from Monday. No. Sickness. Here.

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Do you have a long weekend too? Any fun plans?

One Month CrossFit Check-In

My first CrossFit workout was on January 13, and since then, I’ve been to fourteen total classes, so now seems like a great time to do an update.

Long story short, I have drunk the metaphorical Kool-Aid. I love CrossFit. Here are just a few of the reasons why:

The Coaches Are Awesome
One of my greatest concerns going into CrossFit was that I would be pushed to do things that were beyond my current ability level and end up hurting myself. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Every single workout, one of the coaches checks in with me at the beginning to a) make sure I know what I’m doing, and b) make sure I have appropriately scaled weights or alternative movements. I still get an incredible amount of one-on-one coaching, so I never feel like I’m at risk of performing movements incorrectly and potentially getting injured, and I’m never taken to task for doing modifications or lighter weights as necessary.

The People Are Awesome
I was also concerned that the majority of the people at the box would be stereotypical power-lifting types who would judge me for not being strong, or not working out every single day, or not knowing what I was doing immediately. I have to say, though, the vast majority of the people I’ve met are “normal” people just like me who are looking to get stronger. Everyone is incredibly supportive and encouraging. There’s definitely a team mentality where everyone is on everyone else’s side, and we all want each other to do our best. Now that I’ve been there for a while, there’s at least one person I know at every class I go to, so I’m really starting to feel like I belong.

The Workouts Kick My Ass, but Give Me ALLTHENERGY
It’s weird, but true. The workouts are always different, and always kick my ass in different ways, but no matter how hard I work and how exhausted I think I am after it’s over, about 15 minutes post-class, the endorphins kick in and I feel AMAZEBALLS for the rest of the night. This is especially valuable because I go to CF before rehearsals, and the extra energy helps me get through rehearsals without feeling grumpy and sluggish.

I Can Already Tell I’m Getting Stronger
If I can say one thing for certain, it’s that CF works. I’m starting to see more definition in my arms and legs. I can do one real, good form, honest-to-goodness push up. Almost two! My squats are deeper and smoother than they were when I started. And I no longer have constant DOMS. I took some measurements last week, and weighed myself at the beginning of February so I can keep track of progress in those areas as well, but the goal truly is to get stronger, and as long as I continue to see improvements that way, I’ll be a happy camper.

I’m so happy I started going to CrossFit, and I can’t wait to see my continued progress. I just wish it weren’t so dang expensive!

 

Weekend Update -Seafood Extravaganza!

Happy Monday, all! I hope your weekend was as good as mine, because it is definitely helping to buoy my spirits today. Everyone in the fam got to stay home today except for me, my commute blew because of snow, and then I dumped my entire Dunkin Donuts coffee moments after arriving at work. It’s been a doozy of a Monday already, and it’s not even 9 am…

Friday
Friday night was pretty full–CrossFit from 5-6, rehearsal from 6:45-10, and post-rehearsal drinks until a bit later than I would have liked, but it was too fun to pass up. Sometimes you just need to eat french fries and nurse a vodka and soda until 11:30 pm. Ben actually texted me all worried because I NEVER stay out that late, haha!

Saturday
I slept in until almost ten, then loafed around for a bit, reading, sipping coffee, and eating breakfast. After that, it was time to clean house. I vacuumed the first and second floors, did laundry, and cleaned our room, then played video games for a bit, and read some more until company arrived.

Earlier in the week, my father in law had sent out a group text that he would be going to Maine this weekend, and bringing back whatever we wanted for what he called “Seafood Extravaganza.” We invited a bunch of family friends over, everyone ordered whatever they desired, and we just ate delicious, fresh-caught oysters, lobster, and steamed clams all night. Oh, and of course, had some libations as well.

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Sunday
I got up pretty early on Sunday considering two late nights in a row. I was feeling overtired and a little headachey–it turns out that seafood isn’t a great base for drinking. Oops! After some breakfast and some coffee, though, I was right as rain. I did some meal prep stuff for the week, put away my clean laundry, and read until it was time to go to rehearsal.

The promised snowstorm had already arrived, so it was slow going, but I made it into town without incident and had a fun dance rehearsal. Due to the snow, they ended up releasing us an hour early, which was great, considering that my commute is one of the longest. It also worked out well because we were having company for supper, so I was able to get home in time to help clean up and make food.

We had some fresh steamed shrimp (held back from seafood extravaganza) as an appetizer, and had homemade chicken curry with winter root vegetable slaw for the main meal.

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Right before our guests arrived, Ben got the phone call that he had a snow day today, so the evening had a somewhat celebratory air, even though I sadly didn’t get a snow day. I went to bed promptly at 10:15, but Ben stayed up reading for a while since he didn’t have to get up for work today. Color me jealous.

How many of you had a snow day today? I really regret not using a vacation day and just staying home…

Friday Free-For-All – 02/10/17

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It’s been a pretty light rehearsal week. This is always nice. Especially because the further we get into things, the less likely it is to have an easy week. We’ve nearly finished blocking the show, so we can expect to be running larger and larger chunks as we go on. I’ve been enjoying every minute of my downtime by just relaxing at home as much as possible.

I am SO HAPPY it’s Friday. I don’t know why, but this has been a tough week. I’ve been feeling more exhausted than usual, and cranky to boot. I’m excited to have another weekend at home, so I can catch up on sleep, cleaning, and video games 🙂

I downloaded the audition song for the show I’m interested in this summer, and I’m obsessed. The show is called Dogfight, and it’s a newish musical by the same guys who wrote the music for the current Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen. This song speaks to me so, so much, and I’d love to get to play this role. Check it out!

I will be doing some Instagram posting for 9 to 5. The organization, Lyric Theatre, has an Instagram account that I will be taking over for the rest of the rehearsal and show period and I’m SO excited. I feel very passionately that a stronger social media presence would be really good for Lyric, so I’m excited to hopefully help demonstrate that. If you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to, follow @lyrictheatrevt! I will only be posting a couple of times a week for now, but there will be more to post about the closer we get to the show 🙂

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning? I like to sleep in and then eat a big breakfast 🙂

A Very Race-tastic May

I know I haven’t been running much lately, but in spite of that, the month of May is chock full of races. I haven’t got many races that I’m planning on beyond May because I just don’t know right now what this year is going to bring, but let’s take a look at what I’ll be up to in the oh-so-full month of May.

Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge 5k – May 11
This is a race that you all probably recognize by now. In spite of the fact that it’s one of the oldest road races in Vermont, organization continues to be lacking. Parking and potties are a cluster, and race etiquette is non-existent. You may ask, “If it’s so bad, why bother?” I keep coming back because a) I get free registration through work, and b) it’s a team-building exercise that usually ends with dinner and drinks on the company. Who could say no to that?

Vermont Respite House Jiggety Jog 5k – May 13
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I run this race every year. It’s a fundraiser for the Vermont Respite House, which provides end-of-life care for terminally ill Vermonters. My grandmother passed away there, so it’s a cause that’s near and dear to my heart. It’s also super well organized, with great post-race food and prizes. I’ve also gotten a birthday-week PR the last two years running, so it’s safe to say that I love this race and am excited for it.

Craft Brew Race 5k – May 20
My friend Hannah really wants to do her first 5k this year, and she asked if I would run the Craft Brew Race with her. Of course I said yes! I did this one a couple of years ago, and while the noon start time made for a stupid hot race, I enjoyed both the race and the brew fest immensely. Plus, Hannah is one of my favorites, so it will be fun to hang out with her for the day.

Vermont City Marathon Relay – May 28
This one is a little iffy because I know my friends Jaska and Penelope are getting married that day. I think depending on the start time of the race and the start time and location of the wedding, I can make it work. I want to make it work. My office got a relay team spot, so I’d only be running one leg of the marathon, and I think it would be really nice to have a positive experience on the course after my disastrous marathon attempt last year.

I’m glad that these are all short races, because it means I can train for them relatively easily, without having to commit to a full-on training schedule or lots of long runs. I’m also optimistic that all of the CrossFit will have helped make me stronger by then, so who knows what I might be capable of?

Do you have any races planned for May? Do any of your months look like my May as far as number of races?

Weekend Update – Much-Needed Rest

Happy Monday, all! Well, not really. I mean, who’s ever happy it’s Monday? Certainly not me. I definitely hit the snooze button a few times this morning. I’ve been trying not to hit snooze lately because supposedly it’s not very good for you, but I simply couldn’t help it this morning. So, what did this weekend look like?

Friday
Immediately after work, I hit up my usual 5-6pm CrossFit class. My coworker Kelsey recently started going to my box, so it’s been fun to get to know her a bit better. As usual, I was full of energy and feeling good post-class.

I grabbed a quick dinner at Panera, and then headed off to a shorter-than-usual Friday night rehearsal for 9 to 5. We’re working on one of the fantasy scenes, which is HILARIOUS and lots of fun. I get to be a demented bunny rabbit. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know what I mean.

After rehearsal, I headed home. Ben had to skip broom ball because his axe wound is still healing, so we had a couple of beers and hung out with his parents until we were too tired to stay up any longer.

Saturday
We slept in until about 9 and loafed around for a while sipping coffee and eating fried potatoes and eggs for breakfast. I got some laundry going, and then did a bunch of cleaning, bullet journaling, and generally getting caught up on life stuff that always falls by the wayside during the week.

Originally, we were supposed to go to a big, annual bonfire that some family friends throw, but right about the time we were supposed to leave, Ben turned to me and said, “I don’t really feel like going,” and I said, “Yay, me neither!” Instead, we took turns playing video games, drank some beer, and were in bed by midnight. It’s been a while since both Ben and I got to just stay home and enjoy each other’s company on a Saturday night. A quiet night in together was just what we needed.

Sunday
I ended up waking up right around 8, which is pretty early for me on a weekend. My father in law made blueberry pancakes and ham for breakfast, and then I got right into making my mondo batch of beans and rice for meal prep. I was done in pretty short order, and was able to relax and paint my nails before rehearsal.

DIY manicure. Right hand vs left hand. Nothing a little polish remover can't fix!

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Rehearsal was lots of fun–more work on the silly fantasy scenes, AND they let me go almost an hour early, which was great. I grabbed some snacks and headed over to my friends Aimee and Andrew’s house for Super Bowl viewing. I ate my body weight in French Onion dip, snuggled a cute baby, thoroughly enjoyed the half time show, and then left around 9 because I had to drive back to Underhill and the Pats were sucking hardcore.

My Super Bowl buddy ❤

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Shortly after I left, it seems the Pats pulled out a miraculous turnaround for the win, which basically says to me I shouldn’t watch important sporting events if I want my team to win. When I got home, I packed my gym bag and rehearsal stuff for today, and turned in shortly thereafter.

Who were you rooting for in last night’s game?

Friday Free-For-All – 02/03/17

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My coworker Stacey brought a giant box of pastries into my office first thing this morning. Words cannot describe what a delightful start that was to my Friday. I made an extra cup of coffee and sipped and munched and YES.

I didn’t do my meal prep stuff this past weekend and I’ve been struggling all week because of it. For a while, I was on a roll with prepping meals for the week on Sunday mornings, but I’ve definitely fallen off the wagon. I need to get back on, quick. Buying lunches every day (plus dinners on rehearsal days) is causing me to spend way too much money.

I think I’ve decided to audition for only one show this summer, and will only accept a lead role. Like I’ve said before, stating that I’ll only take a lead role makes me feel like a total schmuck, but I just can’t commit to another three months of rehearsals unless it’s a lead role. I don’t anticipate getting this particular role because I’m not right for it physically, but I need to practice auditioning more so that it’s less stressful for me, and going into an audition where it’s not super high stakes emotionally will be good for me. I’m mostly looking at it as a practice audition at this point.

Do you bring your lunch to work, or do you buy lunch?

January Wrap-Up

How is it February already? I feel like Christmas was just last weekend! I’m here today with a little post on how January went for me, both in fitness and in life, because it was a pretty full month.

9 to 5 Rehearsals Started
So far, rehearsals have been great. The cast is lots of fun, and our time is respected and well-managed. I’m currently in rehearsal pretty much every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday night from 6:45-10 and Sunday afternoons from 12:45-5pm, which is kind of a lot. It’s also tough because I get out of work at 4:30, meaning I have to fill 2+ hours before weekday rehearsals. I leave the house at 7 am and don’t get home until almost 11 pm, which can make eating well and getting enough sleep difficult, but I’m managing for now.

Started CrossFit
I’m currently going to CF every Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 5-6pm. I chose the 12 classes per month option, so that fits nicely, and it also helps fill the time between work and rehearsal on weeknights. I’m still loving it. I’m finally getting to the point where I feel like I know what I’m doing, and I can already feel and see that I’m getting stronger, which is very exciting. I can’t wait to see where another month of this takes me!

Another Month Off of Running
I haven’t run since November 15, and I’m 100% OK with it. Winter in Vermont is cold, dark, and unpredictable. Plus, with rehearsals and CrossFit three times a week, I’m getting plenty of exercise AND I’m very busy. I will need to get back on the proverbial horse fairly soon because I have some races coming up in May, but for now, I’m enjoying the hell out of my running break.

Striking a Good Balance Between Socialization and Relaxation
While I am undoubtedly a “theatre person,” I don’t necessarily fit the stereotype of “crazy extrovert” theatre person. I do a great job faking it, but I am truly an introvert. Dedicating so much time to things like CrossFit and rehearsals where I’m surrounded by people and having to interact appropriately for hours on end, I quickly reach a saturation point and need quiet alone time to recharge. While working on shows, I often greedily horde my precious time off and earmark it exclusively for hibernating at home in my PJs and playing video games or reading. This time around, though, I am pushing myself a bit to do actual fun social things like birthday parties and cookie baking extravaganzas as well. As long as I do a good job rotating busy weekends like this past one with quiet weekends like this upcoming one, I get the best of both worlds and seem less like a miserable hermit.

Highlight
The highlight of this month was definitely this past weekend’s cookie baking extravaganza. It was wonderful to revive a tradition that had fallen off the radar for a few years. Also, the friends I spent the day with are some of my oldest and dearest, people who understand my introvert tendencies and are always ready to have “introvert fun” like sitting in a room together knitting quietly.

Lowlight
Sunday two weeks ago. You already know the story, but between Ben hitting his hand with an axe and us going to the emergency room and my mom’s anxiety attack and the subsequent family fallout, it was a rough day.

Looking ahead to February, I have a couple of mini goals I’d like to achieve. Like last year, I didn’t set any overarching goals or resolutions for 2017, but I definitely have things I want or need to accomplish this month.

  • Go to CrossFit 12 times. I paid for 12 classes, so I need to use them. No excuses.
  • Go to yoga at least once. I still have 6 classes on the 10 class pass I bought last spring and I could definitely use some stretching to balance all the strength work in CF.
  • Make an eye doctor appointment. It’s been 3 years since my last exam, and I can tell my glasses aren’t doing what they should anymore. I have vision insurance, so this shouldn’t be a huge financial burden.

That’s it–three things. Seems fairly doable. I have an enormous list of “adulting” that needs to get done this year, so I’m trying to chip away at it bit by bit. I’m hoping that getting the eye exam done will build some momentum to get the other stuff done as well.

What was the highlight of your January?

Friday Free-For-All – 01/27/17

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Tomorrow is going to be a jam-packed day! First up, cookie baking with Jaska, Penelope, Sabrina Joy, and Linzy. Jaska, Sabrina Joy and I used to have an annual cookie-baking date, but it’s been THREE YEARS since we last did it. Far, far too long! This will most likely be an all day thing, and will yield lots of tasty results. Then, it’s my friend Maria’s LulaRoe launch party, and then my friend Ian’s birthday celebration. It will likely be a long day, but a good one, too.

Ben’s hand seems to be healing fine. Thank you all for your concern this week. As far as hitting one’s finger with an axe goes, Ben’s situation was ideal. No nerve damage, no tendon damage, and thankfully so far, no infection. It was a deep cut, but because we got nearly immediate attention, he’ll right as rain very soon.

My in-laws are home from the Bahamas. They’d been gone for over a week, and while it was fun for Ben and me to have the house to ourselves, we also had to take care of all the animals by ourselves, which was kind of a pain. Now, we’re back to our normal morning and evening routine. Speaking of the Bahamas…

One month from today, we will be in Eleuthera. I honestly could not possibly be more excited. With everything that’s been going on lately, I need a nice long break. I need sun, sand, and ocean. I need staying up late and sleeping late, sunsets over the water, reading all day, and eating and drinking whatever I want, whenever I want. I have a countdown on my phone, and I look at it every day. Cannot. Wait.

Do you have any fun vacations or trips coming up? Tell me all about it!