This was the first weekend in a long time where I could just relax. It’s very hard to just slow down and take some time for myself, especially when there are so many things to see and do in the summer time – plus the summer season is so short that I want to maximize outdoor time. However, I do realize that there needs to be a time to just not have anything planned and just to enjoy the day. That is exactly what I did this weekend.
Saturday was spent wandering around downtown with the BF where we purchased two carboys for homebrewing and then splitting up for the rest of the weekend. We both went to the same birthday party at different times, since he was with his best friend and I had another event to go to. It was interesting when I showed up solo because everyone just asked where my other half was. I just told them I had no clue since last I heard they were a bar somewhere. It’s usually the answer I give to everyone since I don’t need to keep tabs on where he is, he will get a hold of me one way or another when he needs to 🙂
The second half of the evening was spent at SpiritHouse. It’s tucked away at Adelaide and Portland so it wasn’t as busy or pretentious as I thought it would be. It was my first time there and I was delightfully surprised by the attention to detail and care the bartenders took to make our drinks and took the time to educate us on where the alcohols were from. We ended up sitting at the bar and my friend had been there a handful of times, so he knew the bartenders and they knew him. It was great because they were showcasing gin this month and it’s one of my favourites. I didn’t know what to order so I just told the bartender, Terry to make something with gin and he concocted something called Therapy. Not sure if it’s an industry name or something he came up with, but it was delicious! The cocktail list as well as whiskey lists were very extensive – full list can be found here. It was a great relaxing evening spent with friends.
I spent most of Sunday by myself, which is something I seldom do anymore. I went for a swim in the morning and then did groceries. It’s been so long since I’ve gone out to get groceries and actually plan meals that it was very relaxing and exciting to be making my own food. This week’s menu includes:
- Egg whites
- Mixed veggies (green peppers, onion, mushrooms and zucchini)
- Salad (green leaf lettuce, red onion, mushrooms with homemade dressing – garlic, olive oil, honey mustard, lemon juice and pepper)
- Broccoli slaw (shredded broccoli/carrot/cabbage with dressing – mayo, honey mustard, lemon juice and pepper)
- Zucchini patties (zucchini, Parmesan cheese, chili flakes, bread crumbs, egg and salt/pepper)
- Spaghetti squash with a ground beef tomato sauce (I added zucchini, mushroom, onion, garlic, green pepper to a can of tomato sauce)
- Possibly tuna cakes – but haven’t made them yet.
- Burger patties (extra lean ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, onion, mushroom, green onions, pepper and soy sauce)
- Broccoli slaw
- Zucchini patties
- Baked salmon
- Nuts (almonds and cashews)
- Fruit (pears, apples and mangos)
- Raw veggies – forgot to pick up some celery and carrots, will do that tomorrow
- Greek yogurt with flax seeds
I realized today that it’s pretty easy to make variations of foods with a few core ingredients. Cooking and prep work took about two hours but it was very rewarding at the end because now I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to eat for this week. This is something I like to have control over during the weekdays. It’s often too easy to go out and buy lunch. Not only is it unhealthy for the body but also the wallet.
Other than cooking today, I tackled some receipts sitting in my room. This was a daunting task because I try to keep track of my expenses so I hold onto receipts but I end up just tossing them onto my nightstand. As they accumulate, it looks more and more overwhelming so I end up letting it pile up to the point where they fly off the pile and I get fed-up with it that I spend an hour going through all of them and recording them.
All and all, it was nice to have time to myself this weekend. I feel more relaxed and ready to tackle this work week.