Thanks for all your sweet comments! I’m crazy excited to do some traveling this summer and excited to share my adventures with you! I’ve gotten a bunch of questions as to how this trip came to be….well, ever since we got home from Paris in 2007, Rea and I have been scheming up a plan to get back there. We’ve been talking for THREE YEARS about going back but there was always a roadblock and it never seemed like a good time. Well, a few months ago we were talking about how cool it would be to go this summer…I had just gotten my book deal and she was doing some ghost writing for another author. We both are very, very lucky in that our jobs are pretty mobile and we can work anywhere.
So, after some long calls and some crazy ideas being bounced back and forth, we decided to just go for it! This summer is the perfect time for both of us. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t have “a ton of money” and plan to start saving now for the trip. Somehow what seems extravagant to y’all really…..isn’t. I live in a house the size of a shoe box with no cable, no a/c, no dishwasher or laundry (heck, I don’t even have FURNITURE in my house), have quit the gym to save $$ and try to walk most places around town to save gas. I rarely ever go shopping and actually only have one credit card and here it is, frozen:
I got this idea from Caitlin a while back and thought it was hysterical. What a perfect way to kill a shopping addiction!
I know you all think I get such amazing opportunities but really, I make things happen because I’m incredibly passionate about what I love. If you want something bad enough, you can find a way to get it. I’ve had to sacrifice a lot to get where I am right now and am constantly faced with choices and different roads to travel. I LOVE change and there’s just so much I want to see and do. Most of all though, I just have an incredibly adventurous spirit and figure I should live it up while I can. Eventually I do want to settle down, get married and have some kiddies, but I have awhile to go before all that craziness takes place.
Or maybe I just want to pick up where I left off on my “no french onion soup left behind” tour of Paris three years ago. One never knows for sure.
Anyways, back to my day. I ate half a clif bar this morning and then met Anna and Lisa at the studio for a circuit style strength workout. We did three sets of 20 each of crunches, push-ups, squats with the medicine ball and bicep curl and lifts. Then, another three sets of 20 twisting lunges with the medicine ball, more crunches, squats and press with a resistance band and reverse fly with weights. I also threw in some jumping jacks at the end. Whew! I might be sore tomorrow.
I met Rocky Slaughter for lunch to talk about our mean lean gran fondo training plan (he’s doing the fondo with me!). I had some beet salad and two stuffed grape leaves—both were delicious! The beet salad had pistachios, feta and balsamic dressing. Mmmmm
I probably should have chosen something with a little more protein though after such an intense workout because not even an hour later I was hungry again. Enter greek yogurt, a jumbo sized grapefruit and honey:
Hit the library for a few hours (became the mayor on foursquare and thought it was aaaawesome!) to write and came home with a hefty appetite. I had Happy Herbivore’s chickpea tacos on my mind and nothing else would do.