Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
Excuse the absence, friends. My host server was undergoing a migration to a new server (which hopefully will finally solve some of my page’s loading problems, because I don’t think the problem was on my end), but I couldn’t really update my blog while the migration was in progress (I think I already lost some comments in the process, because I thought there were some more comments on my recent book post, but they disappeared. If it was yours, I am sorry.)
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I made this delicious 1-pot Tuscan-style Beef & Lentil Stew this week and you should definitely consider making it sometime before the cold(er) season is over. The combination of ground beef, lentils and kale might seem a little odd, but I promise you, it totally works! Jon has been requesting it again already.
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I attended an author training class at work last week. At my work-place, publications are everything (well, not everything, but pretty important and I’ve only been co-author on some publications so far.) In all honesty, I should have taken this class a long time ago. I can’t believe I have been here so long and nobody ever suggested I take this class. Just one more thing I missed out on when I was a contractor, I guess, but I am really glad I was finally able to take it. So much valuable information.
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You know what the trick is to get 5 miles in on the treadmill before you go to work? Getting to the gym early enough, which means not hitting the snooze button and actually getting out the door and to the gym by 5:15 a.m. at the lastest, so you have time to run and shower and make it to work on time. Mind-blowingly simple, am I right? I’ve been shifting around my workout routine a bit and now have time to run 5 miles before work (on Thursdays) and I like it.
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Highlight of my week: On Tuesday, I had the pleasure to finally meet a long-time IG and blog friend in person. Kathrin lives in the Bay Area with her family and we’ve been following each other online for quite a while. She was on her way to Tahoe on Tuesday and so she asked if I would be able to meet up for a coffee around lunch time. Of course, I said yes! We took a walk around the park and chatted away for about an hour before she drove on to Tahoe and I went back to work. It was really great to finally meet her in person! #URLtoIRL
P.S. In case you noticed: I didn’t mention Valentine’s Day. We don’t really celebrate it around here, but if you do, have a great Valentine’s Day!