STARTING | the new year on the right foot by collecting my first running miles for 2022 and celebrating with coffee and a sweet yeast pretzel (a Rhineland tradition) on New Year’s Day. And speaking of coffee, I’ve been
ENJOYING | a cup (or two) of post-holiday gingerbread coffee that I picked up at Trader Joe’s. It’s never too late for gingerbread coffee.
LOOKING FORWARD TO | my 5-10 minutes of morning meditation on the Peloton app (my favorites are Kristin McGee and Aditi Shah). I started a more regular routine at the beginning of the month and I think it’s a good thing to keep up.
USING | lentils in everything. They’re really good for you and super-filling, so I try to add them to as many meals as possible. This week, we made a Lentil Bolognese (loosely based on this recipe) and it was so good. Highly recommend!
EATING | loaded (with chia, hemp, and flax seeds) overnight oats with berries.
DRINKING | coffee out of this beautiful new mug that I won in a advent calendar giveaway. I told myself I am not going to buy any more mugs for the foreseeable future (wish me luck!), but I cannot prevent anyone from gifting me one, right?
FEELING | accomplished after participating in my first PeloFondo, a long-distance spin cycle event, last weekend. I really thrive on a good challenge right now.
a little FRUSTRATED BY | work tasks that are technically “easy” to execute, but take way longer than anticipated – by me (who tends to overpromise) and my project manager (who underestimates the task at hand). Sound familiar?
THRILLED | that I finally figured out who sent me the awesome ‘ride and shine’ workout shirt. It was part of a Secret Santa gift through my Peloton Streakers group, and now that I think about it, it totally makes sense! My Secret Santa had sent something else though and the package with the shirt didn’t include a note, so I couldn’t make the connection.
READING | Voyager (Outlander #3) by Diana Gabaldon. Completely enamored, is all.
BAKING | another perfect sourdough rye bread. My sourdough starters have become really stable and are super-easy to handle. I don’t produce any more discard (I feed as much as I take away for baking once a week) and what once took a lot of effort and experimentation is just a regular weekend routine now. I love it.
BUYING | nothing. I kind of attempted a no-spend month in January. YNAB* was putting on a no-spend challenge after the holiday and claimed that people on average save $1000 during a no-spend month. Well, we didn’t eat out (except for once, and we used a gift card for that) and I only bought what we consider ‘essentials’ and pushed a couple of non-urgent purchases to February, but I also did not save $1000. Not even close. If people spend an average of $1000 on non-essential things each month, they need the no-spend month more than I do.
DRAFTING | a few blog posts. I usually write down immediately if I think of something that I want to blog about and then I start a draft for it, so I can work on it when time allows. Do you do the same? Or how do you come up with and write your posts?
What is currently going on with you?
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