I went into Friday with no plans for the weekend. I planned to lounge around, surf the internet, get back into my workout routine, dye my hair and clean my house! Well.…… like I said last week, I’m trying to enjoy what’s put in front of me. My Memphis friend Gerry and his partner Kristi texted me to ask me to lunch in New Orleans on Saturday. Of course, I would do that. Then my friend Beth wanted to meet for coffee. So, I met her before I drove out to NOLA. It was a long day of fun conversations and great food. I wish I could say the same for the weather. The weather was so bad that my friend Jascia texted me from Cincinnati to check on me. The weather was still calm on my drive back from New Orleans, but as soon as I hit Baton Rouge, the bottom fell out. It absolutely poured all afternoon and evening. I thought I would drown.
I went to bed Saturday night with the air conditioning on, and I turned on the heat when I woke up. I’m getting used to the drill. It’s either hot or cold. It doesn’t seem to fall anywhere in between. And, if it is comfortable temperature-wise, the humidity hangs in the air so bad that I turn on the AC just to clear it. Blessedly, it looks like we’ll be in the 20s and 30s all week except for Saturday.
I have discovered a reason to be grateful for this crazy Louisiana weather. On New Year’s Day, my sister-in-law had an absolutely beautiful bok choy sitting on her counter. It was so pretty that I would like to have it in a vase. She said she grew it. “In January,” I asked incredulously. She told me that winter is actually a better time for crops down here because there are fewer bugs. So I went to the farmer’s market on Saturday to see if they might have a few more veggies than they had the last time I visited in November. I expected to see a few things, but I would enjoy what was put in front of me. I was stunned to see a cornucopia of greens, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, peppers, lettuces and even strawberries. I loaded up my bags for $25 and vowed that I would never complain about the Louisiana weather again. Having access to local home-grown veggies in the wintertime is just about as great as winning the lottery. What a lasting gift of good health!
Today, I had the opportunity to exercise with Jessica via the Live Streaming Fitness video she made last week. The 30-minute workout was really good. I half-expected it to be too easy since I was using dumbbells instead of gym equipment, but it was a great workout! Tomorrow morning, I’m tuning in to the live yoga class at 6 AM. I’m really enjoying my membership. In fact, I’m considering dropping my gym membership when the contract is up in March. I like working out at home on my own timetable.
I bought some beautiful cabbage from the farmer’s market, so I wanted to make some cabbage soup. I didn’t have a recipe, so I just made one up. I added 1/2 pound sliced andouille sausage, a cup of cubed sweet potato, an onion and 5 cloves of garlic to some olive oil. I sauteed those until they were brown. Then I added some broth, cajun seasoning, 2 small chopped granny smith apples and about 3 cups of chopped cabbage. I boiled that for about 20 minutes and tossed in a can of black-eyed peas. It was absolutely fabulous! I have plenty to eat for the week ahead plus I have lots of greens and veggies for salads. What a healthy start for the week!
All weekend I was trying to enjoy what was put in front of me. It’s my new approach to life. We’ll see how it works when I get back to the office tomorrow. Hopefully, it will change my outlook. I’m not sure how to enjoy a gray cubicle, but I suppose I can enjoy being in a building that is on the National Register of Historic Places. I was in there on Friday all alone, and I swear a ghost was trying to open the door in the front lobby. It totally freaked me out. But it must have been friendly. I had a pretty decent day. I hope you all have a good first week back to work. Think about enjoying what is put in front of you. I’m telling you … it’s a great way to change your perspective. Oh … and I doubt I’ll never complain about the weather again. That was a momentary delusion.