Weekend Reflection and Recap: Grateful

I’m sitting down on this Sunday night, just wanting to share how grateful I am for this life, by recapping my weekend. When life undoubtedly gets stressful, I can always go back to this moment just to recognize how much I have to be thankful for.

My Husband and I have been in a routine I like to call “Zen Sundays”. Basically we relax, light candles, I usually take a bath, give foot rubs, and take a zen attitude about going to work and school on Monday.

This Sunday evening I feel grateful that I have a job that I can make money at for tomorrow, a beautiful house, an amazing and kind husband, time to spend with family and friends, health, and fitness. I could keep listing, but the point is this Sunday evening is not just “Zen Sunday”, it is also “Grateful Sunday”.

Friday: I am a substitute teacher so usually I just see kids for one or two days then move on to the next classroom. I accepted somewhat of a long term sub job with first graders, which is a whole different world. 6 and 7 year olds require so much compassion and patience, so this has been a good challenge for me. I got to do Cinco de Mayo activities with them on Friday and since I will be with them next week too, I am getting them up and moving, using GoNoodle activities all them time. Feeling fulfilled in your job is priceless.

I get home on Friday, after a day commuting an hour each back and forth, feeling a bit drained but my brother is here to stay the night! If you have ever lived away from home, you may know what a gift it is to get to see your family, even for just one evening. Together we walked to Michael’s mexican restaurant in the Old Market of Omaha. We had a great evening, I took my brother and his friend past Warren Buffett’s house, which is really just a typical house. It was a fitting tourist attraction, since they were in town for the Berkshire Hathaway shareholder’s meeting.

Saturday: Speaking of the Berkshire Hathaway shareholder’s meeting, my Saturday morning started off early, 4:30 in the morning to be exact. You see I told my brother and his friend I would drive them to the meeting so that they could get in line first, to get a spot to see Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger speak. As hard as it was initially to get up, driving them to the meeting was interesting and I got to see 18,000 other people heading towards downtown with the same excitement.

I did end up getting to go back to bed for a few hours, but I woke up made a lovely breakfast later. My husband and I had agreed to help lay mulch down at our in-laws. Now I’m not going to lie, this was hard work and sucked a little bit. But it was a great chance to be outside, getting dirty and be helpful. Will and I put in three good hours of work, which we can feel today, and I officially got my first sunburn of the year.

My brother-in-law, Hector, who uses a wheelchair asked if he could spend some time at my house. I was at first reluctant, Hector is very energetic and I was in no mood to entertain after all the yard work, but agreed he could come over as long as he didn’t complain if he was bored. I have had Hector stay at my house many times, but this is the first where we had access to a van that could transport his powerchair (motorized wheelchair).

When we got home I made the salsa that I had meaning to make for the last two days. I had fresh cilantro, jalapeños, and tomatoes in the fridge that I did not want to go to waste. I also ended up making some guacamole, which turned out great. Perfect afternoon pre-run snack.

I am glad Hector came over because he motivated me to go out for a run.  I was feeling bad because I missed a run this week, and felt like I was making up excuses and losing momentum on my half marathon training. I always knew that training for a half marathon would be time consuming, and I am really starting to learn the sacrifices that need to be made in order to stay the path. It’s hard to say no to friends, or skip netflix binges, just to make time for a run, but I’m learning to prioritize.

I asked hector if he would like to follow along for a 5 or 6 mile run. Hector was very excited to go with me and agreed to be my waterboy. I wasn’t sure how well this would work as far as him keeping up with me…

…Well, this worked out great because little did I know, Hector’s powerchair can go at the speed of a 7 minute mile, which I definitely don’t pace at in my long runs! Hector is also the funniest little ball of energy, and was not shy about cheering me on going up big hills, or when I started to slow down. I have officially given him the title of my running coach.

The best part about my run was that even after I made it to 5 miles, and then 6 miles I kept going. The end of my run was at a bit of an incline, but I just kept telling myself that I was almost there and that Hector was right there with me when I reach 7 miles.

I’m back on track after the 7 miles. I had the greatest runner’s high after. In order to complete this run, I had to turn down going to a friend’s going away party, which was really hard.

When we got back to my house, Hector took a short nap. Will says I actually tired him out which is no easy feat.

My Saturday evening consisted of taking a long Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt bath, meditating, stretching out, doing a Neutrogena Light Therapy mask and going to bed early. It felt so rewarding.

Sunday: Again I made a great breakfast for Hector, Will, and I, to start the day. Having time to wake up and do this is one of my favorite parts of weekends.

Being in the midwest, the first weekend of May is also a first weekend for Farmer’s Market. Our good friends invited us to go with them to the Omaha Farmer’s Market, which was so lovely to walk around and take in the people and booths.

I ended up getting some Rhubarb, a Basil plant, a Ghost Pepper plant, and a Jalapeño Pepper Plant. Although the pepper plants may have been an ambitious undertaking, I am going to try my best and yield a crop. Besides they were only a dollar each. Expectations were low but if this is possible the peppers will eventually be a great addition to my homemade salsa.

After walking around in the most perfect, 75 degrees and sunny weather, we grabbed a coffee from Jones Bros Cupcakes, which I had never tried before, but would recommend. They even had Nitro Cold Brew coffee, which I was pretty excited about. We ended up back at our friends playing a few games of Mario Kart, and Super Smash Bros (which I won!).

After that Will took his Sunday afternoon nap, which is his bliss. I went for a walk in the 80 degree weather in the city, which is my bliss.

While on my walk, I found myself listening to a great podcast conversation, Waking up with Sam Harris, Episode #74: What Should We Eat?A Conversation with Gary Taubes. If you are not familiar With Gary Taubes, he wrote the book  Good Calorie, Bad Calorie, which I have read, but this podcast was a great synopsis of the information in is book. As you may have figured out from my last post, I am obsessed with podcasts, so this is my official recommendation of the week.

I ended up finding a quiet green space where I sat for a bit, and then my mom happened to call. Again, keeping in touch with family from states away is important to me so having a long phone call where we recapped our weekends was so great.

After a little meal prep and hanging out with my pet rabbit, Diablo on my balcony, I am here. Waiting for laundry to be done, eating rhubarb crisp and writing a blog post. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Plus I have this week to look forward to. I am going to Chance the Rapper’s concert, his musically is undeniably positive and puts me in a good mood. I will see some old friends at the concert. And Joanna Jedrzejczyk fights at UFC 211, and she is one of my favorite fighters! And such a beast!

One thing I am going to try and improve on this week is my sleep. Sleep, is the time that you make “gains”, so I must not neglect it as I have this past week.

As you can see I have lots to be grateful for and looking forward to, enjoy your “Grateful Sunday”.