Advance apologies, guys.
There is way too much going on in my world right now to concoct succinct and neatly-packaged blog posts. So this might be sort of random. Here we go!
So, first, the Paraguay thing. We leave tomorrow! The hubs and I are headed down to Asuncion for our good friends’ wedding. We return early next week so it’s a super short trip (what, you don’t take your long weekends in South America?) but should be a rollickin’ good time.
I literally have no idea what to expect. I mean…Paraguay! I was chatting with my mom on the phone earlier and she asked what airline we were flying. I have no clue. The hubs booked us tickets like two weeks ago using frequent-flier points and I am assuming that all I need to do is show up at RDU tomorrow, suitcase and fancy dress in hand. Probably not the smartest way to approach an international excursion, but hey – we’re fly-by-the-seat kind of people when we travel and it usually works out. (Um. Usually.)
I’ve never been to South America before. And this will be Continent #5 for me. That leaves just Oceania and Antarctica. Not bad for someone who didn’t even own a passport until age 22!
Anyway, today, instead of packing for Paraguay, I spent my day tacking this:
The neverending pile of boxes. If you’re a person who has moved a bunch (which most of you apparently are! yay, itchyfeet!) you know what I’m talking about. That wall of boxes that just defeats you when you look at it. It takes over rooms and chokes passageways. Every day, it sinks and settles a little more, as the lower boxes absorb the weight of the upper ones. It threatens to mold itself into a permanent box formation if you don’t dismantle it soon. And you don’t even know where to start with this shit.
Well, today, I took it head on. I was an unpacking and box-destructing machine. At the end of the day, I was left with this:
Sweet floor space. Glorious view. It is heaven to have a semi-functioning living room (which still lacks a couch and TV, but whatever). I am just happy that I no longer have to contort myself to maneuver around the main apartment space.
The bedrooms? Are another story entirely. Although I promise I DID actually unpack, and I DID NOT simply move boxes from the living room to the bedrooms. (Okay, maybe a couple. But not many.)
Today’s EAT: This is actually yesterday’s EAT, but seriously? Not having a daily blogging routine is making me stabby. I miss you guys!
So here is yesterday’s delish dinner of salmon with peach-avocado salsa, “grilled” veggies and corn on the cob:
I am still kind of marveling at how easy, delicious and inexpensive this meal was. Yep, it’s that time of year where things like salmon, peaches and corn are fresh and cheap! This whole meal cost about $10 in ingredients. And in spite of the fact that our complex’s community grill wasn’t working, this dinner was just fine prepared in the kitchen.
(And the peach-avocado salsa? Definitely worth making again. Chop up a ripe peach and saute in 1 TSP of butter until very tender. Remove from heat and cool to room temp. Add chopped avocado, 2 TBSP fresh lime juice, 1/4C chopped red onion , a handful of torn fresh mint or basil and salt and red pepper flakes to taste.)
Today’s DRINK: We cracked a bottle on our baller balcony last night. The first of many, I am sure!
Here’s the bottle:
Clear Bottle Bay Pinot Grigio. Admittedly, I have a hard time with white pinots. I always think they taste watery and sharp and too fruity. This one was okay…and certainly a refreshing thing to sip on a warm night, and worth its <$10 price tag. But…ehh. Maybe I just need to get a little better educated on the lighter whites (pinots, sauvignon blancs, etc) because I always think they taste way too light (probably makes sense compared to my beloved Chardonnay, which runs through my blood like a life force).
Oh yeah, and the balcony:
I know that so many of you have fabulous yards and decks that put our little balcony to shame, but I have to say: I kind of love having a little outdoor space. 🙂 We get the western light of the sunset and it’s just a perfect place to sip a glass of wine as the day darkens!
Today’s RUN: Yesterday and today were both treadmill runs. Yes, I am a huge weenie and will not brave 90+ degree temps to run outside. Especially when there’s a treadmill in my building.
Yesterday: 1 mile warm up, 4 miles tempo (just under 30 minutes, 7:30 pace), 1 mile cool down. 6 miles total.
Today: easy run, 5 miles in 41:50.
And on tap for tomorrow: a long run outside. Like, 2+ hours long. Yep, I am going to get my butt out of bed at 6 AM and get it done. Because who knows what will happen, running-wise, in Paraguay.
Today’s QUESTION: How many countries and/or continents have you visited? What was your favorite?