I haven’t had a Saturday Morning off in a long time. My Saturday mornings have been occupied with running Skinology, my new spa or making up hours at my 9-5. I am eternally grateful for the jobs I have and love but it’s nice to slow down . I am equally grateful for time off to rest and reflect. Saturdays are special, they feel like a chance for opportunity and adventure. Endless possibilities.
I prefaced Saturday morning with the trip to target on Friday night. I melted into an evening of endulgence with an easy dinner of fish sticks over cauli rice topped with guac and lime and chocolate hazelnut ice cream for dessert. Never go shopping hungry or hormonal. The new Magnum Ice cream pints are my dream come true. I can’t resist a chocolate hard candy shell. I knew they’d be good, but I never expected they’d be eat-the-whole-thing-good. It’s a mixture of ice cream and crushed hard chocolate shell in a spoonful. Dead, buried, done. I’ve found the equivalent of an ice cream soul mate. I’m waiting for a reasonable amount of time to pass before I can try the other flavors.
The trip to target was intended for stocking up on a couple of things to make Saturday morning breakfast special for my hubby. I picked up his favorite, Grapefruit juice and my favorite, everything else. Again, no shopping when hungry! While I was thinking about his favorite drink, he was thinking about mine and came home with a 40oz Rosè I’ve been eying online. Now available at Tap and Bottle! I’m too excited to drink it right away. I will most likely stare at it and keep it on my bar for a few weeks until he bugs me about drinking it and accuses me of “hoarding”. I enjoy collecting pretty alcohol bottles and staring at them periodically. This drives him crazy because he doesn’t understand why I don’t just rip them open and drink them. I’d been saving a bottle of tequila we brought home from the Mayan pyramids of Yucatán for 2 years and this guy cracks it open and drinks out of it as I watch horrified. “It’s going to waste”, he rationalizes.
Saturday morning breakfast turned out to be a Protein Power bowl I threw together.
Protein Power Bowls:
-1 cup cottage cheese
- handful of chopped strawberries
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
- 1 tablespoon walnuts
- 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
450 calories, 49 grams of protein,22 grams carbs, 8 grams fiber
We spent about 20 minutes browsing at the GoodWill before hubby rushed us out. During my drive by, I was able to pick up a reflexology book and an electric candle for the spa. In our efforts to attempt to live minimally, we’ve been really careful about what we buy and what we bring into the house. Hence the rushing. “You don’t need anything!” He’s right, I don’t, but who doesn’t love trolling for Knick knacks?
For lunch we finally tried Pat’s Chilli Dogs. Pat’s is a Tucson institution and has been around for a long time. It was purchased by Carlos Hernandez, an employee of Pat’s in 1979. The Vibe here is vintage, cool and classic Americana. I imagine it hasn’t changed much since 1979. We ordered the fried shrimp, the chili dogs and fries. The food was delicious and greasy. The fries were pilled on by the pound. The perfect hangover food and quintessential Tucson. Calories, carbs, fiber? Unlimited. Most likely infinite. Food coma ensued. I’m not sure my conscience would let me come here more than once a year.
Later that evening, I spent some time working at the spa. I went in for a couple of appointments. This is my happy place. I am filled with delight and gratitude every time I step through the door. I am reminded that I’ve accomplished one of my life’s greatest dreams. Becoming a business owner however, hasn’t been the easiest journey. In these few short months I’ve lost friendships and learned hard lessons. What I’ve come to realize is, not everyone will be happy for you when you’re breaking out of the normal. That’s been a tough pill to swallow. People will get upset because-“You didn’t tell me you were starting a business”. Or people will renege on a set contractual agreement just because. Not everyone will be a part of your journey. Friendships end, they change. Everything that’s happened has reaffirmed the realization that family is always everything and eternally above all else.
I was really excited to come home to find my new book had arrived. We love reading books in front of Kingston because he’ll do the same thing. Monkey see, Monkey do. I Can’t wait to dive in. I don’t know too much about Gary V but I am a big proponent of motivational, self help books. It’s really all I read. No fiction for me, it feels like a waste of my time. I’d rather be learning and improving my mind. There’s also something special about holding a paper book, no E-books for me.
“How about a snack?” The hubz asks as we’re unwinding from the day. We grill a few hot wings and share some drinks while live streaming Coachella. We have our very own “no-Chella” late night happy hour in our living room with wine and wings as Kingston runs around and plays. I wouldn’t have it any other way.