Sunday’s are a double-treat on a long weekend. All the pleasures of a normal Sunday (long, slow walks; visiting Mum and Dad; watching TV in bed) are combined with the knowledge that you don’t have to get up and get ready for work the next day – you get a whole other Sunday! And, you get to avoid ‘the Mondays’. Just one of the things I am grateful for this week. Here, for your reading pleasure is my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Four:
Monday: Today I started the week with a great run, and when I got to work my day got even better – my work friend Jess started back at work today! I am so grateful to have her back in the office and to hear her tales of her adventures in Burma (Myanmar).
Tuesday: Tonight when I got home from work I just needed to run – you know the feeling. I had some mad energy coursing through my veins and the distance just flew past – I even managed some sub-6:00 pace kilometers! I was grateful for such a positive run in the week before my first race of the year.
Wednesday: I started Andie Mitchell’s gorgeous memoir ‘It Was Me All Along’ today over lunch. I started reading her blog ‘Can You Stay for Dinner‘ nearly at the beginning and I am so happy that she is now a published author. Each post is straight from the heart, and so many times I have heard the whisper of my own soul in her words. I am grateful for her words being in our world.
Thursday: Stormy Brisbane summer days were the norm this week and when the rain was pitter-pattering on the roof this morning I took the chance to turn my alarm clock off and snuggle in bed with Chris for a little longer. I was grateful for the slow start to the day. Sometimes you need to ignore the alarm clock for as long as possible and make the most of some snuggle time in the quiet of a rainy morning.
Friday: I love going to the movies and tonight Chris and I headed off to see ‘Taken 3’. Yeah, I know, not the most high-brow of films, but we are Liam Neeson fans, and both of us are suckers for action films. I was grateful for a night out with Chris watching a movie that we both enjoyed. There really is nothing better than watching Mr. Neeson kick some butt.
Saturday: Our usual trip to the markets was back on this morning, and Mum, Jess and I took our time lingering over breakfast and wandering around picking up fresh fruit and vegetables for the week. I went for a long interval run on the way home, and then had the opportunity to help out a friend on his exciting new project (details to come). Chris surprised me by taking me out to lunch at a new-to-us-cafe. While he went to get his beard trimmed (he’s so fancy) I sat and enjoyed Andie Mitchell’s heart-wrenching memoir. I was grateful for my surprise outing – an unexpected delight with my darling. Late in the evening Chris and I made a dash to the ice cream parlour for some summer evening sweet delight.
Sunday: Bright blue sky walks are the best way to start a Sunday and I spent this one listening to the new NPR podcast Invisibilia – these ladies are addictive for sure. When I got home Chris and I went to visit my parents and share slices of a new cake recipe I am testing for you all (it was a success!). I was grateful to spend some time with three of the people I love the most – and get some Molly snuggles too. Tonight Chris and I are going out for dinner and drinks with some friends. I am grateful for the chance to get all fancied-up and spend some time with the beautiful people.
Also this week:
- This week Martin Luther King Day was celebrated in the USA. Dr King, we still have yet to achieve your dream, but we still have the hope.
- I have always been, and will always be, a chocolate chip cookie girl, and these are my even better take on the original – it’s all about the rest time.
- Tomorrow we celebrate Australia Day, but my gluten free lamingtons are perfect for any day of the year!
- Medibank featured another of my recipes on their BeMagazine website – my Millet and Black Bean Stuffed Peppers – this is one of my favourite recipes and I’m so glad that Medibank shared it with their readers – I hope they enjoy it!
Tell me, dear reader, what are you grateful for this week? What has made your life bright and beautiful this week?