live your own life

open road

My neighbor said something to me this weekend that wasn’t necessarily profound, but definitely turned a switch in my head.  I was walking the dog, and complaining to him about how my boyfriend likes to sleep in until 2 or 3 in the afternoon some weekends.  While he sleeps, I feel like I need to be quiet in the house and wait for him to wake up so that we can do something fun together.  What Bob said to me was:

When you live with someone whose sleep schedule is so different from yours, you just have to live your own life.”

DUH!  How had I never looked at it this way before?  With that in my head, I walked back home, packed a bag, said goodbye to rip van winkle, and headed to the lake by myself.  Well, my parents and siblings were there so I guess I wasn’t alone, but I realized that all this time I’ve spent waiting for someone else to wake up was just wasted time.  I wait to start my day until he wakes up, hoping to spend time together all weekend.  What I should do instead, is wake up early and do the things I need or want to do that day.  If I want to go for a hike in the morning, and can’t wake him up, I need to just do it myself!  As I type this I realize how ridiculous it sounds, but for some reason, I just never got it until someone flat out said it to me. 

It just goes to show me that things I think are problems can sometimes be solved by looking at them a little bit differently.  If I can take the things that annoy me, and try to spin them into a positive somehow, maybe I can have little epiphanies like this more often.  Jon leaves a wake of wrappers and plates behind him…but he’s just helping me hone my cleaning skills.  Hmm, maybe not everything can be solved this way.

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saturday ramblings

tucker's morning walk

lincoln park, 6am

This morning started off right with a little 2 mile walk with Tucker.  It’s nice to get him tired out before the day even really starts!  I used to run all the time with my parents dog (a black lab), but when we got tiny Tucker, it quickly became apparent that 1. those little legs were not meant for running miles with mommy, and 2. two miles is pretty much his max, and then he jumps up and wants to be carried the rest of the way.  I tooootally do not spoil my dog.  Smile  Anyways, it’s hard for me because there are a lot of mornings where I’d love to go for a run first thing, but I know I need to take him out, and by the time we are finished walking, I wake up enough to want breakfast, and then…the run never happens.  I’ve been wanting to develop more of an early morning work out routine, but the alarm clock hasn’t been my friend thus far.  But new workout schedules are what Mondays are for, right?

We have tons of delicious blueberries so I decided blueberry pancakes were in order for breakfast.  They turned out more like blueberries with a side of pancake.  Chock full of delicious fruit!!  I subbed honey for sugar in my normal pancake recipe and the sweetness of the berries was perfect!

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It felt good to have such a productive morning, but then I realized that we wouldn’t be able to make it to the lake due to commitments around here.  Hopefully we can head out next weekend instead.

Jon and I headed to a coffee shop in Lakewood which was so unique and hipster, definitely not your typical Starbucks.  The iced vanilla latte hit the spot, and we got about an hour of solid work done there before coming home, crashing on the couch, and watching the Olympics!!  I don’t care what sport is on, I love watching the games.

Tonight I’m really excited about making this pasta dish I saw on Our Best Bites.  Subbing thin slices of zucchini for pasta is GENIUS!  I love sneaking veggies into things like sauces, and this is another step up.  I tend to love on my carbs, so I think this recipe will be perfect!  I am planning on grilling some chicken to have on hand this week for salads and wraps, so I’ll probably toss some of that in instead of the tomatoes.  After dinner is date night, and I’m super pumped to see the new Batman movie.  Everyone has been raving about it, and I’ve been slacking on getting out to see it, so it should be a good time!  I hope everyone is having a great weekend too so far!!

my heads in the books, but my heart’s at the lake

tucker sleeps, i study

(Tucker sleeps, I study)

I’ve got a huge accounting test tonight, and I’m up and studying hard while my dog sleeps on my books, and my boyfriend crashes on the couch.  So much for sympathetic roomies!  I’ve been working so hard in this class, but summer courses are just so accelerated, that it’s taken everything I have to just keep my head above water.  I’m hoping my hard work will pay off tonight, and I can celebrate a little!  I feel like a blob, laying in bed studying all day, so a workout is definitely in order after my class.  There’s no better way to release the stress of a test than a little treadmill action!  I’ve been wanting to try a couple interval workouts, and I think tonight might be just the time to do it (if I don’t crash from my insane caffeine intake today)! 

Jon and I are planning on going up to the lake house this weekend, which will give me a MUCH needed break.  Even though I’ll have tons of homework to bring along, it will be SO much easier to do laying on the deck, with a couple boat rides or hikes to break things up.  I want to try and go to a flea market or antique shop while we’re up there, to get a couple things to spruce up the house.  It’s a little dated, and I know I could make a few simple updates to brighten things up! 

Sadly, I have to get back to studying, and stop daydreaming about a gorgeous lake house weekend!  I guess it’s good to have something to look forward to that motivates me to get this work done, but not when it’s so enticing that it distracts me from the books!

life is better at the lake

view from the lake house

(the view from the lake house)

There is one place that has always held such a special place in my heart, and that is my family’s lake house in upstate New York.  No matter what is going on in my life, it’s a place I can go to relax, center myself, and check out for a while. 

I have so many fond memories growing up in this house with my grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, siblings, and parents.  Summer days full of boat rides, swimming, ice cream, and naps listening to the water.  Nights with bonfires, fireworks, s’mores, and storytelling.  The house is such a part of me, or at least reminds me of the best parts of me.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve spent less and less time at the lake house, and I feel like I’ve lost the sense of carefree fun and relaxation that I felt on my stays there.  But all it takes is a 2.5 hour drive, and as soon as I step out of the car, I’m cured.  There’s nothing a little fresh air and a gorgeous sunset can’t fix.

I need to find a way to get that “lake house effect” in my everyday life.  I’m hoping this blog will be a place to reflect, recharge, and gain perspective on my life and where I’m headed.  Like the lake, my life can be calm and serene, or choppy and rough, and this blog will help me navigate these clear waters and storms and hopefully learn a little bit along the way.