Solo Saturday

CJ headed to Charleston, SC this weekend with friends for a boys trip and this is the first time since we moved in together a year ago that I’m getting an entire weekend at home by myself.

I’m always a little bummed when he goes away but I was actually kind of excited this time to get a weekend at home by myself (I was just imagining Real Housewives reruns, sushi, and cauliflower pizza). I had friends asking me to make plans but I turned everyone down because I really just wanted time to be completely by myself and just relax and hang out. It’s been a pretty refreshing weekend so far!

I woke up this morning and had a cup of coffee and also a bowl of Julian Bakery’s Pro Granola. As mentioned in some of my other posts, I’m following a F-Factor diet, so this granola has been life changing. It somehow is only 2g net carbs and has 12g of protein per serving. I have the peanut butter and I usually do about 1/2 a cup with a little bit of almond milk over it and it is AMAZING. So delicious and just a much healthier alternative to regular granola. I bought it on Amazon and am about to hit order on every. single. flavor.

I was able to make the 9am C2 class at CorePower which was super exciting. I love when I’m able to get to yoga in the morning on my days off because it really makes me feel so much more ready to take on the day ahead. The teacher may have been my favorite in Boston. He was so good and he played Ariana Grande, Chance the Rapper, Jonas Brothers, and the new Taylor Swift which made the class that much more fun to go through. I love flowing to upbeat music rather than the eastern yogi sounds that a lot of teachers use. I of course forgot my towel today and figured I’d be ok because it was just C2 but I was drenched in sweat. I’m usually not a big sweater which is why I love hot yoga because sometimes it just feels so good to release all of those toxins and negative energy via sweat and also see your body’s reaction to the workout.

I had a few errands to run s after yoga and picked up Panera for lunch. I haven’t had Panera in SO long! There are so many other lunch options in Boston that I haven’t had Panera in probably close to a year. No regrets on Panera. I got the Asian Chicken Salad and a cup of the Vegetable Soup. I also went to Assembly Row in Sommerville for the first time. I had ordered something from Banana Republic Factory online and had to return it and realized there was a factory store there. I wish I hadn’t been sweaty and gross and that it wasn’t 10:00 in the morning because this place looked awesome! I can’t wait to go back with CJ – so many cool restaurants, things to do, and outlet stores!

For some reason, I also was feeling tempted to stop at Barnes & Noble and pick up a new book. I’ve always been a big reader and loved books but found it hard to prioritize the time to dive into especially in college. Recently, I’ve been back on a reading kick kick but have also been back and forth between e-books and physical books.

I love the idea of e-books. My e-books are digital downloads onto the Kindle app on my iPad. I love that they’re often cheaper, download instantly, and they don’t take any physical space in my 700 square foot apartment. I’m not one to re-read books so my book shelves really are just shelves that house books that never get read again so I think e-books are great in that aspect.

However, does anyone else feel like sometimes they just really need a break from the screen? I’m on my computer ALL the time at work often to come home and get on my personal computer. We’re always on our phones and while all of our favorite shows can potentially let us disconnect from the internet and social media – televisions are still screens. I chuckle at the memory of being at the pediatrician’s office as a child and the doctor telling my mom she should be limiting my brother, sister, and I to 1-2 hours of screen time a day. This may have been a good decade ago now, but it’s not possible in today’s world.

I ended up snagging two books because they were having a buy one get one 50% off deal on paperbacks and started (and am already 135 pages in) The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand. I recently read Elin’s book Summer of ’69 in a day so when I saw she had a title as a part of the sale I quickly reached for it. I believe this is one of her bigger books so I was excited to dig into it. Both books are fiction and page turners. Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket so she often sets her stories there. Being from Massachusetts I love the local tie (although I’m still yet to get to Nantucket).

For those who live with a signifiant other, what do you do to keep yourself busy when your partner goes away?

How do you prefer your books? Are you a traditional physical book person or have you fully converted to the convenience of e-books?

How do you balance screen time?

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