Friday, June 10, 2011

To-Enjoy Challenge & Fun Facts Friday - Post-Vacation Reality

4-Legged Guest
Well, so far our four-legged guest, Miss Bella, is doing just fine. I was honestly a little nervous because anytime we've seen her, she's been a spastic ball of energy. We have enough crazy to deal with from Maddie. But, Bella is actually pretty calm at our house. Maybe she's shell shocked?!

She actually climbed into Jason's lap while we were sitting on the couch and just zonked out. Of course, Maddie was a little peeved since that's "her" spot. But she'll get over it. 
 
 

She minds us pretty well, though she loves to just barrel through the flower beds. Speaking of bed, our friends had mentioned previously having issues crating Bella at night. So, Jason and I were prepared for some Beagle howling to happen. But she was a perfect doll. She went right into the small kennel we had and didn't make a sound all night.

We have her again tonight before her parents come pick her up tomorrow. We'll see if she has gotten more comfortable and decides to show her true colors this evening ;-)

To-Enjoy List Challenge Update
Oh I am so happy that today is back to Friday Rest Day. Though, I must say that working out on Fridays helps ease the guilt a bit for Pizza Friday...ok, so there's not really that much guilt about it at all ;-) I'm hoping I can get up early enough tomorrow to get in a longish run before it's too hot out.

Today my To-Enjoy List is going to include:
  • Enjoying an afternoon with my cousin and his family on the deck at Cajun's Wharf listening to a band (my cousin's friends actually). 
  • Pizza Friday
  • Possibly some pool lounging
I am excited to see that some of you guys are posting your To-Enjoy Lists on your blogs. Love seeing them. I've seen everything from enjoying cooking and reading to turning off the tv and playing games with daughter. Now that's living and enjoying!

I really can't describe how much lighter I have felt this week knocking items off my to-enjoy list. It really gives me something to look forward to. And oddly enough, I've been getting things done on my to-do list as well. So it's become a win-win situation for me.

If you guys are really up for the To-Enjoy List Challenge, feel free to use the image I have recently added to my page and link back to the challenge post (http://wheres-the-beach.blogspot.com/2011/06/to-enjoy-list-pineapple-salsa-with.html). If it's not too annoying, I plan on adding a To-Enjoy List update at the end of my daily posts. I would love it if you joined me in this challenge.

Fun Facts Fridays - Pros/Cons of Post-Vacation Reality
I really wasn't sure what I wanted to do for Fun Facts Friday. Sometimes ideas come to me easily, other times...not at all. A lot of times I find crazy inspiration while running or stumble across something that catches my eye and gets me to thinking. Maybe I'm running low on creative juices after my first week back to work post-vacation. Ah-ha - just found it, Pros/Cons of Post-Vacation Reality

Pros:
  • Sleeping in my own bed.
  • Showering in my own shower.
  • Cooking in my kitchen.
  • Sharp knives.
  • Pans that don't stick.
  • Having all of my spices at hand.
  • Seeing the furbabies (even if they might drive me bonkers sometimes). 
  • Being able to see my friends.
  • Back to a normal schedule (this can be both pro and con).
  • Able to hit the gym for weights and spin. 
Cons:
  • Lots and lots of laundry.
  • Huge grocery store trip - since we had to clean out fridge before the trip.
  • Cleaning house - even though I left it clean, dust still settles. 
  • Back to the 9-5 (or 7-4) grind.
  • No beach time (now this is a biggie of course).
Kind of funny how the Pros list is longer than the Cons list. Maybe being home isn't so bad? I suppose it does make me appreciate my vacation times that much more. What are some of your Post-Vacation Pros/Cons?