Friday Five: Saving Graces

It's been a busy week--not that every week isn't busy in it's own way, this one was just really, really full. There was an influx of grading to do and a new piece to start and set. I'm a big fan of getting the work done by the end of the work week--I really like to have my weekends to do what I need for me. Or at the very least, I try really hard to make that happen! 

So I'm rounding up the five things that have totally gotten me through a full week like this one! 

Friday Five

5 Saving Graces

  1. Meal Prepping - Yeah, yeah, yeah. You hear about meal prepping all the time, but it seriously helps. I made a meal Sunday that I turned into leftover lunches this week. (I took a stab at Laura Lea Balanced  BBQ Chicken Quinoa Casserole from her book--not too bad!). I also made sure that dinners were thought out, made Monday night and lasted on our busier evenings of the week. 

  2. PB&Jelly Grain Free Banana Bread - OK. I've been watching Laura Lea's stories on her PB&J banana bread that she was testing and finally, FINALLY she posted the recipe last week here and I tried it out on Sunday! So. Dang. Good. I'm all for it. In fact, I will probably make this again and again. I have a half piece for breakfast (it's really filling) and the second half in the afternoon. This loaf has totally sweetened this week. 

  3. Water, water, water. And Tea - I've been downing the water like there's no tomorrow! First thing in the morning, I drink a glass--yep. That's before coffee. When I think I'm hungry around 3:00 pm, I tank up on water first before I eat anything or have that extra cup of coffee. I can feel I'm dried out and with everyone getting sick, I'm all about flushing whatever I can out and hydrate my body as much as possible. At the end of the evening I make myself a cup of tea, nothing too sweet, but something to help me relax. 

  4. Consistent Workouts - I'm on week three of a six week challenge and I'm feeling really good! I've been focusing on better choices regarding food and that has helped immensely (Well, with the exception of some indulgences this weekend when the Rents came up--yay for weekend fun!).  More than that though, the workouts are really helping out. I can feel my body getting stronger and each time I'm able to push a little more, go further. Plus, these workouts are a break a great break from work and a good way to work through the stress!

  5. Doing What I Love - OK, so what's ultimately making this week busy is actually what I really enjoy doing. I've got a really layered piece that I'm working on now and I'm pumped! Sure, it took me like four hours to choreograph 37 seconds and I'm totally sure things will change once its on its feet, but I still loved it. Creating something from nothing, building a story, using every part of the music--I love that process! 

Taking care of myself, preparing for the busy week, allowing room for healthy treats and enjoying what's making me busy is what's getting me through! 

If you need me, I'll be hanging out here this friday night!

If you need me, I'll be hanging out here this friday night!

What keeps you going on those super busy weeks? 


What Christmas Means to Me, My Love!

It's one week until Christmas! The packages are not wrapped, nary a baked cookie in sight, but I'm on vacation and that's all that matters right now! 

The next few days are wrapping up to-do's for the week before heading home to Texas for Christmas with the folks. It's also the time I get to catch up on all things that make it feel more like Christmas for me! 

  1. Watch White Christmas, Grinch, It's a Wonderful Life, and Muppet Christmas Carol--you guys can keep your Hallmark channel! 
  2. Christmas light tour with Pyro Man, hot chocolate in hand
  3. Wrap pretty paper packages under the tree
  4. Listen to Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" album while wrapping said gifts
  5. Bake cookies of all kinds: sugar, molasses, and gingerbread!
  6. Cup of egg nog, anyone?
  7. Burn the best balsam and cedar candles I can find!
  8. Peppermint tea before bed
  9. Christmas pajamas for a good night's sleep
  10. Lot's of time spent by the Christmas tree
Who is ready to bake?! This gal over here! 

Who is ready to bake?! This gal over here! 


What are some of your favorite things to do to make it feel like Christmas?