My 7 Favorite Things To Do This Week

Favorites of the week
Our second week of vacation has been absolutely lovely. It’s been sunny and warm and the days just feel so relaxed and easy-going. And we haven’t had too many things to do. It’s just what the doctor ordered.

We’ve spent lots of time by the pool this vacation. Surprisingly, we haven’t even been to the beach yet, as Keira has made quite a few friends in the complex. She’s enjoyed playing with the kids here and practicing somersaults, both forwards and back, as well as handstands in the pool.

The meals are laid-back. No need to spend hours in the kitchen whipping up something. And no big grocery lists either.

All I have to do is to roll out of bed, put on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt and I’m ready to tackle the day. I love it!

I’ve used many hours this week trying to calm my busy mind and get focused on what’s really important – spending time with the family and spending time on myself. But I promise, I haven’t been bored.

Here are 7 of my favorite things to do this week:

1.     Running in the morning

Los Alcazares beach

Even though we’re still on vacation, I’ve still got to keep with the running plan! I run early in the morning because it can get so hot and humid later in the afternoon.

Although it’s only 3,5 km from the resort to the beach, I still feel a sense of accomplishment when I reach it. I remember that this time last year, I struggled struggled to reach the beach and back.

This year, I’m proud to report that I can get to the beach and keep going.

2.     Meditating for 20 minutes a day

Meditation

There’s a lot of research on power of mindfulness and how it can help to improve your stress, anxiety, lack of focus, creativity and so much more. I’ve committed myself to meditate at least 20 minutes a day and am really enjoying the calm before the day starts.

3.     cooking and eating carbs (YIKES!)

Carbs are evil!!!! At least that’s what I used to think before I started this training plan!

The great thing about running is that I get to eat a lot more carbs than I normally would – and all with no guilt (almost no guilt). This week  I  tried two new recipes. One with tabouleh and one with couscous. Both were yummy and de-lish!

The picture shows how the couscous turned out.

Couscous salad

And here’s the recipe for tabouleh salad from the August 2016 issue of Runner’s World:

Tabouleh Salad

  • 1 cup uncooked bulgur
  • 3 TB extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 TB lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 pint multicolored cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup diced seedless cucumber (about ½ cucumber)
  • ½ cup chopped red onion

Bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add bulgur and stir. Remove from heat, cover the pot, and let bulgur soak for 1 hour. (I used the instant. It was ready in 5 minutes).

In a separate bowl, whisk oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Once soaked, fluff bulgur with fork, drain any remaining water, and transfer to mixing bowl. Stir in tomatoes, basil, mint, parsley, cucumber and onion, then drizzle vinaigrette over salad and toss to combine.

Makes 4 servings

4.    The Colladas Beach Club

Colladas beach club

I love, love, love this place. It takes about an hour to get there, but it’s totally worth it.

You pay 10 euros per person to get in and you get access to the pool and the beach. Here, you see pictures of the pool.

There’s a restaurant and bar where you can just about order anything off the menu and a very friendly wait staff that caters to your whims.

This year, the food and the service has gotten a lot better than the previous years and we really enjoyed our visit. We hope to make it back one more time before the vacation is over.

5.  Hanging with my best girl

Hanging with keira v.2

Keira’s been a water acrobat as of late. Ever since she got these new goggles, she’s been doing handstands in the water and somersaults, as well as back flips in the pool.

We’ve been the pool parents sitting on the side of the pool watching her swim and hanging out with her new friends. It’s great to see how happy and active she is this year.

6.    Starting an online DSLR photography class

DSLR

Last summer, I was really into iPhone photography and signed up for two online classes to learn more.

This year, while I’m still into iPhone photography, I wanted to branch out and also learn how to use the DSLR and so I signed up for an online class. I’ve done 4 of the 24 classes and am really enjoying them and looking forward to the rest of the classes.

7.  A little summer reading

summer reading

Summer wouldn’t be summer without a little light reading.

Keira’s books of choice are the Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Parks. I never thought that she would be so crazy about a character, but she loves these books.  We read a chapter or two every night together. Sometimes we even splurge and read half a book in one sitting.

For myself, I’m in between two books – The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer (which although very interesting, it’s taking me a really long time to finish) and I’ve been reading the second installment of James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series.

Next on my summer reading list is Patricia Brigg’s  Book 9 of Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series. I’m so excited. I love this series and can’t wait to get started.

Hope you’ve been having a good summer so far. What do you like to do in your vacation time?

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