Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor-less Weekend

Is there anything better than a three-day weekend?!  Seriously, who do I need to talk to about redesigning the work week to four days rather than the traditional five?  I somehow managed to get all three days off work and relished that opportunity to accomplish a mix of chores, fun, workouts, studying, and relaxation.  It was a beautiful thing!
MISSION #1 - Sleep in and enjoy a cup of coffee on the deck while catching up
with my multitude of magazines.

MISSION #2 - Lazy brunch after the afore-mentioned cup of coffee and a 6 mile run.
Breakfast at 10:30am . . . I don't remember the last time that happened.

MISSION #3 - Whip up a fresh veggie salad using farmer's market produce.

MISSION #4 - Party it up with all of the orthopaedic residents and their spouses at a Labor Day BBQ
Even the dogs joined in on the party.  Bailey would have fit right in!

MISSION #5 - Celebrate fall with a pumpkin spice tea latte
MISSION #6 - Study . . . OITE review questions, shoulder anatomy, arthroscopy techniques, etc.
Two months of sports medicine starts tomorrow!

MISSION #7 - Experience the grand opening of Whole Foods Charlotte!
I have been awaiting this day for more than a year, as they had just announced their
future location when I was moving here last June.

This picture does no justice to the insane crowds.  There were police directing traffic, valet parking services, and parking that overflowed into neighboring shopping centers.  

Let me just get on my soapbox here for a moment.  With the arrival of the Democratic National Convention to Charlotte, and the recent completion of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, it seems there is non-stop talk by the media about which candidate will successfully bring our economy out of the dumpster.  While I don't doubt that some parts of the country are struggling, I'm here to tell you that there is no suffering here in Charlotte based on the money being thrown around in a grocery store.  People had carts mounded over with food as if it could possibly be their last opportunity to shop before they are shipped to a deserted island and stripped of nourishment.  Not to mention the crowds in the prepared foods section filling their plates with pounds and pounds of food which may very likely cost them more than a meal out at a fine dining establishment.  Mr. President and Mr. Romney - I'm no economics major, but I don't think you can call this a depression.  And lastly Mr. President, thanks to your comment about over-priced arugula at Whole Foods, you created arugula-feasting monsters (many, I'm sure, have never before even heard of the leafy green) who grabbed up each and every bunch of the 99 cent vegetable that our Charlotte store could put on the shelves.

MISSION #8 - Reward myself with a Whole Foods lunch after a morning of shopping

MISSION #9 - Put an end to "recovery week" and get back to some tough workouts
Friday - swim, run
Saturday - strength, bike
Sunday - run, swim (3000m in the outdoor pool with the sun shining)
Monday - bike (power intervals, I hate you!)

MISSION #10 - Cook a meal that requires more than two minutes in the microwave
Seared tofu over mustard-glazed green beans and adzuki beans 

Inside out spring roll salad and red-wine braised turnips

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