Good morning, sports fans!
I hope everyone had a wonderful winter weekend. There was quite a bit of Christmas tree shopping going on in LA; every other car had a big tree tied to the top. Our goal for the weekend was to finish decorating our tree (check) and to find a suitable wreath for our front door (check). Anawalt Lumber of all places is where we finally found our wreath.
As I type this, I’m nursing a mug of hot water with lemon. No coffee for me today. No, I didn’t change my mind and decide to do a week-long coffee detox. I’m just battling a bit of a cold right now and hot water with lemon is always my first line of defense in these situations. I also made sure to get a solid, full night’s rest last night (hence the slightly later posting this morning).
Rather than take the full day off from exercising, I’m planning to walk my usual jogging route. They say that if your symptoms are above the neck only, you’re fine to work out; if they’re below the neck (chills, achy body), it’s best to take the day off. I’ve got a runny nose and a mild headache, but that’s about it. Plus, some fresh air sounds good. Before I head out, however, I wanted to share a few highlights from my weekend.
Saturday spin class fail
As you know, I’ve been starting to get really into spin classes lately (meaning I’ve taken a total of two now). I had the brilliant idea to take Andrew to the Saturday morning class with me because he loves biking and I thought he’d really enjoy taking class from my favorite (only ever) instructor. He was fully on board, and I was really excited for the two of us to take class together. Knowing that some people take spin classes very seriously and that there is a finite number of bikes in each class, we showed up at 8:45 for the 9:15am class: 30 minutes early. When we asked for the sign in sheet, we were told that the class was already full! Apparently, people start lining up at 8:30am to wait for the sign in sheet. On a Saturday morning. Crazy.
Not ready to give up on biking, we decided to take our workout to the beach. It may be December, but in LA it’s still sunny and 75 degrees. And when you think about it like that, it seems kinda silly to be taking an indoor spin class at all. So we drove home, pulled out our bikes, and rode south along the Marvin Braude Bike Trail 10 miles in each direction for a total of 20 miles (which is actually not far from my milage total after a spin class).
I’d still like to take Andrew to a spin class sometime, but it’s hard to beat biking alongside the Pacific Ocean.
Game Night w/ new neighbors
Saturday night as we were heading out to dinner, we ran into some new neighbors who invited us back to their place for game night when we got back. There are few things I love more than a good game night, and this one was no exception. When we arrived, they were playing Cards Against Humanity, which we took to be a sign that we had awesome new neighbors.
We showed up with Catch Phrase, my favorite party game of all time. If you’ve never played, you must! It’s similar to Taboo, but moves more quickly and has fewer rules. A phrase pops up on the screen, and your job is to get the rest of the group to say the phrase, without using any of the words in the phrase to do so. Meanwhile, the console is ticking away until it eventually buzzes. We like to play so that whoever is holding the console when it buzzes takes a drink. But you could also play for points, if you’re into that kind of thing.
I have yet to introduce Catch Phrase to someone and not have them fall in love with it. And it proved to be a really great way to get to know our new neighbors!
Yesterday, we did our usual errands (farmers’ market and Trader Joe’s) in the morning and got together with some friends in the afternoon to discuss a design project that Andrew is helping them out with. But that was about it. I was starting to feel a cold coming on, so I laid low and put my feet up. Leftover chicken noodle soup from last week was the perfect dinner to help keep my cold symptoms in check.
I have a feeling I’m not the only one feeling a little under the weather right now. It sounds like it’s been going around. Better to get it out of the way now, before the holidays.
Stay healthy and have a great week, everyone!
Question: What’s the first thing you do when you sense a cold coming on? I usually up my intake of liquids and make sure to get a really good night’s rest.