The first weekend in December has come and gone, and with it was some good and bad. Today, I’m sharing adventures from a fun wine-tasting party, my weekly workout recap and a few other stories. I’m glad you’re here, so sit back and stay a while …
Wine-tasting party with friends
This was a cool twist on a Christmas cocktail party for a group of friends. My friends Kylie and Jeff, who also live in Walnut Creek near us, host an annual party with a wine-tasting competition element. I wasn’t totally sure what to expect, as this was Dave and my first time going, but we were told to bring $10 a person as an entry fee, which would be given to the winner of the competition.
Basically, the night was a regular party, but we were each given a paper to write down our choice as the most expensive and least expensive wine, which we each did a blind sampling of at our leisure at one of two spots in the house. The wine bottles were covered in brown paper and labeled with a number, and we had no way of knowing what was what. All six wines were Cabernet Sauvignon, but each was a different brand and price point. Being the competitor that I was, I got my testing and scoring done pretty early on in the party, but it didn’t help my chances. I thought all the varietals were good, and totally guessed wrong on which was the most expensive.
The party itself was super fun to catch up with friends I haven’t in seen in a while. Everyone was dressed cute, and I made sure all who wanted one took a “couples pic” in front of the Christmas tree. I like to serve as photographer for everyone, and the girls always go for it, and their guys oblige.
We nibbled on cheese, olives (I brought those!), mini sandwiches, guacamole with pomegranate (a MUST-do addition to your next batch of guac), and of course, more wine. They even had a full bar outside and some spiced apple cider. The spiced apple cider was fantastic. Then, mid-way through the party the two winners were announced (not me or Dave), and instead of doing a tie-breaker, they elected to split the pot and each went home with $110. Not too shabby!
Later that night, we also took a group photo, which is something I started up last year at a Christmas party and we always do. I’m in charge of getting everyone set up and positioning the camera and starting the timer … you can totally tell I was the last to arrive in this shot. The best part about this was that it took abut five minutes from start to finish, so a couple of the guys were done with it, which entertained us girls very much.
Overall, it was a super festive and fun night, with an additional competitive twist. Good work to the hosts and party guests!
Christmas shopping, yoga and food
Saturday morning marked my first Saturday at home in Walnut Creek since the summer that I did not have to get up early to teach an 8 a.m. BODYPUMP class. The original instructor of the class came back after her extended leave, so I had to give the class up. Sadly. I loved that class! But I didn’t mind laying around lazily in the morning. With the extra time, I even attempted to make a pumpkin pancake, which ended up turning into a tasty pile of mush. (I was preparing to take a photo of it for Instagram, but that plan was thwarted when the pancake didn’t flip well in the pan and gradually got uglier and uglier.)
I headed out to a mid-morning yoga session at CorePower Yoga Walnut Creek, and the teacher was Debbie. I really enjoyed her delivery and she put on a class that was not overly difficult, but absolutely perfect. Because the room is heated, you get a good sweat going quickly, and that felt awesome. Debbie spent extra time giving me a massage at the end of class, so I left one happy yogi!
Later that day, Dave and I went to Lettuce for lunch to get the tasty salad above, then started our Christmas shopping. I got two people finished up and felt pleased with that.
Decking the halls and dinner out
In the evening, we finally pulled out our Christmas decor and got the tree decked out. We put on some Christmas music and enjoyed lighting up the room. I LOVE having the tree and wish we had done it earlier. We’ll only be enjoying it for two weeks before we head to Florida, so clearly it will get to stay up way past the new year.
That night, we popped out for a casual meal at Walnut Creek Yacht Club, featuring white bread, fish tacos, a prawn platter and a chocolate tart, which we enjoyed at the bar. This is the restaurant that we go to most frequently, and we even have a little club member card. We’re not entirely sure what we get for it, but we present it when paying. Some food …
As usual, the meal was great. We were in and out in less than two ours. Our bartender/waiter was excellent, and the scene was just right. And you can’t miss this shot, compliments of Dave. Doing what I do best: eating!
On Sunday morning, I woke up with a sore throat, which got worse as the day went on. Dave had been sick last week, and I was very happy that I was somehow able to avoid catching whatever he had. But apparently it was just delayed. Sunday featured laying around and watching crappy Christmas movies and trying to hydrate and rest. I napped, ate, napped and did a whole lot of nothing, which is hard for me. Hoping for a quick recovery this week, because ain’t nobody got time to be sick in December!
My weekly workout recap
Moving on, let’s talk sweat. Here’s a look at all of my recent exercise …
- Monday: Walked on the treadmill for 40 minutes, 6 p.m.
- Tuesday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, 6 a.m.
- Wednesday: Took a one-hour Vinyasa flow class at CorePower, 6:30 a.m.
- Thursday: Taught a one-hour Bootybarre class, 6 p.m.
- Friday: Did a 30-minute full-body weights workout, 12 p.m.
- Saturday: Took a one-hour Vinyasa flow class at CorePower, 11:30 a.m.
- Sunday: Rest day
Overview of the week
You’ll see I’ve added the times of my workouts as a new addition. This is merely to show you that I don’t have a regular or ideal workout routine because of all the other things I have going on right now. If it were up to me, I would work out every single day at 9 a.m., right after breakfast. But of course, that’s not possible. And the classes I teach have to be outside of working hours. For most people, I recommend working out as soon as you wake up to ensure that your workout doesn’t get pushed off the agenda in the evening time. But when it comes to group fitness, usually the most energetic classes are at night.
Back to my actual week. Because I was sick on Sunday, I didn’t fit in my final and third weightlifting session of the week, which I was hoping to do. So I was light on resistance work (especially now that I’m not teaching two BODYPUMPs per week any longer). But I did do yoga twice and do barre once, so there was variety in my movements.
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P.S. Thanks to Meghan for today’s “Week in Review” link-up.
Questions of the day
How was your weekend?
Do you think you could guess the difference between cheap and pricey wine?
What time do you usually work out?