Hello, my friends! This is my first time coming at you live (well, almost live) in one whole week. While I had some posts ready for your reading pleasure while I was away on my vacation, I didn’t touch a computer for nearly seven days. Outside of the occasional Instagram post, I was disconnected, and it felt good.
I figured I would keep it short today and catch up on a few things before digging into my entire trip recap. But yes, it was full of adventure, and I’m going to give you all the details little-by-little starting next week. I want to make sure I spend enough time on every activity, because they were all so different. But now, let’s get to those random thoughts and updates …
Back to business in the Bay Area
Dave and I got back from Maui pretty late on Tuesday night. While I used most of yesterday to answer emails, unpack, do laundry and get caught up on life before heading to the gym to teach my evening classes, I also used yesterday to reflect. What did I come up with? There’s something pretty magical about vacationing in Hawaii. And vacations are so incredibly good for the mind and body, but getting back to reality is tough. Two full email inboxes, a long to-do list and obligations were awaiting me, which I’m taking on as best as I can.
But you know what made coming home all that much easier? Being reunited with our little Rudy puppy. Dave and I went straight from the airport to pick up Rudy from a friend’s place, and that little fuzzy guy was so happy to see us. The feeling was mutual. I missed his face, and it’s nice to have him back.
One bad thing about our vacation
I’m sorry to say that there was something seriously wrong with our vacation to Hawaii … It was too short. Far too short. Last year, when we went to Cabo, we stayed for four nights. Well this time, because we were traveling a longer distance, we added a night and stayed for five. It wasn’t enough. Trust me on this: Vacations should be a full week. We need a redo. Like now. I know, I should just be happy we got to go. But still, it should have been longer.
An amazing night of live music under the stars
The night before Dave and I left for Maui, we went to an awesome event at Wente Vineyards in Livermore. A few months ago, Dave had gotten us tickets to this outdoor dinner and concert under the stars, and it was something I had been looking forward to for weeks, which got a little lost in the shuffle once we were planning to leave for Maui at 4 a.m. the next day.
This event ended up being even more incredible than I expected, and Dave and I were blown away by the performances of three ladies on the “Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too” Tour — (great name, right?). I’ve always enjoyed the music of Christina Perri and Colbie Callait, yet watching them live was nothing short of awesome. Christina Perri has some serious pizzazz on-stage, including stories, dancing and more. I also really liked hearing from Rachel Platten, whom I wasn’t familiar with, and she’s got some pipes as well (and her parents were in the audience that night!). It didn’t hurt that there was a gourmet buffet of food, tasty wine and good company to round out the evening. Good times all around. If you’re in the Bay Area, check out the line-up of summer concerts at Wente, because you won’t be disappointed.
A break from workouts is a good thing
I went a whole week without doing an official “workout.” While Dave and I did a short and incredibly mild yoga session one morning while in Maui, we didn’t do anything else. And you know what, I like it that way. I always take a few days off of physical activity a couple times-a-year, and vacation is a great time to do it. We’re no worse for the wear, because I’ll back to a normal routine in no time.
Today, I’m working, going to a meeting at the gym, then teaching BODYPUMP and a core class in the evening. I’m also hoping to get back onto a normal sleeping schedule, because right now I’m still on Hawaii time. That ought to do it for now. Thanks to Amanda for hosting “Thinking Out Loud,” which gave me a perfect chance to ramble on with you today! Have a great day, people. I’ll see you back here tomorrow for some “Friday Favorites” of course!
Questions of the day
What’s been going on with you?
Did I miss anything important in the blog world?