Hot Times in the Suburbs

Hellllloooooo!

You’ll be glad to know I am in a much better headspace today than during my last couple of posts. We moved on Friday and are settled in at our awesome little hotel. (Seriously, if you travel with your pets, this is the BEST brand we’ve found. They don’t do doggy happy hours or anything, but they’re super pet-friendly AND you get a kitchen and yummy free breakfast daily!) All of our stuff is in storage. I had no idea how much the move was hanging over me. I thought all my stress was from not having a house to move into and from work, but apparently a large part of it was being unsettled, with everything in boxes, and trying to get the townhouse ready for the move. Now that it’s finished, a weight has been lifted!

I’ve come to understand that now is not the best time to be on a diet, so I’m chilling on my Lose Ten by Summer’s End goal. Yes, it might be just excuse-making, but everything is too chaotic for me to be successful. I’ve found myself stress-eating for the first time in my life. It sucks. So I’m just trying to be gentle with myself, and make mostly smart/healthy choices. The good news is that I continue to stick with my running, I’m working out again, and today I’m going to hot yoga for the first time in probably three years.

My goal is to just enjoy the rest of the summer. We haven’t gotten to do much of that, since we were showing the house and then packing it up and looking for a new one. We are going to make an offer on another house today (fingers crossed that third time’s a charm!) so I’m hopeful that’s the end of the house hunting. Our hotel is really close to my family, so I plan to spend as much time with them as possible. I also plan to work from the pool, enjoy the greenway, eat tons of salads from the Whole Foods right down the street, and do some hiking on the weekends. We’re here for at least a month, and since chores are basically non-existent, I might as well take ALL that time for being good to myself 🙂

What are your plans for the rest of the summer?

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Asheville is Love

This past week, Jack and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary in Asheville, NC. We rented a wonderful little cabin just outside the city, tucked away in the woods. It was sort of like having two vacations in one: our secluded, cozy cabin, complete with firepit and hot tub and bears (oh my!), and a fun, bustling, tourist-y city for eating and drinking and indulging. Really, we felt a little pressure to do EVERYTHING, so it wasn’t the most relaxing trip. But. We had so much fun together!

We only were able to do one hike because of Jack’s continuing post-race Achilles issue. We spent a few hours on the Mountains-to-Sea trail and enjoyed the awesome mountain views, wildflowers, and rocky terrain. We walked around downtown Asheville a bit, but felt overwhelmed by the tourists. So many people told me how much I’d looooove Asheville – but honestly, I was surprised by how many tourists there were. Yes, of course, I was one of them. But Jack and I tend to go for more “authentic” (local?) experiences, so we didn’t love some of the spots that were recommended to us.

We did have some amazing eats and drinks. We used a recent Bon Appetit article and some local recommendations to make our choices. If you ever go, listen to the hype and eat at Cúrate. One of the best meals of my life! We had an early lunch there on Saturday in order to beat the crowds. We then were lucky enough to have an appointment at Wake, a foot spa (!!!). We soaked our feet and drank tea and had neck and shoulder massages. We felt crazy-spoiled.

We then proceeded to drink! (Thank goodness for Uber.) We bar hopped and brewery hopped and went back to our cabin with a pizza. We stayed up late in the hot tub and drank even more. It was such a good mix of nature and city – I see why so many people love Asheville. It’s also a very dog friendly spot. Nearly every restaurant with a patio had water bowls and people had their pups everywhere. And I felt like we only scratched the surface; I’d love to go back when we had more time to travel around the area.

One of my goals for the year was to travel less often but more meaningfully. This was just a long weekend, and an easy drive from Atlanta, but it was so good for us. We’ve recently started a travel-only savings account, so it was nice to not worry about what we were spending because we’d already saved up for it. We also were pretty careful to balance our time between hiding out in our cabin and hanging out in the city. We talked the nights away, and really bonded with each other. We came home more in love than ever, so I’d say this was a meaningful, special trip 🙂