Monday, August 11, 2014

Back from Vacation

Vacations are good for the soul. I took last week off and feel so energized and renewed now!


I stuck my feet in the sand and even a little toe in the water. I read books. I snuggled my own kids plus one. I joked with my dad and brother. I ate wayyy too many of my mama's chocolate chip cookies. I sang loudly and off-key. And I laughed until I snorted watching The Other Woman, which I viewed as a very funny girlfriend movie. 

Erin Southwell Photography
This is where I was last week. It's where I grew up and was my entire world for 18 years. I have now lived here longer than I lived there, and yet it is still home. And it's where I just happened to meet my soul mate whom I married three weeks ago. Isn't the photo above lovely? I don't know Erin except through her equally lovely blog;  however, her photos are available to purchase as fine art and would look lovely in any home with a coastal feel. 

Pearl Izumi

Now I am home and wearing my pearls. The running kind. I've been breaking them in by walking because you gotta walk before you run, right? Yesterday I rode my bike to our local farmer's market where I stocked up on vegetables and treated myself to some beautiful flowers. It was ugly--I was sweaty and wobbly and out of breath--but I did it.

I'm eating a lot more salads because I read this article (incidentally the doctor interviewed is my doctor, too, and I could totally hear his voice as I read it). I've been counting calories because "you can't manage what you don't measure." Incidentally, a little mayo has as many calories as an entire sandwich!!

Here's the simplest recipe ever for what I consider a tasty salad: mix together quartered cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, croutons, and enjoy! No dressing needed. 

Tomorrow I'll be back with something design-related. Until then, do you have any tips for healthy snacks?? Chex mix is one of my faves but is nutritionally not so good. 


  1. Try kale chips, Carrie…easy to make and even Uncle E likes them :-)

    1. I have totally been missing out on kale. I'll try that! :)

  2. I eat lots of avocado and tomatoes on Ak-Mak crackers! Sounds like a great vacation!


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