photo by Livia Meneghin

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Leisure

Leisure

Even though today was a workday, and I did spend 7.5 hours at the office, I also managed to spend the first 5 hours of making waking day doing things that I enjoy.

First, I had my infamous coffee and bowl of berries and read/wrote/savored my morning time. The sun was shining, so I woke up much easier than yesterday.

Then--hooray!--I finally went swimming, which was awesome. I don't think I've been in the pool since October, and it felt good to change up my workout routine. Whenever I swim at my gym's pool, I think of Greece. (To be clear: NOT because it reminds me of Greece). I first joined this gym last spring, when I was preparing for my Bon Voyage, so I was "gearing up" for my daily Aegean swims. All I would think about when I was swimming was my first trip to Greece, and my return, and how I couldn't wait to swim from "Beach 2" to "Beach 1." And then, when I returned, I swam because it reminded me of Greece. I still count my laps in Greek, but otherwise, swimming is very good for clearing my head.

The ingredients

The ingredients

Then I came home and did as the hobbits do and had second breakfasts. My friend sent me a Taste Trekkers video about making two ingredient pancakes (1 egg, 1 banana), so I thought I'd give it a try. 

Something about pancakes in the morning is, to me, the epitome of leisure. 

At the last second, I decided to sprinkle in some pecans

At the last second, I decided to sprinkle in some pecans

I will say the pancake batter was harder to cook and I had some difficulty creating photo worthy after-shots, but they tasted great! I put a little coconut oil on them (no sugar = no syrup), and it was perfect. I read a book as I ate my banana pancakes, with the sun streaming through the windows, and I wished it was a Saturday. But alas, I still got to enjoy my day.

[Since I don't have pancake photos to show you, I'll showcase my Savory Sweet Potato Nachos, complements of The Imbeccable Blog again. (I'm posting my pictures only because they actually came out looking like hers, and that is a miracle). I wasn't sure how things would turn out given my frantic state and the fact there was a casualty in the creation of the nachos --I sliced my thumb with the cheese grater-- but otherwise, this was the most successful attempt I've had at re-creating a recipe.]

Before the oven

Before the oven

By the way, the cheese grater incident was due to grating brussel sprouts, which is where all that green came from. 

The after. You can be sure I ate it all. 

The after. You can be sure I ate it all. 

 PS. The cover photo has nothing to do with today, but it made me laugh. And, sure, it was taken on a leisurely morning. 

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Sunshine

Sunshine