Monday, May 23, 2011

Mental Holiday (aka Lazy Monday)

Happy Monday! I have a SERIOUS case of "the Mondays." And you? :) Mostly I just needed a mental holiday after the last few weeks of stuff. The beginning of May was CRRRrrraAAAAazy stressful! Sometimes ya just have to be selfish and call a mental time out.

The Summer freedom is starting to set in, which is both amazing and frightening. I haven't had this much free time in...well...a year! I refuse to say I'm bored--I am NOT going to take this summer break from teaching for granted! I'm still teaching group fitness, but I enjoy the time off from my "real" job to recharge my batteries and focus on my other passions (fitness, FOOD!, creating, etc.). I decided to have a Bruno Mars moment and take the lazy route today, but I still managed to fill up my time...

I'm stoked for the summer produce to start rolling into grocery stores, so I used my two favorite summertime ingredients (tomatoes and fresh mozzarella) to make lunch...

B's Caprese Salad! I added a veggie burger for extra boost of protein. It's just organic field greens, tomato, diced fresh mozzarella, veggie burger, a drizzle of garlic-flavored olive oil, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. Fresh!

Lunch fit for a queen! If you're wondering, that napkin says "Give me a nice tiara and I can save the world." Definitely my mantra :)

After lunch, I was in a "crafty mood," so I got out the ol' craft box. Since summer break started, my creativity has been pounding at the door of my subconscious ("Creativity" lives next door to "Inner-13-Year-Old Girl" lol)

Something about painting elicits a calming effect--the repetitive brush strokes maybe? I definitely recommend coloring, painting (finger painting!), or doodling to relieve stress-related tension. I swear it works!

Voila! Two small canvas mixed media collage postcards for two very special people in my lives ;) They say, "Home is where the heart is.You are my heart."

I got done painting and looked over at the couch and I caught the two Fraggles being sweet to each other. Like true siblings--they really do love each other when no one is looking.

Ha--and then they immediately separated. It was lazy day for these pups too. They snoozed ALL DAY. Must be nice! 

Bay Bay and her massive eyelashes.

Boof is in Slumberland. I love watching him sleep because he's always chasing something and barking in his sleep.

Since the painting didn't quench my creative spark, I decided to paint/glitter-fy my nails. Orange paint and gold-glitter. Now my hands look like those of a cracked-out fairy.

Whew...I'm exhausted from all of that chillin'! :) I'm off to teach Zumba tonight--I'm introducing a new dance for Teach Me How To Dougie!

Q.O.D. (Question of the Day): Do you take "mental holidays?" What do you do to relax?

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