My extra two hours a day

My office is moving and for the next four weeks I will need to work from home. This means that I have gained an extra two hours in my day by not commuting. That’s an extra 10 hours a week!  I feel like I just hit the lottery with all this extra time and I plan to make sure that I don’t waste it away watching E! Channel or scrolling through Instagram. No wait, I totally plan to continue scrolling through Instagram but it will be limited.

Here are a list of things I plan to do with my spare time:

1. Exercise – Whether it’s running or doing the Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred, I am committing to half an hour of exercise a day. EVERY DAY!

2. Cooking – According to my calendar, I have 1 baby shower and 2 dinners already planned. I am allowing myself 5 cheat meals for the entire month. So I have 2 meals saved for the unexpected! That’s 5 cheat MEALS, not days. The rest of the time I will be preparing and cooking all my meals and snacks.

3. Clearing out – I’ve lived in the same apartment for 10 years and even though I don’t consider myself a hoarder, it’s amazing how much stuff I’ve accumulated over the years. A co-worker told me recently about a rule that they follow “If I haven’t used it in 3 months, it’s gone!”  This doesn’t include seasonally items. I am going to be clearing out my cupboards, closets and finally going through the boxes in my storage and getting rid of it all!

4. Developing a green thumb – Last Sunday, my mom helped me pick out some herbs and a green pepper plant. Plants are not my thing but it’s never too late to try.

5. Blogging – Since I won’t have my co-workers to disturb, I’ll need to find some way to talk about my plants, my storage room findings and my cooking adventures. So stay tuned for my regular posts about how I use my extra two hours a day!

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Boston

This past weekend I flew into Boston to hang out with my friend CC and her family. When I booked it, I thought Thursday to Monday would be more than enough time but now that I’m back, the extended weekend just wasn’t long enough!

There were 2 reasons for the visit I) Spend some quality time with her and her family and II) run a 5K race. Both were accomplished! I got to see where the boys go to school, we built cars out of Lego and attended early morning baseball practice. CC always makes sure to plan some city exploring so we spent a day in downtown Boston. She also always includes a stop at Trader Joe’s because she knows I love their packaging. On Sunday morning, we laced up our runners and joined their community in the Great Bear Run! My timing wasn’t as great as I wanted it to be but we both agreed that we would aim to try and run a 5K together every year. She rocked it and came in at 29 mins (way ahead of me) so it was so awesome having her and her family at the finish line cheering me on. It was the perfect weekend and I was so sad boarding the plane on Monday.

I wish I would have documented the trip more with pictures but here’s one I took on instagram before the race:

photo 1 My BIB # -> photo 2