Highlights from the Weekend – October 24th, 2016

Happy Monday!

Bo and I woke up bright and early this morning to make it to Josh Arden’s 7 AM Flywheel class. While my body has enjoyed the lower impact workouts these past two weeks, I’m definitely missing the endorphin rush and sweat I get from cardio. This week I am going to try incorporating 2-3 cardio workouts with my barre classes.

Similar to last week, waking up this morning was easier than normal as Bo and I had another relaxing weekend. In fact, I was in bed reading All The Light We Cannot See by 8:30! Have you guys read this book yet? I’m only 60 pages in but can already tell it is going to a page turner which will keep me occupied on my subway commutes this week. Even though our we enjoyed a relaxed weekend, there are still a few highlights to share with you guys this morning.

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Going to the movies

The weather in New York yesterday was rainy and blustery, perfect for an afternoon movie date. Our movie of choice, Deepwater Horizon, kept us both interested and entertained. We both remembered hearing about the largest man-made disaster back in 2010 but did not know the details until watching the movie. I thought Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell were perfectly cast in their roles!

Taking a long walk in Prospect Park

Before heading to the movie, Bo and I spent two hours wandering through Prospect Park enjoying the Fall foliage and cool weather.  We covered more than eight miles, meandering through the Prospect Park Farmer’s Market and explored new areas of Prospect Park including the waterfalls. I have really grown to enjoy long walks with friends or family as they provide the perfect venue for catching up and getting some exercise and fresh air.

Cooking 

We spent a lot of time in the kitchen this weekend, cooking Saturday and Sunday dinner as well as preparing healthy snacks and dinners for the week. I’ve been intimidated by kale’s rough texture and strong flavor for ages, but this delicious and easy to make Autumn Kale Salad recipe helped me overcome my fear and fall back in love with this hearty green. I especially love that kale salads keep far longer in the refrigerator, making them perfect make-ahead lunches.

Building our fire pit

As part of my 10 year anniversary with my company, I was able to choose an item from their gift list. While the list included over 100 different things, there were only a few that stood out based on our interests. After a few weeks of debate, I finally ordered a fire pit for our back yard. Perfect for Fall and Winter evenings, this above ground fire pit was a pain to build but has already been so much fun! I can tell that we’ll enjoy it often with our friends and family whether roasting s’mores or just enjoying while sipping a glass of wine.

 

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8 Comments

  1. Nicole October 24, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    i love that you live in BK and have a fire pit. amazing #manhattaniteenvy

    • ashleyd October 24, 2016 / 1:47 pm

      Haha! We made it our goal when we moved back to have a backyard space that we could love and enjoy. It took a year of HARD WORK but we finally have it! :)

  2. Tracy Schwartz October 24, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    That’s awesome you have a firepit!

    I have been cooking more and I am finally at 29 enjoying it!

    Have a great week, Ashley!

  3. Emily October 24, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    I’m reading that book too…It’s the best I’ve read in awhile so I’m trying to pace myself (I don’t want it to end)! Long walks are so relaxing and a good opportunity to catch up with my husband on everything I missed during the busy week- love them!

    • ashleyd October 25, 2016 / 10:39 am

      I wish I could read it faster – I haven’t had time this week. I’m carving out time later this week for a reading date on the couch with my favorite candle and wine.

  4. Carol October 29, 2016 / 5:03 pm

    I read that book on vacation this summer and loved it! love the fall colors in the photo, Houston doesn’t really get the fall foliage but ready for some fall weather!

  5. kristi October 31, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    I’ve got a few chapters left in All the Light You Cannot See. I absolutely love it. I couldn’t put it down. I was sad that I couldn’t take it on our two week adventure so that I could finish it (too heavy and bulky). I love the different perspectives and travel through time…and the author does it without getting me confused.

    • ashleyd October 31, 2016 / 6:15 pm

      I can’t wait to have time to dedicate the right amount of time to this book as I’m loving it so far but still am only around 100 pages in thus far.

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