Well, winter decided to end its vacation just as I was ending my vacation and boy is it cold here in DC! I can’t say I mind it though. It just felt wrong wearing shorts on Christmas Eve here in Washington, DC. I’d much rather put on my winter hat and scarf, zip up my coat, and enjoy a hot cup of hot chocolate. That’s winter in DC to me. Throw in a few snow days and I’m a happy, happy woman.
My transition back to our traditional routine post vacation has been great. I’ll admit that I’m pretty tired, and for the first time in 6 months, I’m dying to have a cup of coffee. Side note – can you believe I haven’t had coffee in 6 months? I’ll have to tell y’all more about that another time… So far this week I’ve applied my tips for getting back into the work groove after vacation and have been diligent about focusing on one task at a time. My ultimate goal for 2016 is to live with purpose, to limit the amount of multitasking I do, and to be fully present. Even now, I’m sitting up in my home office (yay new year resolution) and am simply blogging. No TV, no music, nothing. Just me and my blog. It’s pretty awesome.
Part of getting back into my routine this week included getting back into eating healthy and filling foods. I can’t say I won’t miss all those holiday treats, but it feels good to be eating lots of fruits and veggies again. One of my favorite winter fruits are clementines, so this week I’ve been making a clementine and banana smoothie to start each day.
1 medium banana
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 cup Kefir (I used Lifeway Madagasgar Vanilla Kefir)
1 cup orange juice (I used Trop 50)
Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. This recipe will fill 2 small mason jar glasses, perfect when it’s Neal and me, or 3/4 of one large mason jar when I’m eating breakfast on the go. This smoothie is light, refreshing, and the perfect amount of sweet. Kefir adds the perfect amount of tartness, which balances out the sweetness of the clementines and banana. It’s just delicious.
It feels great to have made it to the halfway point in the week. I have quite a bit to accomplish before the weekend, so I want to stay focused on my to do lists and to use my time at home each night to recharge. The weekend ahead is a blank slate, but I know we’ll need the time to get things done around the house and to close up shop on our previous house. It’s crazy to think we’ve been in our new home for almost a month now. Where do the days go?