Bonjour April

by Valerie on April 3, 2012 · 8 comments

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Cherry Blossom season peaked early here in Washington, DC.  Visiting the Tidal Basin and walking amongst the blossoms is always one of my favorite activities, and I was glad I made it this year.  Sitting on a bench under a sea of pink and white was a lovely break after a few high-intensity months.

This is where I would say I sat on the bench and reflected on the last couple of months, but truth be told, my husband and I were too busy chatting and people-watching.  Visiting the cherry blossoms involved seeing many toddler meltdowns, a couple getting engaged, and a wide array of cameras and photography enthusiasts. 

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Nevertheless, had I not been so distracted by my surroundings, there was much to reflect on – I am wrapping up at my job this week, and starting a new job next week.  I also fit in a quick trip to New York in March. I have been quieter than usual on the blog front for several reasons, one of them being that I have had quite the streak of meh recipe creations this winter – some decent ones, but only a couple truly outstanding ones. You have seen those, Spicy Lemon Hummus, Arugula and Broccoli Salad and, over at the Balanced PlatterLemony Black-Eyed Pea Hummus.  Lately, there have also been simple, speedy, but delicious eats.  Lots of variations new and old favorites: Red, White & Blue Smoothie, Arugula and Broccoli Salad, Romaine Kale Salad (it works with chard instead of romaine), Raspberry Swirl Chia Pudding (just as good with blueberries as with raspberries), many hummuses (hummusi?), and a new twist on quinoa that involves mustard and thyme. 

I finished up the  21 day yoga challenge in January – the last week involved 4 7am yoga classes, a yoga 1 and yin double feature, and restorative on the last day.  All in all it was a lovely experience, but not one I am keen on trying again soon. I found the combination of lack of sleep (interviewing + working at my job = not much sleep) and 21 days of yoga tough on my body, and actually incorporated lots walking into my exercise routine in February as a result.  My latest favorite addition to my movement routine is walk/running (mainly walking) a mile to a Whole Foods one neighborhood away (as opposed to my local one), picking up green juice, and walking the mile back.  It makes for a nice low-impact workout, perfect when feeling tired.  I think of those walks as green juice walks, and I went on many of those the last couple of months.

A little recap of movement in February and March:

  • February movement: 1 yoga 1 class, 1 evening all levels yoga class, 4 7am all levels yoga classes and 3 restorative yoga classes.  There were many green juice 2 mile walks (7?) that month, and 12 gym jaunts (elliptical and/or bike).
  • March movement: 4 yoga 1 classes, 5 7am all levels yoga classes, 2 restorative yoga classes, 10 30-minute jaunts to the gym (most to use the elliptical though 3 of those visits involved the stationary bike), 3 indoor/outdoor workouts (2 mile walk + 15 minutes on the elliptical), and 5 2 mile walks (aka green juice walks).

Aside from working, interviewing, movement (yoga, walking, gym) and eating many favorite go-to recipes, the last two months have been pretty quiet. I did have the chance to get together with Lisa to art journal (her recap here), and also attended an Art Journal workshops (write ups by Lisa + Christine), both of which were welcome breaks.

Here are some ways I plan to make April memorable:

  • Transition to new job
  • Yoga on the Mall
  • Cherry Blossom Festival (I went two years ago – such fun)
  • More art journaling
  • Declutter – I am on a kick and plan to keep the momentum going
  • Continue movement routine, despite adjustment to new job and new commute
  • Celebrate husband’s birthday
  • Experiment with flatbread recipes
  • Resume regular blogging schedule

How are you making this month memorable?

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1 Jenn April 3, 2012 at 6:51 am

Those blossoms are gorgeous!!! What a perfect way to enjoy the Springtime :)


2 Kalinda April 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I love all the pictures I keep seeing of the cherry blossoms. I’ve never had the chance to go, but our botanical garden has a Japanese garden with cherry trees. I need to stop by before they’re all gone.

I’m a little bummed that your April plans don’t include Nourished/Gluten-Free Expo, but it sounds like your plate is pretty full right now. Best of luck at your new job! (And all your other goals, of course.)


3 Liz April 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I’m glad that you’re back blogging — I’ve missed your posts! Congratulations on the new job!


4 MM Curator April 3, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Yay, glad to see you’ll be back blogging regularly soon!! 😀 Your April sounds great. For this month I plan on running my very first race (a 10-miler) and getting into art journaling. I’ve started cutting stuff out but still haven’t ordered the actual journal yet.

You must tell us more about the mustard/thyme quinoa too, sounds delish!


5 JT @ The Faux Foodie Girl April 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Congrats on a new job!!!! That’s awesome!!!


6 Christine April 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm

LOVE your cherry blossom pictures! I also have a recent OBSESSION with the cherry blossoms, being relatively new to DC, they are just amazing and beautiful.

I had so much fun art journaling with you at Kimberly’s workshop as well as at Teaism (thank you for the blog shout out). :)

Maybe I will see at Yoga on the Mall – The Cherry Blossom yoga on the mall is next weekend. Otherwise…I was curious, what and when is the Cherry Blossom Festival – is it a specific date?

Thanks and hope to see you soon,



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