Where to Begin?

by Valerie on May 25, 2012 · 19 comments

cherry blossom parade

The one thing I dislike about taking blog breaks (and mine are generally unanticipated and few and far between) is that it takes me a few posts to reconnect with my blog-flow, so to speak.  Despite now five years of blogging, if I take a blog break, I become the blogging equivalent of tongue-tied. And shy. And feeling like I have nothing to say, which is, of course, impossible, since blog breaks invariably happen when I have a lot going on.  That said, I have learned over the years that the best thing to do is to get right back into blogging, and the flow comes back too.  So here are a few things that have been going on:

1. New job, same lunchboxes – I started a new job last month.  While I am still practicing the same type of law I was before, it has definitely been a chance to my routine. My commute is a bit longer, my hours are different, and it is all so new.  One thing that has not changed, though, are my lunchboxes – I still bring lunch to work on daily basis.

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2. Maintaining routines -  Historically, whenever I start something new in my life (job, school), my workout routine, if I had one at the time, would always suffer. Last month, when I started this job, I told myself this time would be different and, with some advance planning, I have been able to continue working out 6 times a week in some fashion despite the new job and working through a weekend for a conference, not to mention being out of town for a wedding (see #4).

3. Life in Washington, DC – Cherry blossom season started early, which meant that the Cherry Blossom Parade  (see, cherry blossom float, top of page) was kind of late by comparison. I had seen the cherry blossoms before, but the parade was new to me. 

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4. Weekend in New York – my husband and I went to New York for a wedding.  Even though we were only there briefly, I did make it to JuicePress, One Lucky Duck and Babycakes – we also walked around the Lower East Side and the East Village, which were two neighborhoods we spent a lot of time in when we lived in New York. 

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5. I have grown to like beetsGena had the brilliant idea to suggest trying them raw, which I did at SweetGreen since they have raw cubed beets for their salads.  And I like them.  Roasted beets are still far from my favorite (such as in the salad above from Zaytinya’s – I will be sticking to my tried and true favorites there from now on) but I love my raw beets in salads – they are like carrots in texture. 

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6. I did more yoga on the mallCherry Blossom Yoga last month was not enough – I went back for DC Yoga Week’s Yoga on the Mall event this month.

7. I think I might stop the weekly updates – I started them as a way to keep myself accountable for doing a variety of things, including keeping up with working out – but the thing is, my weeks often fuse together (I don’t like the term bleed together) and I have maintained my working out and yoga schedule. I would like to get back to the point of consistent (even daily) updates rather than an attempt to do them weekly. 

8. Life, gluten-free – I have been thinking a lot about it lately, seeing as I am coming up on a three year anniversary, but also in light of the Domino’s not-so-gluten-free-pizza-crust fiasco. 

And with that,  I must get some sleepbefore early morning yoga.  I will be back soon (really!) with a recipe for cilantro hummus.   


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1 Debi May 25, 2012 at 3:08 am

Welcome back! One day I will make it to D.C. for the cherry blossoms. Someone posted some pics the other day of all of them. So beautiful. 😀


2 Valerie May 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm

They are truly magical.


3 Iris May 25, 2012 at 3:17 am

Glad you’re back! Sounds like you’ve had a full couple of months! If you be blogging, I be reading :)


4 Valerie May 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Thanks. I’ve really liked your recent posts this week.


5 Karley May 25, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Welcome back, Valerie! A big hug to you from upstate NY!


6 Valerie May 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Thank you Karley!


7 MM Curator May 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Yay, so glad to see you’re posting again! And please post the cilantro hummus recipe soon…the husband and I are cilantro fiends!


8 Valerie May 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Cilantro hummus is up!


9 Debbie May 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm

glad ur back, i was thinking the other day, where is citylifeeats!! that yoga looks great, we are only just starting to do stuff like that here in the UK. welcome back


10 Valerie May 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Aww, thanks Debbie :)


11 Shirley @ gfe May 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Welcome back, Valerie! It’s been years since I’ve seen the cherry blossoms, but they are beyond amazing. I get a very, very mini version here with a line of cherry trees at George Washington’s boyhood home. They still take my breath away though.

Hope the new job goes well! Look forward to hearing more from you. :-)



12 Valerie May 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Thanks Shirley :) I have a new dip with black-eyed peas up, and I know you are are the black-eyed peas fans :)


13 cheryl May 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Glad to see you posting! and I am so delighted to hear that you’ve been able to maintain your yoga and self care despite the new job/rhythm. That’s awesome!!


14 Valerie May 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Thanks Cheryl – the blog sadly suffered a bit (as did twitter).


15 Emma May 25, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Welcome back! It is so lovely to see an update from you and read about all the wonderful things going on in your life.


16 Valerie May 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Thank you Emma!


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