Luckily, I had the day off today! Did you? Coop was not so lucky. So I took it upon myself to still get up early and get some things done on my own! Still on tap for today are some drawings and a commissioned portrait, and dinner and drinks (seafood and pitchers of beer!) with the ‘rents, Coop, and friends of my parents.
But so far today, I have gone to Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Total Wine with intentions of getting stuff for a cheese plate/dips/spreads for tonight and tomorrow, ingredients to make a salad inspired by one I had in Doylestown a few months ago (Pecans! Cranberries! Swiss Cheese! Vanilla Vinaigrette! Recipe to come…), and a make-your-own six-pack.
One of my favorite things in the world when I have “me time” is strolling through these places, finding new and exciting (or tried and true) foods and drink.
Like these two cookie butters! (Taste tested them both this morning….both ridic. Oh. My Lord.)
I also did my last workout of 2012 (BodyPump, with a broken-ish finger. I jammed my ring finger hard on Saturday afternoon when I took Koda for a run)!
Allowing myself to do these seemingly trivial things today, on the last day of the year, helped me to put things into perspective. I often yearn for what I will have, and push for the future. This helps keep me motivated and determined, no doubt, but for 2013, I really aim to keep doing what I am doing (working hard at my jobs, expanding my design and illustration business, balancing fun, food, fitness, and relationships) while staying in the moment. Realizing what joy I got today out of simply food shopping at my favorite stores and taking a class at the gym with a group of motivated and energetic individuals really helped me to see how lucky I am. Although I am no where close to where I thought I would be in my life at 25, I am still able to pay for my food bills; I am able to push my body in workouts and fuel it with healthy foods. I went through a scare earlier this year where I had lots of internal and back pain for many weeks, and I thought I’d never be able to exercise again. After discovering a chiropractor when nothing else was working, I was finally fixed and am building up my strength again; just today I finally got back to my normal squat weight and feel really healthy and strong. I often wish I could have more time to dedicate to my business, but I should be appreciative for all the new ideas and opportunities that are coming for Sam Bock Illustration & Design. So many awesome things coming up, including a new line for an older demographic (think plates, mugs, pillows).
I am lucky enough to have met the perfect person for me, and my family and friends are so, so wonderful. I am thankful for so many things, and I need to let go of the constant yearning for the future and be happy where I am right now! And it’s just getting better and better. There are SO many awesome things coming up in 2013. I think we could all benefit from realizing what great things we have going on in our lives when oftentimes we let those little moments and achievements pass by because we are just too busy pushing forward.
Happy New Year. xo
Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving!
It is my favorite day of the year. Family, food, and drinking. Yes, please! In my state of constant bourbon-slush-to-the-face, I only got one picture of the night….but at least it’s a good one.
That luscious pillow of calories would be my first time baking brie. With my own cranberry sauce. And toasted agave-cinnamon pecans. Drool. Anyone want the recipe?
Starting to feel like winter around these parts. I am really starting to love living on the East Coast again, and nothing is comparable to the holiday season here. But it is certainly getting COLD!
Scarf weather! (And a sweaty drummer.)
Husky doesn’t mind it, though!
Made another trip to Terrain, my favorite place in the world. I literally walk around this place for hours, beaming from ear to ear like a crazy person, even after picking up every item and flipping it over to see its often gargantuan price tag. $148 for an inscribed copper serving tray! Totally justifiable…right? At least many items are more reasonable than the $72 biscuits from the Williams-Sonoma catalog. (<funniest article of all time.)
Is this place a winter wonderland, or what? I met up with one of my best friends that was in town for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the date, Kim!
That mushroom skillet I got the last time Coop and I were there is still the best thing I have had at Terrain. I don’t even LOVE mushrooms! It’s just that good.
Also, fingerling fries with chili remoulade and pumpkin pancakes. Get on our level.
Going back on Friday to pick up a few more decorations. I will share once I have them up!
Be on the lookout for a post with my new Christmas cards for the year. If you are interested in ordering, let me know! Etsy is currently being updated, with $3 satin-finish single card sales, as well as $14 10-packs of high-gloss cards (with the same image) and $19 10 packs of satin-finish mix-n-match cards. I am also able to compile a special order, so let me know what you are thinking!
Want to spread some love on Valentine’s Day? Here’s a few fun-lovin’ things for V-Day 2012!
Here is a sketch I planned on coloring before today, but life has been pretty crazy lately! For those of you who don’t know, my dad went in for surgery last week for prostate cancer and is home recovering…so far, so good! The Bocks really enjoy kicking cancer in the tuchus.
Happy V-Day to all my loves…
Also, try this workout today if you want to feel the burn on this Valentine’s Day! It is harder than it looks…and the girls are super-cute!
Another way to share the love today? Email Love Grown Foods today with your address (LOVE@lovegrownfoods.com with ‘VDAY LOVE’ as the subject), and they will send you (and your Valentine!) a free bag of their granola. Yesssssss.
Doing anything fun for V-Day? I am celebrating by eating chocolate and doing a Barre class and some yoga.
And congrats to all my Tone It Uppers who finished their 7 Day Slim Down today. You girls rock!
As for the Slim Down, today is technically my last day….but I have not been following the plan as closely as intended. Which is okay! I ate cleaner and more raw, but still had some diversions in the form of chocolate, Greek yogurt, wine, quinoa, peanut butter…and even with that, I still have a tighter belly and lost some bloat. The effects of this plan are amazing, and I can’t even imagine what they are like if you actually stick to it for the week. After the first four days, I felt great and was ready to incorporate my carb-loves back into my life…plus, my workout routine is too intense not to. I will definitely do the Slim Down before my vacation in March, but for now, this mini-SD was exactly what I needed. <3
NYC is magical….
….even when you make a trip just to get away from it all.
I didn’t know that was possible in New York, but we just had the best mini-getaway.
Our main mission: to not have any plans. To have no distractions. No temptations to “just run to the gym real quick” or having roommates and doggies running amok. It was just the two of us, toting overnight bags and two bottles of champagne, two hours from home, with aspirations of ordering room service and watching the Food Network.
And that we did.
It involved the best “frickles” I have ever had.
Spinach and artichoke dip and a ridiculous(ly good) chicken burger with sundried tomato aioli.
And red wine.
And thanks to his and hers iPhones (um, do they do everything?), we found a nearby jazz club once we decided to stop being lazy. Where I am pretty sure they thought we were someone we were not. Treated like royalty (it was super funny but super weird) and the owner wanted a picture with us…
|I like his “JAZZ” pin…and not sure what is happening with our hair. Just roll with it.|
Then we ventured back to the hotel, where we decided we should take advantage of the 24-hr access to the rooftop.
Where we proceeded to argue for a good twenty minutes + about which was the Chrysler Building and which was the Empire State Building.
(Does anyone else think of the song from Annie when they hear “Chrysler Building?”)
(I may or may not have been wrong…)
A leisurely brunch after checkout in the morning before the mad rush of the Giants game…
Southwestern egg burrito and Bloody Marys. Duh.
Said goodbye to our friend the Empire State Building.
And came home to this guy.
We decided this shall be a “calm-after-the-holiday-storm” tradition….it was absolutely perfect and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Already looking forward to next year.
But for now? Happy 2012…
I have huge aspirations to make this the best year yet. So far?