Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Winter Whiles

This was the first weekend after the holiday season ended and even after two Wednesdays off in a row, Every year I always get hit by the winter blues, even when we were living in sunny Southern Florida, my body still went through the same seasonal change.

Over the years I have learned the best ways to personally combat that grey, gloomy sadness that the limited amount of sunlight brings.

Strategy #1 is to get enough sleep and wake up early (no later than 8am) even if I'm not going to work.

Strategy #2 is to fill up my calendar. Adventures, testing new recipes, reading, watching movies, going out to new places for dinner, going to the gym, getting together with friends, etc. Staying busy, entertained, and focused on a to-do list and leaves me feeling good because I get a positive buzz from accomplishment.

Friday after work Aaron and I enjoyed a quiet dinner together at the Crazy Fire Mongolian Grill located in the Leesville Town Center. I really like going here - it's kind of like interactive dining. All of the ingredients are laid out buffet-style ready for you to pick and choose which ones will go into your bowl and the cooks use long metal blades that represent the swords that ancient Mongolian warriors used to stir-fry your dish! My favorite combo is beef, onions, broccoli, mushrooms, water chestnuts, teriyaki sauce, lemon ginger sauce, garlic oil, chopped peanuts, and a dash of lemon pepper. Yum!

On Saturday morning we ventured over to the NC Fairgrounds to check out the The First in Flight Cat Club 12th Annual “Meowing in the New Year” TICA Cat Show. Oh yes we did.

A Skwisgaar doppelgänger!
Kitten check
Cat Pageant gold!
It's an annual cat show that brings cat breeds and judges from all over the country. I had never been to any type of animal show, dog, cat, horse other than the State Fair, so I thought it would be interesting to check out. We saw all different ages and breeds of cats and I even learned all about award winning Maine Coons from a random cat lovin' guy standing next to me at a judging.

I don't think Skwisgaar would be a good pageant cat, although I am certain he would win Grand Supreme in the biggest pooch class.

After the cat show we moved on to check out a free hot tubs & swim spa show next door and then we met up with our friends Kelly and Carmen at the Raleigh Flea Market to help them pick out a kitchen table for their new house!

Even though it was gloomy and grey all day long, Sunday was a wonderful day. We watched the season 3 premiere of Sherlock and later I watched the Season 4 premiere of Downton Abbey. I did other things around the apartment, but Sherlock was the most important, obviously.

Hope you had a good weekend!

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