Yesterday was a special morning– it was my last free weekday morning on vacation! I knew I had to spend it right– no lazing around on the couch watching television (because that’s what I did later in the afternoon!). Instead, I did some things both familiar and new!
I woke up around 5 A.M.; despite the fact I am on vacation, I still have been waking up at 5 everyday with no alarm. In fact, some days I have been getting up around 3:30 in the morning wide awake! I stayed in bed, attempting to sleep until at least 5, which is when I give myself permission to wake up. Yesterday was no exception– I technically got out of bed at 4:58, ready to start my day.
I enjoyed this favorite breakfast of mine while watching the latest episode of Jersey Shore. Remember my own encounter with Pauly D? I kind of like the fact the roommates are getting along for the most part this season–there’s a lot less screaming (I’m looking at you Sam and Ronnie) and a lot more lighthearted shenanigans, which I tend to find much more entertaining.
I watched the whole episode, did some blog stuff, took a shower, and was ready to hit the gym for a run. I ran a seven-miler that I originally wanted to be a ten-miler, but during the run I started to get weird pains near my left butt-cheek that got worse as I kept running. The pain was a “nervy” pain, not just muscular, so I cut the run short to prevent any worsening. As I write this, the pain has gotten better, but today will definitely be a low-key rest day. Better to be safe and skip a workout or two than be sorry and be stuck with an injury!
I finished at they gym around 8:30 A.M. and really wanted to do something fun rather than just go home since this kind of weekday morning freedom is so rare for me. I decided to go “adventure shopping,” which is when you go to random discount type of stores with no goal other than to find a few good bargains. Unfortunately, most stores don’t open up around here until 9:30 or 10 in the morning, and I obviously was way ahead of that schedule! However, after some googling, I found that Ocean State Job Lot, a fantastic place to score a bargain on random things, opened at 8! Jackpot!
I actually puttered around Job Lot, known for its huge selection of Bob’s Red Mill products for a good half an hour or so, but didn’t end up buying anything. The last time I went there, I scored big time on the Bob’s Red Mill stuff, but I didn’t need any more this time around!
Next up, I went to TJ Maxx, with the goal of scoring some name brand but cheap gym shorts. I got a pair of Nike Tempos there a few days ago for only fifteen bucks, so I went to a different location to check out their selection. I didn’t find any Nikes, but I did grab a few great items!
After TJ’s, it was Homegoods time! I skip all the actual home stuff– I just go straight to the gourmet food section. Homegoods often sells some random and interesting “health foods,” so I went scouting to see what I could dig up. I managed to find one treat that is right up my alley!
I had seen this Laughing Giraffe brand of raw vegan macaroons online for about ten bucks, and I almost ordered them! Thankfully I didn’t, since there they were, sitting on the shelf at Homegoods of all places! And for 6.99, it’s still a bit pricey but cheaper than if I were to purchase them online.
Finally, after my adventures in bargain shopping, I took a twenty minute detour to track down a new-to-me natural foods store, The Good Seed, in nearby Seekonk, Massachusetts. I found it thanks to my GPS, and spent a few minutes there checking it out.
It was pretty small, and while it had a decent selection of “health foods,” there wasn’t anything there that I hadn’t already seen somewhere else. When I go to natural foods stores, I like to find new-to-me foods, but nothing sparked my interest this time around, which is probably better off when considering my bank account!
By the time I got home, it was nearly 11. I successfully managed to spend a few precious hours of glorious weekday morning vacation time doing something I truly enjoy. I came home satisfied and ready to put my feet up and watch more tv! Gotta do it when I can, right?
How would you ideally spend a free weekday morning?