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Favorite Travel Snacks I Enjoyed in the Air Last Week

  1. DIY Snack Mix Mix. I dumped a bag each of Goldfish Mix Honey Mustard and Pretzel, classic pub snack mix, and extra mini pretzels into a large bowl to create an ultimate mix of mixes! I filled a small reusable to go container with the mix for my carry-on, and enjoyed it during two of my four flights along with a tequila and orange juice during beverage service. 
  2. Jerky Duo: Teriyaki Beef and Original Chicken.

Favorite Louisiana Meals

  1. Cocktails, Dinner and Dessert at Restaurant R’evolution. The chef’s interpretation of Beef Wellington was tender and so flavorful my mouth watered as I enjoyed each bite.  The Mascarpone Grits were rich and comforting the way Southern food should be, but I made sure to stop eating early enough to save room for a little dessert. We enjoyed our dessert so much that we returned the following night to indulge, again.  Throughout the two evenings I tried several flavors of the house made ice cream: chocolate coconut, toasted marshmallow, and crunchy peanut butter. 
  2. Lunch at Sammy’s Grill. Our waitress was witty and AMAZING and had great recommendations and descriptions of dishes which brought me to choose one of the menu items she recommended: The Prime Rib Po’ Boy.  WHAT A SANDWICH. This is the kind of dish that I was sincerely sad I was too full to keep eating; I could only eat half! I think I’ll be dreaming about this sandwich for a long, long time.  Maybe a DIY recreation is in my future?

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New Orleans Tourism “Musts” We Crossed Off the List

  1. Café Du Monde. We did what you are “supposed to do” when in the French Quarter: get beignets and café au lait. It was….fine?
  2. St. Charles Street Car through the Garden District. Such beautiful homes and University buildings!

New Orleans Tourism “Musts” We are Saving for January

  1. The National World War II Museum.  About a dozen people recommended it to us, but we didn’t have the time to get over to the museum this trip.  We will be back in town in January 2018 for a  tradeshow and this is definitely on the list of things we hope to do on that trip.
  2. New Orleans History Tour.  There are several available that interest us!

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Travel Media: Movies I Downloaded from Netflix and Watched in the Air

  1. Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened.
    I had noticed that this documentary had shown up on my Netflix recommendations, but after I read Glen Weldon tweet, “So BEST WORST THING THAT EVER COULD HAVE HAPPENED is streaming on Netflix and you – every last damn ONE of you – needs to watch it YESTERDAY” and the thread that followed I decided to download it for flight consumption. I have been thinking about this movie daily since I watched it and I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in Broadway musicals. 

    You may not be familiar with the story of Merrily We Roll Along, a Broadway musical that closed after sixteen performances in 1981, despite being the talk about town leading to the opening.  This film shares the story of the creation of Merrily and the young performers whose lives were changed by being a part of it. Best Worst Thing is directed by Lonny Price and features many members of the original cast, lending to a greater understanding of the impact the original

  2. Sing Street.
    As I’m writing this, I now realize that both of the movie I watched on this trip come recommended from Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast folks, as Sing Street was on Linda Holme’s list of 50 Wonderful Things from 2016. It’s got a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and I totally understand why; would highly recommend this coming of age modern musical featuring a love for the music of the 80’s and a beautiful focus on a variety of relationships. 

Travel Media: Television I Downloaded from iTunes and Watched in the Air

  1. America’s National Parks at 100 from the Smithsonian Channel
  2. LA Clippers Dance Squad from E!

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Reading in 2017 Updates

  1. I remain WAY ahead of schedule in my Good Reads Challenge to read 12 books this year, having finished 9 books as of now.  At the start of the year I made a stack of books in the apartment that I hadn’t read and have been working my way through them, one by one.
  2. I have made very little progress in March.  Everything I started reading I lost interest in and ended up putting back on the stack. I decided to take a break from the pile and gave myself permission to purchase some used books that interested me in an attempt to get back into the reading groove again.  I’ve only read two of Meg Wolitzer novels at this point, which is the only hesitation to my stating that she’s my favorite fiction writer, so I decided to search for some good priced used copies of her other works to read next.

Meg Wolitzer Novels Up Next on My Reading List

  1. The Ten-Year Nap. “a feverishly smart novel about female ambition, money, class, motherhood, and marriage-and what happens in one community when a group of educated women chooses not to work.”
  2. The Uncoupling “a funny, provocative, revealing novel about female desire.”

This Week I Will 40

A weekly post of healthy-intention goals for the sake of accountability; [inspired long ago by Jess and her #sayitdoit style]

A review of last week’s goals:

Healthy Travel Intentions: As usual, I rocked some of the intentions, had a “meh” response to others, and flat out ignored one, too.  I didn’t spend ANY time writing in my journal when I was in New Orleans, but I got right back on the Morning Pages habit when I got back to my apartment and computer so no harm there.

I managed hotel room yoga twice, hit my step goal daily and definitely enjoyed my trip. I chose Freggie-heavy meals sometimes but it was definitely not a focus of my mindset when looking at the menu.

Seek Calm. Setting this goal and arming myself with a list of calmness inducing activities was a big help, too. There were a couple of times that I was feeling anxious during the trip and used deep breathing exercises to calm and center myself and another time where I stepped back to get organized before moving forward with work tasks and felt a lot of comfort in the exercise.  Every morning before leaving my room for the day I would read over the back of my Seek Calm card and set positive intentions for the day.  I’m keeping the card in my suitcase so I have it handy for my next trip, too.

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Rest. I would say that I definitely took it easy in the big easy. There was a lot of time spent sitting, waiting, taking in the sites and scenery, and simply sitting still.  Rest achievement unlocked!! Although sleeping wasn’t necessarily the easiest goal to obtain, since my hotel room windows looked out on Bourbon Street. Those hotel ear plugs came in handy!

Plan. I’ve got 6 weeks of easing back into a running routine written out in my calendar, aiming for a 5K taking place nearby the first weekend of May. After being in the warm weather last week, I feel extra eager to get this training show on the road and am excited to have my first few interval runs scheduled for this week!

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This Week I Will

Walk Home as Often as Possible. Between snow storm Stella and traveling for work last week, it’s been a bit of time since I last walked home from the office. [I’m on a quest to see how quickly I can hit 100 days of walking home; my current tally is 14 days.] The beginning of the week looks a bit rainy, but as long as the wind stays slow and doesn’t turn stormy I’m willing to whip out my umbrella.  The end of the week looks sunny and the spring temps are on the rise, so I definitely want to take advantage of that as much as possible this week, too.  

Start My 5K Training Slow and Steady. Now that I have a plan laid out for the next six weeks, I am eager to get started. I need to remember that I haven’t been running regularly in several months and haven’t been truly focused on training for something since 2014; I can’t expect to be as fast or fit as I was back then. I don’t want to make the mistake of pushing myself too hard trying to get back to where I was two years ago.  Instead I want to gauge where I am, and set goals to improve – slow and steady. Operation: NO INJURY is now in session. 

Set April Goals. I’ve been digging a monthly goal setting habit this year. I simply set 3-5 general intentions for the month, write them in a place I keep visible at home, and check in with them during my weekend to do list writing and drafting these “This Week I Will” posts.

Read. I didn’t bring a book to New Orleans and haven’t spent any time reading since I’ve been back. I know a break from screens and noise is good for my brain and overall wellbeing, so sitting with a book is on my MUST DO list for the week.

What healthy intentions are you setting for the week?  Tell me about them on twitter and show me the proof on Instagram by using the #Make1HealthyDecision hashtag!