sights and sounds (from a holiday weekend) {part two}

Oh extended holiday weekends, how we all love you so…

How would I describe mine? Oh, in the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t all that unusual. It would probably go something like this…

teaching yoga on Thanksgiving morning (& all weekend long)

nishkama yoga thx 2013

It might seem really strange to some, but holiday classes are yoga studios are some of the best. Tons of people come out, the energy is high – it’s like a party, so I’m always down to teach. (Save the date: I’m teaching another all levels class on Christmas Eve morning at Nishkama!)  We had a ball on Turkey Day – it felt good (and very right) to be exactly where I was that morning.

On a side note: THE SONG OF THE MOMENT:

Seriously, I’m obsessed. My apologies to my husband for having to listen to it all weekend.

spending Thanksgiving afternoon with my favorite people

thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving afternoon was spent at my dad’s where I reconfirmed my love for his girlfriend’s mom’s cornbread casserole. The evening included a journey to Aunt Kathy’s to hang with my mom’s side – always a rambunctious‎ time!

showing my Columbus foodie friends what Cleveland has to offer

market garden brewery

After driving around Tremont to find more places were closed than open for lunch, we worked our way over to West 25th and snagged a table for four at Market Garden Brewery.  We ate and drank very well that afternoon – between the Festivus Ales, the mussels, the varying types of chorizo dishes, Hans’ mac and cheese, the chips with salsa and gauc… we could have used a bigger table and bigger stomachs.

rooting on Ohio State to another victory

bean soup

I don’t know if  game day gets any better than it did on Saturday (other than the Buckeyes winning by only one point).  My fellow teacher Kevin hosted and treated us to that pictured Mexican Bean Chili, which 1) hit the spot after a long morning at the studio and 2) that I’m still hoping to get the recipe for as it tasted very similar to my chili.  Another friend Renee made this fabulous butternut squash and cheddar bread recipe – one tray with gluten, one tray without.  Let’s just say I went back for several servings. I can’t wait to make it for upcoming holiday gatherings.  And apparently my sweet potato mash and my walnut brownies were quite the hits as well!  It was the perfect day to eat (more) great food, cheer on a mostly solid team and spend quality time with some of the best people in my world.

making time for my practice

vision yoga cleveland

I’m finding the best plan for a Browns game is to be relaxing in a yoga studio. Instead of watching them lose by 4 points this week, I opted for a workshop at Vision Yoga and Wellness in Ohio City. Elaine Hullihen taught a Body Check session about the psoas and the glutes. Yes, I spent the afternoon massaging my own behind.  Her teaching style was very calming and grounding, and I left with so much more anatomy knowledge than expected.

The holiday weekend was exactly what I needed.  But until the end of next weekend, I’ll be ears deep in these:

jingle bell

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What was the best part about your long holiday weekend? 

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2 thoughts on “sights and sounds (from a holiday weekend) {part two}

  1. T.Dashfield

    The best part was that I got to see my family again – we live in different states – and that meant the world to me (even if I did overeat at my sisters) Hi from Sharefest


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