We sit quietly at the breakfast table, morning light creeping in, a cool puppy nose so close it sometimes touches one of our arms. Yogurt, eggs, bagels, sometimes juice, always peaches - this time of year. What's coming up at work that day, who we're having lunch with, the plans for that night's dinner, the usual half-asleep morning banter that I have come to crave these days. To feel that human connection before we both head to our respective jobs.
As a child I was really into counting down to the next big event/holiday/vacation. In fact, I think my Christmas countdown started on December 26th more than once. I have never been able to turn off this feature in my brain; my mom is to blame, as she has the same itch to know exactly how many months, weeks, days, (hours) until the next "something special" is here.
This morning Ryan and I turned to each other and sleepily, but still excitedly, said "1 day!". Planning a vacation is something I will always volunteer for, look forward to, pour myself into completely. I want to see what there is to see, eat a place's food, wander through neighborhoods and parks, I want to immerse myself in that place. After months of planning - flights are booked, hotels, rental car, a few dinner reservations, the necessities really - we are ready.
Tomorrow morning we leave for Oregon. For 10 DAYS. Flying into Portland, driving 1,000+ miles to all kinds of exciting/beautiful places throughout our trip. Neither of us has been before, so we are exploring/adventuring/gallivanting together. No work, deadlines, alarm clocks, yoga challenges, softball games, puppy duties (even though we will miss him), the stuff that builds up and consumes your day-to-day. It's the stuff that makes a vacation feel like vacation when you get to leave it behind, so for that I am thankful. My rockstar parents are housesitting/puppy sitting for us while we are gone - so thankful for them.
I can't wait to share all of our adventures with you when we get back, and of course will be sharing some highlights on Instagram. I would love to hear any Oregon recommendations if you have them!
Oh right, juice! This juice is incredibly delicious, simple, green!, healthy, and such a perfect way to start these last mornings of summer. Before the pumpkin-spice everything fills your breakfast table. If you have a juicer (or visit a juice bar!) give this combination a try. I think you'll like it!
Makes 2 1/2 cups
1 pineapple, peel and core removed, chopped into 1-inch pieces
3-5 kale leaves, ribs removed, roughly chopped
2 mini cucumbers (or 1 regular), cut into 1-inch pieces
1 lemon, peel removed, cut into 1-inch pieces
1-inch piece fresh ginger, roughly chopped
Juice all of the above and stir. Enjoy for breakfast, a snack, or any time of day when you need a little boost.