Weekly wrap up: what I did, wore, ate and read this week!

The other day I was at the grocery store and I ran into a woman who comes to one of my step classes. I looked her straight in the face and said hello. She stared blankly at me for several (long) seconds before I (finally) saw the hint of recognition in her eyes.

Turns out she didn’t recognize me because I was showered, made up and wearing non-exercise clothes!

The whole episode made me think that (1) maybe I need to ‘dress up’ more often and (2) you all might like to see what I wear when I’m not in my Lululemon‘s (all the better to recognize me when we meet in places other than the gym!).

I thought it might be fun to write the occasional post that has nothing to do with exercise and clean eating. A post to share with you my non-fitness interests, including what I’ve been up to when I’m not in the gym. This will be the first installment. Feel free to tell me what you think in the comments section below!

This past Wednesday, I had the day off work, and rather than spend it at home, in front of my computer, I got dressed up and attended a local ‘mompreneur’ event (hosted by momcafe Tricities) called “Evolution, Re-creation and Re-invention”. After a light breakfast and some socializing, two local business women shared their stories and insights about changing directions in their careers and starting new businesses. I left with some great ideas about moving forward in my own life and have already started to create my ‘five year vision’ (hint, it involves more writing, some public speaking and moving my blog to self-hosted!).

I traded in my spandex tights for cotton (In Wear), a leather mini-skirt (Esprit), grey turtleneck (Kersh) and pink handknit, beaded scarf (in honor of pink shirt day; the pattern is Rose Lace Stole knit in Jojoland Melody’s fingering weight sock yarn). I clean up pretty well, if I don’t say so myself!

One of my goals for this year is to read more frequently. Books that is. Not blog posts or Facebook status updates. I have a tall stack on my bedside table and I’ve been enjoying tucking into a book before bed most nights this winter. Amazing how it helps with my peri menopausal sleep issues…

For Christmas, my husband gave me a copy of the newest Diana Gabaldon book, The Scottish Prisoner. Diana’s the author of the wonderful ‘Outlander’ series that has occupied much of my reading time (and daydreams; Jamie Fraser makes my heart pound) over the past few years. If you’re not familiar with this series, it’s historical fiction, romance and time travel all wrapped up in an amazing attention to character and detail. I’m about half way through and loving how it fills in some of the backstory left out of the previous six books.

I’ve also been reading Working Out Sucks (a very tongue-in-cheek title), but since my focus today is on non-fitness activities, I’ll leave the description and review of that book for another day (although you can read my Amazon review here if you just can’t wait).

My knitting has been getting a little more attention as of late. I’ve just finished a pair of socks for my youngest son; purposefully made a bit too big because kids outgrow socks faster than I can knit! And I cast on for a new, long, drapey wrap for me as well. Not enough done to warrant a picture, but the yarn is the most beautiful, rich purple I’ve ever seen!

Saturday night was ‘treat’ night for me. I picked up some fresh dough from my neighborhood Italian bakery and made pizza for dinner. Mmmm. Roast veggies, chicken breast and a little feta on top for taste! Dessert was a slice of bakery pound cake, topped with fresh berries and ice cream (for the kids only; ice cream upsets my tummy πŸ™ ).

Hope you had a wonderful week and you’re rested and ready for Monday! We’ll be continuing the weekend at our house; teachers are on strike for at least three days beginning tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Did you do something special this week? I’d love to know what YOU’RE up to! Comments below please.

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  1. Sounds like a good life πŸ™‚

    • Yes, it is! And I’m very grateful for everything I have; including people like you, who take the time to comment on my writing! Have a great day!

  2. HI Tamara! I have people not recognize me outside of work because I’m not in scrubs, it’s funny sometimes. There are a few RN’s that go to my gym and it has taken them a few times seeing me there for them to realize we sometimes work together. I love your Rose Lace Stole, I made it for a friends wedding last Oct. It’s a lovely pattern. What I’ve been up to is trying to make time for my knitting (even outside of my knitting group), going to the gym and trying new foods.

  3. I have never been able to get into the Outlander series, I have tried and tried but just can’t. Don’t know why – so many of my friends love it. The Friday night knitting club was a really good book!

    This week has been a down week – my body just said “put the brakes on”, and I did. Only got to the gym twice, which is really not like me at all. Next week is a brand new week though!

  4. Love the mini skirt and pink knit scarf…You do clean up pretty well. πŸ˜‰ Wishing you fun times with the kids for the next three days,…

  5. When I was a teacher I would have students not recognize me when I was out and about because I wasn’t in PE clothes haha. LOVE the Hunger Games … you need to hurry up and read it so you can see the movie in 20 days πŸ˜‰ Don’t worry it only takes a day or two haha.

    • But PE/fitness clothes are just so comfortable! I’m taking the Hunger Games on holiday with me this weekend. It will be my beach reading!

  6. Love your outfit!!!! You look great!!

  7. What a fun post! Love your outfit- I have yet to try leggings, I bought some but can’t figure out what to layer with them. I do the same thing with night stand reading, definitely sleep better when I read before bed. Oh, and I LOVE that purple yarn. Gorgeous.

  8. Love this post Tamara. I especially like the last book on your night stand- The Menopause Book- Think I should get a copy!
    The yarn is beautiful and reminds me to finish the baby blanket I am working on.

    • Hey Denise, The Menopause Book is great! It explains very clearly what the changes on your body is going through. Kind of a book end to the ‘Puberty’ handbook I had back in the day! Get back to that blanket (the knitting elves won’t do it for you!).

  9. You look HOT!!! πŸ˜‰

  10. Awesome outfit! And I’m super jealous of your knitting ability. I’ve had several people (who’ve taught other people) try to teach me and I just can’t keep the tension anywhere near even. Gorgeous yarn too.

  11. Hi Tamara,

    I spotted Hunger Games on your nightstand, Leeann recommended it to Dana and she can’t put it down, nothing like a great book!

  12. I love knitted socks. I received a pair a couple Christmas holidays ago. And I still love them. They keep the feet so cozy and warm.

  13. I LOVE your outfit in that picture.
    *thats* how I aspire to look…

  14. I get people who say “I’ve never seen you in clothes before!” That always goes over well, especially at the grocery store. Loudly, with projected voice. Yeah, we fit peeps clean up pretty well eh? Glad you had a fun, non-fitness day. And I see your bookstack and raise you 5 books! I love reading too!