Hello from Glastonbury, CT! I’ve been here less than 24 hours and I already feel like I’m home. My wonderful friend Cait (aka BB) lives in Glastonbury and it is the most charming town. I liken it to Stars Hollow (Gilmore Girls, anyone?). We’re currently nestled in at Daybreak Coffee Roasters, a local coffee shop downtown, and 50′s music is softly playing through the above speakers. I’m also sipping on the good stuff.
And yes, that is chocolate-peanut flour protein pudding oats you spy. FYI: To make that variety, add 2 Tbsp. peanut flour to the original protein pudding oats recipe. It’s phenomenal.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s backtrack to last night!
Girls Night In
It took me a little less than two hours to get to Cait’s neck of the woods. I love driving because it’s more opportunity to listen to music and sing in solitude. Win! The two of us met up at Whole Foods, where we purchased our respective incredible salad creations, and brought them back to her house for an evening of good food, wine, and…The Hills. Yep. Don’t judge.
Before digging into our salads, we each had special gifts for each other! It’s kind of become customary for us to give each other gifts when we see one another. Since we don’t have the opportunity to see each other whenever we want to, it’s something like a mini celebration whenever we reunite. Case in point: Me picking up Cait and swinging her around in the middle of Whole Foods. No big deal.
To our surprise, we got each other gifts from Urban Outfitters! We don’t call each other best blends for nothing.
Cait got me something so special.
Fab Gear: The Beatles and Fashion! I nearly died. There are pictures of Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger, and George Harrison and Brigitte Bardot. There are pages and pages of Beatles fashion and the stories behind their iconic looks. I was the happiest of campers gazing through the book’s glossy pages.
Side note: The book, originally $45, cost Cait just $1.99! BLOWN AWAY.
Cait and I share an intense adoration for high-quality black coffee and journaling. So, it was only fate when I found this coffee lover’s notebook for her. The second notebook is specifically for days when she needs to remind herself how and why she is so amazing.
After our gift exchange, we sat ourselves down on the couch with our Lulu B. pinot grigio and Whole Foods salads. FYI: Netflixing (yes, that is a verb now) The Hills is such a great idea. We watched a handful of drama-filled faux reality TV and loved every second of it!
Crappy salad shot but you get the idea. I filled my container with romaine, roasted garlicky eggplant, curry roasted sweet potatoes (!!!), and balsamic roasted tofu. My lord. It was so perfect.
After a glorious eight hours of sleep, I awoke rested and ready to tackle some Bikram yoga – but not without some proper fuel first! I munched on a strawberry and a handful of blueberries, grabbed my Camelbak, and was more-than ready to sweat it out!
I love Bikram yoga so much because, despite it being the same routine every time, I always learn something new about myself. Today, about 3/4 of the way through class, our instructor told us about a former teacher she had while she was living in New York City and training to become a certified Bikram instructor. She told us that her teacher would repeat the same phrase before every posture; he would say, “Surrender yourself to the Lord (whatever your personal Lord is)” and tell everyone to surrender their trust to their bodies in order to find ultimate inner peace and total body mindfulness. Lying there in savasana, I was so touched by the anecdote that I started to cry. In that moment, I knew that I had surrendered myself – mind, body, and soul – to the practice and to God. It was so beautiful.
Cait and I left Bikram on the ever-joyful post-yoga high. We were sweaty, happy BBs.
Okay, we’re off to continue enjoying the day! Hope your weekend is going beautifully.