This morning I'm heading back to work after five days off. Five! Man, that was nice. Admittedly I worked for several hours yesterday morning, but I peeled myself away before lunchtime and limited myself to responding to a few emails after that.
On July 4th my band played at Fort Leavenworth for their Independence Day festivities. Here's what I wore:
I had on black capri leggings underneath, along with a pair of black Chuck Taylor high-tops. I wore super bright lipstick that matched the red on the dress and I had thick black eyeliner on.
We were playing to a huge group of casually dressed families, most of whom were pretty far from the stage. Once the band was finished playing, I walked up the hill to the restroom and stood in line looking VERY out of place and getting many weird looks from women who obviously hadn't actually been able to see the band. Finally, someone came in and said, "The band was great! I loved the songs you guys played." Whew. See, people, I'm not a crazy clown hooker!
On Friday, I got up early to take a friend's foster kitten in to be neutered. I also made it to a lunchtime yoga class, which was great because my feet still hurt from standing most of the previous day. I didn't get much more accomplished than that, but I read a book, picked up the kitten from the clinic and hung out with my husband all evening once he got up.
Saturday was more productive. I made refrigerator pickles (both beet and cucumber), hummus, guacamole and black bean burgers. I even got some laundry done. My husband and I finished the day by going to see the other band that my keyboard player is in. It was at a barbecue restaurant so I treated myself to some onion rings. I ordered a beer but only drank half because now that my diet is so clean, it turns out I really don't want alcohol anymore.
Then came my birthday! I had plans all day long. I met up with my sister for breakfast and she gave me a new pair of Yoga Sandals to replace my old broken ones. Then we both had relaxing massages at her favorite reflexology place. After that we headed to Lawrence, Kansas to do a little shopping and meet our aunt for lunch.
I spent the evening with my husband, starting with a trip to Cafe Gratitude for dinner. We both had the black bean tacos (which I am *this close* to learning how to make at home) and split the Key Lime Tart for dessert. Then we went to see Man of Steel, which I quite enjoyed except for the endless fight scenes that got tiresome after a while.
My company gives us the day off for our birthdays, so I took yesterday since my birthday fell on the weekend. As I said earlier, I worked all morning to get caught up a bit. Then my dad took me to lunch at Genghis Khan, which was nice. I ran errands in the afternoon, including getting my microphone fixed so I can use it at my next gig. In the evening, my husband and I had dinner at Marble Top Cafe and then loaded up on groceries at Trader Joe's nearby.
It was really lovely to have such a long break from the office and so many other things to do. I'm refreshed and ready to get back to work today.
How was your holiday weekend?