Yesterday, I spent the day being lazy. Meaning, I went to Ojo, soaked, took a siesta and then met a friend for dinner. Glorious way to spend the day.
Ojo is always a desireable occasion for me. How could it not be? The drive is gorgeous, especially now, as the leaves are changing. I have coffee, my ipod and am surrounded by beauty. Upon arriving, I check in and the ultimate relaxation begins. Soaking in hot springs is amazing and something I try to do once a month. Sometimes more. For instance, I might be heading there next week with Melody and Christy. All depends on when on Thursday they are able to go. I spend a few hours, soaking, and finish with a stop in the steam sauna. At this point, I am ready to shower away the toxins and head back to reality. Recently, I discovered their restaurant and have had an obligatory post-soak glass of wine. Lovely.
Yesterday, I abstained since I had happy hour plans and possibly plans after that. I did not want to appear too boozy for those. Instead, I took a nap and caught up on much needed sleep. The past weekend was rough with work and lack of sleep. I acted like I was in my early 20's and it was fun. And took a toll on my sleep and hydration. I am hyper aware of my hydration levels from the face plant I enacted in 2011. I have no desire to do a repeat of that performance.
My friend, Jennifer, and I met at a newer restaurant and it was packed. I am happy for the chef as I have always enjoyed his food. A few years ago, another one of his places closed due to financial reasons. He has always had delicious food in my opinion and I am glad that he seems to be thriving now. We shared a thai beef salad, grilled eggplant and fried mac and cheese. Two of the three were delicious. The fried mac and cheese was a disappointment There was supposed to be brussel sprouts with it, too. I think there might have been one leaf as a garnish to the dish. It seemed mediocre.
We concluded the meal and opted for an additional glass of wine for dessert. It was great to spend time with a new friend. I feel I am being more embraced by the city as the months continue. I don't feel as much of an outsider and hope this trend continues.
My other friend contacted me to see where I was at and potentially meet for a drink. Unfortunately, he had been under the weather due to a cold and was still recovering. We rescheduled so that he could strengthen his immune system. And, quite honestly, I was dreaming of reading a book and relaxing at my house. What better way to conclude a day off?
I feel that I am hitting a plateau with yoga. I hope to incorporate hiking, fitness tapes and running into my fitness regime. Instead of inspiring me, I go to class and think of how bored I am and how terrible the music is. I recognize that I have been complaining about the lack of yoga in SF for the last five months. I had resolved to what was available and tried to make the most of it. However, the last three weeks have made me realize that I should a) get certified myself and b) change up my routine. One of the instructors that I like does not take constructive criticism well. I think a break from her class will help me enjoy it more when I choose to return. I mean, her music selection has sucked and she has done the same routine for the last three months. I think I could do it in my sleep or I have considered listening to pandora during her flow. I think that might piss her off, though.
I am off to meet with another friend. Taking the bus and walking to enjoy the day. It is gorgeous here.