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South Georgia Weekend

Happy weekend from south Georgia! We are visiting friends from law school that live in Baxley. It’s a really small town (no Starbucks, no yoga studios, no shopping malls) but this is exactly what I need this weekend. We’re just cooking, relaxing and enjoying each others company. It helps that it’s 75 degrees and sunny out. 😉

So I owe you an update on teaching my first yoga class! Overall, it went really well. I only had six people in the class and it was pretty low-key. I took them through a basic power flow and I was surprised by how comfortable I felt leading the class. I definitely need a lot more practice but I would say that my first teaching experience went well. I received good feedback from the members and my group exercise supervisor seemed pleased.

I must share a story though…I got dressed for work at the Y because I had a big meeting at work and needed to get in early. I was showering when I heard someone say, “so what did you think about the new yoga teacher.” I froze and prayed they wouldn’t say anything too mean! I was also kind of happy to have the opportunity to hear their real feedback. I wasn’t about to pop out of the shower and tell them I was in there. They said “it was good but different” and that some of the stuff I did was new and hard but they liked the class. I’ll take that!

Breakfast at my desk pre-meeting.

Overnight oats at my desk in a nearly empty TJ’s sunflower seed butter jar.

I was able to take the afternoon off of work and left around 1:15 so that we could get on the road. I stopped by Berrybrook Farm (for the second day in a row!) to grab a sandwich and a kombucha.

For those of you who asked about kombucha and dealing with the flavor…my favorite brand is Synergy. They make a variety of kombucha with 95% kombucha and 5% fruit juice. That’s a little more palatable than the 100% kombucha. There are culture strands in the drink but it’s normal. Just go with it! It’s a bit of an acquired taste but I love it!

I ate my lunch in the car.

Half of a pimento cheese sandwich with apple slices and carrots from home.

I actually enjoyed the five-hour car ride to Baxley. It was the first opportunity I’d had to slow down all week. It was nice to be stuck in one spot and forced to just sit! I used a Nalgene bottle to roll out my legs in the car. It worked well!

We arrived around 7 p.m. and Cristen and I promptly broke into this.

Cristen had chilled a really nice bottle of French rose. I rarely drink anything other than red wine and I really enjoyed the rose. She had a delicious dinner waiting too.

Goat cheese stuffed chicken rolled in panko. We had mashed potatoes and roasted brussels sprouts and carrots on the side. So good!

I slept for nine-ish glorious hours last night and finally drug myself out of bed at 8:45 to make a pot of oatmeal for Cristen and I. I got distracted by this first.

So ridiculously cute! Camille was enjoying cheese grits for her breakfast. Yum!

Cristen had all of the fun extra ingredients on hand for oatmeal – chia seeds, Crofter’s, peanut butter and Bob’s Red Mill 10-grain cereal.

In the pot for two…
A little less than 1 cup of oats
A little less than 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill 10-Grain Cereal
1 cup milk
1 cup water
Dash salt
Sprinkle of chia seeds
1 banana, sliced

Topped with Trader Joe’s peanut butter and Crofter’s.

Camille has been helping me blog this morning.

I maybe kind of want one of these. 😉

Enjoy the weekend! I hope it’s beautiful where you are!

{ 16 comments… add one }
  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) February 19, 2011, 12:18 pm

    YAY for your first teaching experience being such a success!! I knew it would be!! 😀

    Aww Camille is SO cute!! I want one too now! 😛 (Just steal her…they’ll never know! 😉 )

    • Jen February 20, 2011, 9:26 am

      Thanks Emma! I’m sure they won’t mind if we take her home with us! 😉

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad February 19, 2011, 1:09 pm

    Oh no, I can’t believe you overheard people talking about your class! I would definitely consider that a positive comment!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend in GA!

  • S @ extremebalance.net/blog February 19, 2011, 4:20 pm

    My heart seized at the “I heard people talking about me” part—I’m SO relieved that their comments were positive! As someone who’s been on the teaching side of things often enough, you really have NO IDEA how challenging it can be (all the things participants never think of when they’re done well still need planning and execution!) until you actually *try* teaching… and so many never do, that they can be harsh in their critique. 🙂 Big congrats!

    It’s -25.6F where I live today, but I’m rolling with it and making it fun. Your 75 sound good, too. 🙂

    • Jen February 20, 2011, 9:29 am

      I agree…even though I’ve been teaching group ex for a while, yoga is a totally different ballgame. I have a new appreciation for my yoga teachers and how much goes into their amazing classes!

      I’m sorry that the weather is not nice where you are. 🙁

  • Alaina February 19, 2011, 4:48 pm

    I love those relaxing weekends away. Look like the weather and company are beautiful! 😉

    Glad to hear that your first class was a positive one.

    • Jen February 20, 2011, 9:28 am

      Thanks Alaina – it’s so nice to be somewhere else without the distractions of daily life. I’m able to really relax! 🙂

  • lindsay cotter February 20, 2011, 7:58 am

    yea!! Different is good! SO glad that it went well. And I love how we share a passion for kombucha. Trilogy is my favorite, then gingerberry.
    Enjoy Georgia and all the precious time with friends.

    • Jen February 20, 2011, 9:31 am

      Thanks Lindsay! Trilogy and Gingerberry are the two flavors I had this week. My faves too!

  • Becky February 20, 2011, 8:52 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed teaching yoga! Change is good. I’m sure the members will be excited to take your class again!

    Camille is adorable! Glad you are enjoying a relaxed time with old friends.

  • Angie February 20, 2011, 9:09 am

    Glad your first teaching experience went well! I think you’d make a wonderful mother! 🙂

    • Jen February 20, 2011, 9:30 am

      Thanks Angie! Can’t wait to see you next week. Even though it’s only been a week, it feels like it’s been forever since I’ve seen you!

  • Claudie February 20, 2011, 9:46 am

    Amazing last picture 🙂

  • Tracy February 20, 2011, 8:00 pm

    Awww so cute! Looks like a great weekend!


  • Q. February 26, 2011, 1:52 pm

    Awww I love your little blog helper photo! She is too cute and you look like a natural with a baby in your lap! 🙂

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