(Long) Weekending: A Fresh Start.

Hello! I haven’t shown my face around here in quite some time. Ambitious beginnings had the best of intentions, and then 2020 happened…and kept happening…and it was all, well, a lot. I didn’t feel like I had the mental bandwidth to crank out blog posts, even though it is a great way to clear my mind and distract myself however momentarily from all of the insanity and horror that is the news cycle. So, I’m here for a fresh start to 2021.

With the new year here, I really want to pay more attention to my mental health and make sure I’m taking time out to do things to benefit myself. Part of that fresh start includes taking walks around the neighborhood in the half hour before I log on for work in the morning, the space where I would have been commuting before. I’m also trying to spend less time tethered to my phone doomscrolling and more time reading books. I’m stretching more and doing yoga. And I’m intending to take a lot more care of this corner of the internet, because I really could use a creative outlet.

Weekending for much of the past year hasn’t been all that thrilling. After all, I can’t really go anywhere. It feels like it’s errands, maybe go for a log run, watch tv, rinse, repeat. But this weekend was a tiny bit different! Matt and I went on our first date night in months. And we had the other couple in our quarantine pod over for the football games on Sunday. Dare I say, it felt like a fresh start to the year.

Here’s how I long-weekended:


๐Ÿน to Batson River in Kennebunk! They have set up these adorable ice fishing-inspired shacks for socially-distanced drinking and dining. Matt and I are big fans of their cocktails (the liquor is distilled in-house!), and I was really excited to get us on the list for one of the shacks. It was so nice to get out of the house for the night. We shared the roasted cauliflower and it was so good. My favorite cocktail that I tried was the Pretty Bird, which uses their rum.


๐Ÿฟ One Night in Miami. We watched this on Monday, and I thought it was great. Everyone knows Sam Cooke, Malcom X, Muhammed Ali, and Jim Brown, but it was so interesting to see their friendship brought to life on screen. I had no idea that these men led such intertwined lives, and it was an enlightening history lesson. I would definitely recommend this film. It felt very appropriate to be watching it on Martin Luther King Day, which obviously honors one of their great civil rights contemporaries.

๐Ÿฟ The American President. It’s an oldie but a goodie and (in my opinion, at least) a classic! Heading into inauguration week, I felt like a little political idealism might be a good palate cleanser to help wash away the last 4 years ๐Ÿ˜‰ if you feel like you could also use a little escapism to simpler times, it’s on Netflix!

๐Ÿˆ the NFL Playoffs. Was anyone else rooting hard for a Bills/Browns AFC Championship? I was super bummed that Cleveland wasn’t able to pull through against Kansas City! I’m sad not to have my beloved Patriots in the playoffs this year, but I’m happy for Tom Brady making it to the NFC Championship with the Buccaneers! We had the other couple in our quarantine pod over on Sunday to watch the game, and it was great to have company over and catch up!


๐Ÿ• pizza! My brother-in-law gave me a pizza stone in our family’s Secret Santa, and it has changed the way I make pizza forever. Fridays mean pizza night in my house, and it’s a blast to start the weekend experimenting with different toppings and flavors. This week I made a pie with buffalo “chicken” (plant based) and bleu cheese. It was delicious!

๐Ÿฅ‘ my favorite vegetarian and pescatarian game day recipes: chipotle black bean dip, buffalo cauliflower taquitos, baked avocado, and these katsu-inspired salmon bites.

Working Out

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ with Apple Fitness+. I’ve been trying the new service out over the last couple weeks and I think it’s pretty safe to say I’m hooked! So far, I love the HIIT, strength, and dance workouts, and I’ve been even making time to throw some yoga into my schedule regularly. If you have an Apple Watch, I couldn’t recommend Fitness+ more for at-home workouts.

How have you been weekending? Have any books or movies to recommend? Leave it in the comments below!

xoxo, Karoline

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