Not Enough Days in the Weekend

by Heather on July 26, 2010

I said it Friday, and I’ll say it again:  There are NOT enough days in the weekend! Back when I had to work one weekend day and take a weekday off instead I thought it was just this horrid time…but having 2 consecutive weekend days is just as hard!

OK, enough complaining :)

Yesterday was a whirlwind but super fun!  Church was awesome (as usual) and afterwards we got to go eat lunch with some of our closest friends!  We went to the mecca of all health and wellness restaurants, Buffalo Wild Wings :)  Now, don’t get me wrong…this girl can down some wings.  But I just wasn’t in the mood!  Plus I just wanted something healthy(ish), so I ended up getting a Boca Burger with fries in lieu of wings:

It was about what I expected since I’ve had Boca burgers a million times; however, this one was fairly dry.  Still flavorful though!  I shared some of my fries with Nate so that I could snag a wing though :)

The rest of the afternoon we hung out with our friends Murphy and Lauren (they’re getting married in 3 weeks!!!) for some premarital counseling and just chill time.  At one point Nate and Murphy went to help another friend move, and I started reading Eat Pray LoveI am now wishing that someone would pay me to travel and write a book about it.  Just sayin’ is all ;)

So yes, this post is short and sweet.  We had a lot that happened this weekend, but now it’s time to focus on the very busy week ahead!  In the spirit of Eat Pray Love, I’d love to have you list out the three foreign places you’d visit if you were going on a journey to discover the art of pleasure, the art of devotion, and a balance between the two! Here are mine:

  • The art of pleasure:  Italy. Not to totally and completely copy Elizabeth Gilbert’s idea, but I’ve always wanted to go to Italy to discover the art of pleasure in food and life.  Not that I know from personal experience, but everything I’ve heard is that Italians know how to live and how to do it well.  I don’t think I’d even begin to care if I put on weight doing it at all :)
  • The art of devotion:  New Zealand. Again, I’ve never been here, but I have seen pictures and heard first-hand accounts.  In the book, the Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the art of devotion in a spiritual sense.  She visits India to meet and study under her Guru; however, as a Christian I don’t necessarily believe in a specific place as the heart of where to find God.  I believe that God is all around, and as such I want to be in a place that wholly exemplifies God as the Creator.  Not that New Zealand would house a spiritual connection to God, but I think I would be able to revel in His magnificent glory in a place that is absolutely stunning.
  • A balance between the two:  Hawaii. Now, this one I can say I’ve been to.  HOWEVER, I will say that I’ve never really experienced people with such joy in living and uncharacteristic devotion to God as I have when I’ve been in Hawaii.  Not that this description is all-encompassing, but I do believe that a solid balance between the two would be reached here by me!
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1 Salah July 26, 2010

The art of pleasure: Thailand

The art of devotion: Costa Rica

A balance between the two: Brazil

I just want to go to all three :-)


2 Jessica @ How Sweet July 26, 2010

Pleasure: Greece
Devotion: Italy
Balance: Bahamas?! LOL!


3 Tina July 26, 2010

I don’t know if these tie into the things you mentioned but I would love to hit up Italy (again), Australia, and then somewhere more remote but still beautiful.


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5 couchpotatoathlete July 26, 2010

Pleasure: Italy
Devotion: Germany (I feel as though there is so much history there and it really is an emotional place)
Balance: Anywhere in the Caribbean where I can relax and focus inward.


6 Carrie July 26, 2010

Pleasure: Greece, never been. But who doesn’t want to go?
Devotion: Israel. Never been, but my husband lived there for a year (we’re not Jewish). The religious aspect totally gets me. I mean, imagine standing on Mt. Carmel, how cool would that be?
Balance: Italy, it has the pleasure and the history that I need. Maybe Cyprus too.


7 Kelly July 26, 2010

Pleasure: Paris
Devotion: Israel
Balance: Bali (I have wanted to go to Bali since I have been 15…that part of her book was my favorite!)


8 LiveForTheRun July 26, 2010

This is fun!

The art of pleasure: Cinque Terre Italy, dying to see this area.
Devotion: Your pick was good, and reminds me of Lord of the Rings, lol. I would say somewhere where you could be calm with nature. Even somewhere rugged like Alaska or Mt Everest. You have to be somewhat alone to feel the significance of His power.
Balance: Fiji. Relaxing, calming, beautiful.


9 Kara @ MyWellnest July 26, 2010

There truly aren’t enough days in the weekend!
Great question…
Pleasure: Australia
Devotion: India
Balance: Fiji


10 dorrybird July 26, 2010

I’m getting married in Italy in September! I’ve only been once before and I was 11 years old…so I can’t wait to experience the pleasure and indulgence. :)


11 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston July 26, 2010

I dunno how to label it but I want to do a big trip to Australia/New Zealand/The Philippines… a trip to Italy… and go on an Alaskan Cruise!


12 Estela @ Weekly Bite July 26, 2010

I say Costa Rica for all three :)


13 glutenfreemuse July 26, 2010

I actually couldn’t stand that book because I felt like she was absolutely insane; however, the idea of traveling for pure unadulterated enjoyment is completely riveting :-)

Pleasure: Italy/Greece
Devotion: India
Balance: Bali

Love to travel!


14 Becca D. July 26, 2010

The art of pleasure: The Maldives- beautiful beach islands are the ultimate pleasure in my book!
The art of devotion: Africa- going to a place where magnificant animals roam the earth, and where culture and heritage run deep would be such an eye opener.
The balance between: Italy-ah, be still my heart. I have lived and loved in this country, and everytime I return, it just warms my heart. :)


15 Anna July 26, 2010

Pleasure: Italy

Devotion: not sure…maybe India? Japan?

Balance…grrrrr, this is hard!!! Haha…I’ll have to think about it!


16 Katie @ Health for the Whole Self July 26, 2010

Pleasure: France

Devotion: Israel

Balance: Australia, maybe?


17 Heather C July 26, 2010

that is a fun read! Can’t wait to see the movie, too :)

I’d visit Italy (originally an architecture major, so this country has my heart), Fiji, & France during the Tour de France.


18 kbwood July 26, 2010

what you said about hawaii was beautiful!! my boyfriend is actually there right now :) im dying to go to Israel to the exact places that are talked about in the bible.. that would be SO POWERFUL


19 Mary July 27, 2010

Devotion = Alaska – learn how people live in such cold climates; I hear they are devoted to their families.
Pleasure = Scotland – would love to learn about thier heritage/history and golf/hike.
In between = Belize/Fiji – view some of the most beautiful waters and be warm.


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