Let’s face it: The week after a holiday week is like the first workout after a month off. It’s hard. Last Friday, all you had to worry about was what kind of pie you were going to eat for breakfast, and this Friday you have to worry about pressing deadlines and whether or not the exclamation point in your email looks way too eager or perfectly cheery. I FEEL you.
Enter our seven picks below—from a winery run (yes, please!) to a soothing soup recipe to the perfect lunch-break workout—that will make your week a bit less painful.
Sweat like the Notorious R.B.G.: Philly’s November Project (for the uninitiated, they’re the free fitness group that’s all about community empowerment and hugs) will be hosting an evening of byo-mat yoga followed by private access to the Ruth Bader Ginsburg exhibit currently running at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Bonus: It’s free! Do it.
Sip on some soup: It seems everyone and their mother is sick right now, so if you aren’t, you’re one of the lucky ones. If you are, recruit someone to cook this chicken and rice soup with garlicky chili oil for you and enjoy a few minutes of relief as you sip away. Do it.
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Reset: If the week is already getting the best of you, head to our East Market outpost for a lunch-break vinyasa yoga class that will help you feel less overwhelmed hot mess, more zen master. Do it.
Treat yourself: Paddywax Candle Bar, a new candle-pouring spot in Rittenhouse, just opened its doors. It’s kind of like the grown-up spin-off of Color Me Mine: At their candle-pouring sessions, you get to create your own scent, then choose your favorite vessel and pour your candle, the perfect gift for yourself or someone else. Sounds just lovely, right? Do it.
Skate the night away. If all you want after a long workweek is to feel like a responsibility-free kid again, might I suggest heading straight from the office to the Dilworth Park ice-skating rink. There’s just something about whipping around on a sheet of ice that erases any lingering email-related resentments. Do it.
Run for wine! This Manatawny Creek Winery 5K has everything you need: a scenic course to distract you from your whining hamstrings (the course takes you through the winery’s sprawling vineyards) and the promise of wine at the finish line. What more could you ask for? Do it.
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An astounding 350 feet of larger-than-life gilded ribbon flows across our Fern Floor, adding a new dimension to A Longwood Christmas. The ribbon is constructed from bending poplar and mahogany wood and is surrounded by massive ornaments, some measuring 6 feet in diameter. Come see this playful scene, on view now through January 5! . Photo by Hank Davis. . #LongwoodChristmas #LongwoodGardens #Christmas #fun #playful #cheer #holidaydecor #wow
Get in the holiday spirit: Not much can compare to a trip to Longwood Gardens on a beautiful spring day, but—with the sky-high Christmas trees adorned just so and the garden lit with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights (seriously!)—it makes for a pretty lovely place during the holiday season, too. Do it.