Good day, little friends! How is your Friday going so far? Do you have any weekend plans? I’m going to Maryland early tomorrow morning to spend the weekend with Ari’s family. Should be fun! I just looked at the weather and it’s going to be in the 90s, but i’m pretty sure I won’t melt.
Yesterday started off with a breakfast mess:
Daisy Brand 2% cottage cheese with grapes, a banana, Puffins & cinnamon. Mmm!
After breakfast, we set to work on scouring the room. Before:
Yes, that closet mess is mine.
We finally had time to set up our Ikea bookshelf, which we got, oh, two months ago.
I was Pam to Ari’s Tim.
Pretty good, huh? It makes such a difference in terms of space. And now I’m allowed to keep my magazines! I have to go home and get my cookbooks… I can’t WAIT.
Ari drilled a hole in the back of one of our shelves so we can keep our phones plugged in… I was more than a little skeptical that he wouldn’t break the whole thing, but the man knew what he was doing.
And yes, that’s your’s truly. See? Same haircut!
There are still some boxes in the closet, but it’s a LOT better than it was.
I can actually find my clothes!
We broke for lunch and went to Panera. I got the sandwich and salad combo with a Mediterranean Veggie sammie:
I also got the Strawberry Poppyseed salad. Yum.
I didn’t end up eating the apple…
…but Panera was freezing (and as usual, I forgot a sweater) so I got a skim cappuccino and sprinkled Sugar In The Raw on top, just like my mama does. She used to let me eat the foam with a spoon when I was wee!
After a little more cleaning, I was feeling snacky so I had a date with almond butter. I could eat these guys every day and be very, very happy.
A little later, I went on a KILLER run with Ari’s brother. He’s run four marathons, so I figured (correctly) that I would run harder and better with him. As I’ve said, I’m a stronger runner with other people. We went about four miles, and I had to stop for a minute at the halfway point because I thought I was going to collapse!
Total time: 38:52 minutes
Maximum heart rate: 197 (99%)
Average heart rate: 179 (90%)
Calories burned: 475-500 (HRM is being fickle again)
All in all, a great run. I didn’t stretch though (tsk tsk), and I’m feeling the burn today!
After I was clean and presentable, Ari and I went out to dinner. I’d kind of wanted to cook, but we don’t get to spend evenings together so often and this took less time. We went to Locale, a new(ish) place in Queens.
I had a spicy olive that we were brought as soon as we sat down.
We split the bruschetta trio: warm eggplant ragu, portobello/mozzarella/pesto, classic tomato.
For my entrée, I ordered the fish special: grilled Wild Atlantic salmon wrapped in seaweed with a stone fruit coulis. It also came with sautéed spinach and fingerling potatoes, but I subbed those for a mixed green salad instead.
Ari was feeling pretty sassy all through dinner. Imagine wearing a Yankees cap in Queens!
I’d planned on having my usual dessert platter, but he suggested Cold Stone. I’m not one to turn down fully-loaded ice cream, so I ordered a “Like It” cup of Sinless Sweet Creap with hot fudge, peanut butter, and a Reese’s PB cup. Does Sinless + Decadence = Zero? Cuz it should.
This was actually way too much for me. I ate it all, but I felt a little sick afterwards. I stopped at the grocery on the way home to get ingredients for chocolate chip cookies. When baking, I usually substitute applesauce for half of the butter or oil to make it a little healthier; unfortunately this does NOT work for cookies.
I tested one out, saw that it looked more like cake, and turned the rest into a peanut butter banana cake. It’s pretty good, actually!
Batch #2 was straight-up Toll House. Unbeatable.
It was kind of a perfect day, overall 🙂
I’m off to the gym to squeeze in some cardio before work. I hope you have a FANTASTIC weekend!