Bonjournée et bon lundi, mes amis! How is your day going so far? I still can’t believe that it’s a) not summer, b) fall, c) October, and d) a month and a half away from THANKSGIVING?! WHAT? Ari and I made the happy mistake of watching Reality Bites on Saturday night (which, embarrassingly, I used to watch about 5 times a month during my Junior year of high school); I also read a letter my mom wrote to a friend on her 22nd birthday. Well? Everyone seems to feel a little “lost”, a little broke, a little… malformed… after graduation and before they find a career. My experience is not unique or exceptional and, well, it kind of helps to know that. Moving right along….
I got up bright and early on Sunday morning to go on a long run. I ate half a Chocolate Chip Clif bar, drank some water, and bagged up my gummies.
I ran at a snail’s pace. Shouldn’t I be getting faster, and not slower, as I keep doing this? I think it was my worst time ever. I’d planned on running 6.5 miles, but ended up stopping after 4.5 and didn’t end up needing my gummies. However, this didn’t bother me at all! It was not even 9 in the morning on a Sunday, and I’d already knocked out a decent run before breakfast. Not bad.
Total distance: 4.5 miles
Total time: 48:59
Maximum heart rate: 201 (102%)
Average heart rate: 164 (83%)
I had brunch plans with Kalle, Lisa, and Lizzie, so I grabbed an apple on the way out to keep the hunger beasts at bay.
We ate at City Bakery, and by the time we got there I was so thirsty and so hungry that I wanted to eat everything and it ended up taking me so long to actually pick out my food. Don’t you hate that?
I ended up loading my plate with smoked salmon, roasted cauliflower and butternut squash with Asian pears and hazelnuts (must make this):
I also got a bowl of fruit.
Black coffee and water was a must…
I also grabbed a bite of Lizzie’s cornbread/jalepeño/white cheddar sandwich. Great in theory, but strangely sweet in execution.
It was very nice to catch up with my ladyfriends… I do not do this nearly enough. On the way home, I stumbled upon a street fair and picked up cups of lemonade for me and my mom.
I was still parched… I’m usually very good about rehydrating after a run, but I was in such a rush to get out the door that I didn’t think about it. This will be a lot easier soon (hint, hint)! I was also, somehow, still hungry, so I made an open-faced sandwich with peanut butter, banana, honey & cinnamon when I got home.
A little later, George and Judy came over. My mom set out tomatoes with sea-salt and Maker’s Mark… that’s how we do it chez LVP.
I wasn’t feeling the whiskey, so I went for a nice glass of Riesling.
Ari came over, and we got the party started. My dad made us a feast! We had spicy ginger potatoes… who doesn’t like fancy home fries?
We also had spicy corn chowder (see a theme?), which I’ve been begging for for years.
Fresh-baked bread to sop it all up…
Sweet and spicy scallops…
It was a delicious meal, rounded out with wasabi-spiced cucumber salad.
My aunt, uncle and cousins sent a very special Edible Arrangements presentation:
My dad also made one of my favorite cakes…
Chocolate Hazelnut Cake, from this cookbook. It’s made without butter or egg yolks, but is so rich and flavorful.
I enjoyed my slice with quite a bit of fruit.
It was a fabulous birthday weekend, and I’m pretty sure I sailed through it on a constant sugar high. But wait! The treats will continue indefinitely; there are still a couple cupcakes left, and George and Judy gave me some fancy dark chocolate as well.
I also enjoyed some snail mail from my long-lost lovelies, Carlye and Luke, great new running gear, fashion items… very spoiled, I am.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend as well! I’m off to do more reading and job searching. Have a fabbity fab day!
*Sunday in the city