Well, looks like the alarm clock got the better of me this morning. I had a terrible time falling asleep, and had an air filter going in hopes that the white noise would lull me to dreamland. It did… but it also meant I didn’t hear my phone go off to wake me up! Anyway, nothing catastrophic happened and it seems that the world still makes sense.
Yesterday was a busy day at the house, as the boys were packing up and getting ready to go to Europe. I dreamed a little about Parisian breakfasts as I based my own around Chobani‘s Vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt.
I also mixed in a crumbled Chocolate Fig Vitamuffin, a small peach, and half a banana. Looks like my camera got a little brekkie on the lens… sorry about the dirty looking photo!
It seemed about time to try out my NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia…
Although the label recommends using 5-10 drops, I started out with a conservative 2. Couldn’t taste anything! Then I overdid it a little by squirting in the whole amount in the dropper. Not good at all. There must be a perfect balance… I don’t like my coffee too sweet, but a subtle hint of flavor would be lovely.
I spent the morning getting some reading done, and reading requires brain fuel! I snacked on a Coco Chew from Bonobo‘s… these are delicious.
Ari declined his Chunk of Energy, so I ate his for him. Don’t you love his shirt? It encourages people to wear seat belts. Safety is sexy! He owns two of these, purhcased on separate occasions.
A little later, my dad picked me up so I could spend the rest of the day with my parents before they went to Europe. Do you see a trend here?! Am I the only one I know who will not be feasting on crêpes, moules, and patîsseries? I’m sure I’ll make do. You know what they say about what happens when the cat’s away…
I made myself a big salad for lunch, and incorporated in these gorgeous heirloom tomatoes Ilana got me at a farmers market in Westchester.
I started with a few leaves of romaine and tossed in leftover swordfish, 1/2 apple, dried cranberries, and that cute little orange tomato in the back. I made a dressing using Emeril‘s Kicked Up Horseradish mustard that Foodbuzz sent me a while back, white wine vinegar, olive oil, and honey. Parfait!
Couldn’t resist a few bites of my dad’s cold sesame noodles… this has always been one of my favorite dishes at Chinese restaurants.
The rest of the afternoon was spent reading and writing. Two books in one day? You know it! I read almost all of one novel while soaking in the tub with scented candles. Now, if I could only just get paid to do this… We ate dinner on the later side, so I snacked on an apple with cinnamon to hold me over. I’ve been eating so many apples recently! When they come fresh from the farm, they’re hard to resist 🙂
My dad made a dish for dinner that has already become a favorite in the LVP household: Lemony Rigatoni w/ Chickpeas & Broccoli. Two years ago, Ari and I made this recipe (from the 2007 Food & Wine Cookbook) the first time he visited me in Minnesota. A few months later my dad, not knowing that Ari and I already loved this pasta, made it for a family dinner. It’s a hit, and so easy to make. Sea salt, pepper & parmesan raise it to the level of simple perfection.
I drank a cup of milk with my meal… growing up, I always drank a huge glass of milk (twice this size) with dinner. One must build strong bones! (I bought this cup in Berlin… I love mugs without handles, for some reason.)
For dessert, we had Bartlett pears…
… and a square of dark chocolate.
Since yesterday morning, I’ve had some pain on the inside of my right knee. I don’t know if it’s post-race stress or wearing the wrong casual shoes, but I heeded my dad’s advice yesterday by icing the knee and not doing a lick of exercise. The next time I run a distance longer than 2 miles, I’m going to do it on the treadmill to give my bones a break. I don’t usually get knee pain from running, but I don’t want to take any chances. I am, however, planning on doing the Pete McArdle Cross Country Classic 15K on December 13, and came up with this training plan with Runner’s World’s SmartCoach. This is a great resource if you want a little help organizing your own training plan.
What are your short-term or long-term fitness goals?