My Knight In Blue Adidas

Good evening and happy Tuesday! I hope you’ve had a fabulous, fabulous day.  Mine’s been alright… no complaints here!

Yesterday I had an early-morning appointment with a new physical therapist (mine is in Orlando competing in a Half Ironman!), so, after flirting with snooze for as long as possible, I dragged myself out of bed.  This was a little harder than usual, as I got less than five hours of sleep the night before.  Ari was at the All-American Rejects show in Atlantic City the night before, and while I knew he’d be home late, was startled when I woke up at 3:30 and he wasn’t there.  I couldn’t get him on the phone, and because I was still half-asleep, got myself so worked up thinking that something really awful had happened.  He came home at 4 and all was fine, but I don’t know if I’ve ever been so worried.  I can be a little silly sometimes 🙂

Anyway, breakfast was quick but delicious: Sarah‘s microwave pumpkin cake topped with raspberry yogurt and walnuts.

Pumpkin Cake w/ Yogurt

Speaking of pumpkins, our little fella has aged quite a bit since Halloween!

Grandpa Jack

My PT session went well.  My temporary therapist told me my muscles are still really tight… I need to be more aggressive with my foam roller and concentrate on the IT band.  It hurts, but it’ll ease up as the muscle loosens.   He also put me on a pilates machine for some quad work.  I’ve only done mat pilates before, but this was fun! I definitely feel its work today.

I raced home to watch Heroes and get lunch with Ari.  I suggested we go to a bagel place that also makes salads, but when we got there and I saw that their ingredients were no better than the ones I had at home (my rule when eating out is only to get something I can’t make at home) I changed my mind and ordered a toasted low-carb bagel with light cream cheese smoked salmon and tomato.

Bagel Lunch

This was good, but so filling.  I’ve never had a meal hold me over for 7+ hours before… note even Thanksgiving!

The rest of the afternoon was meant to be spent reading, but our room was so hot that I fell right asleep!  It’s been unseasonably warm here for the past few days, and it was the same in Minnesota.  Hmm…

While I was snoozing, Ari was out running errands, one of which was a trip to the bookstore.  He got us both copies of The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain for us to do on our own and talk about while he’s on tourHow do you keep up with friends and loved ones when you’re separated geographically?

Drawing On The Right Side of the Brain

He also got me a surprise…

French Wine for Dummies

French Wine for Dummies (FWfD)!  Just what I need to kick-start my wine education.  What a nice boyfriend! 

We decided to go on a quick run together before dinner; I didn’t want to run at night by myself, and to be honest I’ve been a bit apprehensive about running outside again.  I haven’t had any pain at all in either of my legs for at least three weeks and have run on the treadmill twice since I was given the OK, but I just wanted some company!  While we ran, Ari taught me the rules of blackjack.  I was so engrossed in his casino tales that before I knew it, I was falling… and falling… and falling… it seemed to take a really long time for me to hit the ground, and Ari acted so quickly and caught me so that I only scraped my palms.  I have never fallen while running before, and I shudder to think of what could have happened if he hadn’t been there… I don’t think I’d be able to handle another injury!

We both had more work to do before we were ready to relax, so I made us a quick and easy dinner: Tomatoey Spiced Chickpeas (which I’ve made before), brown rice and Japanese Cucumber Salad with Vinegar.

Sweet & Spicy Dinner

This chickpea recipe stood the test of time… Ari really liked it, and he’s a pretty tough judge.  We both agreed the seaweed wasn’t quite right on the cukes; next time I think I’ll cut the pieces a bit smaller.  A miso would probably taste good as well.

We had some De Loach Merlot, a 2006 Californian from the Russian River Valley that my friend Howard gave to me.

De Loach Merlot

Although this isn’t a French wine, I consulted FWfD to learn a little about Merlot. I scanned the table of contents… nothing.  I flipped to the back to search through the index… nothing again!  No Merlot?! It’s a French word!…. Isn’t it?  I flipped to the “Cheat Sheet” at the front of the book to see if anything even starting with “M” made an appearance, and lo and behold! Next to Bordeaux (red) (Wine Type) was an a list: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc (Principle Grape(s)).  Merlot is a type of grape, and just one of several that falls under the category “Bordeaux.” It grows in the Haut-Médoc in Gironde, a region in the southwest of France that is located in the city of Bordeaux.   The Merlot grape is the most commonly planted variety in Bordeaux (FWfD p. 36-38).

So what does this mean for California Merlots? According to the Wine Institute, Merlot grapes were brought to the United States in the mid-19th century, and are mainly used to blend and “soften” a more robust wine.

I’m typically more of a white wine drinker, but I want to broaden my horizons.  This didn’t taste too strong to me, and it did feel sort of “soft” in my mouth, if that makes sense.

Ari’s take: Deliciousness in a sleek and spunky package.  I was impressed by  both the amount of flavornoids and antioxidants.   And I was ready to party.

I was also ready to party… with the freezer.  Häagen-Dazs sent me a coupon for a free pint to make up for their almond-less ice cream, so I picked up a container of their five-ingredient Brown Sugar ice cream.

Häagen-Dazs Five Brown Sugar

It tasted so much like brown sugar!  Which, I guess, is an acquired taste… straight sugar isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.  Ari wasn’t a fan, but I filled a bowl and topped it with Pure Dark chipotle chocolate.

Brown Sugar Ice Cream w/ Chipotle Chocolate

We did a little more work, and spent the rest of the evening watching Heartburn.  Has anyone seen this?  It was made the year before I was born, and there were so many things I recognized (specific toys, accessories, my mother’s perm…).  The film itself made me a little sad (Mike Nichols directed it), but I liked it a lot.  What movie should I order from Netflix?

P.S.  Holly’s giving away some supa-fancy protein powda!

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23 responses to “My Knight In Blue Adidas

  1. I almost injured myself due to a fall while running. Scratch that–I did injure myself, but not seriously. It was nerve wracking for a while though, when I still thought there was a chance I did some serious damage! Nice that Ari was there to help you out.

  2. Hahahaha that pumpkin really does look like a wrinkled old man!!!

    Oooh I remember that drawing book — I took Art Therapy in college and we used it 😉

    ❤ ❤

  3. thats exactly how i am about eating out..no point in wasting money on something you could make at home! uhh that ice cream looks amazing

  4. that bagel sammie looks fabulous! I love bagels and lox! very cool taht it was a low carb bagel…i have yet to taste one that truly doesnt taste like air, but yours looks phenom! I love how you just ‘whipped up’ the chickpea and pickled cuke meal! it looks like you worked for hours in the kitchen! 🙂 well done!!

    yummy brown sugar icecream!

  5. I’m glad that Ari returned home safely and that you survived your fall while running! I’ve run straight into poles many times haha.

    I’m very impressed by your ability to whip up such an elegant meal, your Japanese cucumber salad looks amazing!
    Hmm, I’m blanking on movies right now but, if all else fails, Spice World makes for a good laugh:)

  6. Hey girly 🙂 Glad you’re ok after that fall! I haven’t fallen (yet) while running but have come close several times. Always makes my heart beat 10x’s faster!! YUMMY dinner. I’m totally trying those spiced chickpeas next week. Thank you for the idea

  7. Order ‘Silence of the Lambs’!!! I’m watching it in my Screenwriting class 😉

  8. I do the same thing when people don’t answer their phones – I freak out!! I always assume the worst!

    Your pumpkin looks like he’s missing his dentures 😉

    Glad you’re a-okay after your tumble!! Love the wine 411!

  9. Haha- love the pumpkin 😀 Glad that PT is going well!

    I know nothing about wine, so am loving hearing what you are learning.

    I find low-carb breads to be really filling too- I think it’s because it’s higher in protein? (usually soy flour)

  10. Wine education can be so confusing. I’ve given up on learning about it and instead just remember what sort of wines (and flavor notes) I enjoy. I’ve only ever had two glasses of white wine in my life, one chard & one riesling, so it’s interesting to me that you prefer it. What’s your favorite?

  11. If you want to watch a crime drama with great acting and pretty scenery I would definitely rent In Bruges. But I gotta warn you it can be graphic!

  12. yum yum that chickpea dish looks delish! Definitely will be making it soon! 🙂

  13. If you like movies based on true stories, “Defiance” was great! We both loved it and watched it twice.

    I’ve been wanting to try that ice cream – I like that I can read the entire ingredient list 🙂

  14. You should order ‘The Band’s Visit’ from Netflix. Absolutely wonderful.

    Sorry to hear about your worrisome awakening, but I’m glad to hear that he’s safe and sound.
    That drawing book sounds cool. I’ve seen it in bookstores and always been intrigued.

    You’ll have to let me know how it goes.

  15. I don’t know if I’ve told you this already, but I love your blog and read it regularly! And thanks for commenting on my blog. I am an total fan of chickpeas and will probably make your tomatoey spiced version soon. Also, I started eating greek yogurt because of you.

  16. so glad you didn’t fall and hurt yourself!

    and that chickpea mix looks really great!

    i too am a worry wart…so i would have done the same thing!

  17. I’ll have to try out that ice cream – I love the taste of straight brown sugar!

  18. hehe taht pumpkin is so cute/sad looking 😉

    good thing ari was there to catch you!!

    and i’m drinking broc water right now. thanksfor the idea its actually prettty tasty haha. unfortunaetly i had a little spillage accident when transfering it from the pot to a nalgene but it was worth it 😀

  19. You should watch The Red Violin or The Hangover if you haven’t already seen it! LOVE both those movies!!!

  20. I have always wanted a knight in blue addidas.

  21. Aw your pumpkin looks like he needs dentures;)
    Lovin’ the looks of those chickpeas!

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  23. I want to read that book when you are done!! Drawing on the right side of the brain looks awesome 🙂 Not as awesome as the food, but still pretty cool

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