I know you were all waiting (with bated breath!) for a weekend re-cap post yesterday (sarcasm!), and I’m sorry that I didn’t deliver. The truth is- I had to sub a class last minute, had a ton of studying to catch up on, and life happened. Sometimes blogging just isn’t a priority- and that’s what I love about it! I post on here when I want to and feel like I have something to share (or just get out in writing), which is usually (almost) every day.
So, anyway YES- there’s lots of great stuff that I want to share with you from the weekend!
First up: Saturday. The day began gloriously with sleeping in, a little yoga and a visit to the farmers market. I got tomatoes,cucumbers, squash, bell peppers and some delicious Asian pears (there were more, but Greg and I each ate one on the car ride home).
We also did some really fun errands, like going to the dump, recycling center and Goodwill. Not really the most fun times, but it’s always good to get rid of stuff!
A little later in the day we headed up north a bit to a get-together celebrating our friend Will’s birthday. I posted about his party the other day, and was really stoked about it! I ended up making a whole wheat Israeli couscous (the last of it from my Blend swag bag!) salad with cherry tomatoes, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and goat cheese. Super simple and tasty!
I didn’t really get any pretty food pictures because we were all too busy digging into it- but here’s my plate of (blurry) deliciousness:
It included some local pulled pork BBQ (so good!), several different salads (eggplant, caprese, lentil), guac and chips, hummus and some seedy Great Harvest bread. These people know GOOD food- and many of them made dishes based on what was in their CSA- love that! And yes, I had seconds of almost everything.
There were a lot of cute kids and dogs (we didn’t bring ours) in attendance. Of course, I took a million photos of the furry kids…
Ozzy! (a dachshund and basset hound mix!) Such a funny looking guy- in a good way! You laugh just looking at him.
Sweet Remy boy (Sara and Will’s dog)
And SOLEIL! I bet you can guess why I loved her so much…
Sara and Will’s new puppy Maxx was there too- but I couldn’t get a photo of just him to save my life! He will appear in one later though… don’t you worry.
Some more photos…
Will and Nora relaxing on the hammock
Emily telling Greg that her juice box contains fruits AND veggies
Beth, me and Sara
Brad getting parenting advice, perhaps?
The “empties” shot reminds me of something that I would have taken a picture of in college, to show how cool my friends and I were. Except this beer is a lot better. And I’m pretty sure that a compost pale wouldn’t have been on the counter.
Sarah made Chocolate-Covered Katie’s cookie pie (both carob chip and chocolate chip versions] for the birthday boy.
Soleil waited patiently in case Sara dropped on of the cookie pies… but no dice.
And then we roasted marshmallows, which was awesome. I haven’t done that in years! (Why the heck not, I wonder?)
See- there’s Max!
Emily made sure that I also got a photo of her “posing” after this one was taken.
There ya go, kid.
She was SO proud of that photo.
At the end of the night, some of us gals enjoyed a little champagne with strawberries.
Classin’ it up in Solo cups!
Sunday began with some Tababta, teaching Spinning, followed by a quick trip to Giant Eagle to grab a few items that I wasn’t going to get at Whole Foods or Trader Joes (where I was doing my grocery shopping later that morning). While walking through the store, I spotted a few things:
New Chobani Flips yogurt. I guess it’s similar to the concept that Fage has- a separate container for fruit and yogurt? The banana one tempted me a little bit… but I held back. 9 times out of 10 I don’t like flavored yogurt- and just have a hard time with the crazy high amount of sugar it has (I’d rather have ice cream…). I settled on good ol’ plain Chobani as per usual- to which I will add my own fruit.
I also saw this:
I didn’t buy it. But I am curious to try it! I’ve had every other variety of Better ‘n PB and am a fan (although it doesn’t compare to regular real peanut butter…).
Next to the Hot Pepper PB was this weird alien substance. I posted the nutrition next to it, which I later looked up on the web (I was curious as to what ingredients made it “calorie free”)
I’ll be honest- back in say, 2007 or so I would have been all over this. I would have just seen the “Calorie free” claim and not even looked at what was in it. And I’m sure it tastes just wonderful (again, sarcasm). But “natural roasted peanut flavor?” What does that even mean? And all dyes? And Splenda? Ick! I’d rather lick the floor.
After coming home, re-fueling and getting all gussied up (in running capris and a t-shirt…) Greg and I headed down to Gaithersburg to hit Trader Joes and Whole Foods. We went to Trader Joes first- and amazingly, I have no photos to share. We bought food. Guess it wasn’t that interesting.
By the time we got to Whole Foods we were ready for lunch, and you can probably predict what that meant…
Ahh, WF salad bar and Kevita with a rainy view. Happiness.
After lunch and finishing out the grocery shopping, we made one more stop over to Fleet Feet (a running specialty store) to check out some shoes. Greg and I both wanted new shoes (running for him, and just some basic gym shoes for me) and they have an awesome selection and knowledgeable staff. I wanted to get a pair of shoes that are not white (like all of my running shoes). I’m definitely not one to spend more than 5 seconds of effort putting together an outfit for the gym, but always feel like I look a little bit special when I wear a black shirt and shorts with WHITE shoes. I was interested in the minimalist/barefoot New Balance shoes and any from the “Pure” collection by Brooks (which is like a hybrid minimalist/regular shoe), so I tried on a few different pairs.
While I absolutely adore the way the New Balance ones look, they weren’t as comfortable as the other two. I could have gotten them and broken them in I guess, but all bets were off once I tried on the purple ones (Brooks PureFlow). I loved the Brooks PureFlow shoes! And that’s not really a surprise because I have the PureGrit ones for trail running, and pretty much wear them everywhere (even when hiking 14ers!) They only had them in purple- which I wasn’t quite ready to commit to (I had my mind set on black so that they would kind of “match” everything). So, I ordered a pair of black ones with a blue sole- and hopefully they’ll arrive soon!
Greg ended up getting a pair of New Balance 1080s which he loved. Funny enough- he also tried on the Brooks Pure Flow shoes and didn’t like them. He thought they were too “squishy.”
We eventually found our way back home and spent the rest of the afternoon hanging with the pups and retired to bed early. What a great weekend.
One final thought: If I hadn’t quit my job, I would be returning to work today! I don’t have a shred of regret and am still 100% confident in my choice. And it feels GOOD.
Where do you grocery shop? Do you usually go to more than one store like me? Are you scared of “franken-foods?”