Saturday, July 10, 2010
No hills here. Just the flat apartment floor I spent the morning/afternoon puttering around. I slept GREAT and stumbled out of bed to coffee and Kashi Crisp.
The cereal was tasty, but for some reason, breakfast, although one of my favorite meals, can be hard to eat some days. Chewing and swallowing seems to become a job of its own.
Lunch was simple and tasty. It feels great to be getting some fiber in my day—the last couple days were lacking.
whole wheat pasta + peas + 2 tsp olive oil + salt + pepper + 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
Trying to motivate and go to the Farmer’s Market. Although it is only half a mile away, I can’t guarantee that I’m going to make it happen. Sweatpants may win.
Friday, July 9, 2010
This morning, while planning the day, Raj suggested a 30 mile bike ride.
Out loud, I said “ Isn’t your tail bone bothering you? Won’t that be uncomfortable?”
In my mind, I said “30 miles? Hell no, I want to wear a dress today, look cute and relax.” Three hours later, I longed for the bike ride. Read more below. Hardest workout of my life!
Breakfast never really happened – we went to Zakey around noon for falafels, hummus and pita:) It was tasty, the decor was really cheesy, but the food was good and fast.
And then….we drove up to Lake Michigan Overlook, 450 feet above Lake Michigan—the views were spectacular and breathtaking. Immediately, we noticed the people running (yes running!) down the dunes and frolicking in the gorgeous water below.
While wearing a dress and carrying a camera, I thought, what the hell. We are in decent shape. As we passed SO MANY people crawling, on hands and knees, back up the dunes, I thought that they must be exaggerating and felt grateful for my regular exercise routine.
Um, yeah. About that. Ten feet up the climb, I wanted to sink into the sand and sit there forever. OK, I did sink into the sand, but luckily for only about five minutes. We would literally take thirty steps up the
dunes glacial hill and then rest. My heart was pounding, my dress was drenched and my sweat blurred my vision. An hour and some change later, we conquered the monster.
Start time: 2:39 pm
End time: 3:33 pm
Some little girl told me she did it in 26 minutes. Silly youth.
I want to go on a bike ride.
We hit the road and stopped at the first place we saw, Gemma’s. We shared a BLT, fries and a HUGE lemonade.
Raj and I walked downtown, passed a team race –people dressed up themselves and a bed that they had to carry down the street!
Saw our future.
We had treats at Morsels: velvet and satin, charlie brownie, quarter cup cake and tall on taste.
Stopped by Cherry Republic and sampled jams, peanut butter, BBQ sauce (yummy!) and chocolate covered cherries.
We ate a leisurely dinner at Poppycocks, a restaurant that uses local ingredients to shape their menu. The service was super slow, but the sweet potato chips and guacamole made it worth the wait. The soups were OK, the main dishes were pretty good, but I would have been happy with multiple orders of the chips:)
Sweet Potato Chips with Guacamole: Fire roasted tomatillo guacamole and cumin scented sweet potato chips drizzled with five pepper oil.
Hangar Martini Steak: Hanger steak marinated with thyme infused Hangar 1 Vodka. Served with a gorgonzola-olive tapanade and local arugala
Drunken Chicken: Red wine marinated chicken breast,sautéed mushrooms, basil risotto and crumbled chevré with a balsamic drizzle
Bingo.Two games, two losses.
Got spooked out by vines.
Walked back to the hotel.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I am a slow poke when it comes to running. I get tired, I feel like I am running fast, but these feet barely make contact with air. But, that is OK. For a long time, I was mortified by my, um, patience with my pace, but who really cares? As long as I am moving, all is well. After running 3 miles in 34:36 at the gym, Raj and I shared Panera’s new Cuban chicken sandwich.
I am not a big meat eater and definitely can’t handle more than one kind of animal in my mouth (unless it is bacon, of course). This sandwich contained many slices of ham that were not advertised — how should I know the Chicken Cuban has ham? —after removing them, it was OK, but nothing special. The sweet pickles were good, but not enough to make me go back for more.
The frozen raspberry lemonade, however, was amazing! Loved it.
A few hours into the drive, we pulled over and ate at Subway. Typically, I get their veggie patty, but not all Midwest locations have them. Guess it being a big meat eating area and all. I had a veggie sandwich, topped with pepper jack cheese and honey mustard. Yummy:)
We checked into our hotel and are resting before heading out and exploring. Lots of great events going on, because it is the middle of the National Cherry Festival!
- 1 cup soy milk
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1 scoop 365 chocolate protein powder
- swirl of honey
Off to the gym and then hitting the road for a couple of hours. Some treats for the road:
I have about 100 pages left in The Ruins and the book has left me speechless. Mostly because there is nothing good that I want to say about it. I lovedlovedloved A Simple Plan and expected equally good things from this book.
Not so much. Basic gist: young travelers go looking for a lost brother, get stuck on a hill, can’t leave hill or Mayans will shoot them. Vines, yes vines, attack them on the hill, eat their body parts, talk to them, laugh at them, etc. Vines with pretty red flowers on them.
Modern day little shop of horrors? Smith writes so well, so this is a bummer!
Have a great day and watch out for those small plants, garden vegetables and any other vegetation that may reach out and grab you.