I feel a bit like I’ve stepped into Thoreau’s world of simplicity and serenity. Except instead of looking out on Walden Pond (which I have actually been to in real life 🙂 ) I have the marsh and ocean.
We packed up and hauled out this morning with sack lunches for all to eat on the trip down. I’d always rather eat a homemade sandwich in the car than stop for fast food .
I made 8 ham, mustard and spinach sandwiches on Whole Grain Goodness. Mine snuck in a glazed pineapple!
We also used up some of the fruit in the house, and Matt and I shared this pear. Wish I’d had one of my own because it was an excellent pear!
Matt requested one of his Christmas Resee’s for dessert and gave me the first nibble 🙂
After a quick stop for a few more groceries, we were on our way to Bald Head by boat.
Soon enough Old Baldy was in sight!
As soon as we arrived the sun came out. It was PERFECT weather for both napping and running. Our group was equally divided with Mom, Dad, Larbs and Karen taking naps and Kanz, Matt, Andrew and I heading out for a run. As much as I wanted a nap, we knew a run would be equally as energizing!
We were right – the run was awesome!!! Basically anytime I run with Matt A. it’s awesome. He inspires me to run fast!
I shocked myself with an 8:05 first mile (which felt so easy!) followed by an 8:02 mile!!!! We slowed a bit for 3 and 4 to let Andrew catch up and because Matt engaged me in conversation about races and I got a bit of a cramp. Mile 3 was 8:22 and mile 4, 8:29. Matt sprinted ahead for mile 5 and I finished in 8:23. I did the whole 5 miles in 41:24 – a personal record for me for sure!!
After a hot shower and some lounging we all rendezvoused in the living room for some reading
Nothing like a fire on a cold winter night!
Again, my exercise curbed afternoon snacking appetite and I was pretty hungry for some snacks.
I had a couple of these Honey Cashews
And a few cheese straw bites
and 2 cheese + crackers
Instead of beer I sipped a mocktail of soda, bitters and lime.
I decided to take tonight off of drinking. It would be so very easy for me to have 2-3 drinks per night on this 9-day vacation and not bat an eye. If you do the math, that’s probably an extra ~3,000 calories in alcohol alone. While sure I am active, and sure, I am definitely going to have some good drinks and enjoy myself, I’m going to see how it goes for me to skip alcohol some nights. I mean, it can’t be that good to not be able to go through a night without a drink! I have lots of other things to enjoy – food, desserts, company. And it sure will feel good to wake up in the morning feeling chipper.
It actually wasn’t the least bit weird not having any alcohol tonight (thanks to the mocktail!) and I did have a few tastes of Matt’s beers and wines for the flavor, but nothing to accumulate to much.
[I don’t want you guys to think this is a big deal – I am just sharing some of my thoughts with you.]
We’re all taking turns cooking this week and tonight was Larbs, Matt and Karen’s night.
They made a fantastic chili + cornbread dinner. Karen made the chili in advance last week and frozen it so they just assembled the salad and cooked the cornbread on location.
Topped with Oikos and cheese
Trader Joe’s cornbread is the BEST!
After dinner the Christmas cookies came out!
Kanz and I shared a few different kinds. The buckeye was my fav!
[NOTE: For the purposes of confusion, MY Matt (who I call Kanz is real life) is going as Kanz and MATT means Larbs’ Matt]
I did not sleep well last night because just before bed I went into my bedroom and turned around I had STEPPED ON A ROACH!!! Luckily I had on shoes, but gosh – talk about heebie jeebies!
Roach fear combined with a sugar rush from cake and dehydration and overheating with my new flannel PJs gave me major insomnia. So I’m zonked tonight and can’t wait to hit the hay. Nite!