The day started out OK, but as my dad says “The weather has deteriorated rapidly.”
I managed to bike to and from the gym and got caught in the first of our sprinkles on my way home. While there I did 36 minutes on the Stepmill and some weight lifting (pullups, pushups, shoulders) and headed home for lunch.
I had yet another salad –
- Mixed greens tossed in a drizzle of olive oil and honey (you should try this combo – the contrast of the two makes the perfect dressing)
- A scoop of Karen’s hummus (which is Barefoot Contessa’s recipe)
- About 6 frozen/thawed brussels sprouts
- A small carrot
- Blue cheese crumbles
On the side I had pumpkin mixed into a vanilla Oikos (I’ve only got one left – a blueberry!) with pumpkin butter and Crunch.
After lunch I hit the town for some quick shopping. Why oh why did I save these errands for a Saturday!? It was a madhouse of traffic near the mall, esp. with the rain, but I lucked out TWICE on two awesome parking spots.
I drooled over all the holiday stuff at Crate & Barrel, but unfortunately I didn’t drool on it enough to get to bring it home. They had so much awesome decor there! I loved these red + white scalloped plates and fluted bowls, plus all kinds of cool bowls and mugs and placemats. I am on a bowl-buying freeze these days, as funds are tight, so I got my Christmas gifts and left 🙁 I also hit up Williams-Sonoma though, to get Gran Bett’s vinegar. While there I had a Moravian cookie sample and a chocolate ganache sample (!!).
And I tried some of the other vinegars. They didn’t have the kind we love on the shelves so I thought maybe they discontinued it and I would try another kind. Well the others, despite being just as expensive (one bottle was even $55!!) were nothing compared to my favorite kind! I had a bottle of a fig flavored one in my hand and was about to purchase it when I decided to ask a salesperson about my kind. After describing the bottle, the guy said he didn’t know which one I meant and they were probably out of it. He said there was one vinegar that was awesome but he didn’t see it on the shelf. Turns out he was talking about my kind and they had one more bottle in the back! And he agreed it was the best. Here it is. It’s $22.50 but will last you a long time (our first wedding gift version lasted about 6 months)
It’s thick and syrupy – not vinegary at all.
It’s so gross out there I am not leaving the house again today. I’m excited to wrap some gifts, sip tea and read my book on the couch all evening 🙂