I’ve got to repeat that mantra the next time I don’t want to bike to the gym. I was freezing (obviously!) and didn’t want to venture into the mid-30* weather, but my car was just as cold, and I remembered that the last time I biked there in the cold I was so glad I did, so I bundled up in a scarf, gloves, extra pants and my Land’s End jacket and off I went. And it was SO beautiful!!! Biking there is so much more than environmentally friendly. It’s like I’m working for my workout. And I watched the most beautiful sunset on my way home!! (While there I spent 40 minutes on the elliptical in the nice heat). It was a nice workout, and I’m glad I waited until the afternoon because I could enjoy my time more.
After my shower (finally!) we headed over to Karen’s for the husband’s birthday dinner. Last year I cooked him BBQ Chicken and it’s our tradition to cook each other a requested meal on our birthdays. But we’ve been so busy this week, and tomorrow (his real b-day) he’s going to be at work when I get up and asleep when I get home, so Karen (his mother) cooked! It was a wonderful dinner (and as she would say in a strong southern accent “A fattening dinner!” 🙂 )
We shared a bottle of the best pinot ever: Mark West. I had two half glasses to equal a full glass, one while we put the finishing touches on dinner and the second with.
On the menu: Chicken Parm (traditional, breaded and sauteed with cheese, sauce and parsley) served over Whole Wheat Pasta, Spinach Salad with Walnuts, Craisins + Homemade Dressing and GH Country French Bread, toasted with EVOO.
That giant slice of bread with the birthday boy’s!
I ate all of my salad + bread and about 1/3 of the chicken + pasta (and I have the rest to have as leftovers!)
It’s not a birthday without dessert! We had Brownie Pillow Cookies from Fresh Market served over B&J Cookie Dough Ice Cream –
And some sugared peanuts, which I had about 3 small handfuls of and probably didn’t need –
Tomorrow is my extra long day – 8-8. I don’t have a break for dinner and my original plan was to have lunch at EarthFare and pack a dinner, but I realized I didn’t even have time to eat it AND I wouldn’t have a way to refrigerate it so my options would be limited. So my new plan is to have lunch at EF with my friends and then have a substantial snack (LaraBar + apple?) around 5pm inbetween my classes and have a small thrown-together dinner when I get home around 8:30 (the husband will be in bed). We’ve eaten at 8:30 lots of times, so I should be OK as long as I have a bigger snack.