Welcome to a short week of work, kids!
I’m ready for it. This girl needs more “weekend time”. As in this weekend was too short. Fun, but short. Because I did a few things that were different than usual…
Megan throws a fun little shindig. I met up with her Saturday night for a house party and we had a great time!
Although it is weird telling people how we officially ”met”. When asked, we kind of looked at each other sheepishly and said, “um… the internet”.
The party she and her boyfriend hosted was loosely called a holiday 40 oz party. I found out 15 minutes before catching the train that my city has a law against selling 40 oz’s. What’s that about? Inevitably, in a last-minute executive decision, I showed up with a 6-pack. *Sigh. Although alcohol is alcohol, so it’s not like I was turned away at the door.
I found something new and different to try at Trader Joe’s.Actually, I’ve considered buying it on multiple occasions, but never really knew what I wanted to do with it.
Continuing the spirit of doing something different that my normal routine, I broke out an old friend. Whole-wheat pasta. Simple pasta and marinara was something I made COUNTLESS times in college. I’d go through boxes of it like crazy. Unlike me but like most of my meals- it’s cheap and easy.
Plus, I really need eat that pasta. Believe it or not, pasta does go bad. Yes, it’s been long enough for me to be somewhat concerned about what the expiration date on it is. Oopsies.
Now that I pretend to be a little more mature than I was in college (please do not refer to the word “oopsies” I just used or this post to prove me wrong), I’ve found ways to make it more balanced. And dare I say super healthy?
Bring on the usual suspects along and introduce them to their new friend:Make sure they get nice and cozy. If you’ll notice, it was jalapeno chicken. Because there’s no reason not to go all out, I also added a generous amount of red chili pepper flakes. Nothing wrong with your dinner giving you a little slap in the face every once in a while. Can I get an amen?Well-balanced! The 21-year-old me would be jealous.
Sadly, my kitchen lacks a good cajun spice. That would have been ideal. But no worries- this knocked my socks off. Adding cajun to the mix may have eaten a hole through my stomach.
It was, in other words, delicious!
Usually on the weekends, I make time for my longer runs. But since I pulled a few longer-than-usual workouts during the week, I decided mixing it up would be more appropriate.
And I do what I want.
There was a mile here… 20 minutes there… a resistance band session thrown in at some point…
And lots of walking as I watched Billy Madison for the hundreth time.
“It’s too damn hot for a penguin to just be walking around…”
That will never get old.
Since I’m not particularly training for anything in the near future, I’ve grown fond of this new routine. Anything that gets me anywhere between 30 – 50 minutes (depending on my energy levels) of cardio will do just fine.
Not to say I can’t wait for the next big race I decide to do…
Soooo… anyone out there at work right now? Or is it just me? Hello?
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