This morning I got up a little early to write this blog post, and then head to the gym for a quick cardio workout before meeting my friend, Bailey for brunch!
Here’s a re-cap of my day yesterday!
My Mom and I at my brother’s wedding in June 2011!
Yesterday was travel day, but it was also my Mom’s Birthday!!! So happy (belated) birthday, Mom! Isn’t it funny, we’re both turning 24 this year! (She’s been turning 24 for a while now…). Happy Birthday Mom! I love you and thank you for being a supportive and amazing mom!
So I had a very busy day yesterday, good thing I made it my rest day! (My muscles sure thanked me too).
I started my morning with a lot of reading and getting small things done, after a bit I made myself a berry smoothie! In the smoothie I put all my leftover spinach (why it’s so full!), 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup frozen organic mixed berries, 1 tbl flax and 1 scoop vanilla protein powder. I ate it with some of those freeze dried bananas from Trader Joe’s and a smidge of raw oats.
After breakfast I ran a bunch of errands, including Neville’s Big Adventure walking the 5 blocks to my brother’s condo! It was very exciting for him, he rarely gets out… When I got back from my errands I snacked on a little bit of Turkey Jerky from Trader Joe’s while I continued reading for my Evidence class. Unfortunately, my books for the other two classes I have reading for haven’t come in the mail yet… So I’m going to have a lot to do when I get back.
After packing, showering and getting ready to go it was time for a quick leftovers lunch before I headed to the airport! I had a tiny bit of steamed Kale with a little under a half cup of chickpeas (the rest of the can!) sprinkled with some feta cheese and topped with marinara sauce! Since this wasn’t much, I also had a plain non-fat greek yogurt with my last half banana and a bit of honey mixed in. I also finished off those freeze dried banana slices! (Those probably wouldn’t have gone bad… haha but they could have!).
For my airplane snacks, I brought a few almonds, two dried figs and a BoBo’s Oat Bar! Never heard of them? Well they’re made in Boulder, Colorado and I bought a few of them while I was out in CO visiting my friend, Maddie. They are so good! They are vegan and gluten free and come in a bunch of flavors. They do tend to fall apart on you, but they are so good! My favorite so far was Coconut.
The BoBo bar was definitely a good choice and held me over on the flight, since we had to sit at the gate for over an hour! I hate it when they board the plane, and then make us sit there at the gate with the door open! I know it’s easier for them, but I could have been up and moving around the airport! Oh well, at least I managed to finish another book, which I’ll have to tell you about later.
Once I finally got home it was time to head out for my Mom’s birthday Dinner! We went to Oak 63, which is a small local family restaurant. The father owns the restaurant and his son is the head chef!
For starters we (me, my dad, my mom and my LITTLE brother – yes! there’s another one!) split the caprese salad and the artichoke paremeasean dip.
The salad was delicious, a thin slice of mozzarella, which I prefer, and the tomatoes were locally grown and delicious!
The dip wasn’t my cup of tea, a little too greasy for me. But my dad loved it! It had bits of jalapeno peppers in it, which gave it a kick! I did like that part of the dip. Unfortunately, we had to wait about an hour after that for our main entrees, so by the time I got mine I was so elated that I didn’t think to take a picture. Which is too bad because it was delicious! I had halibut with sliced squash, broccolini and wasabi mashed potatoes! That’s right, WASABI mashed potatoes! They were absolutely delicious and my fish was cooked perfectly. I loved it so much I made everyone try it!
After dinner we headed to my mom’s favorite ice cream place, Baskin Robbins, and grabbed some ice cream to take home and watch a bit of the Chiefs pre-season game that she recorded on our DVR. I got a scoop of their sugar free raspberry chip ice cream and it definitely hit the spot! My mom got her favorite – chocolate chip! I love how when you go home, some things just never change!