Happy Friday! I am so ready for this week to end. Tomorrow starts an amazing 3 day weekend. Amazing might be too strong of a word. Pretty good? Yes. Super fun? Yes to that too. Amazing? We’ll see. Last weekend I had zero days to do nothing and since doing nothing is my favorite activity, it was especially troubling. I have purposefully made no plans for Sunday or Monday so Doing Nothing is going to happen.
Saturday should actually be filled with somethings. My mom is finally cashing in on her Christmas gift. I got her tickets to a dance performance at the Kennedy Center. It’s some type of modern Brazilian dance troupe. I don’t really know that much about it. She asked for tickets to a modern dance performance and this was the best I could find. Actually what she asked for was tickets to see “krumping, popping or something like that.” Somebody’s been watching too much So You Think You Can Dance. I jest. I thought it was adorable and was happy to oblige. Except that I have no idea where to go see things like that. So the Kennedy Center will have to do.
In other random news, I got out of work early yesterday so I made a quick detour to Penzey’s. Oh my golly! That store is freaking amazing. Dried spices may not sound all that exciting but I completely nerded out in there. They have some really great spice blends that keep the cooking interesting. They aren’t paying me to say this (although if they want to pay me in spices, I’d be ok with it), I just really love it! Here’s what I bought.
The Sunny Paris and Aleppo (great alternative to crushed red pepper) are staples in my kitchen and I was really just restocking. The other two were new to me. I love that you can smell all of them in the store. The Trinidad is a blend of salt, lemon zest, garlic, cloves and ginger. Holy heck! I was so excited by the smell that I actually busted open the bottle in the car just to try it. And… delicious. As Rob put it, it would be so good anywhere you put garlic. Garlic bread? Why not , lemon garlic bread? I almost could eat it straight out of the bottle. Actually, that’s exactly what I did do, so I guess there’s no almost about it.
I also loved the Tsardust Memories. It is a unique blend of salt, garlic, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, and marjoram. Sounds a little strange, tastes great. I made it into meatballs last night for dinner and I cannot tell you how excited I am about the leftovers I brought with me for lunch. <<Happy sigh>>
I ate about 6 of these lettuce wraps. No shame!
Last but not least, here’s an adorable picture of my favorite basenji. What a cutie!
I just found out a coworker had a basenji growing up. Makes me like him even more. Like we now have a special bond!
I just need to talk about Crossfit a little bit. I love to talk about Crossfit and for some reason I never do it on the blog. I don’t know why that is but it needs to change. Crossfit is actually a pretty substantial part of my life right now. I go 4 days a week!
It’s actually the only exercise that I’ve been able to stick to lately. I usually kind of fade out, but so far I’ve been sticking to it. The last few weeks have been a little tough, not for any particular reason, just because for some reason I’ve had other obligations that made it tough to go four times a week. This week I’m back at it. I went four days and honestly if my schedule had allowed it, I would have gone 5 days. I just can’t get enough!
So maybe stupidly, I signed up for a sprint triathlon on June 1. It’s not stupid because I think I can’t do it. It’s stupid because I have no real way of swimming between now and then. Enter Crossfit. I’m hoping that my gained strength is going to carry me through the swimming portion with exactly 0 meters in beforehand. When I say it out loud, it does seem like sort of a dumb idea. Luckily, it’s only a sprint. I just need to get my running and biking back in gear. This weekend is when it begins. My goal is 2 runs per week, 1 bike per week and keeping up with my 4 days of Crossfit. I’ll let you know next week how realistic this is….