Happy Monday! Or, shall I say for myself, Happy Back To School After A Week Of Winter Break!
We had a terrific week, don’t get me wrong.
We did A TON of fun stuff (including a little road trip to the Palisades Mall where they have a giant ferris wheel) without having to deal with homework and routines but it’s time to get back at it.
It’s possible that you aren’t as happy as I am that it’s Monday so let’s distract from that topic for a minute and look at some of the other things making me happy right now…
As much as I love Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter, I really do enjoy Trader Joe’s peanut butter with flax and chia seeds.
I am pretty sure that I could stand at the kitchen counter slicing apples and spreading on the peanut butter all day long which reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw’s love for eating stacks of saltine crackers with jelly while reading magazines in her kitchen.
We all have our thing, don’t we?
We went to The Cheesecake Factory the other night and I don’t think I ever told you how much we enjoy dipping the bread in the Skinnylicious dressing which I order on the side for my salad.
Their sourdough bread is better than it used to be —so crispy on the top and that’s the part I like! I always leave the doughy parts over on my plate.
Oh and my salad. I just love this salad and could eat it every day for the rest of my life and be happy.
The main reason I will never become vegan….
My diet is 95% plant-based but I refuse to live a life without my favorite fudgy delicacies.
Dessert makes me smile every single time and no one should ever give up what makes them smile.
My son and I have this deal that when he is all grown up with a family, he will take his old mother every Sunday night for dinner at The Cheesecake Factory so “grandma” can have her salad and slice of cake. I am really looking forward to this! It makes old age not seem so bad, don’t you think?
I get really excited over supermarket sales.
Dr. Praeger’s veggie burgers AND steam fresh vegetables were both on sale big time. I didn’t even bother to count how many bags of frozen vegetables I grabbed. It may seem like a lot but they will be gone in flash.
Getting comfy cozy after my long runs, even if only for a few minutes, makes me really happy.
I love my long run routine, knowing when I am done that I will shower, put my pajamas back on, eat my favorite breakfast and then get back into bed to relax. I don’t like to lay down for too long because then the stiff sets in but it feels great to get under the blanket for the few minutes and even better when I fall asleep for a quick nap.
I was really happy yesterday when the owner of Red Mango was impressed by my parfait making skills.
Yesterday afternoon I had a little time in between getting this parfait and going to the Islanders game last night.
I didn’t want to look at a computer screen, or my phone, or the television. I didn’t want to fold laundry, clean up, prepare dinner, empty the dishwasher or clean my closet.
I wanted to relax.
I may be 36 years old with a son who wants nothing to do with coloring books anymore but sitting down with a box of crayons and my cup of coffee was just the greatest feeling and exactly what I needed.
To be honest, I am glad my son didn’t want to color with me because I didn’t have to share the red crayon. Everyone always wanted the red, right?!
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Do you have a specific post-run routine that you follow?
Favorite snack to eat while standing in your kitchen?
Favorite way to relax which doesn’t involve technology?