What a day! The past few days have actually been pretty busy, and I'm looking forward to a relaxing day tomorrow. This morning, I set two alarms to make sure I was up for when my brother came over to run with me. After what happened last time, I didn't want to take any chances. I still didn't sleep well, and was looking at the clock all night.
I got up at 6:00 and dressed for our run. I sat outside until Nathan got here at around 6:15, and then we headed out for an easy three-miler. I know of about six different three-mile routes from my house, but I chose one that I figured we'd encounter the least amount of problems (cars, dogs, etc). Turned out to be a good choice!
The weather was nice this morning--not too hot, and the humidity wasn't bad either. It was nice for summer running.
The only bad part about the run was that there were fish flies all over the ground. In some spots, it sounded like we were running on bubble wrap, because the flies make a popping sound when you step on them. So gross!
Nathan just registered for the Detroit Free Press FULL Marathon. I was so shocked! But I think it's great for him. The race is in October, and he's on the third week of training. I'm registered for the international half, so of course I'm going to stay after and cheer him on. Nathan works a pretty wacky schedule, so I'm going to try and come up with a running plan for him.
Anyway, we finished our run at a faster pace than I would have run if I had been by myself, but it felt good ;) After I showered, I got the kids ready for football camp, and drove them there. We had plans to meet up with my friend Andrea and her kids at a park at noon (picnic and play time), and the kids' camp was until 11:30. So I went home to make our lunches.
I ended up making Quinoa Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing. I forgot just how good that is! It's such a strange combo of ingredients--quinoa, cabbage, cucumber, honey, peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, and pepper flakes. I threw that in the fridge to cool off, and then went back to the football field to watch the boys play a scrimmage game for about a half hour, before going home to pick up our lunches and sunscreen, and all that good stuff for the park. Whew! Went back to pick up the kids, and then drove to the park.
The park was one that I'd never been to before, and it was really nice! It was tucked away in the middle of nowhere, really. They had picnic tables and a play area, as well as some baseball fields (which were locked, much to Eli's disappointment).
Andrea and her kids showed up, and we ate lunch and the kids played. With my kids' ages being 9 and 10, I am surprised they played for as long as they did. We stayed for about 2 1/2 hours! Afterward, I stopped at Wal-Mart on the way home, because Noah left his water bottle at the game yesterday, and needed a new one.
I am back to craving McDonald's vanilla cones all the time. I went through a phase last year where I couldn't get enough! They are only 170 calories (5 PointsPlus), so they are a much better choice than a flurry or something from the local ice cream shop. Anyway, this afternoon, Jerry and I took the kids to get a cone. Yum!
I've been in such a rut with meal ideas lately, and it's driving me crazy. I'm so tired of the same 20 or so dinners, but cooking new recipes means calculating all the nutrition info, which takes forever. It's so easy to go through my recipe book (where I've printed all my favorites with the nutrition info already calculated and attached). I really need to take some time to sit down and input a bunch of new recipes, at least for a week's worth.
Well, Jerry is off work, so we're going to watch Super Troopers tonight. I've never seen that movie, and Jerry and Nathan have convinced me that I need to. ;)