It was a cold weekend here but I made the best of it. Here's how I kept warm and busy this weekend!
On Friday night we stayed in and made this Mediterranean shrimp skillet and a Greek salad. We had made the skillet before and I think last time it was a little better but I can't figure out what I did differently, aside from using penne pasta instead of spaghetti. Nonetheless, it was still a good, easy meal to make.
After dinner we watched a movie called The Good Lie. It is NOT a light movie as it's about the lives of 4 Sudanese refugees that immigrate to the U.S. It was sad and eye-opening but we felt the movie was well done.
On Saturday morning I begrudgingly left my warm bed to head out for a run with my club. I needed to get 8 miles in and thought maybe it wouldn't be too bad since it was 18F degrees outside (which is warmer than it's been lately). Except the wind was blowing, so it felt like 7F, and the paths had a thin layer of snow which meant I didn't really feel like I had a firm footing. That really messes with your stride and made the run feel even longer.
The views along the run were beautiful...
But hey, on a day like Saturday, you don't have to worry about your water getting warm. It was cold enough that the cap of my water bottle froze during my run. You can see the layer of ice in this photo.
After run club, I rushed home, got ready in record time (like 15-20 minutes) and headed to brunch with some college girlfriend. We failed to take a picture together but this brunch was SO MUCH FUN. One friend was visiting from South Dakota that I hadn't seen in nearly 4 years, which is crazy. The 4 of us sat there and gabbed for two hours straight and could have kept talking if we didn't have to go about our days after that. I wish we could all see each other more often but luckily we'll all see each other again in May when we gather for a friend's baby shower.
On Saturday afternoon, I got to do a quick FaceTime with Leigh so I could "meet" Miss Amelia. She is so cute, I wish I lived close so I could meet her in person and hold her!
And then I did a video chat with Amber. I'm so thankful for FaceTime and google hangouts!
On Saturday evening Phil and I went to a fast casual Greek place for dinner and then watched a movie together. I should say he watched it - I was asleep on and off during it as I had woken up at 4 that morning and couldn't fall back asleep so I was dragging by 9 pm.
Saturday was a somewhat mild day weather-wise but Sunday wasn't.
I try not to complain about the weather but oh my God, weather like yesterday is just awful. I'm thankful that I have a warm home and didn't have to be outdoors but yowza, those temperatures are just brutal. It was a good to day to stay in and get stuff done because there is no way I was going to be out and about in that cold weather, aside from going to the grocery store.
I got a workout in on Sunday morning and then Sunday afternoon was all about what I call "adulting" which means things like grocery shopping, laundry, ironing, and meal prep. Between my birthday weekend and our trip to Santa Barbara, we've been eating out more often and indulging a bit so this coming week is all about clean eating. I spent a good chunk of time on Sunday roasting and shredding chicken, cutting up vegetables for salads and making this tomato vinaigrette which turned out great! Even if you don't like tomatoes it's worth trying as the tomato flavor is very subtle. Salads can get boring for me fast so I need lots of toppings and an interesting salad dressing.
I capped off my afternoon by attending a virtual google hang-out baby shower for Becky! She's expecting a baby boy in April and we are all so happy for her! It was awesome that we all got to 'see' each other since an in-person shower isn't possible with how scattered we are!
Sunday evening was all about relaxing which is what I needed. I have definitely found that I need Sunday evenings to just relax and read so that I can enter the week feeling rested!
How was your weekend?