If you’re catching up from the weekend, you may want to check these out.
- my first timed mile since high school
- a smoothie recipe that tastes just like Ben & Jerry’s cherry garcia
- a fun bridal shower at a winery in central PA
Yesterday was one of those days where you do a ton of random things to seriously attack the to-do list things that have been hanging around on there forever. It was also one of those days that I wish I was not a homeowner and had a landlord to deal with all the house + landscaping stuff.
Our trees and bushes have apparently been sneaking some serious steroids recently because they are out of control. I was like a mad woman with the clippers for a good hour attacking this red maple,
and this Japanese lace maple.
Our house was built & landscaped and then sat around for 2+ years before the builder was able to sell it (to us) so we had no say in the landscaping around the house and inherited what he did. Unfortunately, he put this tree which is incredibly beautiful and expensive (at this size it’s worth over $1,000) literally right up against the house. So, every year I have to butcher it back otherwise it is going to completely take over the bed and cover the dining room window. It’s a shame because we have 2 acres of land he could’ve put it on and yet he chose 1 foot from the house!
Then it was on to painting the deck railings.
From this (it looked a lot worse in person),
Another builder pet peeve is that he put Trex floorboards, which are awesome because they never have to be stained or painted, but wooden railings and spindles! We’ve had to paint the railings every year since we moved in because the deck hardly gets any direct sun and tends to get “mildewy” due to the lack of sunlight.
After a pedicure and waiting for the polish to dry, I hit the neighborhood for an awesome 3 mile run. The first mile of this route is incredibly hilly from the get-go. I finally wore my Garmin (which I don’t tend to do with neighborhood runs because I know the distances) because I was curious to see how much my pace suffers from the hills in the first mile.
- Mile 1: 9:41
- Mile 2: 8:41
- Mile 3: 8:07
How’s that for some awesome negative splits? Here’s what the elevation looked like:
Mile 1= killer! Hills are one of those things I curse silently every second while running them but feel friggin’ awesome after getting to the top.
Ulysses was the dough roller, a job he took quite seriously.
I kind of winged it with my own version/fillings using marinara sauce,
a spinach, feta and farmers cheese mixture,
and sautéed onions, garlic and peppers.
All wrapped up it looked like a giant burrito.
30 minutes later, served with some steamed broccoli, a glass of wine and the 5th to last episode of Lost.
Yes, I put an ice cube in my red wine. I’m classy like that.
With only 4 episodes left, I’m starting to think there are going to be A LOT of unanswered questions at the end of this show. I am looking forward though to watching something that doesn’t cause me to curse like a sailor at the end of every episode and want to throw things at the TV screen. I don’t do well with unresolved issues.
What did you do on Sunday, hopefully something more entertaining than me?
Have you ever tried garbage bread?
What house/outdoor chore do you hate the most?