A weekly roundup: eats, workouts, watches, and reads. Quick beach getaway edition
Hubs and I have a tradition of going away for a few days this time of year to celebrate my birthday/his half birthday. His schedule wasn't cooperating, so at first I resigned myself to the fact that we just couldn't go this year...and then I realized that while we couldn't go, there was nothing stopping me from going. A few mouse clicks later I scored a deal on airfare and a cheap beachfront room and off I went. I took a few days to chill out and then came home to my family with my batteries fully charged.
My standard beach vacation protocol is: coffee, workout if I feel like it, cool off in the ocean, have breakfast, and then spend the rest of the day hanging out under a beach umbrella reading/chilling/napping alternated with swimming and beach walks.
Vacation Eats Highlights:
My room had a coffee maker, mini fridge, and microwave. I brought coffee from home and hit up the grocery store for the rest.
Fav Breakfast: coffee and fruit pre-run, Jimmy Dean's breakfast bowls after. These weren't something that I would usually go for, but they were the best option the grocery store had to offer. And I gotta say, they weren't bad.
Fav Lunch: grocery store sushi.
Fav Dinner: takeout by-the-slice pizza
Macheesmo's sheet pan hashbrowns (followed the recipe except that I skipped the cheese - shout out that this was a new-to-me blog and I want to cook everything on there) with roasted green pepper/onions/mushrooms (since I had the oven on anyway, I cooked the veggies on another sheet pan alongside the hashbrowns), topped with scrambled eggs and cheese. Doused with salsa and hot sauce for eating.
I planned ahead for once and actually got veggies and grilled up some chicken.
Saturday: Dinner with a hot guy and a grill. Hubs did the honors with Delmonico steaks, zucchini, and portabella caps, I made mashed potatoes in return.
Sunday (family meal): hamburgers and fries. Once again he did meat, I did potatoes.
Even though we have our go-to s'mores bars recipe, I wanted to test drive some new ones. The first contender was Averie Cooks Soft and Gooey Loaded Smores Bars. My verdict: super yum, and she wasn't kidding about the gooey part.
A batch of breakfast burritos.
The tray of seedlings went nuts while I was away. Got those bad boys planted, now it's water and wait.
M: weights with coffee and and a one mile treadmill run afterwards
T: off (traveling)
W: four mile beachfront run. I stayed on the roads and ran around the docks. I knew that I wouldn't last long in the humidity, so I planned to keep it short. This run was fantastic.
H: felt so good after the previous day's run that I went for another. Betcha can guess how that went. Chose a route that was further away from the beach and died after two miles. Walked back.
F: off (traveling)
S: The plan was to repeat the 8 mile loop I did last week, which I did, but something was off. Humidity? Allergies? Travel fatigue? Whatever, I started getting dizzy by the time I got to the park, so I ended up running six and walking two.
Watching (from the treadmill): Fixer Upper
Watching (from the couch): Halt and Catch Fire, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Chinatown.
Reading: When I go to the beach, the books come out!
- Finished The Alice Network. Thumbs up except that it took me until late in the book to warm up to Eve.
- The Lying Game by Ruth Ware. Rating: Yes! Yes! Yes! I put off reading this because although I loved her previous two books, I'd seen some negative reviews for this one. Well, the haters were wrong, this book was everything and perfect for long beach days. I see that her next book in coming out next week, and it's on my list for our family vacation later this summer.
- Final Girls by Riley Sager. So far so good, nice thriller, easy on the brain.
- What are you cooking this week?
- Vacation plans for the summer?