My weekend was super full! Saturday morning I was planning to head to my sister’s place (2 hours away, I might add) early, but as the saying goes, the best laid plans…anyhow, I went with breakfast on a plate instead of on the go.
My roomie and I started shopping at Sam’s (hence the 50 pound jar of artichokes from Friday’s pizza), and on the last trip we bought a massive amount of eggs. I decided to use the peppers, onions, mushrooms and sweet sausage from the pizza in an omelet. Also from Sam’s we have a 10 pound bag of potatoes, so I diced some up really small and made hash browns with onion.
After my breakfast sufficiently filled my tummy, I hit the road. I stopped by a Ross store, hoping to find an iPod transmitter. While it was a no-go, I did find a clear hard case for my iPod Touch and a…thing, for lack of a better word, that attaches to my air vent and will keep my iPod or phone close by at all times. I don’t know if I’m the only one with this problem, but things tend to disappear in my purse, especially when someone tries to call me.
I stopped about halfway through for a pit stop and some fuel—for me, that is! I don’t know what it is, but no matter if I’ve packed healthy snacks, the minute I set foot in a service station, all I want are salty, crunchy, fatty things…and spicy beef sticks. They’re disgusting, I know. But still. I compromised by getting a granola bar and a diet Sun Drop—something I can only seem to find north of Birmingham. It’s like a lemonade and 7 Up had a baby. And liquefied it. For me to drink.
Once I made it safely to Autumn’s apartment, we decided to grab some lunch and doing some shopping. One of our stops? Earthfare. Oh. Mah. Gah. Loved it! It was like a Whole Foods…but the prices and sales seemed better. I got a great deal on some almond milk (the kind that isn’t refrigerated), grabbed some amazing organic strawberries, and the kicker—I was finally able to taste almond butter. I’ve been reading and hearing about it forever, especially in the blog world, so I decided to take the opportunity to grind some of my own. Verdict? Two thumbs up! And maybe one in the jar of almond butter…and then in my mouth. I picked up a small tub of freshly ground dark chocolate peanut butter, too—can’t wait to have some with apples. Earthfare, will you be mine? Sadly, we do not have one here in Birmingham, so I guess Whole Foods will do 😉
After a full afternoon of shopping and watching tv and movies (thank you, streaming Netflix for the Wii), we decided to make dinner. On the menu: grilled steaks with steamed shrimp; fresh green beans, served cold with dill and feta; and mashed potatoes (from a bag–hey, no one’s perfect all the time). I started trying to cut up some of the block feta Autumn had in her fridge when this happened:
Luckily, there was still a decent amount left on the block, so I just did what I should have done used my sister’s hand grater and voila! Shredded feta. Just call me the Feta Shreddah 🙂 Our finished plates:
While eating, we watched Confessions of a Shopaholic. Totally a guilty girl pleasure—I really liked it! We may have treated ourselves to a little frozen yogurt from Publix…it may have been amazing.
Sunday morning, Autumn showed me the trail she’ll be running for her triathlon coming up in a few weeks—it was rough! Trail running is so different, and she just started running this past winter. I’m so impressed/proud of her. we walked the 3 miles in about an hour—with a heat index of 104. NBD. Well, it was kind of a D. We kept hydrated with Gatorade and water. I definitely felt better about the rest of the day after doing something active.
I headed home later in the evening after resting a spell at her apartment. I miss my sister so much sometimes. We’ve lived at least an hour apart for the past few years, but now that we’re two hours apart, it makes it more difficult for us to visit as often as we’d like. It was nice to go see her this weekend for just no reason at all except for the fact that we’re sisters. Now that we’re both running, we’ve been able to do races here and there: We did her first 5k last March here, then a 10k there in May, then a 5k there on Memorial Day. She’ll be coming down for Race for the Cure, and I think we’re going to do another 10k together in November. I’m so glad she got bitten by the running bug!
From left to right: my friend Jen, roomie Reagan, sister Autumn, and me!
Well, that’s my weekend! Hope yours was fantastic, too!