Sunday, September 9, 2012

Farmers' Market Breakfast

After a fun-filled day yesterday at the Rose Bowl, Terry and I got to sleep late and allowed ourselves to sleep in until 8 am today. We had plans to go to the farmers' market, and I suggested grabbing breakfast there as well.

After tea and some tidying, we drove over to our local farmers' market; I enjoyed half of a gigantic almond croissant and Terry munched on a blueberry cream cheese pastry. Honestly, for the price we paid we were a little disappointed, but it was good to finally try one of the many pastry booths that populate the market every weekend. But after the pastries, we filled up even more on 43 hummus samples from the most generous hummus salesman ever. (We tried to tip him after we made our purchase, but he said it just warmed his heart to have people try his foods. We'll certainly be going back!)

After grabbing a few other items and stocking up on bread, we also made a point to check out a new-to-us local wine shop and then unloaded all our goodies at home.

Sadly, working out just wasn't in the cards today. I woke up stressed about getting all my grading done, and the idea of an extra hour to work just felt too enticing to pass up. Yesterday, though, I got in a fantastic morning workout that looked a little something like this:

Tough, but perfect for reading while on the treadmill. I like to read while I walk, so this workout created the perfect opportunity to continue Gone Girl while working up a sweat!

Alright, folks, let's get serious here. It's Sunday night, and work starts again tomorrow. What are your healthy eating plans this week? What about workouts? I didn't do a good job of managing my time for this weekend, because I ended up sacrificing the workout today, so I'm going to make workouts a priority the rest of the week. On our menu: Greek salad with homemade pita chips and farmers' market hummus; a second attempt at a new burger recipe (if it's perfect, you'll get to see it!); and hopefully another creative new recipe somewhere in the mix.

If I'm being completely honest, I'll tell you that I'm not entirely sure how exactly I plan to make it "all" happen this year. Lesson planning, grading, studying, blogging, volunteering at UCLA. Plus church, grocery shopping, cleaning, working out, cooking. And then keeping up with friends, making time for family, playing with the kitten. And, of course, perhaps most importantly, being the best wife I can be. But I'm up for the challenge! As Barney would say, "Challenge accepted!" I feel extremely lucky that I love my job and that all my extra stuff feels fulfilling, not overwhelming. But that's not to say it'll be easy. Grading alone seems to be taking up most of my time.

Tea + papers = my new life

(Stay tuned, I may collapse halfway through the year.)

After I snapped photos of all our farmers' market goodies and put them away, Scout took his rightful place as center of attention. Adorable, no?

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