Well, that was a quick weekend! And in my case, it was a very good weekend!
A) I finally got back into the exercise game with a bike ride early Saturday morning and a long walk early this morning. At 6 a.m. you’d think I would have the roads and sidewalks to myself, but apparently other people had the same great idea to beat the heat by exercising early. It seemed as though I met or passed (or was passed by) another walker, cyclist, or runner on every block! Awesome!
B) No pain from the exercise. About halfway (20 minutes) into my bike ride, I noticed some throbbing around my incision site and almost turned around, but then I realized that it was probably hurting because I forgot to take my ibuprofen. Duh. So I gutted it out and kept going.
C) Since I was passing City East anyway, I decided to stop for oatmeal pancakes. (Amazing what careful planning can do!)
I forgot to take a picture of the ones I was served, so I’m including a photo taken last winter, which was the last time I had them. Saturday’s pancakes were soooo tasty, but even larger than the ones in this photo. I ate one and asked for a small to-go container for my backpack. The second one was brunch/lunch!
D) Look what I found on this morning’s walk:
I picked it up because it was in the middle of the sidewalk and those pointy things might pierce a bike tire or sneaker. It looks like one half of a set of corn holders, right? Well, I think that’s what it is, even though it’s very large. The raised print on the side says Zyliss, which I have since learned is a manufacturer of kitchen stuff. Since I found only one (who knew I should look for another one?), I’ve decided to put it into use as a knuckle saver for when I have to use the grater. This is usually an annual event at my house, so this will go into the bin of seldom-used gadgets that I always forget I have.
E) I was feeling restless and a teensy bit bored yesterday, so I decided to try a new-to-me recipe I’d heard a lot about: black bean brownies. I used The Happy Herbivore’s vegan version of the recipe, sort of. I didn’t have instant oats so I used oat bran, and I also tossed in a handful of flax meal. Oh, and I opted out of her optional 1/3 cup raw sugar.
My results were….disappointing. I don’t know if I did something wrong or if it was the agave (I’m not a huge fan but I had some on hand) or if it’s just my taste buds, but I don’t get any sort of fudge-y feeling from these. They’re not awful but they’re not going to especially tempt me. I cut the batch into about 20 pieces and have them stored in the fridge until I figure out something that might improve them. (I’m thinking of a homemade peanut butter glaze.) I’ll definitely try variations on both the black bean and white bean brownie theme sometime in the future. Way in the future.
F) On a quick trip to the grocery store last night to pick up wheat tortillas for tunarritos, I had to stop by the clearance aisle. Look what I found:
Since my freezer had been empty of dark chocolate Kisses forever, they were on my “watch for a good sale” list. And boy, did I find one! How good a sale depends on which price tag is correct. One says $5.49; one says $3.29.
Lest you’re worried that I’m gobbling down chocolate between keystrokes, rest assured that the Kisses are safely secured in the vault (a.k.a. the freezer) in a re-purposed screw-top container to prevent walk-by grabbing.
Flax, Kisses–practically the same thing, right? This stash will last for months!
G) I met with clients for my shiny new pet-sitting biz this afternoon, and I think this particular gig is going to work out well. Sweet, well-behaved dogs who will likely only require the expected food/water/treats along with some playtime and loving attention in the form of extensive petting. I’m looking forward to it! (I’ve also booked a couple more weekends, so if you were thinking of hiring me, you might want to go ahead and book it. )
Hmmm, that doesn’t quite add up to 48 hours. does it? Toss in some sleeping, baseball watching, reading, laundry, cleaning, visiting with friends, etc., and you have a weekend. A somewhat boring weekend if you weren’t looking for things to get excited about, but I made it work!
I hope you had a great weekend, too! What was The Very Best Thing That Happened?