Today is Mother’s Day! I was awoken to a proud little 4 y/o bringing me pancakes in bed. I took them downstairs to eat though, I honestly don’t quite get eating in bed. My husband made coffee, and then I headed off to trampoline aerobics. It was a great workout as always. Lots of leg work today, a little arms too, and a lot of bouncing.
After trampoline, I headed to the mall all by myself. Mothers out there will realize that this is a big deal. I stopped for lunch at a fancy Cheesecake Factory type place. There was a two hour wait. But I was a party of one, perfectly content to skip the line and sit at the bar. It was fantastic. This is the way I want to do Mother’s Day brunch every year! I had a grilled chicken and avocado salad and a bloody mary.
Then I went shopping! For about 5 hours. All by myself. I got some new shorts from Lulu, along with two pieces from Hard Tail, and some various shirts from Gap and H&M. Then I came home and found 2 dozen red roses, happy kids, a clean house and my husband had even done all the laundry. He also smoked a turkey breast and made mashed potatoes and stuffing from scratch, and popped open a bottle of Prosecco. And then he put both kids to bed!
I’m feeling like a very lucky mama!
Lunch. Tried a new place that had wood fired chicken. I got the lunch special, 1/2 a chicken (dark meat) and two sides. I got butternut squash and macaroni and cheese for the 2y/o. With iced tea.
Dinner. Husband returned late from out of town and brought Italian takeout from the place down the road. It’s just ok. I had a big helping of salad, small helping of penne with creamy pesto and broccoli, and one bite of the stuffed chicken because it wasn’t that good. Also had a bread knot.
Lunch (only had coffee for breakfast, bad bad): I whipped up an Asian-style soup with random stuff from the fridge. Organic chicken Better than Bouillon, water, crimini mushrooms, baby bok choy, cellophane noodles, green onion, a splash of toasted sesame oil and I stirred in some organic miso paste too. Yum!
Food diary for the day. I fully realize some of my dinner photos don’t look appetizing. The restaurant was dark and it was an iPhone photo with flash.
Pre-gym breakfast: Whole Foods 365 organic string cheese, water.
Post-gym breakfast: Einstein Bros cranberry bagel, plain. Coffee.
Lunch: Leftover Thai. Tom Kha Coconut chicken soup. Plain La Croix.
Dinner: Tonight was the night my husband and I went out to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We got childcare for the kids, and went to a nice restaurant. They had a Valentine’s Day menu that featured appetizer, entree, side and desserts for each person. I tried to keep healthy choices in mind as I made my selections. I chose the field green salad with vinaigrette (over the blue cheese wedge and caesar, which had more fattening dressings). I chose the 12oz NY strip steak (picture taken after I ate, then realized I never took a pic). Admittedly, it was still a hunk of beef. I didn’t eat the whole thing, and I chose the leaner cut of beef. For my side, instead of something creamed, or potatoes, I went with mushrooms. For dessert, my husband and I each ate one chocolate covered strawberry. I also had a dirty martini and a mojito. It was by no means a healthy, low calorie dinner, but it was an indulgence, a special occasion and I tried to make somewhat sensible choices.
Tomorrow I’ll work it all off on the trampoline!
It has been a stressful week. Lots of running around like crazy, dentist drama, etc. So today, 4y/o was in school and 2y/o was in childcare so I could go to my dentist appointment. After I was done (no cavities, yay!) I took advantage of my child-free time to sit down and have a relaxing lunch, all by myself. I went to a Thai place that I like and had half of a big bowl of tom kha coconut soup with chicken, a fresh spring roll with tofu, and jasmine tea. I sat at the bar and ate, chatted with the bartender, and it was lovely. Then I went and got my kids and resumed normal life.
Tuesday’s dinner, I couldn’t get it to upload yesterday. “Plus” pasta, organic chicken sauteed in white wine, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Green salad. Red wine.
(Thursday’s) Dinner. Aloo Gobi (cauliflower and potato curry dish) and a green salad with romaine, the rest of my baby arugula, avocado, leftover rotisserie chicken chunks and a handful of sunflower seeds. And a Lagunitas IPA.
Lunch. Leftover rotisserie chicken on white corn tortillas with pico. Side of corn and potatoes. Half a Mars orange from my Greenling co-op. Coconut La Croix.
Dinner yesterday (Monday). I couldn’t get Tumblr to upload it last night. A local taco shop has amazing food and a good special for rotisserie chicken and sides. Corn tortilla, chicken, corn, pico, potatoes, salsa. Boulevard Brewing Co. Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale.
My husband just got back from out of town this evening. I intended to make a pork roast for dinner, but forgot that it takes 2 hours to cook. So, he brought home Italian takeout. The chicken/pasta thing at around 11:00 on my plate wasn’t good so I didn’t eat it.