Holy Hiatus!

Rather than bore you with the long list of reasons it’s been so long since my last update, instead I’m going to promise you more regular updates! To start, I’m making a commitment to updates 2x a week, sometime midweek + Sundays. Thank you to all of those that have stuck around and I hope I create good enough regular content to keep you coming back 🙂

Let’s kick this off with a weekend recap! (If you’re just here for food and cooking ideas – I can respect that – I’ll post later this week with recent eats and recipes!) After a long, but wonderful first week of school I was ready for a relaxing Friday night. We walked Winston; made a quick dinner of couscous with roasted brussel sprouts, canned eggplant, chickpeas, and onions mixed in with a salad on the side; and watched a couple of episodes of Game of Thrones before calling it a night around 10pm. I know, a crazy Friday night, right?

Fetch at the park!
Fetch at the park!
Adrian has been working both days this weekend, which has led to a lot of solo adventuring. I joined him on the trip down to Santa Barbara yesterday because I had work to get done. Since school started up again on Monday and I already have tons of planning and a bit of grading to do! After dropping Adrian off at work, I headed to Santa Barbara Roasting Company to grab a almond milk Yerba Matte (a yerba maté latte) and get some work done. After a little over an hour of work, I couldn’t resist driving a couple blocks for a walk on the beach.

Beautiful mosaic on the boardwalk.
Beautiful mosaic on the boardwalk.
Even though it’s touristy, I love walking down the pier at Stearn’s Wharf. It was an overcast morning, but still warm enough to be comfortable in a light sweatshirt. I love how the pier doesn’t have any guard railing and you can sit with your feet dangling right off the end.

Stearn's Wharf
Stearn’s Wharf
There was a triathlon going on, which was an inspiring bonus as I walked along the sand and around the marina.

Garden Variety Runner

After an hour and a half, my free parking was expiring and my stomach was grumbling, so it was off to Whole Foods. I am obsessed with their salad bar even though $10-$15 salads can’t be a regular thing.

Whole Foods salad bar with udon noodles added to the mix. Topped with both Sesame Ginger and Avocado dressings.
Whole Foods salad bar with udon noodles added to the mix. Topped with both Sesame Ginger and Avocado dressing.
Then it was time to get back to work and the next three hours were spent planning and grading at Starbucks before getting a manicure and stopping by Trader Joe’s to grab a few essentials. I also couldn’t walk away without this adorable succulent for my desk at work.

So cute!
So cute!
Then we grabbed burritos on the way home (we were both starving by the time we ate around 7:30) and crashed on the couch. We ended up watching You, Me, and Dupree because it was on TV and after Adrian’s long work day we were up for something ridiculous and silly.

I was awake by 7:30 on Sunday morning and finally got myself out for a run. I have a half marathon coming up in 2 weeks and I haven’t run for weeks due to anemia lethargy (I’m taking iron pills regularly now), poor air quality from local fires, the school year starting, and a tweaked knee from stepping off a curb wrong, so I was more than due to get outside! I got in 5 SLOW miles with my focus being on endurance and staying injury free.

5 miles at 9:35min/mi average pace.
5 miles at 9:35min/mi average pace.
The rest of my Sunday afternoon has been a mix of running errands and relaxing. I grabbed some local produce – strawberries from the stand about 3 miles down the road and pears from Buttonwood Farms Winery just across the street from the farm stand.

Garden Variety Runner

A little later, I walked to the Los Olivos General Store to grab Bee’s Wrap, which I saw on their Instagram last week and read about on The Detoxinista’s blog a few days later (here’s a link to her review). I was so excited to see that they also had stainless steel straws there, which I’ve had my eye on for months – I’m all for making easy swaps to live a little more sustainably.

Love the Los Olivos General Store for amazingly curated products and gifts.
Love the Los Olivos General Store for amazingly curated products and gifts.
Then, I made a quick lunch of a sprouted sesame seed bagel with almond milk cream cheese (a small lunch after having 2 breakfasts this morning – I had toast pre-run and leftover couscous post-run). I just had to share this because Kite Hill makes THE BEST vegan cream cheese we have ever had and I wanted to recommend it to any non-dairy/vegan eaters out there.

It even spreads just like cream cheese...be still my heart!
It even spreads just like cream cheese…be still my heart!
Now, I’m talking to all of you lovelies before starting tonight’s dinner. I’m going to take my first shot at making fresh spring rolls with peanut butter dipping sauce. I’ll let you know how they turn out!


What did you do this weekend?

Have you ever made spring rolls? Any advice?!

 

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