Another weekend wrapped – this one went by especially quickly for some reason. Here’s what we were up to!
Friday night was a clean out the fridge leftover feast – I had leftover salmon, rice, and veggies + a cider and Matt and Riese had some leftover pasta and meatballs with broccoli.
Dessert was a molasses spice cookie. Definitely been eating more cookies lately and I’m not mad about it. These are so, so delicious!
On Saturday, we had a chill morning at home, ate some leftover vegan strawberry scones with nut butter, and then mid-morning Matt and I did a virtual boot camp/HIIT class led by Matt’s brother – our new normal routine. It was cloudy but not super cold so we set up outside, and Riese ended up joining us for most of it which was fun. 🙂
Our post-workout lunch was more leftovers – I had the last of a Sweetgreen kale salad from the day before, plus some quinoa tabouleh and smoked salmon. Random but it did the job!
While Riese was napping, I had a walking video phone date with my friend Janae – we had been talking about trying to plan a running-focused trip together this spring but obviously that isn’t happening, so a phone date was the next best thing! It was fun to get to chat with her and to get some more fresh air, although I was jealous of her amazing mountains views and sunshine (she lives in Utah)!
For dinner on Saturday, Matt grilled us some yummy chicken, asparagus, and zucchini.
Enjoyed with some baked beans! Matt put a BBQ rub on the chicken – good flavor but a little salty.
Sunday morning I was up early with Riese since it was Matt’s day to sleep in; we had some oatmeal with sliced mango, chia seeds, and chopped walnuts.
Riese helped me organize my nespresso pods – it’s one of her favorite games. 🙂
(More ideas in this post: At-Home Activities for Toddlers.)
Mid-morning I headed out for a virtual phone running date with my friend Kathleen. It was gray and a little drizzly but we didn’t want to rain check!
The first 1.5 miles I did a run/walk because my stomach wasn’t feeling it (that’s been happening a lot lately on runs, ugh – must be because I’m more stressed than usual…), but after a quick bathroom pit stop at home I felt way better and ended up running the rest and feeling good. Having someone to talk to always helps, too!
When I got home I was pumped because Matt and Riese made us some quiches!
These were a Blue Apron meal and I thought they’d be perfect as brunch (vs. dinner) – I was right! We used the onion that was supposed to go in the quiche earlier in the week, so instead Matt put in some yellow pepper, and it had mushrooms, garlic, and gouda cheese, too. Super good! And big – that’s a dinner sized plate! I thought we might have some leftovers but we took it down.
Plus some arugula on the side. Sometimes I feel really lazy about salads because I don’t want to chop veggies, but I always forget that arugula by itself lightly dressed with my homemade balsamic vinaigrette is really delicious and so easy!
As for the rest of the afternoon, Riese has been fighting nap time hard the past week and yesterday she basically only napped 30 minutes which was no bueno. It seems like she is in a phase now where she gets scared when we leave her in her crib… any tips? Yesterday I stayed in there until she fell asleep because every time I left she would start crying and calling “mommy stay!” which broke my heart. I snuck out once she fell asleep but when she stirred 30 minutes later she was really upset that I had left and wouldn’t go back down. Womp, womp.
It’s tough to know how to react – we obviously want to comfort her but we also don’t want to make it so that she will only sleep when we sit in there with her, you know? Weirdly in the past week some days she has done this and others she has been totally fine. We thought it was related to days when we got her down too late and she was overtired, but yesterday it was pretty early/normal timing. So… who knows.
Dinner was delicious, though. Another Blue Apron — chicken with some roasted potatoes and sauteed snap peas.
I posted this on Instagram stories last night but – raise your hand if you feel like alllllll you do right now is dishes (and unload the dishwasher)?! It’s insane how much of a mess it makes when we eat all our meals at home! At least listening to podcasts make spending ages cleaning up the kitchen a lot more pleasant. 🙂
Last photo from the weekend: I am trying to learn how to knit! I’ve been thinking I really need a hobby… I don’t have a ton of free time right now, obviously, between work + toddler wrangling, but when I do have free time I feel like I waste it by just scrolling my phone or watching TV and not really feeling all the refreshed/fulfilled. I have always loved reading, and will continue to enjoy that – I love reading in bed before I go to sleep every night – but I wanted something that involved feeling a little more productive and that was more meditative, you know?
So, here we go! I bought a kit online (via We Are Knitters) weeks ago and just hadn’t made the time to figure it out, but after feeling pretty blah yesterday all day I decided it was time to pick myself up and try to do something that might help improve my mood. I have been using YouTube videos (this one is really helpful) to figure out what the heck I’m doing, and it’s definitely not going to be a perfect end result (I’m attempting a blanket), but I’m pretty excited about it! I’ll keep you guys updated on my progress… any tips, let me know! I’m all ears.
And for my Zara fans, you will appreciate her in the photo below – she was like “wait, you’re playing with string and IT’S NOT FOR ME?!”
Hope you guys are doing okay out there – sending love. <3