Friday Randomness

Hey guys! Did this week go by quickly or is it just me?!

On the breakfast front this week, I’ve been having my two standard favorites – microwave banana oatmeal (topped with cottage cheese and berries) and my flour free breakfast pancake (microwave version), topped with yogurt, berries, and some slivered almonds for extra staying power.


As for lunches, I’m still loving sandwiches, but I’ve also been into my grain salad bowls again! This one from earlier in the week had greens, brown rice, kidney beans, feta, avocado, and beets. Delicious! Plus a homemade red wine vinaigrette (red wine vinegar + lemon juice + dijon mustard + olive oil). Have you guys tried red wine vinegar in place of balsamic vinegar in vinaigrettes? It’s my new fave!

grain salad bowl

I did have an awesome sandwich earlier this week though – I met my friend Karen at Glen’s Garden Market in Dupont for lunch and created my own sandwich. It had grilled chicken, bacon, avocado, pickles, tomato, arugula, and mayo. It was soooo good. Plus a small green juice!

glens garden market sandwich

I met up with her right before heading to Washington English Center for my last volunteer ESL tutoring session of the term! As I mentioned awhile ago, I started volunteering there after the election and was originally teaching English to a whole class of English as a second language students, but this term I mixed it up and did one-on-one tutoring instead. Since spring, I’ve been tutoring a really nice guy from Brazil, and we mostly worked on getting him more comfortable with casual conversation and practicing answering and asking questions. I had a lot of fun getting to know him and was really sad to say goodbye – they don’t have a summer tutoring term and obviously fall volunteering is out since I’m due in November. :) He brought me a little gift to say thank you, including these fun chocolates he says are really popular in his home country!


On the home front, Zara has been getting more and more bold and comfortable around our new puppy Ashe! She’s randomly been obsessed with drinking the dog’s water instead of her own fresh water – too funny. Here are some pictures of Ashe watching her drink from her bowl like “what the heck is this?!” Lol!

cat drinking from dog water bowl

Also, HOW is this pose comfortable?! (Note Zara resting nearby – yay!)


For fitness this week, I have been staying active but I realized I didn’t actually take any photos of anything- whoops! Here’s what I’ve been up to:

  • Monday: solo lunchtime restorative yoga class at Edge Yoga via ClassPass (<- affiliate link for $30 off)
  • Tuesday: morning boot camp at Urban Athletic Club via ClassPass with my buddy Kathleen
  • Wednesday: rest day – working downtown, though, so I did a LOT of walking (to/from the metro, to/from tutoring, etc.)
  • Thursday: solo morning swim! I finally got back in the pool for the first time in months! It felt soooooo good to be in the water and do some casual laps – I’m definitely going to start incorporating this more often again… I’m thinking once a week! I’m sure it will feel even better as I get bigger.
  • Friday: Nothing yet, but planning on a solo lunchtime yoga class. :)

No running this week – I was supposed to have a jog/walk date on Thursday with Sokphal but unfortunately she asked to reschedule because she wasn’t feeling well. I think Matt and I will try to do a jog with the pup sometime this weekend so I can try out my new belly maternity band thing! It just arrived yesterday.

And now, I will leave you with one last thing: I’m a guest on the latest episode of the Strength Running podcast! Jason and I had a blast chatting all things running and nutrition, as always. We discussed the following and more:

  • Is it ok to drink alcohol while you’re training for a race?
  • What’s an optimal pre-marathon fueling strategy?
  • Are carbs from bread or pasta “better/worse” than those from starchy vegetables?
    Have a great weekend guys! Also – we’re bringing some friends with a new baby dinner tomorrow – for my readers with kids, what sort of food would you have loved to have someone bring you when you had a newborn? I’m thinking something healthy and packed with veggies would be welcome… maybe a summery casserole, like my Sweet Potato & Black Bean Veggie Enchiladas, with some side salad action? Thoughts? I was thinking a casserole would be easy because I can prep it all here and then we can just pop it in the oven at their place without making a mess. :) I made my Mexican Lasagna last year for Kathleen and Zach when their baby arrived and it worked well, too, so that could also be an option! Or maybe I’ll do a hybrid of the two… anyway, ideas welcome!


  1. 1
    carolyn m. says

    dinner for parents with new kid: something that will leave them with little to do, and minimal mess. also, big bonus points if you bring snacks for mom to eat the next day. being a new mom is hard work and makes you hungry and one-handed snacks are often the easiest way to eat — so if you have some extra energy balls at home, bring a batch for mom. that would be huge!

  2. 3

    Casseroles are good, a chicken and vegetable salad or grain bowl, or wait and see what the weather is like and maybe Matt can grill at their place. Also a thought, if you wanted to bring something else you could do the enchiladas or mexican lasagna for their freezer in a disposable tray. That way they have dinner when they need it, don’t have to worry about cleaning a dish or getting it back to you.

    I also like to bring cookies, muffins, scones – anything that can be frozen for them to have as breakfast as well as to bring out when unexpected guests arrive.

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      I looked for a disposable tray but couldn’t find one at the store, so I figured we’d just leave them with the leftovers in their own containers and take our dish home! That’s a good tip for next time though!

  3. 5

    The restorative yoga class sounds amazing! I need to start making that more of my routine now. When we make meals for families, I usually do two quiches. They freeze super well and I can make one veggie and one meat for variety! Have the bets weekend, Anne!

  4. 7

    Definitely something healthy! Too many people brought us pizza after our daughter was born and we just wanted something healthy!

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    Taylor Almond says

    A BIG hearty aalad!!! When we had our little guy, everyone brought traditional comfort foods which was great in the beginning but after a while SO heavy! Then someone brought us a big green salad with chicken and a big corn salad! They lasted in the fridge for a week and it was so refreshing to have something light and fresh!

  6. 11

    Love all the yoga!!! I love using red or white wine vinegar in my salads. Adds acidity and sharpness! Happy weekend to you, Anne!

  7. 12

    I would definitely say something healthy and freezer friendly!! If you make a large batch, maybe split it in two for the gift that keeps on giving 😁

  8. 13

    veggies, healthy, freezer friendly, large portion they can freeze the rest of. NO PASTA!! that seems to be the first thing people make for you! take simple everyday things, bread/milk/fruit (it’s hard to get out of the house)
    *super duper extra bonus points if you take over a breakfast. Someone made me a quiche and I love it because it lasted all week and you could eat it for any meal. I often neglected breakfast.

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    Melissa S says

    Isn’t it amazing how they can sleep like that!
    Our little rescue cat sleeps with her arm tucked back like that too …we call it her little fin :)
    The Vet thinks she was hit by a car & it just didn’t heal properly.
    But, it doesn’t seem to bother her!

  10. 17

    How old is the baby? I would double check and make sure the baby can handle lots of veggies if she’s nursing. I didn’t realize it until my Peditrician said to be careful with broccoli and stuff since it can cause gas but my boys were fine. I’ve brought homemade lasagnas and salad and bread to parents. I also loved when my MIL brought over spaghetti and meatballs and sautéed zucchini and a simple chicken dish. Anything homemade is appreciated. Funny that for the first few weeks I often wasn’t hungry, I think hormones, and had to force myself to eat. That quickly went away.

  11. 19

    Anything but lasagna because that’s what everyone brings ;). I was told to avoid onion, broccoli and cabbage because they can give the baby gas. Those enchiladas sound perfect!

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    Roadrunner says

    An impressively productive and active week, Anne. Well done! And great to see Zara getting more comfortable with Ashe!

  13. 22

    So glad to see Zara warming up to her new sister. I remember you once considered a second cat so she could have company, so I bet her social nature just needed some time to adjust and is now ready to have a new BFF. Hopefully she will welcome her soon-to-be fur and human siblings just as easily!

  14. 24

    I’m a little late to this, but I loved getting a healthy meal vs a heavy dish. Quiche with a salad is always nice since you can really have it for any meal. I also liked having snacks like healthy muffins or granola bars, something quick to grab and eat. Lunch was always a hard meal for me to get organized, I had one friend give me home made soup to have on top of a dinner, life saver!

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