Bits of Nothing
I am a little late on any sort of Memorial day recap. But here are some pictures.
We were actually able to spend time with friends. Something that becomes more and more rare since we have out two girls. It was a weekend of fellowship, relaxation and really, really unhealthy food.
It took me a while to recover from the weekend. We were completely out of routine for the 4 days (Justin took off Friday) of our mini vacation. Routine has become more and more important to me since having Elinor. The girls have both been sick so we have been staying at home almost every day. It has given me time to do some deep cleaning. Like our fridge. Every week before I add the new groceries, I wipe down the fridge. It had been far too long since I had done a really deep cleaning. It’s amazing how empty the fridge looks after I have thrown away all our expired food.
It will not stay this sparkling for long!
I’ve also been rearranging things in the house. Not anything big…
I think I like to keep my shelves and furniture in perfect order because my house is always in disorder. Having a busy toddler means the house is never perfectly clean and is only tidy after she goes to bed…potty training has brought in a whole new element of grossness. I am so proud of her for going on her own but it means that the bathroom is always needing a scrub down. I never know what I might find in there. I have decided that if I were to actually keep on top of my house I would have to ignore Cora and Elinor all day long and my entire day would be spent cleaning. obviously that is not an option so I am simply coming to terms with the fact that I cannot do it all.
And on to other things more exciting than fridges and potties…
This past weekend I bought a pair of the Merrell Pace Glove. I am trying to learn to run “barefoot” (or as close to barefoot without actually being barefoot or having the shoes with toes…) We have been watching videos and are trying to learn to run the evolution method. Which is simply avoiding heel strike and using your body in a much more efficient manner. (if you are interested in buying these shoes don’t buy online. They are way less in stores)
So far I love these shoes although I am braking them in really slowly. They are very different from your typical running shoe (far less cushioning, especially in the heel) and are therefore forcing me to run in a totally different style. The biggest side effect so far is that my calves are killing me…I don’t mind muscle pain but if my joints start hurting I’m definitely going to use them less frequently.
Another recent purchase (that happened to be 40% off) is this Moutain Hardware Wicked Lite shirt. Justin has been telling me I needed to try this particular shirt so we bought it. I could not be happier. I have never liked any type of supposed sweat proof shirts with wicking. All they seem to do is soak up my sweat but then hold in the heat. Therefore I have always stuck to cotton tanks. This shirt is amazing. It soaks up the sweat but it also breathes and it protects my shoulders from the sun.
With all this talk about exercise this post wouldn’t be complete if I did not talk about food. (I need some balance after all…) I have posted this recipe before. It simply is the very best chicken pot pie recipe…all thanks to Joy of Cooking.
And finally I wanted to say how thankful I am that it is the season for strawberries. I have an obsession with berries. They are by far my favorite fruit. Strawberries in the summer are so delicious.
I am craving strawberry pie, strawberry rhubarb pie and strawberry shortcake. One of these three I plan to bake this weekend to celebrate not only my dad’s birthday but also my parents 40th anniversary!
Time to sign off and get my girls some breakfast. Happy Friday!