Sorry to leave you in the lurch for a couple of days, but…I’m home! Bobby and I arrived in Arizona on Friday morning – yes, he’s here, too! – and have been soaking up the sunshine and 70* temperatures while we can! We are here for a long weekend because the price was right for tickets and because we really wanted to be here for the Super Bowl! I know many of you are Steelers fans, right? I’m really not biased one way or the other, but I can tell you that the atmosphere here is a a lot redder 😉 Bring it on! I can’t wait for the game.
I have so much to say and don’t know where to begin! First of all, thank you so much for all the kind comments about my good news and my PowerPoint presentation on my last post. Being able to share all of that with the blogosphere makes everything even better because your encouraging words keep me smiling for days! You are all so supportive and I can’t thank you enough for that.
Secondly, thanks to everyone who provided me with advice on the coffee/tea debacle. After reading the tip from many of you that I should try decaf coffee, I thought “DUH!” So thank you for helping me see the obvious! And as for tea…well, I have some success there, too! More on that later.
After a busy traveling day on Friday, we went to bed super early! On Saturday, I woke up feeling refreshed and made myself a Coffee Cocoa in my favorite mug.
I went on an early morning run up and down a mountain. I can’t say that very often in Chicago! It was about three miles, and when I came back I felt amazing! I did a 25-minute ab workout with Cindy Whitmarsh (she’s killer!) to seal the deal.
We had an early tee time, so I made myself a big bowl of cereal to fuel up. It came out to 1.5 cups Kashi Go Lean with 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
Golf went better than I expected. I played pretty well considering I haven’t touched a club since I went back to school! When we were finished, we came home and Papa Bender made us lunch! Nothing too fancy (he’s saving that for our Super Bowl dinner!), but I had 1/2 of a Chicago hot dog on a whole wheat bun with ketchup and pickles to start.
And then I heated up a microwaveable bowl of shrimp wonton soup. My mom found these at Costco, and they are tasty! All you have to do is add water – reminds me of ramen! – and you get these plump shrimp wontons filled with whole pieces of shrimp. Delish!
And just because I could, I made myself a little sweet treat to end lunch. My mom bought some angel food cake from Whole Foods, so I had a slice topped with fresh strawberries and a little fat-free whipped cream. One of my absolute favorite desserts because it’s actually pretty healthy!
I spent the afternoon working on school papers. Yes, even though I went home for the weekend, I still have three of those puppies to write! While I was working, I tried my luck at (gasp!) a mug of hot tea!
This tea is called Pomegranate Berry Fusion from Gloria Jean’s. I decided that a sweet tea would be my best bet. Now, I have to tell you that I’m not a big fan of honey, so I decided to try adding something new. My mom wrinkled her nose when I told her, but maybe some of you will be more open-minded 😉 It was…
Well, what do you think? Am I insane? I figured that maple syrup is a lot like honey in texture at sweetness, right? And I love maple syrup. And, best of all, I actually liked this tea! I think that the tea itself is really good, very sweet on its own and full of pomegranate and blueberry flavor. Adding the maple syrup was like icing on the cake. Thanks again, everyone!
Dinner tonight was my family’s celebration of Bobby’s new job. We went to Benihana, a Japanese restaurant where the chef cooks right in front of you. To start, we split a California roll. It was so fresh!
The entree orders at Benihana come with delicious soup and salad to start. The soup is a delicious broth filled with mushrooms and onions.
The salad is filled with veggies and features one of my favorite parts of Japanese restaurants: the ginger dressing! I don’t know what all goes into it, but it is absolutely amazing.
For dinner, I ordered the Benihana Delight, which comes with shrimp…
And a lot of grilled veggies, including zucchini, mushrooms and onions. I had a picture of the veggies but it came out blurry I ate all of those plus the shrimp, and saved the chicken for leftovers.
The entree also comes with your choice of ice cream or sherbet for dessert. I went with the rainbow sherbet and was reminded of my childhood – I used to eat this all the time! It was v. tasty, and of course, by this point I was v. full! But it was worth it…we were celebrating!
Whew! Today promises to be even more exciting. We are going to workout soon and might play some touch football to get in Super Bowl Spirit! My random question for the day is, are you a Super Bowl fan? Do you watch it more for the food, the fun, the commercials, or the game?
My answer: ALL of the above!
And now, I leave you with a really cool signature that I came across thanks to bloggers like Ryan and Mrs. LC. I hope you both don’t mind me using your idea! I just think it’s awesome You can find the website here.