Things I had on my list for possible fun things to do this weekend:
Visit Basha Kill Winery
Dinner at a new BYOB in our town
See the movie Date Night
Drinks out with High School friends on Friday
Things I actually did on this list this weekend = ZERO. It’s funny how you can really plan and plan and plan, but the majority of life is just going with the flow! And that’s what makes it fun.
So Patrick ended up taking a major detour on his drive here and didn’t end up arriving until after 11 pm 😦 so understandably, he was not in the mood to head out immediately, and I was pretty beat by the time he got here also. We ended up laying on my couch in sweats, watching ESPN, drinking iced tea, and just talking on Friday night, and it was perfect ❤ Having a long distance relationship, it’s important to remember that while you want to do so many things with your significant other when you actually get to see them, it’s really important to have couple down time and just enjoying one another’s company and b-r-e-a-t-h-e
This left me plenty rested for a Sat morning run. Patrick wanted to sleep in since he had a long week, so I took advantage of our different sleeping patterns and squeezed in a 4.5 mile run at the gym. I wanted to make it speedier than normal in case Patrick woke up earlier than expected, so I pushed it and completed 4 miles in 32 minutes 🙂 which is the fastest I’ve completed 4 miles so far – and then I had a 1/2 mile cool down, followed by 3 1-minute planks and some more easy core strengthening.
Patrick and I did some fun shopping around the area for more Australia things I needed and had a leisurely lunch outside, even with the 30+ wind gusts! He told me over lunch that he wanted to get in a good run Saturday afternoon while he was visiting and was hoping I would go with him. A fun run with my boyfriend, YES PLEASE! So instead of heading to the winery, we decided to run outside together…how healthy of us! My thought = the winery will always be there (for a while anyway), but my boyfriend does not ALWAYS want to run with me. It was an easy choice.
We ended up doing a slower paced and relaxed 4.5 miles outside together. I didn’t even time it, how not Type A of me! It ended up being one of my favorite runs though, combining some of my favorite things, boyfriend, running, & sun 🙂 I was so proud of our distance though because Patrick isn’t that big of a runner and I thought my legs would get tired earlier since I already did a run earlier in the day, but neither ended up being an issue! This bumped up my running total for the day to 9 miles = awesome for me. Here’s my happy running partner ready to go!
After getting back we really weren’t in the mood to hurry and get ready to go out to dinner so we opted for cooking in and enjoying some cold beers and red vino! We tried a recipe I got off of Runner’s Kitchen – Middle Eastern Stuffed Peppers! We modified it slightly depending on what I had around the house.
- 4 2 red bell peppers
- 2 green bell peppers
- 1/2 – 1 lb ground turkey breast
- 1/4 cup chopped olives
- 1/2 cup golden raisin mix
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 1 tsp diced garlic
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 cup cooked brown wild rice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Cut tops off of bell peppers, save tops and set aside, remove seeds, and place peppers in a small baking dish
- Spray a medium frying pan with cooking spray and cook meat, garlic, cinnamon, and cumin over medium heat for ~4 minutes
- Add tomato sauce and raisins and cook for another 4 minutes
- Remove from heat, stir in olives and rice
- Divide meat-rice mixture evenly among the bell peppers
- Cover baking dish tightly with foil and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees or until tender
I enjoyed mine with a glass of pinot noir and Patrick had a cold Warsteiner –> it was a new try for him! It’s a pilsner which is his fav, definitely not my fav type of beer, but I actually liked this brand! I’m still not converting from my wine though! The peppers ended up being DELIC! I loved the middle eastern flavor the cumin and cinnamon added to the peppers. Patrick and I were happily stuffed like the peppers!
The rest of the evening was spent at some local bars catching up with my high school friends! I guess my Friday night agenda was moved to Saturday night. It was such a great quality time evening, especially since we ended up rolling in at 3 am! All in all – a successful weekend!
Tonight’s Mom’s Day will be wrapped up watching Sherlock Holmes w my mom and drinking some tea in this colder than normal weather.
Drinking tea before bed is one of my FAV daily rituals! What are some of yours?!