Family, Friends, Fun, and Food!Posted: July 15, 2013
I haven’t been able to go home to see my family much lately, so with nothing on the agenda this weekend, I felt like it was the perfect time. I headed there on Friday after work, and my mom, being the awesome lady that she is, had dinner waiting for me. I can’t imagine commuting far every day for work; people who do it must have great people at home who cook for them every night!
One of the best things about going home to visit (besides the free food) is having a grill to cook on. It seemed like I was smelling BBQs all the way home, and I absolutely couldn’t wait for our own. Everything just tastes better off the grill!
My mom made chicken, zucchini, summer squash, and sweet potatoes, and of course it was exactly what I would’ve asked for. My mom loves sweet potatoes, and I’d never had one before, but I kind of thought it tasted like a butternut or acorn squash, and I might have to start buying some for myself.
We are a dessert kind of family (if you haven’t realized that by now…) so she had cookies waiting for me too – oatmeal chocolate chip and chocolate chip. It’s a good thing we had such a healthy dinner because my self control went right out the window when I saw those bad boys!
I had a hard time getting up all last week, and I just kept telling myself that if I made it to the gym today, I would take tomorrow off. That got us up to Saturday, and I really did plan to sleep in, but when the time came, all I wanted to do was wake up and head to the Y. Funny how that works, huh?
Because I have a membership at my local YMCA, I can go to any Y in New England for free, which makes it really convenient when I’m staying with my parents. And a perk of going at 6:30am on a Saturday – there were a few elderly people in there, but otherwise I had the whole place to myself!
Here’s what my workout looked like:
- Warm-up and stretch
- Run 3 laps
- 20 Push presses @ 65#
- 20 Back squats @ 65#
- 20 Power cleans @ 65#
- Run 3 laps
- 20 KB swings @ 25#
- 20 Double KB front squats @ 25#
- 20 KB snatch (each arm) @ 25#
- Run 3 laps
- 20 Burpees
- 20 Air squats
- 20 Push-ups
- 12×4 Shrugs + Lateral raises
- 10×5 Knees to elbows
- 12×4 Hanging L lifts + Back extensions
- 50 Box jumps
- Cool down
It certainly had me sweating!
Once I was done, I headed home and showered up so my mom and I could go meet my cousin and aunt for breakfast. We sat outside, and I ordered the scrambled eggs with bacon, potatoes, and fruit. Everything was so incredibly fresh and delicious, and eating it outside in the fresh air only added to the awesomeness. It was definitely one of the best restaurant breakfasts I’ve had in a long time!
Last week, my aunt and cousin were telling me how BJ’s (a local wholesale grocery store, like a Costco) carries 64oz Naked Juices for $6.99, and seeing as how they’re way more expensive than that in the smaller bottles, they didn’t have to do much to convince me to go with them. We headed there after breakfast, and my mom and I had never been, but it didn’t take long for us to fall in love.
We went in for literally one thing (Naked Juices) and ended up leaving $250.00 later. Luckily, we’re now both fully stocked on toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, trash bags, laundry detergent, shampoo, vitamins, and cleaning products for the next year. I also got jumbo-sized packages of strawberries, cherries, raisins, prunes, and chicken, plus three Naked Juices – but that stuff won’t last me nearly as long.
After our shopping extravaganza, we spent the rest of the day basically just hanging out, and one of us even decided to take a nap – right in the middle of the table. What dog climbs up on the table and falls asleep?! Only the king of the house, that’s who.
For dinner, we headed over to my aunt and uncle’s house, where they were barbecuing. We brought corn from the farm stand down the street, and it was so incredibly sweet and fresh. They got chicken and steak from the butcher, and it was some of the most delicious meat I’ve ever tasted. The “Red Sox” steak tips were marinated in Ah-So sauce, honey, and maple syrup, and they literally melted in your mouth. I definitely went back for seconds after this plate!
For dessert, we brought chocolate chip ice cream and cookies to make sundaes, and it totally hit the spot. Everyone was already stuffed from dinner, but when it’s 90 degrees outside, it’s hard to say no to a cold bowl of delicious ice cream.
I went out for a drink with one of my greatest friends afterward, and it was the perfect way to end a great day at home. Family, friends, fun times, and good food… you really can’t ask for much more!