Bobby and I spent this weekend up in Ithaca, NY for our college reunion. We didn’t stay in the dorms and go to all the CU Reunion events; we stayed at the Super 8 next to Wegmans with our best friends and we went to a few events that sounded fun (wine tasting!).
It all started Wednesday night…
We left work a little early Wednesday so that we could get to NJ in time to see my dad’s softball game (they lost, unfortunately, but it was to the best team in the league). After the game we went to pick up my Grammie’s car that we borrowed for the trip.
On Thursday morning we woke up early because our friends were supposed to be getting into Philly at 10am and we were picking them up. After waking up and getting ready though, it turned out their flight was delayed by 4 hours (!). This ended up working out because we hung out with my mom all morning, chatting, picking strawberries and peas at her CSA, and then I ended up getting a manicure at the mall on the way to PHL.
We finally picked up our friends and drove, in pounding rain, up to Ithaca. The rain would continue all weekend until we left on Sunday.
That night we went to Simeon’s for dinner, a bistro/gastropub place. I got the wedge salad, which had iceburg, tomatoes, NO red onions, applewood smoked bacon, house bleu cheese, and a balsamic glaze. I ended up breaking my pescatarian streak on this trip. Not sure how I feel about that. The salad looked like this:
Of course we got drinks too. As DD I limited myself to 1 drink plus sips of other drinks. So long since I’ve had to drive and worry about stuff like that
Friday we took a leisurely walk around campus until it was raining too hard. We saw the old house we lived in senior year (it’s been painted) and got lunch in the cafeteria at the hotel I used to work at on campus (the Statler). After that (still raining) we went to Six Mile Creek Winery for a wine tasting. That was very enjoyable. We walked away with 6 bottles; 4 for us and 2 for my parents.
I think we ended up taking a nap after the wine tasting. Then we went for dinner at ZaZa’s, a fantastic Italian restaurant in downtown Ithaca that my old Italian teacher owns (or maybe it’s owned by her family, I forget). I got the gnocchi with meat sauce, yum yum yum. After dinner we went to Purity Ice Cream, where Bobby and I split a scoop of chocolate peanut butter, again yum yum yum. After dinner we hung out at our hotel.
Saturday was much fun, but still raining. We got lunch at Aladdin’s (I got the veggie chili with cheddar; Bobby had a falafel wrap) and then dropped off our friends on North Campus for bowling. B and I went to the Ithaca farmer’s market! I loved that place. We made a pit stop at the hotel before going back to campus for another (free this time) wine tasting. Wandered around, bought Cornell mugs (which I am drinking my coffee out of now).
After a lot of walking and running into people we hadn’t seen in years, we drove down to the Ithaca commons to walk some more. We bought some stuff (gourmet oils and vinegars, CTB bagels) and then went to the place we were meeting for dinner a bit early to get drinks. We ate at Bandwagon Brewpub, a gastropub right off the commons. I got the veggie burger on a bed of lettuce and one of their drink specials, the “summer refresher” (mint muddled with lemon juice and vodka, on the rocks). The burger looked pretty much like this:
After dinner we went up to the Chapter House for more drinks, socializing, live reggae, and some pool. Overall, a great night. We got back to the hotel at around 1am and crashed into bed.
Sunday we got up early and were on the road by 9:30. We got our friends to Philly by about 2pm (with a couple rest stops) and then we were in NJ by 3pm. Hung out with my brother and his girlfriend, and my mom (who gave us fresh veggies for dinner), and then we got dropped off at the train station in time for the 5:14 train back to NYC.
At home we went for a short run (being stuck in a car for 5 hours will make you want to exercise your legs) and then made a fresh dinner from the veggies my mom gave us (Bok Choy, lettuce, snap peas, radishes). We had veggie sausage and Broccolette in the fridge so I used that too. And we had the bagels from CTB. And some wine that we needed to drink or it would go bad soon. Blurry pic:
So delicious. We both felt so healthy after having homecooked, organic food again. We watched the game (go Miami!) and fell asleep.
How was your weekend? Have you gone to any reunions yet? (College, high school?)
This was my 5-year college reunion. I went to my 5-year high school reunion back in 2009. College reunion was so much better.
Another Monday down and only four days to go until the weekend! Unlike many of my lucky family members and friends, my office did not have off for MLK day. I don’t usually count down the days in the work week, but work has been so busy and hectic lately – I really hope it calms down soon. I also have (another) dentist appointment tomorrow morning which I will be happy to be done with. I’m getting some work done that I have been putting off for too long It’s all good though and I will be done in a few more weeks.
I have found some interesting links lately that I wanted to share:
Monday Link Love
- The Nitrate & Nitrite Myth: Another Reason not to Fear Bacon: This article “debunks” the idea that nitrates and nitrites can cause serious health problems (cancer, heart disease). Honestly – I want to believe it; I just don’t know if I can. Apparently nitrates and nitrites are found in much higher amounts in natural foods like celery and even in our own saliva than they are in hot dogs, bacon, and other processed meats. Even if they are – aren’t they different? Wouldn’t our bodies treat “natural” (whatever that means) nitrates/nitrites differently than artificial ones? I have no idea. I’m not a food scientist but I would really like to know the truth behind processed meats. (Because I love bacon. Who doesn’t?)
- Breaking the Cycle of Emotional Eating: Just some goods tips for leading a happy, healthy life. I especially like #5 – Unleash Your Creativity and Do Something You Love Every Single Day.
- Homemade Lotion Recipe: I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks like it really couldn’t be simpler.
- Slow-Cooker Squash Stew: Butternut squash, chard, and parmesan? Count me in.
- 7 Ways You Might Be Inadvertently Sabotaging a Good Night’s Sleep: I may not always agree with him, but Mark Sisson just about always has an intelligent, well-thought-out response to just about every question or problem anyone could possibly have. In this case I do agree with him. The article is from November but particularly applicable now that I’m trying to sleep earlier. He makes good points – 1) are you getting natural light during the day? 2) are you eating too late? 6) do you have a nighttime ritual? and 7) are you simply staying up too late? –> These 4 all right true for me.
- Vow to Get More Sleep in 2013: Another sleep article. Tips include 3) turn the heat down, 4) unplug (what I should be doing now!), 5) meditate, 6) do yoga (OK!), and 7) stop puttering! (That means no chores after 9pm, yes I am talking to you my fellow type A’s.)
And I also just wanted to share some other random things…
Monday List Love
- Currently enjoying a glass of red wine with frozen mango chunks (Trader Joe’s). It’s like a homemade chilled sangria. Delicious.
- Wanted to share this pic of dinner the other night. I was out of the city all day Saturday (went to my hometown in NJ for a friend’s baby shower) and when I got home, Bobby had prepared this beautiful meal! It’s a salad with hard boiled egg, bacon, onion, and homemade dressing. I had no idea he could cook – he totally outdid himself. He also made butternut squash ravioli (from TJ’s) with sauteed veggies and he cooked up a cheesy mushroom flatbread (also courtesy of TJ’s). The salad is served in a really beautiful dish from my mom.
- Bobby used this salad recipe for the dinner salad and dressing. It was supposed to be spinach but I prefer romaine as a salad base.
- I promise, I promise – I will have renovation pictures soon. We are still waiting on the countertops. (Damn you Home Depot! You are the slowest part of my whole renovation. Not impressed.)
That’s all I have… I’m off to do some reading and relax before I go to sleep (early). Hope your week is off to a good start.
meal of the day #1 – february 6
This was breakfast/brunch yesterday. I cooked up 4 eggs in bacon fat with onions and chopped Brussels sprouts (split between me and the hubs, I think he got about 2/3 of it), a cup of Irish oatmeal (he got more of this as well), nitrate/nitrite-free bacon (this is the “bits and pieces” from Trader Joe’s – it’s cheaper than the regular strips, but made of the same natural stuff – we split-ish, Bobby probably got a little more), and steamed kabocha squash (I took all the squash).
Back in January I laid out some goals for myself for this year. I decided to take them one at a time, a month at a time – seemed more reasonable than doing 12398438 goals at once. My initial goals for January were:
- Food – Cut the artificial sweeteners completely
- Life – Read a book for 30 minutes a day.
january goals – update
Now, I don’t think I completely succeeded at either one, but I did make good progress. I think I read 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week for all of January, so I will call that a win. Nice! I’m still not finished with the book I got for Christmas (Bill Bryson’s Made In America), but I’m almost done. I think I want to add fiction novels to the mix in February because I tend to get distracted when I’m only reading non-fiction.
I went in and out on the artificial sweeteners one. One day I would be adamant about not having Diet Cherry Pepsi; other days I caved. I’m guessing this was a 50% fail rate. So it needs work. One thing I noticed was that I tended to use the excuse, “I’ll have this soda instead of that cookie my coworker brought in,” but then I would end up having the soda AND the cookie! So that is not valid, not valid at all.
I didn’t have a good way of tracking these goals – so I will do that for my February ones.
february goals – food and life
- Food #1 – ditch diet soda (continued).
- Food #2 – no snacks 2 hours before bedtime (eep hard for me).
- Life #1 – keep reading 30 minutes a day; add fiction books.
- Life #2 – go to sleep by 11:00pm 5 nights a week (eep this is also a killer).
- (*general – track these in Google Calendar or a Google Doc – tbd*)
There is another thing I’m going to do in February but I don’t want to include it as a goal, because I don’t want to have more than 4 goals hanging over my head. It is to post one meal a day (see above) for the rest of the month. February is a short month so I only have 24 meals to post, including today. I have been taking lots of meal photos because of that Eatery app I mentioned.
Do you have any February goals? How are your new year’s resolutions working out?
P.S. Woohoo Giants! Who were you rooting for? I brought this large plate of veggies and hummus to a super bowl party last night and they were a big hit. The favorites were baby carrots and the peppers.