Dad and I biked 12 miles today! We had a great ride all around Wayland and parts of Natick. There are some really beautiful areas, and a few farms, too! We pedaled and pedaled and planned our route to go by the Whole Foods (<3) in Wayland. We enjoyed some sushi as we took a break – veggie roll with carrots, avocado, cucmber, yum! Enjoyed in the sunshine. We got back after about 1.5 hours and relaxed in dad’s backyard. He’s taken up a new hobby of intense bird-feeding and watching! He’s got a great backyard that borders a wooded area so there’s tons of wildlife and quite a variety of birds, squirrels, and chipmunks. While sitting for about half an hour we saw woodpeckers, nuthatches, tit mice, chickadees, sparrows of course, cardinals, blue jays, and 2 hummingbirds! Not sure what kind they were, maybe one of these three? They fed on the feeders of sugar water my dad had out.
Dad is growing some super tall sunflowers in his yard, too! Check this guy out (along with my sweet biking attire)
After the wild-life and flower viewing session, I did some errands (i.e. picked up beer and cookout supplies for this evening) got home, and I was hunngrryyyy, so I dug into this: As sliced up organic Gala apple with blobs of peanut butter and almond butter. The almond butter is MaraNatha all natural creamy almond butter and it’s awesome! I’ve been digging into this jar for a while now but had yet to blog about it. It’s thick and tastes like roasted almonds. I’m still much more in love with peanut butter, but it’s nice to change things up sometimes, or combine them :) It’s got the same stats as natural peanut butter for the most part – 190 cal and 6g protein for 2 tbsp. Almond butter goes great on anything you’d put with peanut butter – toast, sandwiches, fruit, in oatmeal, the options are endless! And, I got this lovely jar for FREE from Swanson. Swanson sent me this for free so I could try it out! If you have a food blog, check this out to get your own free food stuffs!
Along with my apple snack I had a few handfuls of granola (so addictive, I’ll def be making this more often).
Now: it’s last-minute packing, organizing, etc, then JEFF arrives :-D ..and its cookout time with the fam!
Whew, it’s been a long day in the car! We drove from DC to Boston, with a short stop in New Haven to unload some things into my apartment, get my camping gear, and say hello to Jeff over dinner. 8+ hours in the car. Summary in photos:
Breakfast – 2 egg whites and pepper stripsGood bye apartment! totally LOADED car.. happens every time, no matter how hard I try to limit my junk…
Coffee with skim milk and sugar for the roadA variety of snacks for the long car ride, including a crisp red apple, blue berries, pretzel slims, bubbles, a banana slathered in almond butter, and an amazing bar of chocolate. All were shared with mom.This chocolate from TJ’s was awesome – dark chocolate with toffee, walnuts, and pecans pieces. It was buttery, salty, crunchy, yum. But, a little bummed to see soy and corn syrup in the ingredients. I ate far more than my share… Oh and a peanut butter cookie, from the batch I had made for Kath a while ago, I had put a few in the freezer for a time like this! We finally got to New Haven, unloaded, and met up with Jeff for dinner at Bar. Pizza! And they brew their own beer. I had an amber beer, and we got a mushroom, pepper, onion pizza. It was tasty and hit the spot, thin crust pizza so you gotta eat a bunch of pieces to fill up. Just enough. It was great to see Jeff briefly, and I’ll see him again on Saturday, yay! We hit the road again for the rest of the trip up to Boston, home! On the way it POURED out so we pulled over for a while, and as we waited for it to pass, a rainbow appeared! You can’t tell in this photo, but it was a full one. We finally made it back, unloaded the car, and now I’m ready for bed! It’s good to be HOME! :)
My last lunch outside with the fellow interns was a big ol’ veggie bowl. Trying to empty my freezer and eat lots of frozen veggies! I overstocked. This guy was full of: broccoli, green beans, sprinkle of corn/soybean medley, big hunks of marinated tempeh for protein, and topped with tomatoes, which were picked fresh from the tomatoes plants in Jeff’s back yard! I had planted tomato plants waay back in May and stuck them at Jeff’s for the summer. Glad I got to reap the fruits of my labor! They were so tasty and fresh. It was a great veggie bowl, all topped with soy sauce for flavor.
I wrapped up some things, cleared off my desk, and then our division director took two of us out for gelato! I think I’ve only had gelato like once or twice in my life, so this was extra special. I got a tiny dish of mint chocolate chip. It was super bright green (oober artificially colored?) and was creamy and good, but I think I could tell is artificially flavored. This is not my photo, but it looked like this.
Time to say good bye to everyone and my internship! …
After all the good byes and desk-clearing and all that… I came home, had a spoonful of Almond butter, and I headed home and did a big run! 6.18 miles in 1 hour 2 minutes.I’m loving this iPhone app! Still loving how the little man in my phone tells me what mile I’m at (logyourrun free iphone app) I’m not yet ready to make the big purchase that has been bopping around the blog work lately (though I’m DYING FOR ONE OF THESE!!!!) And apparently it’s on sale right now on Amazon … early Christmas gift? Anyone? HINT HINT?!?! It would certainly help me track my runs and progress much more accurately..
Anyway… I had a great run, it wasn’t amazing, not miserable, just good. There was a breeze the whole way so despite it being 86 degrees out it didn’t feel so bad. I did my usual path and plodded along. I spaced out a good amount of it thinking about the end of my internship, so that made the time go faster. Some of the views on my walk back:I’m going to miss my DC runs! Except definitely won’t miss the HEAT. I also almost lost my camel back strap today, twice! Grrr something is up with it – either way, I won’t be needing to run with it as much back in New England due to cooler temps, so no worries. Now I’m showered and dressed, and off to CELEBRATE finishing my internship with MOM!!! :)
Last night my mom arrived in town and we went straight to the police station to get her a parking pass for the week. We then stayed up for a while and she told me all about her experience at a buddhist retreat this past week. It sounds like it was quite an adventure!
I started off the morning with a light workout at the gym. I figured I wouln’t be able to fit one in tonight so best to get a little sweatin goin on in the a.m. I was feeling pretty groggy and still had a bit of a headache so took it easy.
– 20 minutes on the elliptical
– 10 minutes walking on the treadmill
Just enough to get things loosened up after last night’s more intense workout. I came back and got ready for work, just as my new roommate and her family were starting to move into the apt. Quite the flurry of activity this morning in the little apartment!
2 egg whites mixed with nurtitional yeast and salt, slices of apple with a spoonful of almond butter. Coffee to go, with a splash of almond milk.
Sitting at my desk this morning I noticed a big bruise on my knee – I did an extra set of lunges last night at the gym and remember my knee hurting each time it hit the floor – I guess it really did hurt! Ouch. Who gets bruises from lunges?! I guess I do.
Last Tuesday of work today! I’ve got a call, then a meeting, and more meetings this afternoon. Hopefully I can wrap up my project at least in part today! Then it’s FUN time with mom tonight!
How is it August?! I can’t believe how this summer has flown. After such a fun weekend away it was tough coming back to DC and back into the office this morning, but, I really can’t complain, because this is my last week here! It’s been great and a really fun summer in DC, but I guess I’m just about ready to not have to come sit at a desk doing research for 8 hours.
I got back to my apt around midnight last night after catching a cab from the train station. The train ride wasn’t so bad because this time I had some movies to watch – Being John Malkovich and a few episodes from The Office Season 1. I also had pretzels to snack on and 2 slices of leftover pizza from Friday night. Yum! I slept really well and was a bit groggy to get moving this morning.
Breakfast: 1 egg white and 1/2 an apple sliced, with 1 tbsp of almond butter. Black coffee on the side to go.
I also can’t complain about being back at it for another 5 days because my MOM comes tomorrow!! Hooray! She’s coming down for a visit and to help me move my stuff out and drive back to New England early next week. We’ll have lots of fun this week and this weekend :) Ok, work time! Later.
This morning I decided it’s about time to start the final countdown to the end of my internship. I’ts pretty much like this:
Because really, August 5th is my last day, I present my research on next Tuesday the 26th, sooo, I have a total of 13 days left in the office. YIKES! And only 5 until I have to present all this work. Oh boy.
I guess I am looking forward to being done – the 9-5 lifestyle has been a bit of a drag and I feel like I’ve sorta been living for the weekends this summer when Jeff and other family members have come to visit. I’m really looking forward to August when I’ll have some time at home, a super fun camping trip, and a trip to Mexico! So, the countdown has begun :)
But first, breakfast:
Two egg whites with turmeric, and a few slices of apple on the side with almond butter. Yum!
I then packed up my things and my coffee to go, and walked to work again! I must be totally losing my mind because it was already 80 degrees when I left this morning and full on humid. I was dripping with sweat by the time I got here 1.7 mi later. It was gross. I cooled off in the bathroom and changed and felt better. Why did I choose the HOTTEST week in DC to start walking to work every day?! Anyway… I’m glad I did it, feelin good! Happy Tuesday!