Just One of Those Weeks

4 Feb

I feel bad. I don’t have any recipes to share today. Allow me to explain myself.

I was planning to go to Los Angeles this week. I was supposed to leave Monday night, but then on Saturday, I got an email asking me to come in for a job interview Tuesday morning, so I pushed back my departure to Tuesday night. I was trying to get to California for my best friend from high school’s birthday, which is today.

But I was also flying on a non-revenue ticket (standby). On Tuesday, I had to catch a train from DC to Baltimore to get to the airport, but I managed to arrive at the train station a half an hour early, get on the wrong train, and sit on the wrong train for long enough to miss my real train. That meant I missed the flight I was trying to get out on and the last flight of the day. And then a blizzard descended on the rest of the country, canceling some of the flights from here to LA, and causing the rest of the flights to fill up with people rescheduling from canceled flights. And as a standby passenger, I couldn’t get on any flights the rest of the week.

Because I had planned to be in LA this week, I had eaten or thrown out all my perishable food before I left. So now I am sitting here with a suitcase still packed, and an empty fridge. Unless you want to see the recipe where I eat Wheat Thins straight out of the box and drink Diet Dr. Pepper, I’ve got nothing…

So instead, here are a few random pictures I found on my phone from the last few months:

I had a friend from college come visit in last fall, so we did the typical DC touristy activities. Honestly, going to the monuments never gets old.

And then I got free tickets to go to my first ever professional football game, Redskins v Colts. Luckily, it was early enough in the season that we didn’t freeze to death in the stands.

And this is probably my favorite picture I ever taken with my phone. I went up to Boston to visit my college roommate and we had a totally awesome weekend eating our way through every part of the city.

And while I was there, we went to see Sufjan Stevens at the Orpheum. Such a great concert.

And then I went home for the holidays, and snapped this shot of the cute downtown area. Growing up, I spent a ton of time down here. There was a coffeeshop where you could always find me on a Friday night. And a record store where I spent my Saturday afternoons. And an amazing restored movie theater that plays classics and documentaries for cheap. There’s also a great kitchen store that I have to visit whenever I’m home, and even better, they recently opened a fantastic little cafe next door. The best chocolate crinkle cookies in the world.

And my other favorite part of going home. This guy. You happen to be looking at the best horse in the world. My heart melts every time I look at that face. He was a race horse before I got him, and I competed in three day events with him during high school. But I went to college too far away to take him with, so since then, other riders at my barn who don’t have their own horses have been leasing him and he gets to compete a little bit still. Everyone who rides him falls in love with him. I’m sure I will never find another horse as great as he is.

My big news from this week is that I’ve decided to run an 8K. I have never ever run in a race before, so I’m nervous, but it should be fun. I made my own training program and started on it this week. I don’t really have a goal. I’d like to run the entire distance. Maybe shoot for a 10 minute mile? Not very ambitious, I know, but I’ve never been a very good runner. But I invested in new running shoes to kick off my training. These shoes are awesome. They are for people who like the idea of barefoot running but want a real shoe with a little bit of support. I think my favorite part is the laces. You can’t really see it in this picture, but they are offset so they don’t put pressure on the top of your foot. Plus, aren’t they snazzy looking? I love the teal.

And since I’m running and working out six days a week…I don’t feel at all guilty about eating a plate of these. I found strawberries on sale at the grocery store this morning, and they actually looked decent, so I got a carton. And then I had leftover chocolate ganache from the birthday cake last week, so I made myself some chocolate covered strawberries!

Alright, that’s the end of the slide show for today. I promise to try to buy some groceries and get back in the kitchen soon.

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2 Responses to “Just One of Those Weeks”

  1. Valerie Benavidez February 4, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Those shoes look amazing! I’m looking for some good shoes, are you allowed to say which brand they are?

    • Ella @ The Single Girl's Kitchen February 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

      For sure: they are Nike Free Run+. I don’t really like the huge over-padded shoes that are all the trend these days, so these are perfect for me. Very light weight, too.

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