Rest and Relaxation

Was the theme of this long weekend.  We had no specific plans and it was wonderful.  No where to be, no expectations.  I have the gift of sleep people.  I think both Friday and Saturday night I slept about 11 hours!  Saturday morning I woke up around 7 and Tony had the t.v. on.  I told him “it’s too early to get up” and shut my eyes and the next thing I knew it was 10:30!  I wish I could give Tony my gift of sleep for a night – he’s lucky to sleep 6.

I only worked out on Saturday – I am in MONTH FOUR of Insanity already, and back up to the 50-60 minute workouts.   Nice and schweaty. Open-mouthed smile

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But my right foot hurts over the top of it.  I rested it both Sunday and Monday and I’ll see how it feels at the gym at lunch. 

Saturday I hadn’t gone to the grocery store yet and decided to see what frozen meat I could cook up.  Turns out January frozen chicken tastes just fine!  I like my pieces a bit charred.

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Sunday we hung outside again and grilled.  This time a rolled beef round roast and this was delicious.  Simply black pepper and rosemary salt.

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While we were outside, we could hear a woodpecker – those are very loud!  Tony always like to think a bird will land on his “perch.”  So far, that hasn’t happened.

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Melissa, I thought of you while taking this picture! 

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It was actually hanging upside down!  I’ve never seen a bird with colors like that before either.

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For a $7 roast, this was delicious.  Plenty of leftovers too for breakfast hash, roast beef sandwiches and probably beef stroganoff.

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Tony made me delicious breakfast burritos Sunday morning – he always somehow knows how to get the spices just right – this was my breakfast and lunch.

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My Mom spent Labor Day with us.  She and I went to a farm in Harvard to get some Marai corn.  If you live around the Chicagoland area, this is really good corn and worth the $$ to get it if you ask me. 

My Mom and I though had expectations that it was going to be like Goebberts’s in South Barrington.

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Um, turns out it was more of an industrial building/farm area, with just a small farm stand on the outside.

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You know that onions weren’t purchased Open-mouthed smile

We ended up having a late afternoon supper of ribs, corn on the cob, grilled zucchini and baked beans.

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My Mom was listening to the radio on the way to my house and was listening to some chefs talk about grilled peaches, so we decided to do that for dessert.  Cut the peaches, drizzle with a bit of sugar and grill, face down for a couple minutes, then flip.  Once the peaches cool slightly, the skin peeled right off.

We topped with Ben & Jerry’s vanilla bean ice cream and Mom and I had fresh basil on top.  Yes, insulin worthy!

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Before dinner Mom and I walked around my neighborhood.  I put this picture on Facebook and told my sister and brother that Mom told me I was her favorite. Open-mouthed smile

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I love this picture of her though!  She’ll be 73 years old in a few weeks – I think she looks great! Open-mouthed smile

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So it was a restful and relaxing weekend, just what I needed.  I face talked with Hannah last night too for about 40 minutes.  She’s all organized for school and she’s getting promoted at Panera to be a shift manager, which will be a $1.50 raise.  She has a set work schedule too, which is nice – instead of wondering each week when she has to work.

It was chilly this morning – I had the back windows open where the computer is and it was 51 degrees – I am wearing a blanket and slippers – and I actually love it.  Fall is my favorite season.

Alright, the gym bag isn’t going to pack itself and my food isn’t going to get put together on it’s own either. 

Question of the Day:  What was the highlight of your weekend?

Today is the 15th anniversary of my Dad’s death.  I can’t believe he’s been gone that long already.  You can “meet” him here.  Miss you Dad!