Saturday was day 3 of “Merf to 5k”. For some reason, I just felt really good. On Friday, I went 2.18 miles in 30:04 (13:48 pace). On Saturday, I went 2.39 miles in 31:25 (13:09 pace). I felt so much better on Saturday that it’s hard to believe my pace only improved by 39 seconds. Is 39 seconds a lot? Doesn’t feel like a lot to me.
After the gym, we went to a local place called the Silver Diner. I ❤ this place. They set such a great example of offering local, real food. They serve local milk and eggs, all natural hormone free beef burgers, local breads, local coffee, and local beer and wine. On their website, the list exactly where they purchase everything, so you know the exact farm/business that your products came from. J-Man ordered blueberry pancakes. I had wasabi salmon sliders, which are served with a summer citrus salad (mango, strawberries, spinach, walnuts, dried cranberries, mmm deliciousness).
Want a better view of the car? Silver Diner gives every kid one of these cardboard cars. Of course, my son chose “red”. (Ahem, J-Man, that is pink. Purple at best.)
Want a closer view of the salmon sliders? Oh my word, these things are insane. So good.
Organic ketchup. What kind of diner uses organic ketchup? Love this place.
J-Man spent the majority of his meal carefully removing the blueberries (that we shelled out an extra .99 for because I insisted he have some nutritional value in his meal) and arranging and rearranging the toothpick flags from my sliders (and Daddy’s burger).
Today we went to Costco and spent K-Dub’s first year of college tuition money. (Sorry, kid. I hope you’re some kind of intellectual or athletic prodigy.) But really, sometimes you just know on the way into Costco that you’re going to need a forklift to get your purchases into the car. J-Man was thrilled with the sample food today. He had a piece of bread, a garlic shrimp, a piece of jerky, grape juice, a Naked juice, and a salted caramel. Winning.
The last thing I want to mention before I finally go to bed is that I am officially obsessed with Mama Pea’s blog. Do you read it? I love food blogs, and they have given me so many ideas for awesome meals, but I die (of happiness) every time I find a food blog where the recipes are palatable to children. Mama Pea is a vegan, as are all the recipes on her site. I’m not a vegan — in fact, I’m not even a vegetarian — but I don’t like to cook meat (so gross), so I’m always looking for new veggie recipes. I’ve been completely sucked into this blog and have stayed up way too late planning weekly menus of nothing but her recipes. Alas, I feel like I should try at least one of her recipes before officially calling it love. This week, I will be making zucchini quinoa lasagna. J-Man has even agreed to try it. We’ll see!