Most of the eats this week are typical; smoothies, salads, etc. We did get to shake it up a bit though and try something new!
A co-worker of my husband’s gave us a coupon code to check out Hello Fresh for free. So we did! It’s a program that drop ships meals in a box. You can choose the # of people being fed and the type of food. Naturally I chose the veggie box, and I whipped up the first of three meals last night.
I chose the mushroom primavera dish because my daughter is a huge ‘shroom fan, and I thought that if any of these dishes were going to fly, it would be this one. Absolutely everything necessary to make this dish was in a little box, which was certainly convenient.
I whipped it up in about 20 minutes by following the recipe card. And while it was fun – the flavors were only “okay” according to my family. Also, the meals are vegetarian, not vegan, so I’m sure we lost some of the intended flavor since I didn’t have vegan sour cream nor parm on hand.
So the verdict is – if you have a lot of extra money lying around and don’t mind having to insert your own vegan version of dairy ingredients – go for it. If it helps busy people eat out of a box of fresh food vs a box of mac n cheese – go for it. But – if you like to cook and control your own ingredients, it’s a waste of money.
So I’m not an early riser. And I don’t like staying up all night either (though I’d opt for that over an early alarm any day!). So my preference is usually to work out during what amounts to the hottest time of the day. Not awesome. I went on one run earlier this week and the pounding headache after was a sign of the heat.
So yesterday and today I went for bike rides! Yes, it was over 100 degrees, but since you pretty much build your own wind, it doesn’t suck. I miss riding – it’s one of my very fav things to do. Thing is, in my area of Tidewater there are no safe places to pedal. And I have a road bike (though I’m eyeing a new hybrid), so I can’t hit the trails. I need paved surfaces.
Yesterday I went to the Great Dismal Swamp Canal Trail – which is fully paved. Normally it’s teeming with people, but due to the heat, it was dead. I came across maybe 4 other people the entire time I was there. No bears though (that’s a common sighting), because they were smart enough to stay out of the heat!
Today I went in loops in my neighborhood. None of the roads in my section of town have shoulders and most don’t have sidewalks. But, traffic is light and residential streets are the safest I’m going to get.
It does look like my back tire needs a new inner tube, so D is going to fix that for me later tonight.
The best part of this week was getting to meet my friends baby boy! Baby J is two weeks old and is the cutest squeakiest little man. J is one of my classmates who also happens to live close by, so the catching up was a ton of fun and nice to do outside of our residencies.
No complaints about Life, work, nor school – they’re all keeping me plenty busy!
Today we took R back to camp! Yep – we signed her up at the relative last minute for a second week since she had so much fun earlier this summer. Seriously, this is her third year going, and we should’ve just booked two weeks to begin with!
This coming week is going to be a bit more hectic than normal. Monday and Tuesday I have meetings from 8am – 7pm. And I plan to stay late in the office both days to get as much studying done as possible, as I’m flying out a 6am on Wednesday for a 5 day trip to WI, and I’m not sure how much studying I’m actually going to get done. I have a few big deadlines for assignments and proposals that I have to nail before I go.
So – hope you have a great week!