Hi all! Sorry I’ve been MIA this weekend. Not only was I too busy having fun with my mommy to stop and blog, I am also computer-less at the moment, so I am making the most of my lunch break today!!ย  I have some photos of the weekend noshing, but lost focus on Sunday, oops ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, rewind. Friday morning I made a nice yogurt mess, MMM!

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Thanks to my awesome coworkers, I was able to get home for a late lunch with my mom, YAY! We ate outside in the sunshine. I made spinach quesadillas using 2 La Tortilla Factory tortillas with 1/2 cup cheddar (split between both tortillas) and several handfuls of spinach. On the side, we split a 100 cal pack of Wholly Guacamole (must buy more of this stuff!!) and a red pepper. Plus some lime chips for crunch! For dessert, I had the last of the munchkins…they were calling my name so I just polished them off.

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Then we walked around my neighborhood, chatting, shopping, and picking up final groceries for the big meal. We got home JUST in time to change before everyone got to the apt. Luckily, my friends know I am perpetually late (I get it from my mom HAHA) so they weren’t surprised to find me half ready as they trickled in. Luckily I had lots of wine and easy apps ready to go so everyone was happy ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some photos that I snapped, post-digging in! Besides the wine, I put out some brie, goat cheese, cheddar, multigrain crackers, pepper & poppy seed crackers, french bread, lime tortilla chips, pineapple salsa, and lemon cilantro hummus.ย ย 

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For dinner I made TJ breaded eggplant, chicken sausage (the apple kind got a wee bit blackened, whoops!), salad (w/tomatoes, fresh motz, roasted brussels, basil, EVOO, kosher salt, pepper), and whole wheat pasta (w/tomato sauce, red peppers & artichokes). Everything was so delicious!!

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Here’s a cute shot of me with the guest of honor, plus a snapshot of the whole group ๐Ÿ™‚

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We finished up with dinner around 10 and then my mom, Steph & I decided to head across the street to Lola’s. I wanted my mom to experience one of their killer martinis! Steph and I got chocolate and my mom tested key lime pie. YUM.

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Saturday morning we woke up to clear blue skies! My mom has been cursed with bad weather every time she comes out to visit, but this weekend was gorgeous. I made her some hazelnut coffee and a yogurt mess, which she loved (of course).

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After breakfast, we suited up and headed out to the beach! Yes, the beach! I ended up wearing my yoga pants and sweatshirt the whole time, but since the weather is so much warmer here than back east, it felt hot to my mom and she got a nice (pink) glow. I stupidly forgot that my yoga pants are capri, hence I would need sunscreen on the bottom half of my legs…I have the most awkward burn line right now!!

The beach was pretty empty and super relaxing. I started the new Jodi Picoult (review on that later) and we had 6-inch turkey Subway sandwiches that we picked up on our way to the water. There is something about eating on a beach that makes any food taste a million times better!

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After we realized we were getting burned, duh, we headed over to Santa Monica and the Third Street Promenade for some browsing. We split this key lime pie Larabar.

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AND I introduced my mom to the glorious Coffee Bean Ice Blended! This one was my first of the season, but I love getting them on weekends in the summer. I ordered us both half vanilla/half mocha light, which comes out to 110 calories of pure icy bliss.

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We had a great time roaming the streets and checking out the stores on the Promenade. Snapped a few cute photos too!

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By the time we got back home, we were ravenous! I wanted to make sweet potato fries but couldn’t wait to eat, so we decided to start with a little appetizer plate. First, some leftover bread and cheese.

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And the last of the pineapple salsa and pepper & poppy seed crackers.

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I also opened a bottle of my favorite Honey Moon wine for us to share. We each had one delicious glass.

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For dinner I made the last two chicken sausages, which we split. This was my first time trying the apple chardonnay ones, which I have heard so many good things about, but I like the cilantro ones much better! We also had sweet potato fries, roasted onion, and v. crunchy green pepper strips.

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After dinner, we snuggled up on the couch and watched a movie.ย  We paused it halfway so Julia & I could pick up some froyo while my mom packed up her suitcase. We decided on Yogurtland (the best!) and I had the usual PB, chocolate & pistachio w/a bunch of fruit and chocolate toppings. My mom had irish mint, vanilla waffer & chocolate topped with M&Ms and fruit. I think we have another Yogurtland convert on our hands!!

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Sunday morning, we woke up super early so I made us some v. hearty applesauce pancakes to share before her flight.ย  It was so hard saying bye to my mom. I had a great time with her but it was just SO fast.ย  Still, we decided that it’s much better to see each other just for a day or two rather than not see each other at all. It’s hard for both of us to take long vacations (my mom teaches, so she can’t really do it until the summer) but we didn’t want to wait until July so we went with a long weekend instead. Seeing my mom reminds me of how much I miss home and my family and the east coast. It’s hard because I know that I have the option to move back, always, but besides my family, there’s nothing really there for me. I’m not ready to live in suburbia, and I don’t want to be in my hometown with the same people from high school who are all doing the same things. I don’t know if I will live in California forever, but I can’t see myself leaving right now, and that’s hard sometimes.

So Sunday was spent in sort of a funk. I had a bunch of food that I ate at random times all day, basically while sitting on the couch watching tons of Private Practice & Grey’s episodes. I had a yogurt mess, crackers w/hummus, Perfect 10 bagel with Better N Peanut Butter, leftover tomato/motz salad, Starburst jellybeans, and tortilla chips. A lot of snacks & a lot of carbs…

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Then Julia came home from work and dragged me off the couch and to a BBQ with some of our friends. Sorry I don’t have any photos of dinner, but we grilled up some steaks and turkey sausages and had pasta salad & coleslaw on the side. We also played some Wii bowling (which I love) and tennis (which I am not so good at)!ย  Late night, I had some cereal w/milk (no Puffins this time!) while finishing off the Jodi Picoult.

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Overall, I liked this book. It reminded me a LOT of My Sister’s Keeper, which was better than this one. I enjoyed the story, but really didn’t like the ending. Without giving anything away, the last chapter just seemed so unnecessary. The ideas behind the book were sad enough that I didn’t need that final push at the end. If you like Jodi Picoult though, you will enjoy this one I’m sure.

Sunday I had a lot of time for thinking, mostly about personal/relationship stuff. But I also had some thoughts about food, and I kept coming back to the same thing — I need to try. I have been “trying” to lose the winter weight I gained but realistically, I am not actively making any real, continuous efforts. I’m not sure what I need to do to make that click inside my head, but I have definitely been snacking and overeating and it has developed into a pattern. I really want to nip this in the bud. I am hoping that over the next few weeks you will see less pictures of ice cream and huge dinners and no more late night confessions of eating whole boxes of cereal. I just don’t want to go down this road. There are too many other things in my life that I can feel good about, and having an extra 5 lbs sitting on my waistline is currently consuming too much of my mental space and crowding out all those good feelings. This is something that I need to, and will, workย on! Rather than making this a negative thing about my jeans getting tighter, I want to make it a positive thing about feeling strong and healthy again.

Thanks for listening to my spiel. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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