Happy Friday, everyone!
Today my mom is visiting Ryan and I for the weekend! Needless to say, I’m extra excited that it’s finally Friday. To celebrate Friday, I’m linking up with Happy Fit Mama for High Five Friday to share 5 favorites with you!
1. Gear Addiction and REI
By this evening, we will have gone to REI three times over the past seven days. Once to try on running shoes, once to purchase my new Patagonia running rain jacket, and hopefully tonight to buy new hiking daypacks. We used Deuter backpacks for overnight hikes and they fit like a glove. A good backpack, like good running shoes, makes a difference.
We’re also planning on purchasing a new tent once we receive our member dividend (REI members get 10% back on all full price purchases). This Big Agnes tent was just released and it’s everything we ever wanted in a tent: long, tall, lightweight, and with enough room for a puggle. With hopeful trips to California (I really, really want to go car camping in the Redwood National Forest) and Yosemite coming up this spring, a high-quality tent is worth the splurge.
2. Lentil and Mushroom Curry
After reading an article in Outside Magazine about eating to save the world, I decided to add in an extra day of meatless dinners. However, I didn’t want to resort to low-protein meals nor did I want to add a lot of beans back into my diet, so I turned to ethic foods. This week I made this red lentil curry, added crimini mushrooms and green beans, and served it over brown rice with homemade whole wheat naan. Oh my yum was this meal delicious!
I had avoided lentils for years after attempting to make brown lentil burgers in college and they tasted like dirt. Like most people, I tend to not like foods that taste like soil. But, as it turns out, with the right sauce (like a coconut milk curry), lentils can taste meaty. Plus, you know how I love to cook curries.
3. Snowy Sports
Now that it’s practically spring, I decided that I want to try snowboarding. Admittedly, reading on Amanda’s and Angela’s blogs about their snowboarding planted the idea in my brain, as did the fact that we have these beautiful snowy mountains only an hour away from us. Ryan said he’d take snowboard lessons with me (and he’s been dropping heavy hints about skiing, I’ve just been so nervous about injuring myself), so now let’s just hope I don’t chicken out when we actually sign up.
Of course, it’s a bit too late in the season, just like how we decided we wanted snowshoes in February. Is it bad that between the prospects of snowshoeing and snowboarding actually make me excited about winters out here? What happened to that Midwestern girl who vehemently disliked winter?
4. Saucony Bullet Shorts
I’m one pair of Kinvaras away from becoming a full-fledged Saucony girl (sorry, Brooks, but you discontinued my shoes). I’ve raved before about my love at first run with the Saucony bullet capris, and since the temperatures have crept back into the 50s, I purchased a pair of Saucony Bullet Tight Shorts (affiliate link).
I’ll be honest: I usually shy from spandex/compression/tight running shorts. The only curves I have on my tall and straight frame are on my butt and legs and my quads clearly indicate that I’m a runner who eats. But the Saucony shorts are long enough for my 5ft9 frame, actually fit my small hips-curvy glutes body, and comfortable on my quadzilla legs.
Now it just needs to stay 50 degrees every day so I can wear shorts on all my runs again.
5. Life in the Land of Puggles
Oh, Charlie. Puggles are one of the sweetest breeds of dogs, but also the weirdest. In the category of sweet, Charlie took a spare pillow and made a little bed by my desk (we keep his dog beds in his crate and by the kitchen table). In terms of weird, Charlie has begun to sleep walk and just wander around the apartment at night. It wakes me up and scares the $%*& out of me because I think that someone broke into our (safe, tucked away) apartment. No. Just the puggle.
He also steals my home office chair whenever I leave the room for more than 30 seconds.
How was your week? What are you excited for this weekend?
What’s your favorite meatless meal?
What’s some gear you’ve been obsessed with lately?
What weird habits does your pet have?