You know what was weird? Not working out after work today. Even though I feel world’s better, I told myself that I wouldn’t try and go to the gym till at least Tuesday in order to give my body adequate time to get over this head cold plague. Plus, I don’t want to be that guy at the gym who spreads their germs around and gets everyone else sick.
It was nice to meet up with Nick after work at a nearby Starbucks just to catch up on life. It definitely took my mind off feeling anxious about not getting my fitness on. We decided next Monday to take a Bikram Yoga class together! I’ve never done any variety of hot yoga but I’ve always been intrigued (ever since my best friend Kate fell in love with it about a year ago and I almost went to a class with her). Needless to say, I’m very excited/nervous for next Monday. Having Nick there with me will definitely be nice.
When I got home from Starbucks, I was surprised to see that I had a package notification. I wasn’t expecting anything so I had no idea what it could be. The desk person pulled out a big ol’ vase of beautiful flowers! My Mom randomly sent me “just because” flowers d’awww! She knows how much I’ve been going through lately, how I’ve been sick, and how bummed I am about Will not being around during the week anymore so she sent me these to cheer me up. That they certainly did. They were like a giant hug in flower form. Knowing I get to see these now whenever I’m in my apartment makes me so happy. She always knows just how to comfort me even from so far away.
Thank you again, Mom. You really are the best.
Dinner tonight was super easy as all I had to do was heat up the Tina’s Loaded Baked Potato Chicken Salad I made yesterday. Mmmmmm was it good! I highly recommend trying it out sometime. It was nice to not have to break out any kitchen gear and make food tonight. I’m still sort of in total relaxation mode from all the laying around I did this weekend. I have big plans tonight to do some quality cuddling with my stuffed bears and a good book.
Before I get to that, however, I do want to share with you guys a different recipe I tried out yesterday. I discovered the blog “Cooking in the City” last week and was inspired by Kim’s adapted recipe from Kath for Slow Cooked Pork Chops. Say hello to my Sunday night dinner:
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- Drizzle of oil
- 2 pork chops
- 2 large apples, sliced
- 1/2 white onion, sliced
- Mix together the apple cider vinegar through maple syrup
- Heat a pan and drizzle in just a touch of oil, add pork chops and sear on both sides for about a minute each
- Pour water into the bottom of the crock pot and then place in pork chops
- Cover with sauce then place onions and apples on top
- Cook on high for 4 hours.
The pork chops were super soft and delectable. You could just pull the meat apart with a fork. I always loved when my Mom or Grandmother made pork chops when I was younger because they were usually accompanied by apple sauce. With this recipe, I loved the softness of the apples all mushed into the chops.
The greens weren’t anything stellar… don’t get me wrong, they were good- I just probably could have seasoned them better. Anyone know a really awesome way to cook chard? If so- get at me.
I think tomorrow I will make my triumphant return to my gym. Well at least that’s the plan as of right now. Hopefully my body is on the same page as my brain. My muscles are dying to be put back into motion the way that they’re used to. It’s weird that I haven’t worked out in the month of February yet! Craziness.
If having the energy to workout tomorrow is a part of the game plan, I better shut down the computer and start shutting down my tired little brain.
Do your best to avoid all the sick germs out and about and stay well, everybody. Goodnight!