Monday, April 23, 2012

This Weekend

It's been quite a busy and exciting couple of days. I had a lovely weekend. Saturday I got to visit with my mother and then Sunday I headed out to eastern Massachusetts for Sarah's shower.

The shower was at Sarah's house since she lives with her maid-of-honor, Heather, who coordinated the shower (with a little help from me). Everything when great! On Saturday, I picked up flowers from the Amherst Farmer's market (potted mini daffodils) and baked goods from Whole Foods (scones, chocolate croissants, danishes, cinnamon twists). I brought some iced tea in a nice pitcher Seth and I got for our wedding and haven't used yet. I also brought some table cloths and serving plates.

We put together a wonderful spread! We had mini sandwiches, loads of mini desserts, brie and crackers, quiche, roasted potatoes, asparagus, and fruit salad. 

There were lots of nice drinks, including the basics: water, some iced tea that I blended, and mimosas.

Sarah got some awesome gifts! I took a picture of the gifts when only about a third were there, but you can still see that there was some exciting stuff. Sarah and her fiance, Garrett, got a Dyson DC25 vacuum, a comforter and sheet set with shams, bed skirt, and throw pillows, loads of kitchen stuff, and some of their china pattern.

The shower was a ton of fun, and it was great to visit with Sarah and all my friends that live in eastern Massachusetts. When I got home, I was in for a nice surprise, Seth was going to make me an exciting new dinner. Knowing how much I love matzo ball soup, he made us matzo lasagna! 

To make the matzo lasagna, Seth used his grandmother's lasagna recipe and substituted lasagna noodles for matzos.

In order to make the matzos noodle-like. We boiled water and then submerged the matzos in the water for 30 seconds.

We then assembled the lasagna like normal with sauce and cheese. Seth added in mushrooms and meat (which you would not do if you kept Kosher, of course).

We cooked the lasagna in the oven for 40 minutes, let cool, and voila!

It was super tasty! What a great idea for someone keeping kosher over Passover, who has a pasta desire.

In other news, now that the weather is nicer, I have been taking some time to do some more running. As I think I've mentioned before, getting back into running as been a bit tricky. I haven't done any running in over three months while I devoted myself to my Insanity programs. I did have some definite discomfort in my quads after my runs for the past couple of weeks, but I think I have finally turned a corner. I went for a 5K run around my neighborhood on Saturday and felt fine on Sunday! No discomfort. I was so happy. 

As a follow up, I decided that I wanted to condition myself to be able to do a distance of 10K. After all, I've been running around 5K when I go out for my runs now. I have been using Nike+ to track my runs. Basically, this is a little sensor in my shoe that links with an app on my iPhone and tracks my distance. I then save all my distances and times on the Nike+ website. I noticed that the Nike+ website has a coach section where you could select a program that would coach you for a 10K distance. I wanted to check it out, but it became evident right away that it wasn't going to work out. The third run they wanted me to do was a distance of over 8K, which is way farther than I have ever gone. I needed to be eased into it. I noticed that there was a couch to 10K  in 14 weeks app for sale for 99 cents in the app store. I downloaded it, and now plan to start this program at around the 7 week mark and gradually increase my mileage up to 10K. We'll see how it goes!

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