1. Next weekend my family (parents, sister, BIL, nephew), Woody and I are all converging on Boston for a long weekend trip to celebrate my Mom's birthday! Her birthday isn't until September, but because my new niece is going to be born a few weeks later, we decided to move the trip up to August. My parents rented a condo outside of the city because we're going to a few suburbs on Friday and Saturday to check out a historical home that our ancestor lived in and a few other family sites. None of us have been there before (the historical sites or Boston) so I'm very excited. If you have any favorite places in Boston, we'd love suggestions!
2. One more plug for Salutation Nation, sponsored by Lululemon, that is happening on Saturday. While that is happening all across the country (and Canada, I assume), here in NYC on Saturday is the first Summer Streets event for August. NYRR is having a fun run and there are even going to be dumpster pools set up in a few locations where you can cool off after your run or bike! There are always cool events, booths, and giveaways along the route.
3. A little food tip: I love tuna sandwiches. When I was little, we would douse the canned tuna with miracle whip and slather it on bread with some lettuce and maybe a few tomato slices. Well, since I gave up using condiments like miracle whip and mayo, I hadn't eaten tuna sandwiches in a LONG time. A few months ago I got a great tip from another blogger (sorry, I can't for the life of me remember which blog I read this on) and now I've been able to enjoy the occasional tuna sandwich again! It's super easy and a very healthy alternative. Just add hummus!
I used a spoonful of Trader Joe's hummus, a pinch of ground cumin and a crank of pepper. Then, I spread a laughing cow cheese wedge on the sandwich flat added lettuce from the farmers market and I had a great lunch! I was a bit nervous the first time I tried this, but now I wouldn't go back!
If you missed my posts last weekend, I shared a few meal ideas for breakfast and lunch/dinner. All healthy and fresh!
4. A few interesting articles from the Wall Street Journal this week that you might find interesting. a) A study shows that elevated LDL (bad cholesterol) levels, in young adults can mean a greater chance of having calcium buildup in arteries later in life, which is a cause of heart disease. To me, this proves what many people have thought for quite some time: just because you're skinny as a young adult doesn't mean you're healthy. b) Another article about the salt hidden in our foods and the debate over the new, proposed, guidelines for recommended daily salt intake. Also, a reminder to eat fresh, whole foods as often as possible rather than things found in bright colored, plastic or cardboard packages. c) In anticipation of the fast approaching college football season, here's a look at the Big Ten welcoming a 12th school, Nebraska. I am definitely looking forward to a few great match ups in the years to come! Farm schools unite!
5. Woody and I are getting ready to make our move downtown. I found a moving company in Brooklyn that has re-usable, self-closing plastic boxes that you 'rent' to cut down on packing supplies. I thought this was a great idea to make our move a little more 'green' even though I know we'll have a lot of paper and such to protect everything. We've been lucky, a lot of people move very frequently (like once or even more times per year) but we've been in our place now for almost 4 years! I'm not at all looking forward to the packing, moving and unpacking, but really looking forward to getting settled and exploring our new neighborhood. What do you like most and least about moving? Have you moved many times in your life?
That's it. If you're in town for the BlogHer convention, I hope you have a great time and enjoy our city. I'm sorry I had to miss out on it this year. Maybe next. And if you get to hear Heather Spohr (aka mamaspohr) talk, go see her!
expected workout stats -
20 miles bike
3x10 cable pull twists
foam roller and stretching