Happy Memorial Day! I’m so glad we can take this day to honor the members of our armed forces who sacrificed everything for our freedom.
It’s been a few days since I last posted and I’ve been keeping busy teaching swim lessons, babysitting, cooking, running, lightly backing my car into my neighbor’s car (ouch. and going to a few repair shops. ouch for my wallet), and packing. Tomorrow, I’m leaving for the rest of the summer! I’ll be living in an apartment with some other college students in a different city in NC and after a trip next week, I’ll doing an internship with a non-profit.
So, to catch up little bit from the past few days, here are some of the highlights:
There was a trip to the farmer’s market with my runner friend (a.k.a. airplane friend)! We went to the North Carolina Farmer’s Market, which is absolutely huge and open all day every day.
We had fun checking out all of the pretty flowers and herbs…but let’s be real– we came for the food. I ended up buying some sweet potatoes, strawberries, sugar snap peas that we turned into a stir fry,and some Brussels sprouts to roast.The farmer’s market was a bit of a drive, but it was so worth it for the delicious produce, the samples, and the fun experience. And Riley was the perfect person to go with– she’s such a foodie. She later texted me this picture of the beautiful salad she made with her farmer’s market goodies- a spinach and arugula base with shredded squash and zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, roasted beets, apples, strawberries, raisins, and cashews, tossed with a light raspberry vinagrette. Yum!
Zumba Tone + Sassool
Zumba isn’t usually my thing, but my gym at home has a class called Zumba Tone that incorporates weights and tons of jump squats and lunges, so it’s much more up my alley than regular Zumba. More squats = less dancing, and I usually end up being sore the next day. I go to the class with some friends from high school every time that we’re all home and it’s always a lot of fun. And as much as I love running, it was really nice to switch it up.
Afterwards, we went to a new-to-me Lebanese restaurant called Sassool. I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it since I wasn’t familiar with Lebanese food, but it was great.
First, they served warm pita bread fresh out of their brick oven.
Second, they had a ton of healthy options, and since it was deli-style, you could get a combination of as many dishes as you wanted. I ended up getting roasted summer veggies and some kind of spicy chicken and rice with some crazy good seasonings. Raleigh locals, definitely check it out if you get the chance!
Teaching Swim Lessons
I taught swim lessons at the YMCA for the past two years, and even though I’m not working there anymore, a family that I babysit for asked if I could teach one of their boys how to swim over these past few weeks. I’ve been babysitting him since I moved here when he was a baby and he’s the cutest five-year old now.
When I was driving him to the pool, I asked what he first thought of his family’s new puppy that I pet-sat last weekend. Here’s how the conversation went:
After thinking seriously for a good 30 seconds, he remarked with a completely straight face, “I thought she was a meatloaf.”
“What do you mean?”
“I thought she was a meatloaf!”
Best response ever. I laughed so much. I asked him a couple of questions to try to figure out what he meant, and in the end, I still had no idea what he meant.. Hope that one made you smile.
I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day and I’ll catch you later!
Questions for you:
Zumba- yes or no?
What’s your favorite type of warm, doughy carb?
Can you think of a different possible interpretation of the meatloaf response? 😉