Welcome to the end of the busiest week ever. Well, not ever, and probably not even close when compared to how this upcoming week is looking like it’s going to roll out. Regardless, here are some of the amazing highlights of what went down.
I made this salad. (You’re captivated already, I know.) In the spirit of my summer berry salad obsession, and because I had all the ingredients left over, this salad had romaine, spinach, avocado, cucumber, blueberries, and sunflower seeds.
Roasted more cauliflower paired with grilled flank steak.
I’ve been making this a lot the past few months and started to feel a little bored with it, but have found that changing up the seasonings, adding it to the salad, and even adding it to scrambled eggs (with my usual zucchini and some sort of meat) is amazing. I definitely recommend it for a little crunchy add on.
On the sweat side of things I actually took two days off to let my body recoup, but in between did the bootcamp workouts that Dar coached on monday/wednesday/friday. Here’s one of my favorite workouts from the week (and a sweet pic of my new kicks) in Dar’s garage gym.
It has been awesome to to the bootcamp workouts (I usually do the 6am), but I have been craving a run here and there lately. With all the rain happening this week it was tough to time an outdoor run, and during the one single hour I had on friday to get a run in, I found myself at UHall, the old (pretty empty) basketball arena at UVa.
When I was rowing at Virginia we worked out in this building through most of the winter, and would frequently run the stadium. I don’t remember ever being excited about stadiums then, but somehow, on Friday, it was exactly what I needed.
There were a few facilities guys playing some pick up basketball on the court, but for the most part it was a complete escape from everything else going on in my world — the perfect setting for running stairs.
In other news, social events have been a little too easy to come by this week with a summer kick off neighborhood party on Sunday complete with grilling, pot luck, and a moon bounce.
Thursday was the 4th grade graduation at the elementary school next to our development, so we went to support one of our favorite 4th grader, Asha (Uday + Anita’s oldest daughter) as she said goodbye to elementary school.
Her mom (the amazing Anita behind Maliha Creations) put together this unreal dessert table for the grads and their guests. I’m not sure what we had for my 4th grade graduation, but I assure you, the dessert table didn’t look like this.
Now skip ahead to Friday night, and we’re faced with another amazing creation, a la Anita, for Asha’s 10th birthday party which completely upstaged any party I’ve ever had.
It was a spa party complete with pedicures, make your own bath bombs, and scented oils.
Dar chaperoned. Kind of.
Uday got to work grilling steak, chicken, and tofu kabobs on the grill, and they were all amazing.
Seriously, they were so good that they made today’s Whole Foods shopping list. Uday’s were actually had made, but today I was feeling a little too overwhelmed to even toy with that idea.
Once the pedicures and gift opening wrapped up (or unwrapped I guess?), the kids were contained in the living room, fully equipped with sleeping bags and 10-year old chatter, and one-by-one the bootcampers started to stroll in from varies places around town. That being said, I’ll leave you with this inspiring series of pictures.
I made the pilgrimage down to Charlotte today and have lots of fun updates for the rest of the week, including but not limited to the borderline obsessive meal construction that happened before I left so that week 1 of craziness transitioned a little easier with full fuel and clean eats.