• AlainaEmail
  • AlainaInsta
  • AlainaPin
  • AlainaTwit
  • AlainaFB
  • AlainaRSS

Playing Catch Up

by Alaina on February 15, 2011 · 12 comments

Hope you all enjoyed my Vegas recaps! We had a great time but are definitely glad to be home.

On Friday, we landed at about 7:30am and my mom picked us up from the airport. When we got home, we crashed until 12:30. I didn’t have to go to work until the next day so we spent Friday unpacking and doing laundry. David had to repack though because he was leaving for a 2 week Army school in Vermont. That night we didn’t feel like cooking or going out, so we ordered in a pizza. We got a large chicken, peppers and onions from Santa Anna pizzeria. Best pizza in the area.

On Saturday, David left for Vermont and I went to work for the afternoon. It wasn’t a slow day but not too busy either. It went by pretty quickly actually. Afterwards, I headed to my parents house for the night. (I left my camera at home) We went to dinner at Frescos, which is a local Italian restaurant in Mendon. My parents go there all the time. So much so that there’s a server who knows so much about me, even though I’ve never met her. My mom is such a chatty Cathy. 😛 But I love her. For a drink, I had a glass of Merlot and for dinner, penne pasta with chicken and broccoli. It was good, but it was a huge portion. I ended up taking half of it home.

The next day was spent all day with mom and dad. Nothing exciting; my mom and I ran errands and my dad worked on renovating fixing their master bathroom. Meals for the day:

Breakfast: oatmeal with banana, brown sugar, craisins and peanut butter
Lunch: TJ’s Mandarin orange chicken, couscous and broccoli spears
Dinner: Leftover dinner from Frescos

On Monday (Valentine’s Day!) I did a 10 minute OnDemand workout in the morning. It consisted of lunges, push-ups, ab workouts and squats. Got my heart pumping and my butt hurting. It felt great! For lunch, I met up with my grandmother. We ended up going to Not Your Average Joe’s. The service started off shaky; we didn’t have plates for our bread or silverware, it took about 20 minutes before we got our drinks and after about 10 minutes of waiting our server seemed to disappear. We ended up having to give our order to another server. After that fiasco, the service was quicker. Our meals came at a good time and they were delicious. And I do love the bread at NYAJ. For a drink I had a Wachusett blueberry ale and my lunch was a Waldorf salad which consisted of romaine, shredded chicken, cranberries, grapes, granny smith apples and pecans, topped with parmesan cheese.

My salad was great and it was just a wonderful afternoon spent with my Grammy. :-)

Then it was off to the grocery store! Since I was in the area, I stopped at Trader Joe’s to stock up for the next two weeks. Love’s me some Joe’s.

In the cart for today:

  • Apples, bananas & oranges
  • Apple & Fig cereal bars
  • Almond milk
  • Yogurt
  • Butternut Squash chunks
  • String cheese
  • Balsamic vinaigrette
  • Strawberry jam
  • Black & kidney beans
  • Tofu
  • Ground turkey
  • Vegetable burritos
  • Frozen pizza (TJ’s is the only place that I will buy frozen prepared foods from)
  • Mandarin orange chicken
  • Frozen asparagus spears & blueberries
  • Morning Star “sausage” links
  • Lettuce & cucumber
  • Roasted garlic hummus
  • Beets
  • Low sodium vegetable broth

Man oh man, looking forward to some good eating this next week! Any ideas what I can do with my tofu??

Today, I read an article about what’s best to buy at Trader Joe’s and what can be passed over. I am guilty of buying products that they deem worthy to buy and worthy to skip. Good buys: cheese and frozen items. Can skip: produce and meat. Will you go to several stores to make sure you’re getting the best quality and deal?

When it came to dinner though, I didn’t even touch what I had just bought. We had boxes and boxes of whole grain pasta and I had an arrabbiata sauce from one of my Christmas baskets so I decided to whip up a quick pasta dish.

I mixed the sauce with garlic powder, oregano and frozen broccoli. Is arrabbiata sauce supposed to be spicy? This had quite a kick to it. I had it with a side of When Pigs Fly bread topped with Earth Balance and garlic powder.

Now we’re onto this morning! I didn’t have the most productive day. I packed a few things, fiddled around on the computer and signed a package for my neighbor. Woo! Haha. My breakfast was an old standby: oats with honey, banana, granola, raisins and peanut butter. By the way, I am loving my Bob’s Red Mill granola! So glad I got 4 packages. 😉

For lunch I had a vegetable burrito from TJ’s with a side of FSTG yellow chips and a salad with cuke’s, carrots and balsamic vinaigrette.

Yep, in that glass is Diet Coke. Sometimes I can’t resist.

For dinner, I met up with my good friend Jess whom I haven’t seen in months! We’re running the St. Pat’s 5k together in March and we’ve ran a few races together last year too. We went to Papa Razzi in Burlington. I’ll write that as a separate post; I think this one is long enough. 😛

Hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day!! And have a great week!

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kayla (Little Miss Healthify) February 15, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Those oats look so yummy, I’ve never tried BRM granola!


2 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

I love TJs — I wish I had one closer to me though. I only get a chance to go there maybe once per month at the most (tonight is actually my planned trip!)

Too bad about the restaurant — I try to be understanding, but I do not like being ignored or forgotten about! That salad looks delish!


3 Alaina February 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Yeah, the closest one to us is about 20 minutes. Not too far, but considering Stop n Shop is right across the street, I don’t go often. But my grandmother lives on the way so it was easy to stop there. :-)


4 Runeatrepeat February 16, 2011 at 10:07 am

Looks like a great TJ’s haul!


5 Rach February 16, 2011 at 10:25 am

Haha! I love that the waiter knows so much about you even though you had never been there before. Gotta love proud parents. :)

I gotta say I’m definitely guilty about doing all my grocery shopping at one store instead of going to different stores to save $$. It’s just so convenient! I need to be better about it, though.


6 Alaina February 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Yeah, I’ve met so many people who know me before I’ve met them. The perks of being an only child I guess! haha


7 MelissaNibbles February 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

Welcome home! I’ve never been to NYAJ’s but have always wanted to. Their online menu looks great.

I go to different stores every week. Gotta do what ya gotta do!


8 Alaina February 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Yeah, NYAJ has a great menu. And fantastic bread! I pretty much go there for the bread. :-)


9 Michelle February 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm
10 Alaina February 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Thanks Michelle! I look forward to making that!


11 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm
12 Alaina February 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Haha, I was waiting for your reply! 😛 I’ll have to divide the tofu and try both recipes.


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: