Today’s Happy Note: Listening to my body. I had this whole big workout planned for the evening, but when I got home from work I realized I wanted to do something a bit simpler! At first I was nervous to ditch my plans for an hour long run followed by an hour yoga class. I just went to the class and am so glad I did. It was the perfect amount of movement! Often, I am afraid to do a shorter, less intense workout (although yoga is actually pretty hard!). But my body knows when it needs a break and I’m proud of myself for listening.
Perhaps a long run is in store for tomorrow. We shall see.
I also walked a few miles today all over the place. I went in search of dumbbells at TJMaxx but was unsuccessful. Where else should I look for low-priced sports equipment?
Announcements, announcements, announnnnnncements!
I have decided to stop tracking my calories! May not sound like a big deal but it seems significant to me. I’ve been doing it for a few months and I think I’m at a point where I have a better idea of what portions should be, what kind of food combinations keep me full, and how much I need on different days. SparkPeople was definitely useful, but I think that if I go too much further with it, it might become obsessive and I do NOT want that. I have become more intuitive with my food choices and am excited to improve even more, learning how to eat when I’m hungry and nourishing myself well. With things like raspberry sorbet, of course.
So what was that splendiferous looking dessert from yesterday?
Warmed-up brownie (that I somehow burnt in the microwave) topped with raspberry sorbet and crunchy peanut butter. That’s it. So simple, yet so splendid. I feel like this was a really eloquent dessert. Does that make any sense?
I used this kind of sorbet:
It’s called Talenti and the flavor is Roman Raspberry. Smooth, icy, sweet, deep. Yum. Okay, so I have a story now. And I like to talk so I am going to tell it to you.
I thought that I didn’t like sorbet — I mean why not just go for the Ben and Jerry’s, right? But when I was “home” (in MI) at my mother’s house, she bought this about two days before I left. She bought it especially for me and I didn’t get a chance to try it (I was out for dinners, didn’t want it for dessert, etc.). For some reason, this sorbet took on a massive emotional meaning for me. I literally got to my apartment in NY and cried over it. I wanted to be with my mother, eating it in the backyard in the evening, watching the peonies open. I still want this. But I live here, in NY, by myself right now. And I confess: I am lonely. I bought the sorbet a few days ago because it made me feel closer to “home.” I’ll probably make a picnic for myself for the holiday. And eat alone in the park. My friends aren’t here right now. Loneliness is a terrible feeling. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Being lonely and anti-social has, time and again, proved to be one of the worst things for my mental health. I seriously spent like ten minutes talking to the cashier at TJ’s this evening. I will have to find ways to be social and meet new people this summer. It’s not really an option. I need people. Making friends as an adult is hard.
I like it when egg yolks get golden yellow, and they’re somewhere between drippy and solid.
Being that today is Cookie Friday and Adventure Friday (as every Friday is, I suppose!), why not combine them? I wanted to run to a new bakery, but just was not in a running mood so I combined a trip to Milk and Cookies with my visit to Yoga Vida. It was a pleasant little end of the week adventure. Not too strenuous, but still invigorating. When are cookies and yoga not invigorating, though? 🙂
Milk and Cookies is a bakery near Union Square that is pretty well known for their cookies. I think Ada first told me about it actually. I went to their smaller branch which is actually inside of another store. The woman behind the counter was really warm and welcoming. She smiled and let me take my time and even pulled the rack of cookie sheets closer so I could get a good look at my options. So far, so good. I thought chocolate chip caramel, chocolate mint, and chocolate chip peanut butter sounded good. I settled on the latter.
The good: Nice chunks of chocolate and peanuts, not too thin or too thick, decent flavor, perfect size.
The bad: The texture was off — there was no chewy, gooey soft factor and the flavor was just okay. Too dry. Peanuts were bland.
Overall, I think I’d rather have a bigger, undoubtedly more calorie dense cookie like the one I had from Levain. This one was just okay. My home made ones are definitely better. With that said, I would love to go back to Milk and Cookies and try some of their other flavors, which may be better. Anyone else been there?
I would describe the flavor as dense, slightly chewy (but not enough), too typical, and not sweet enough or bold enough.