Easter Eater

Today’s Happy Note: There are so many!  Lying down in the park and enjoying the sun with friends was a highlight!

Yep, I said sun.  It was 72 degrees today!  This is quite nice for early April in New York City.  I like to think that the fact that this sunniness and warmth happened on my most favorite holiday means I’m a good person.  I don’t know how that’s logical, so don’t ask.  Even in the evening I didn’t need so much as a jacket.  Me likes.

I spent several hours in the afternoon with friends in Riverside Park.  It was plain old glorious.  I actually had spent most of the morning moping around because I was tired and none of my friends wanted to hide easter eggs; but I cheered up around one and went for a walk with some school books, snacks, and candy-filled eggs to give to people.  In the park I ended up running into some people from my floor and hung out with them and chatted, read, and munched.  Twas a very happy Easter afternoon, and I’m really happy that I was able to turn my day around like that!

After the park, I went to the most beautiful church in the world and marveled at how small, but also important, it made me feel.  It was a nice little spiritual moment.  I also read some psalms.

I strolled about two-ish miles in the park.  There is a really nice/rugged, but short, trail that I like.  I didn’t see any birds even though I was supposedly walking through a bird sanctuary.  Well, that’s a lie.  I did see obese pigeons and some scraggly sparrows.

Exercise: After my walk I came home and did schoolwork.  Eventually I went to the gym with my best friend Jonathon (the one who just started running outside with me!).  I got him to do intervals on the treadmill.  I wanted to do some HIIT, so here’s what mine looked like:

Minutes      Speed

1-10             6.0 mph

10-11          8.0 mph

11-12           6.0 mph

Repeat minutes 10-12 ten times (until you have reached thirty minutes).

This was perfectly tough!  This might sound weird, but sometimes I really like to count when I’m running, especially on the treadmill.  As a child, I used to count out loud during car trips, for hours at a time.  Then, when I was on 7342, for example, and someone else said something and distracted me I would get really angry.  But you already knew I was a weirdo…

I did about ten minutes of heavy arm lifting and them swam 3000 yards.  I used to be a serious swimmer in high school but don’t do it very often anymore.  It seems to loosen up my legs pretty nicely; I’d like to swim more frequently.

Eats: I took pictures of almost everything today, minus a few easter m and m’s or mini chocolates.  I had my share of sugar and chocolate and guess what?  It was so worth it.  And at the end of the day, when I tallied up my calories, I realized that I’d done a good job intuitively balancing things out with a smaller lunch and a produce-filled dinner.

Breakfast SIAB with mixed frozen berries, lite chocolate soymilk, acai protein powder, and spinach.  Topped with not-sweet-vanilla granola from galaxy granola and a few pastel peanut butter m and m’s for good measure!

Cadbury creme egg.  Tasty, but too sweet.  I would love it if they made a version with some real, dark chocolate.  Wow, I am officially not a kid anymore now that I have said cadbury creme eggs are too sweet…

Really random part 1 of lunch.

Slightly more random part 2 of lunch: small corn tortilla topped with Justin’s maple almond butter, mango butter, and a few spoonfuls of siggis blueberry yogurt (which works surprisingly well as a spread) and mini cadbury eggs.

Mini cinnamon roll.  First baked good I’ve had since before Lent!  I might have a cupcake or muffin tomorrow.

Easter Dinner!  It was quite simple, but I am really proud of it.  This is the first holiday meal I have ever done on my own.  I have helped my mom or other family members and cooked side dishes and whatnot plenty of times before, but this meal was all me!  I wouldn’t have served it to a table full of family members because it was so simple, but it was yummy and got the job done.  I would have liked to have another fun side, but didn’t want to have to cook and store four different dishes.

I made a massive side salad that probably would have served an ordinary family of four.  But they would have been veggie deprived, and I clearly wasn’t.  The salad had romaine, cucumbers, carrots, and Annie’s Goddess dressing.  Next up: plain steamed green beans.  The “main” dish: spicy turkey burgers!  With garlic hummus for dipping.  It was what I had on hand!

Easy 15 minute spicy turkey burgers

1 pound extra lean ground turkey (I used a hormone-free, free range 96/4)

1 large clove of garlic, chopped finely

1 tablespoon olive  oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon lemon pepper

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (and/or chili powder)

Combine the garlic, oil, and spices in a medium glass bowl.  Add turkey and mash it all together!  Easy peasy.  Make sure spices and oil are evenly distributed and that the mixture is soft-ish.  Shape into four patties; about 3/4 of an inch thick. Place on baking sheet.   Broil for five minutes per side.

I almost forgot to show you the contents of my Easter basket!

Obligatory toothbrush, eyeliner, more candy filled eggs (don’t worry, I gave most of the contents of the many eggs away), duck gel gem stickers, solid milk chocolate duck, ducky shower sponge, toffee dark chocolate bar.

The note says “please decorate Herbert’s window, ps you can hide [eggs] for your friends, love mom!”  How cute is she?

Herbert says he hopes you had a great Easter and a lovely weekend and a nice week too!

Goodnight friends!