Fridayyy, the day we wait for all week long.
It was finally upon us, and Jarid & I had set a little lunch date, since it had been awhile since we’d done so. We like to keep things exciting, so a little rendezvous in my new office was just what the doctor ordered (the good)
Seeing him in the middle of the day makes my whole afternoon seem to be more pleasant. I warmed up a VitaPizza, enjoyed the company, and later snacked on some green beans.
Soon it was time for us to go our separate ways. It sure is nice being so close to one another while we’re at work, though!
The roads were awful coming home from work that night (the bad). I even stubbornly forced Jarid to ride home with me because his car is a hazzard in snow, whereas mine has all-wheel-drive.
That night, Jarid was diagnosed with the same fate that I was bound to over Christmas. We’re pretty sure it’s either a nasty, nasty cold, or the flu. You know… the good stuff… headache, muscle ache, cough, sore throat, etc. (the ugly)
Regardless, he was a champ and helped me work on our most recent project… A DIY TV stand made from his old dresser.
We’ve gone from this…
We didn’t actually finish it until Saturday morning, because we had to wait until the paint dried and then Jarid ran out to get a sealant for on top.
He called me on his way home to ask if I cared that he stop to get McDonald’s breakfast… I was SO glad that his appetite was back! He wasn’t very hungry the night before, so of course I was excited to hear that he was now.
That sweet guy of mine surprised me with a brown rice salmon roll from Wegman’s and a Kevita mango coconut drink with a side of seaweed salad for lunch. I was starving for it after my workout (which included snow shoveling our driveway and the neighbors!)
(That’s an old photo, but my lunch was a spitting image. Complete with squirts of wasabi, soy sauce, and pickled ginger)
He rocks my world.
A little while later, I made an epic snack.
I sliced up some parsnips in “french fry” fashion, sprayed them with some non-stick cooking spray, aka PAM, and sprinkled them with salt & pepper. In the oven they went for about 25 minutes at 400º. They came out soft and squishy on the inside and crispy and crunchy on the outside… There are also some brussel sprouts under there because they were on their last leg. All drizzled with some reduced-sugar ketchup mixed with apple cider vinegar.
The rest of the evening, we watched old episodes of The Mentalist, which I’m officially addicted to. I haven’t loved a TV show this much since One Tree Hill, which I routinely watched every single week, not missing it for anything.
We planned to possibly catch one of my little sisters’ basketball games Saturday night, but much to our dismay, we realized around 5:45PM that the temperature in our house was dropping quickly (more ugly). Since this had happened before and the heating company walked Jarid through a “recycle” to kick-start the furnace, we tried the same method again… this time, to no avail. Luckily, within a half hour after calling my Daddy, he was at our house ready to get down to business.
He’s a professional engineer, so I had all the confidence in the world that he could help us. After what seemed like hours, my poor Dad, who was missing my sisters’ game, which I felt horrible about, said that our circulator wasn’t functioning properly. Apparently, the boiler was hot, and so were our pipes, but the circulator was unable to spread the heat to the rest of our home.
I wished there was something more we could do to help, but we basically ended up standing there watching and waiting in case there was something we could get him or something we could hold for him. Haha. After a quick trip to Home Depot for a new circulator, Daddy saved the day! Our heat was back on by 10PM and we couldn’t have been more thankful. It was unconventional, but I don’t regret it at all that we were able to spend some time with him that night (more good).
Oh yeah, and sometime during the craziness, I threw together a bowl of noodles… SKINNY Noodles, that is 😉
I used the Spinach Fetticcini for dinner with this Giada De Laurentiis pepper & eggplant sauce I found at Target.
It was a bit pricey @ $2.99 for this little jar, but it was the perfect match for my noodles!
Sauces like these are a lazy, nutrition conscious girl’s best friend. Add a little salt and you’re golden.
After draining the noodles from the package, I pressed them dry with a tea towel, plopped them in a bowl and nuked them in the microwave for about 1 minute. Then, I added the sauce and microwaved for another 30 seconds. Quick, delicious, and nutritious. More on the noodles later!
What were the highs and lows of your weekend?