Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Weekend Recap

I'd been looking forward to this weekend for several weeks because I had a fun class scheduled on Sunday.

But first, let's backup just a little bit. After work on Friday, I met my girlfriend S for some serious heart-to-heart at our favorite place, Applebee's. We do the Kevin Hart Applebees! Applebees! impression every time.
I got home Friday after midnight, way too late and after eating a ton of bad food that was delicious. UGH.
I was also still recuperating from a late night out earlier in the week when we celebrated SZ's b-day. 
I feel like this week I made way too many bad food choices and definitely did not get enough sleep. But, at the end of the day, it's never a bad decision to be there for your homegirls. 
The last thing I wanted to do was get up early on Saturday to run. Thankfully, run buddy Val was merciful and pushed our meeting time back to 7:00am. He's seriously going to dump me for a better run friend any weekend now. 
I ended up with 7 miles just like that! After mile 2, I kept on keeping on and lost myself in my podcasts until I looked at my phone and knew I could hit 7. It wasn't the great run that I am over due for, but my calves weren't tight at all, the sciatica didn't flare up,  I had only minor GI issues for the  the last mile. It's more than I can ask for, really. 

I earned my french toast for breakfast today!
 After breakfast, a long nap was at the top of my to do list. Then, house chores while watching some marathon TV. Val's been peer pressuring me to start watching Narcos so I gave in. AND, I totally loved it. I love that it's in Spanglish--like me. As a bonus I learned a ton of new Colombia-style Spanish curse words. After that, I watched Portlandia because Netflix said it was a 5-star match and I'd never seen it before. It is HILARIOUS!! I can't believe I've been missing out on Portlandia all this time!!
Dinner was one of my salad masterpieces, with basil and cilantro and an entire avocado. Trying to undo all the fried food I've consumed this week. #toolittletoolate
Sunday finally came and I was super excited about a cheese making class I'd signed up for at the Institute of Domestic Technology. The Puff usually hates ignores my odd obsession of learning to live like we are in the 19th century. But when I had to get ready to leave for the class she insisted on tagging along.  
 I don't usually do this kind of stuff on Sundays because of church obligations, but this class I couldn't resist. We got there and it was like Seattle Hipsters Meets Little House on the Prairie and I was in heaven.
I won't go into the details but it sufficeth to say there are a lot of steps involved in making cheese. ONE thing I was surprised to learn--Shocked, really--was that rennet (which is essential in making cheese) comes from the stomachs of newborn calves. They have to be slaughtered for it. Whaaaaaat??? OMG. How did I not know this?
Rennet pills
I'm not a vegetarian but I like to feel that I know what's in my food and where it comes from, etc. And I respect the food that I purchase as much as possible if that makes sense. I really do think about the work that's involved, from the growers to the farm workers to how it arrives to my table when I'm eating a salad. I won't stop eating cheese,  but I am now conscious about the sacrifice that has been made for me so that I can enjoy it. #themoreyouknow
David the cheeseman
After the class we went over to Grand Central Market (GCM) in downtown LA to have lunch. 
Pizza for the Puff, of course. I went to the Chinese counter and ordered a bowl of  wonton soup. I wound up having to eat the soup with my fingers because I (again) forgot to bring my reusable utensils and I refused to use their disposable plastic spoons.
 I have these pouches of reusable utensils that I usually keep in my car for such occasions. I just need to remember to carry them. At least I did remember to bring a jar and took my leftover soup home in it instead of a Sytrofoam container. Yay.
 The leftovers from Applebee's the other night were brought home in a disposable box. I'm going to reuse the heck out of this container though before it goes into the recycle bin.

Time to finish prepping for the week! 

Do you have a favorite TV or Netflix show you're currently obsessed with? How was YOUR weekend? 


  1. Hooray for a better run!

    We just finished binge watching Making a Murderer on Netflix - it's crazy!

    1. Making a Murderer was crazy! Netflix, though, is awesome.

  2. I made a point to save your post until after I ate lunch, and I was glad I did. The food looks delicious! And I'm still craving that delicious looking salad there!

    Good job on your 7 miles!!

    I'm going to copy your idea of brining utensils to eat at the market! Very environmentally conscious! thanks for the idea!

    1. Hooray!! My utensils are bamboo and I love them. My sister carries sporks which are more manageable, but made from plastic.

  3. That Domestic Institute looks awesome! I want to go with you and learn something!

  4. That Domestic Institute looks awesome! I want to go with you and learn something!