This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my full disclosure policy.
Good morning! I’ve been enjoying these monthly recaps about what’s been going on here. When I first started blogging, I was all about documenting my day-to-day. What I ate, what my workout was, what I was doing that evening. And then I got older. Or maybe I just got less interesting.
In any case, these posts still serve the purpose of what I initially intended this blog to be: a documentation of the big (and little!) events of my life.
But, maybe with less pictures of salad and French fries.
So, just thought I’d pop in here real quick before heading to the gym to share what’s been going on as of late.
Lately I’ve Been…
We’ve been living in rural Tennessee for over a year now. And I’ve only now discovered that a Claiborne County Democrats organization exists. Yes, it’s small. But it’s something. My friend, Kasey, received a call from a member a few weeks ago and she dragged me along (quite willingly, though) to an informal potluck event they were having. I felt so excited to be a part of the tiny bit of blue in a sea full of red.
I have been talking to a nutritionist (who also happens to be a professional chef!) about my overall diet. She’s observed my food journal for the past few weeks and has suggested that I make a few swaps (lower carb, higher fat). This goes against everything I’ve ever been taught. I’ve always been the one that has used low-fat items and avoided things like cheese and cream. And, now, I’m having to re-train my brain to cook differently and count macros instead of calories. It’s a strange feeling. But I am willing to give it a go knowing that I am being closely monitored.
Speaking of lower carb, I’m bringing back the zoodles. Last week, while I was in Knoxville, I hopped into Whole Foods and bought a few containers of the pre-chopped and spiralized veggies. I just threw my zoodles in a pan with some kale, veggies, chicken, and pasta sauce. And it was SO DARN GOOD. Whole Foods can get kind of pricey so I don’t imagine I’ll do this all the time. But it’s good for those days when I know I can’t do a whole lot of food prep over the weekend.
Margaritas! Last week, after Ankur finished his first exam of second year, we went to Babalu Tacos in Knoxville. Since it was Monday, we had to take advantage of the Margarita Monday deal. And by “we,” I mean, “I.” (But, now, that’s gotta stop because margaritas are a little too carb-happy and my macro-counting calculator does not approve).
In addition to Babalu Tacos, we’ve been trying a few other Mexican restaurants in the Knoxville area. The picture above is from Monday in Maryville. We went to Los Amigos after watching the solar eclipse. It was good. But our favorite is still Chapulines Street Tacos.
THE SOLAR ECLIPSE. Living in Tennessee (instead of California) does have its occasional perks. Like, for example, being within the path of totality for the solar eclipse. It was one of the coolest, craziest experiences and I’m so happy we made the trek out to Maryville to watch it. (Our town was pretty close to totality, but not 100%). At first, we were nervous we’d hit a lot of traffic. But the roads were mostly clear and we made it with plenty of time to spare. At around 2:32PM, the moon completely covered the sun and we were able to see the light of the corona. It was insane. I took a video on my Instagram page; you can see how quickly it got dark and how the crickets and other night creatures came to life. They were all probably so confused.
I’m reading a few at one time. (Side note: Don’t start an audiobook with your medical student, husband. Even if he is on vacation. You won’t finish it and then you will never find time to finish it together).
I guess the book that I’m enjoying the most right now is The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. If you follow me on Facebook, you may have read why I’m enjoying this book so much.
Because I’ve got an office job, I’ve become a lot more active on Twitter than I used to be. (And, by “active,” I mean I retweet people who are way cooler and wittier and smarter than I am). This one is probably my favorite re-tweet of the week.
This past weekend, I went on a baking kick and made some banana bread. As a result, our apartment smelled A-MAZING. Like fall. Now, all we need is a little pumpkin stuff poppin’ up at Walmart and some cooler temperatures and we are GOOD TO GO.
Questions of the Day:
- Did you get to see the eclipse?
- Do you prefer the summer or the fall?
- What have you been cooking lately? Reading lately? Eating lately?