Happy Day After Valentine’s Day! I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day — love and pink and hearts are so nice. My sister and I started the day with a 6 AM workout class, I got to visit with my mom and dad, and my boyfriend and I ended the day with a giant pizza and a bit of dessert. Pretty perfect if you ask me!
Lately I’m …
Eating: Last week, I made this slow cooker pernil from The Noshery. It was delicious — I added in a bit of homemade sofrito to the overnight marinade. Because it’s a slow cooker dish, the roast is missing some of the crispiness of an oven-baked roast, but the flavor is so good. We served it over rice and in Cuban sandwiches! This week we had these chicken shawarma bowls from Half-Baked Harvest, which are always such winners. The recipe looks more complicated than it is — you have to make it. (Side note: Half-Baked Harvest‘s author, Tieghan, is currently at the Olympics to support her brother, who has already won a gold!)
Reading: I’m waiting for my library to add Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship as an eBook, then I will be all over it. My sister recommended it to me recently because it sounds right up my alley. Also, I’m over here with a girl crush on Christine from C’est Christine and it has a lot to do with her totally reasonable and responsible approach to saving and spending.
Wearing: Just before the end of January, I got myself a new pair of running shoes. I’m a big believer in being professionally fitted for running shoes — making sure you’ve got the right support in the right places is so important! But I’d been putting off a new fitting for a while, despite the fact that my feet and knees had been really been bothering me. I’m so glad I finally got around to doing it because my new shoes are a game-changer. And my feet are soooooooo thankful! (So here’s your nudge to do something you’ve been putting off for too long.)
Trying: Speaking of running shoes, I am about halfway through Hal Higdon’s novice 5K training program. I’ve run plenty of 5Ks before, but I haven’t run regularly for a long time, so the novice has been just what I needed to get back into the habit. I’ve tried other training plans and apps, but I always come back to Hal’s.
What are you loving lately?