You know…that first day when winter seems to let up just a little bit and it almost feels like spring!
When restaurants put their patio tables out on the sidewalk and it actually seems like a reasonable idea.
When everyone and their mother is outside in tee-shirts, ignoring their goosebumps and enjoying the sun and remarking on how wonderful it feels out even though it’s still only 50 degrees.
When those giant piles of snow – a strange juxtaposition to the sun-drenched blue sky – accelerate their melting, shrinking slowly into streams of runoff.
I could go on and on. This is one of my favorite days of the year! I recall a few years ago on THAT DAY of the year, after a particularly harsh Cleveland winter, I actually bought myself an ice cream bar and sat outside, coatless, shivering in the sun while I ate it.
THAT DAY is always a bit of a tease, though. Spring isn’t here yet. Plenty of rain and sleet and probably even snow stand between today’s sunny respite and the permanent arrival of nice weather.
I’ll take whatever sunshine I can get though! And on a Saturday, too! It’s been a wonderful day so far.
Today’s EAT: After a leisurely wakeup, I pulled out one of my favorite kitchen toys that I hadn’t played with in forever:
My waffle iron! I just *happened* to have picked up some all-purpose whole-grain baking mix from TJ’s last week. And some maple syrup. Nope, I haven’t been craving waffles and waiting for the weekend! Not at all!
The hubs and I enjoyed a tasty breakfast of waffles with strawberries (frozen) and candied pecans and a fried egg:
After breakfast settled (and after I went for a quick run), we set out to enjoy the afternoon sunshine with a walk around the Lower East Side and a stop at Prosperity Dumpling in Chinatown. Hello, cheap lunch! And absolutely delicious!! At five dumplings for a dollar, Prosperity is even cheaper than Vanessa’s up the street. We each had an order of dumplings and a sesame pancake with beef. Bemoaning our tiny freezer, we left with only one bag of 50 frozen dumplings ($8) to take home.
Pretty sure dinner tonight is going to be leftovers, or frozen pizza, or something…maybe even dumplings again!
Today’s DRINK: As the hubs and I strolled around after our dumpling lunch, I reeeeeeeally wanted to stop and have a beer somewhere. Blinded by the sunshine, perhaps, and the magic that can only happen on THAT DAY of the year when spring seems so imminent, I had visions of sitting on a patio somewhere, sipping a cold one and soaking up some rays.
But alas…it is still March. By 4:30 PM, the sun was sinking awfully low in the sky. No patio beers for me. Sigh.
I settled instead for picking up some Bud Light Wheat on the way home and enjoying a cold one by the heat of the radiator.
Yes, I did put it in a frosted mug with a lemon to make it look classier for this picture.
Today’s RUN: Can I just say how excited I was to run in shorts and a T-shirt today! SO excited!
I set out with the idea that I’d do a little mini-tempo run on my usual 5-mile route and tried for 7:30 pace. I finished in 37:40, which is like 7:32, so pretty damn close! Good enough for me – especially with a belly full of waffle.