Generally I’m not much of a gym rat, but this view makes logging some time in the weight room pretty pleasant:
Sometimes I’m still in awe of the fact that I live here. I really never imagined myself living in NYC – and when I did imagine it, I thought I would hate it. I’ve been so pleasantly surprised at how much I love it. I can’t believe it’s only been 8 months – it kind of feels like home!
One of the things I love is how scenes from stereotypical American life crop up in the city. Like this little league ballgame (which I watched between sets of weights):
A little slice of suburbia, smack in the middle of the West Village. (Sorry for the crappy picture and weird reflection – I took these using my iPod’s video camera!)
The view from the other side of the gym is equally spectacular, looking out over the Hudson River and NJ. I really love my gym! It isn’t super fancy or a “scene” or anything like that, but the space is very nice. Not a bad place to spend a Saturday afternoon!
Today’s EAT: I’m kind of a pasta addict and this morning I realized something kind of shocking – I haven’t had it all week! Time for a pasta dinner plan. After settling on a general seafood theme, I set out to pick up the goods:
From Murray’s: a hunk of Parm and some fresh linguine
From Lobster Place: mussels, rock shrimp and scallops
From Amy’s: mini baguettes (and a cupcake) 🙂
The destination for these goodies? A take on this Epicurious recipe for Fettuccine with Shrimp, Scallops and Mussels.
This turned out SO well and will certainly be made again in the future. The only mods: I left out the squash (didn’t have any), used dried herbs, and added some white wine to the garlic when it was cooking. Oh, and a tiny splash of cream at the end to give the sauce a bit more body. Delicious!
(And the cupcake? That will be consumed later tonight!)
Today’s DRINK: Food and wine pairing FAIL, take two:
I didn’t feel like having red with dinner, and this JW Morris Riesling was the only white I had chilled. Oops! It was definitely too sweet to pair well with the meal. Even on its own, I think this wine is a little on the sticky sweet side. Not a huge fan.
Today’s RUN: A mellow 6 miles along the Hudson, which felt great! I ended at the gym for some weenie runner lower-body weights – an attempt to figure out how I can lift and get a good workout without making myself too sore the next day. I definitely didn’t feel the jello legs as much as I do when I lift hard, but I think it was still a pretty good workout.
- 5 X 12 lunges with 24 lb body bar
- 5 X 1 min hold squat with 12 lb body bar
- 5 X 10 quad presses at 75 lbs
- 5 X 10 seated hamstring curl at 65 lbs
The best part – in and out in half an hour. That is a nice change from my usual hour-long weight sessions!
Today’s QUESTION: Random – NBA playoffs started today! The hubs and I lived in Cleveland for several years and are huge Cavs fans – I’m pulling so hard for LeBron and company to go all the way this year! Who are you rooting for?