My living room, in all of its 100-square-foot glory, is dominated by this big fella:
The hubs and I were sorta late adopters on the whole HDTV thing, so when we finally got one a couple of years ago, we went pretty big. And I love our TV. It has actually saved us a ton of money: much of the time, we’re perfectly content to spend our time in our own private home theater rather than going out.
But lately I’ve been feeling like it’s on all of the time. Which, I guess, it is. When I am working from home I usually have it on, at least on the music channels: I need some background noise in order to be productive! Then, in the evenings, it’s pretty much just ON. Jeopardy while making dinner, DVR surfing after dinner, channel flipping while blogging and finishing up work…the TV’s ON. We do usually turn it off while we eat, but that’s about it.
Anyway. Since the hubs has been outta town, I’ve experimented with turning the TV off. Especially in the evenings. Tonight, I’m listening to my iPod instead, and it’s kind of nice! I’m sure our DVR is going nuts, racking up a bunch of stuff for us to catch up on this weekend, too. Score.
Today’s EAT: Dessert before dinner! Yay! After our track workout tonight, a group of CPTCers wandered over to Lula’s for some post workout ice-cream. Not just any ice cream – but vegan ice cream. An entire shop devoted to nothing but vegan ice cream – only in NYC!
It was amazing, though! I don’t know what was in there but it was every bit as creamy and delicious as its dairy-based counterpart. I had a strawberry cone and the real-berry flavor was out of this world.
Then, dinner. I knew I wanted a big-ass salad, but didn’t have any greens at home. I’d have to stop at the store. And since Whole Foods was just a few blocks away, I decided just to hit the salad bar there instead!
This BAS was amazing, and so different from what I usually make at home. The players: mixed greens, sesame tofu, squash, red cabbage, edamame and sunflower seeds with a lemon-tahini dressing. See, this is what makes the WF bar worthwhile: I really don’t think I could create this salad in my own kitchen! Worth every penny, and I ate every last bite!
Today’s DRINK: I’ve been thinking about cider lately. Not, like, that Woodchuck stuff, but REAL cider. The kind that’s not fizzy and meant to be served over ice.
When we were traveling around Scotland last spring, the hubs and a enjoyed a lot of this style of cider.
…and occasionally made friends with random Scottish dudes. 🙂
When I spotted this Crispin cider as I was heading to the checkout with my BAS, I knew I had to have it tonight!
Mmmm. So crisp. So refreshing. So…strong. Good thing there’s only one bottle. 😉
Today’s RUN: Tonight’s team track workout was a ladder – one of my favorite style of track intervals! When I read our coach’s weekly note describing the workout, though, I was a little intimidated. It sounded hard:
400, 600, 800, 1000, 600, 800, 400. 200 recovery (not much!) after the first four, then 400 after the 1K, and back to 200 thereafter. We were supposed to hit 5K pace for the first four and 3K pace for the last three.
Thinking about this, I knew I’d have to run true 5K pace for those first few in order to make it through this. I tend to fudge this a bit during track workouts. Yeah, those sets of 12X400 where most of them are sub-6:00 pace? Not my 5K pace. I wish.
Well, I was still a bit fast (5K pace is probably 6:45 for me), but I finished the workout strong and happy!
400M – 1:34 – 6:16 pace
600M – 2:27 – 6:32 pace
800M – 3:12 – 6:24 pace
1000M – 4:00 – 6:24 pace
800M – 3:06 – 6:12 pace
600M – 2:22 – 6:18 pace
400M – 1:28 – 5:52 pace
Right where I wanted to be. I was very happy with tonight’s effort! Total with warm up, recovery, and cool down = ~8 miles.
Today’s QUESTION: What’s your TV philosophy? Is it always on in the background at your house – or more of a rarity?