Last night, the California Duffys made a double date of the Phillies-Dodgers game at LA’s Dodger Stadium. My sister-in-law, Casey, equipped with her Blackberry, agreed to be guest photographer for today’s blog. (Thanks, Casey!) Mike and his brother, Tim, got to go meet the Phillies players before the game, and they were just a tiny bit excited.
How was your weekend? Here’s what I did.
On Friday I got to meet little Harlow Parker Baldinger.
Harlow made her debut last Thursday, August 26, weighing in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces. She was 19 inches long, and I’m just so happy for her mama and daddy, Devon & Jeff. Harlow, I might add, looks JUST like her mama. Beautiful.
On Saturday morning Hubba Bubba and I went out to run that 5K I told you about, benefitting the Bonnie J. Adarrio Lung Cancer Foundation. I had hoped to run most of it, and I expected to have to walk part of it. To my pleasant surprise, Baby Girl and I sailed through the whole thing, running like we were some kind of powered-by-two superwoman. “This isn’t bad at all!” I thought to myself with the finish line looming ahead. As I crossed over it, I heard my time called out. “Nineteen minutes!” Nineteen minutes?!
Now, I knew there was just no way on this earth that I had run 3.1 miles in 19 minutes. It turned out that the course hadn’t been mapped out correctly, and the “5K” had been a mere 2.1 miles.
This not-so-minor snafu in course planning reminded me that we were out there to raise awareness for a good cause, and that that goal, at least, had been accomplished. My workout, however, had not been. So Hubba Bubba and I went back together and ran the course a second time in order to earn our brunch.
I called Sister afterwards, giggling, to tell her that my “5K” time had been 19 minutes. That event was supposed to have been the pinnacle of my pregnancy fitness, I explained to her, and so I was feeling a little anti-climactic. Besides, I’d talked about it on the blog. Now what would I tell the readers?
Sister’s advice: “So go out and run a 5K and time yourself.” Hmm. I’ll have to get back to y’all on that one.
On Sunday I went shopping and found some bargains on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica (not a usual spot for bargain shopping, so I was pretty excited). I also overheard a really loud guy with a seriously strong New York accent talking to his kids in one of the stores I popped into. “Man this guy is… northern,” I thought to myself, shortly before realizing it was Adam Sandler! Living in LA can be kind of fun.
Afterwards I came home and made chocolate chip cookies. Just the regular old Nestle Tollhouse recipe you find on the chocolate chip bag. But they were good.
Like I said, the recipe is on the bag, but I’ve listed the ingredients below so you can make your grocery list. These are particularly rewarding after you have completed a 5K, or a “5K.” 😉
NESTLE TOLLHOUSE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
2 1/4 C all-purpose flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 C granulated sugar
3/4 C packed brown sugar
1 t vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 11.5-oz package chocolate chips (I used semisweet chunks.)
1 C chopped nuts (I skipped this, but it’s up to you.)
Prepare and bake according to package directions.
Have a great week!
I don’t know if you’ve gathered this yet from reading the blog, but I don’t necessarily have the healthiest eating habits.
Imagine the scene: you come home to find a brand new Elle Decor waiting for you in your mailbox. (Joy.) And when you open it, everything in it is tailored for you. No, not as in, you really like everything you see. I mean, it’s all been written just for YOU, [insert your name here]!
That’s kind of what happened to me yesterday afternoon. In response to my “help-me-with-my-master-bedroom-before-I-jump-off-a-cliff” post, which — by the way — got a lot of wonderful and very helpful responses from my kind readers which I very much appreciate, my dear friend Sally B. sent me an email with THESE attached: