Today, I’m waking up back in the San Francisco Bay Area for the first time in two weeks. There are some positives to getting back into my routine and normal life, but I must say, the post-holiday-travel blues are a real thing, my friends. A real, real thing.
I’m teaching BODYPUMP this morning and two classes at Orangetheory Fitness tonight, with a big chunk of writing at home in the middle of the day. I guess it’s a good thing that I’ll be very busy, to keep my mind somewhat occupied, but it never gets easier to say goodbye to Florida and my family after such a nice visit. Oh the difficulties of moving so far from home.
A few friend visits in St. Pete and Orlando
Before flying back West, Dave and I (and my Momma) had the chance to see a few more wonderful Florida faces. On the way from Southwest Florida to our old hometown of Orlando, we dropped by my friend Yolanda’s house in St. Petersburg and met her new little daughter, Vivi. From there, we continued to the center of the state to Orlando, where we met our friends, Jess and Amanda, for a late outdoor lunch in the Winter Park neighborhood at Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen, with Rudy in tow.
Finally, before a huge and delicious dinner at Buca di Bepo with Jess and Amanda, we paid a visit to our friends, Chris and Allison, and their two daughters in their new home, and shared a few stories and laughs.
Family-style Italian dining is always a good idea. Can you see the size of that colossal brownie sundae we’re all digging into?
Over the course of just a few hours, we caught up with a bunch of our Florida favorites. Yet as usual, I felt like there were a ton more friends I wanted to see and things I wanted to do, and we couldn’t quite fit it all in. Until next time …
This week’s “What I Ate Wednesday” recap
Switching gears to food, as always, in the middle of the week every week, I like to take a moment to share a full day of all of my meals in pictures, and this one’s from Florida.
Today, I’m sharing a look at almost all of my meals from Sunday of this week. A day I spent at my parents’ house in Southwest Florida.
Breakfast at 9 a.m.
My first meal of the day included a toasted whole wheat English muffin, topped with mounds of almond butter, a banana and chia seeds. I enjoyed it alongside some hot green tea, sweetened with stevia and almond milk.
Liquid snack at 11 a.m.
An un-pictured big carton of coconut water.
Lunch at 1:30 p.m.
A helping of Publix sushi for the win! I gobbled up this brown-rice sushi roll filled with salmon and avocado and savored every single bite. Publix wasabi (the green stuff) has a good kick to it, by the way — it’s much more potent than Whole Foods wasabi.
Liquid snack at 4 p.m.
I had an embarrassing amount of these matcha green tea lattes from Starbucks over the past two weeks. But boy are they good. I will not be totaling up the dollar amount of those indulgences in my head. Not at all.
Dinner at 8 p.m.
Mom’s cooking strikes again. For our final dinner at home during the visit, I had tenderloin steak, roasted butternut squash, grilled garlic bread, steamed asparagus, grilled shrimp, feta-topped tomatoes and a glass of Chardonnay. It was beyond perfection.
Dessert at 9:30 p.m.
After a family game of Scrabble and more wine, I got into the desserts and enjoyed a little bit of everything we had leftover from Thanksgiving celebrations (as a team player, I had to help my Mom empty out the fridge). My paper plate of goodness did not photograph well, but know that it included a heaping portion of pecan pie, carrot cake cheesecake and egg nog ice cream. Yum central.
Check out more food posts
Why the food pictures? Each week, “What I Ate Wednesday” is an open invitation for bloggers to showcase their eats to their readers. If you want to see more food recaps, check out some of my posts from the past here.
Questions of the day
When was the last time you caught up with an old friend?
How’s your week going so far?
Do you have an expensive daily food or drink habit?