Hi, friends! I’ve got a lot of pictures from my weekend adventures and my weekly workout recap coming your way today …
On Sunday morning, I took my Mom to the airport so she could fly back to Southwest Florida after an incredibly wonderful 10-day visit. I will definitely be a little sad over the next few days, because 10 days just didn’t seem like long enough, and I get very upset when we have to end our time together. It just hasn’t gotten any easier to say goodbye, even though I’ve been living “Out West” for four years now. Nonetheless, my Mom’s last few days here were quite a bit of fun.
On Friday afternoon, my beautiful cousin, Karen, and her husband came to Walnut Creek to go to lunch with my Mom and me. We chose Walnut Creek Yacht Club and had a nice spread (I had mahi mahi and veggies). After lunch, we caught up for a little while back at my place — then they went on their way, and my Mom and I popped out to get our eyebrows done and hit up Starbucks to caffeinate for the night’s line-up.
In the evening, my Mom and I went to Canvas and Cabernet in downtown Walnut Creek. Dave and I had been there one year ago, and ever since then, I’ve been wanting to go back. And let me tell you, we had such a fabulous time. And we love our pictures! I actually already hung them up. There’s nothing like sipping on wine, listening to music, chatting with your Mom and painting. Perfection!
After our paintings were complete and session was done, we walked over to Kanishka’s to have a late dinner with Dave.
On Saturday, Dave, Rudy, my Mom and I suited up and headed on a mini-road-trip about an hour away. We drove down the coast on scenic Highway 1 to Half Moon Bay, which a coastal area right on the Pacific Ocean. We went to Sam’s Chowder House for lunch and were set up at the most perfect table outside overlooking the beach. Our meals were fantastic (I had trout, and they both had the lobster roll), the weather was fantastic, and Rudy was fairly well-behaved too. My Mom was blown away by the beauty of the setting and Dave and I were reminded again why we love living in the Bay Area. It’s basically unbeatable when it comes to surroundings — no matter where you go.
Pretty nice view, right? Rudy was a little nervous near the cliff, but we held onto him tightly.
After making it back to the East Bay where we live in the late afternoon, my Mom and I went on a quick shopping trip for a few things. In the evening, the three of us went out to dinner at Il Fornaio in downtown Walnut Creek for some fine Italian fare. Dinner was excellent, and we had a seat near a fireplace. We especially loved the little dessert spread that we all three split. Bread pudding. Gelato. Chocolate cake. Yes.
Bright and early on Sunday, I took my Mom to the Oakland Airport. And boy it was rough to see her go. Luckily, I had Rudy in the car with me, and he was able to comfort me on the lonely and quiet drive back home to Walnut Creek.
Because I knew I needed to keep myself busy rather than mope around when I arrived home, I immediately got started on some chores, prepped all of my food for the week (here’s my meal plan), then decided to pop over to the gym to try out a U-Jam hip-hop dance class. The class was fun, but I was entirely out of my element (more on that below). Later, I met up with my gal Jill in downtown Walnut Creek for a chat/coffee date. Then I met Dave over at our friends’ house to watch the second half of the Warriors game. And they won. (And how cool are these delicious Warriors inspired Oreos below.) So good!
The late evening and afternoon included some chill time at home, with salmon on the grill for dinner. And that was the weekend! Come back, Mom!
My weekly fitness and workout recap
And into the fitness, let’s take a look at all of my workouts from last week …
(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)
- Monday: Took a 45-minute FlyBarre class
- Tuesday: Taught a one-hour of BODYPUMP class
- Wednesday: Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class
- Thursday: Did 30-minutes of weights
- Friday: Took a 45-minute FlyBarre class
- Saturday: Rest day
- Sunday: Took a 30-minute U-Jam Dance class
How did this past week of workouts go?
So do you notice something entirely new on my workout recap this week? Yes. A dance class. I have been wanting to try a U-Jam dance class for a long time and finally pushed myself to do it on Sunday. The class was super full, and it seemed like a lot of people knew what they were doing. I tried my best and had a lot of fun dancing, but ultimately about halfway through the class felt like I had had enough. Always good to get out there and try something new though, right? The rest of the week included a full rest day, two sessions of resistance, some cardio and two barre classes. Overall, great variety, but a little light on the weight training. I plan to fix that this week with a new addition to my workout routine.
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P.S. Thanks to Meghan for today’s “Week in Review” link-up.
Questions of the day
How was your weekend?
When was the last time you tried something new?