As much as I love traveling, I always miss Mal and Murphy when I go away. Every time I leave for a trip, I get an empty pit-in-the-stomach feeling. However, once I arrive at my destination, I always feel better, but our goodbyes get me every time.
I guess missing Mal and Murph makes coming home that much sweeter, right? I mean, how adorable are these two?!
I started my day with a delicious batch of Oats in a Jar.
The peanut butter jar that I used actually wasn’t all that empty, but there’s really no such thing as too much peanut butter– at least not in my life.
In the mix: oats, sliced banana, ground flaxseed meal, soy milk, and raisins.
After breakfast, Mal and I headed to the gym for a free TRX demo. Lately, both of us have felt kind of blah about our strength training routines, so we decided to check out TRX as a potential way to switch things up.
TRX is suspension training that uses leverage and your body weight to build strength, flexibility, balance, and power.
The demo was short and sweet, but Mal and I got a good feel for the exercises and style of workout. All of the exercises require a good amount of core work because you’re constantly trying to stablize yourself while doing the exercises. It’s definitely a challenge! There’s a good chance that Mal and I are going to sign up for a 6-week session. Woot!
After the gym, Mal and I headed home, showered up, and cleaned the house. While Mal finished up a few chores, I made us lunch. We had tuna melts made with avocado, grainy mustard, Garlic Gold, and cheddar cheese, and they were de-lic-ious. Who knew avocado + garlic + mustard would taste so amazing together? I definitely won’t forget this combo.
After lunch, it was time to take the pug to the park for some exercise.
Murphy rocked his new plaid collar. He’s, oh, so stylish.
On the way out the door, the mailman arrived with a very special package from JackRabbit Sports.
My I <3 Sweat shirt from Ali‘s fundraiser! Wahoo! Just in time for my 20-miler. You bet I’m wearing it tomorrow!
As always, Murphy was psyched about a “ride in the car to the park.” Key words being: ride, car, and park.
On the ride, we made a pit stop at Marylou’s for iced coffee. I went with Almond Joy (milk, no sugar) today. It tastes so good when it hits your lips!
Mal and I took Murphy to Bare Cove Park in Hingham. We heard great things about it, so we finally visited today.
I can’t believe we waited so long– Bare Cove Park is awesome!!
Bare Cove Park is 484 acres of wildlife sanctuary and a place for public recreation. There’s miles of paved road, woodland trails, wetland, open fields, dense woods, and all sorts of animal and plant life. It’s pretty much an outdoor heaven. I still can’t believe it took Mal and I so long to visit!
Murphy had a blast running around, meeting new dog friends, and sniff, sniff, sniffing.
From the park, we drove straight to South Station, so I could catch my bus to New York City.
I had about 30 minutes to spare, so I grabbed dinner for the road.
There were only two food choices in the bus terminal: McDonald’s and D’Angelo’s. I wasn’t psyched about either option, but I knew I wouldn’t make it to NYC without getting hungry.
I ended up ordering a ham and Swiss “CafÃ© Sandwich” on multigrain bread from D’Angelo’s. It came with lettuce, tomato, and honey mustard, and it tasted surprisingly good”” actually, better than good.
The sandwich was really fresh and pretty much tasted like something I’d make at home. I definitely recommend a “Cafe Sandwich” if you find yourself at D’Angelo’s.
My dinner also included some Pretzel M & M’s (which surprisingly had only 150 calories per bag) and a carton of coconut water.
The bus is still about 2 hours from New York City, so I’m going to sit back and relax for the remainder of the trip.
Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!