I can’t get over the weather lately. It’s been absolutely beautiful!! I don’t think I can remember a November like this ever. Usually, it’s gray, cloudy, and freezing cold.
I usually let him go off-leash and do his own thing at the park. He listens pretty well, but I bring some treats for those times when his “selective hearing” kicks in.
Murphy made friends with an 18-month-old lab and played an intense game of chase with her for a solid 15 minutes straight. The two of them ran around like freaks and took turns chasing each other”” I even saw some elephant butt!
Eventually, both of the dogs tired out and stopped playing. It was a serious cardio session!
We said goodbye to the lab and her owners, and then Murphy went to cool off.
I swear, he’s the only pug that likes water.
Murphy and I spent a little over an hour at the park before heading home.
At home, I broke out my NASM materials and got to work. I made myself a chocolate-banana smoothie (frozen banana + chocolate soy milk + vanilla protein powder) to sip on while I studied.
Murphy (and his pimple) kept me company while I studied.
A couple of hours later, Murphy and I picked up Mal at the train station and headed home for dinner. Mal was starving after a full day of travel, so I whipped up a quick meal while he got settled and unpacked.
On the menu: tomato, basil, and mozzarella paninis with roasted broccoli and wine.
Before I roasted the broccoli, I jazzed-up it up by coating it with a homemade marinade:
- 3 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp salt
I’m not sure exactly how much broccoli I used, but I’d guess close to two pounds. I had two huge heads of broccoli. After I covered the broccoli in the marinade, I roasted it in the oven for 20-25 minutes on 400*F. Mal loved it!
After dinner, Mal and I caught up with our DVR and took care of Murphy’s pimple. We’ve been applying steroid cream and hot compresses since Thursday. It’s finally starting to look better.
Be Grateful Challenge
I’m grateful for nearby open spaces. It’s really nice to have a place to enjoy nature, get some exercise, and bring Murphy to run around.
Health Blogs for Men
The other day, I received an email from a reader looking for recommendations for health blogs written by men. Her husband wants to find a blog that covers fitness, lifestyle, and general wellbeing topics. I only follow a few blogs written by guys, so I thought you guys might have some suggestions too.
Here are the ones currently in my Google Reader:
Question of the Day
Do you read health blogs written by men? What are your favorites?