Happy Saturday, beautiful people! It is absolutely gorgeous outside today and, while I wish I didn’t have to spend it indoors at work, I did manage to spend some time outdoors this morning. More on that in a few minutes!
Friday evenings are Matty and I’s time to spend together. We love cooking together but often go out to eat instead because we only have this one night to sit down and enjoy each others’ company. Well, we did just that last night. Matty and I had quite the time discussing where we were going to go for dinner, but eventually settled on Julian’s . Besides having the best oats ever , they also have a kick-butt dinner menu. We had about a 30 minute wait ahead of us, and our host invited us to peruse the drink menu. We happily obliged!
Pinot grigio for me and beer for Matty.
I was a very happy lady.
We had the best time reminiscing and chatting away. Then again, we always have the best time together. Gag, I know.
When it came time to eat, we realized that we both had kale in our dishes! How appropriate. I chose a trio of sides: grilled tofu, steamed broccoli, and garlicky tuscan kale. Naturally, the kale stole the show. It was cooked to perfection and doused in garlic, which I love.
Matty rolled with the house made rye & chestnut gnocchi with shaved radicchio, tuscan kale, caramelized parsnips, fennel créme fraiche, and soft poached egg. He was smitten at first bite.
After dinner, we rocked out to Chris Brown and Say Anything on the ride home. Typical.
This morning, I did something I’ve never done before. I’ve been watching Zuzana Light for a little over a year now, but I’ve never tried her workouts. I’ve always felt really intimidated by them and didn’t think I’d be able to get through one. Lori and Michelle have been doing ZWOW workouts since day one, and they constantly inspire me to push myself during my workouts. Well, today, I decided to give it a go and try to complete ZWOW #11 .
Guess what? I kept up with Zuzana! I completed five rounds in just over 10 minutes. After proclaiming this as my FitFluential #PROOF of the day, my dear friend Jenny decided to do her first ZWOW too. So proud of you, Jenny! We are Tone It Up sisters for life!
SIde note: Jenny is hilarious. I literally laugh out loud at her tweets every day. She, fellow TIU girl Jenn, and I are getting dinner in the city next month and I am so excited to meet those ladies!
Singing the National Anthem
After my ZWOW workout and some chocolate protein oats, I got ready for a very special singing event at the Plainville Athletic League. I played softball for nearly 14 years at the PAL, so it is a place I call home. Many springs, summers, and weekend tournaments were spent there.
I was asked to sing the National Anthem this morning by Phil for the PAL’s opening day ceremony. Phil is an amazing guy; he has been so dedicated to the PAL since the early years, and I definitely consider him as a father figure. I grew up with him coaching me through pitching, batting, bunting, and fielding my way across the softball field. It’s really amazing to see how much the PAL has grown. There were so many kids there.
And that was only half of them! I just smiled in admiration at everything Phil and everyone at the PAL has done throughout the years. I’m so lucky to have been a part of it. Little old Plainville will be featured on NatGeo TV this fall, too! There was a dilapidated tree on the edge of the PAL’s parking lot that needed to be cut down, and, instead of cutting it down and doing away with it, a very talented man (I can’t remember his name!) made this:
How cool is that?! The Big Bat Project, as Phil calls it, had everyone in complete awe. Recycling at its finest, huh? I’ll let you know when the special will air as the fall draws near. After a few minutes of “ohhs” and “ahhs,” it was time for me to take center field (I’m so punny).
Play ball! My parents and Matty came to watch, which really meant so much to me. They’re so supportive! The PAL was pretty much my childhood playground, and it felt so great to be able to give back to them in a small way with the people I love the most by my side.
Alright, I’m off to work. I’ll see you tomorrow night with a full recap of Worcester VegFest 2012 ! It’s going to be a ballin’ day of free samples, incredible speakers, and some volunteer work!