Sunday mornings are becoming my new favorite time of the week. I wake up early and hit the track for a jog. It was cooler out than it had been the past few weekends and overcast - perfect running weather. I laced up and rocked my new workout gear. I felt great and ended up doing 4.5 miles at about a 10:00 mile pace. Toward the end, the back of my right leg started to feel a little tight, so I went home and stretched it out - I think I might have experienced the first real sciatic pain of the pregnancy so far but nothing a deep stretch couldn't fix.
For breakfast, I wanted to do something a little different than my usual yogurt/fruit/granola, so I tried out this recipe for a blueberry dutch baby pancake. It's basically a cross between a giant pancake and thick crepe, loaded with fresh blueberries and baked in the oven. It was fantastic.
For lunch, we hopped in the car and headed to my mom's to take her and my aunt out for their birthdays. Jasper loves going to visit and couldn't get us in the car fast enough!
I stepped foot in Olive Garden for the first time in like seven years. The salad was just as good as I remembered - yes, I know it's a bag of salad mix tossed in Good-Seasons-esque dressing, but it's just so good. The breadsticks were way more buttery and salty than I had remembered. And the food - eh, it was so-so. I got the most non-creative meal on the menu because everything else seemed to come with their calorific alfredo sauce. I got cavatappi pasta with their tomato pomodoro sauce and a side of meatballs. The pasta, I could have made at home myself, and the meatballs I'm convinced were defrosted and reheated, served without sauce - what the heck, right? Who serves meatballs without some kind of marinara to coat them? I filled up on the salad before the meal, so I didn't eat much of the pasta anyways. So basically, I think I'm good with Olive Garden for another seven years after I finish the leftovers at lunch today.
One of my favorite parts of the weekend was throwing on my painting gear, blasting music on the deck, and going to town on my new...
...outdoor bar! My stepdad built it for me as an early birthday present, and I absolutely LOVE it! Now all I need is some nice acrylic drinkware, and I'll be all set! I think I'll be making a trip to Pier 1 and Home Goods this week to scope it out. He still has to add the shingled roof, but he wanted me to paint it before he did that. I went with a flat white color, and I only ended up doing one coat - I kind of like the vintage look that one coat of paint gives. I might distress it by taking sandpaper to some of the edges, but we'll see. I can't wait to get some use out of it at my baby shower next month!