Day 25 – World Series 2017

Yesterday evening I watched a lot of TV because it was too hot to do anything that required me to peel myself off the couch. Notably, I watched the second half of Game 1 of the World Series (I managed to nap through the first half) between the LA Dodgers and the Houston Astros. Luckily for my fair city, the Dodgers pulled off a win in this hellish heat wave. I actually went to a Dodger game with some co-workers back on September 25th. Ironically it was much cooler there a month ago than it is now (although today’s high was blessedly 10 deg cooler than yesterday). I’m definitely a baseball fan, but the reason my co-workers and I made the long trek up to Elysian Park, which took us about an hour and a half in rush hour traffic, was for Hello Kitty night. Not only did we get a cute Hello Kitty tote bag, but we also had seats in the all-you-can-eat section which offered unlimited hot dogs, drinks, and other ballpark snacks. My stomach didn’t thank me for eating all of that stuff, but watching the game was still a good time. And we saw a beautiful sunset too, as you can see in the above photo. So while I can’t say that I’m a huge Dodgers fan (or Angels either, while we’re at it), I’m rooting for them to win the World Series this year. If nothing else it will make for some entertaining television over the next week.

Regarding my breakfast today, I overslept this morning and didn’t have time to make anything before I left for work. I did manage to grab a banana on my way out the door (which I’m calling snack #1 of the day), but it wasn’t enough. So when our catered breakfast showed up at 6:30 AM my growling stomach caused me to be weak and take a breakfast sandwich. I intended to eat only the eggs, sausage, and cheese portion of the sandwich, but then I started on the buttery biscuit. It was mostly stress eating considering I had a backlog of work to do as soon as I arrived at 5 AM and no one to help me with it, but that’s no excuse for eating crappy food. Fortunately I got halfway through the biscuit, realized it wasn’t worth the calories, and threw out the rest. The good news is that the breakfast sandwich kept me full enough to avoid another snack before lunchtime. So maybe a small win? That’s how I’m thinking about it.

Today’s meals:
Snack #1 – Banana
Breakfast – Breakfast sandwich (1/2 biscuit, eggs, sausage, cheese)
Lunch – Turkey taco meat, roasted broccoli and carrots, and roasted diced sweet potato
Snack #2 – Banana with almond butter (my bananas are ripening so quickly in the heat)
Dinner – Salad with shredded chicken (I forgot the garlic when I made this batch), red onion, yellow bell pepper, nuts, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Day 24, briefly

It’s hot, y’all. Halloween is one week away and it feels like July. I ran a couple of errands after work and as I was driving home my car told me it was 106 deg outside. Holy crap. And let’s remember that I DON’T HAVE AIR CONDITIONING AT HOME! I am so over summer. It’s almost Halloween and it feels like an oven in Los Angeles. So wrong on so many levels. I went to boot camp yesterday and it was 86 deg inside the gym. Luckily it was a strength day rather than a cardio day so it wasn’t too terrible. Today’s classes were cancelled due to the heat, however, and going for a run was definitely out of the question. I’d have keeled over after a quarter mile. I wanted to take a walk around the neighborhood tonight, but it’s still so hot outside! I’m currently holed up inside my house with all of the windows closed, eating a salad (a cold dinner was really the only sane choice), and trying to not to move too much or I’ll start sweating. I’m also watching Game 1 of the World Series which broke a record for the hottest post season game ever with a temperature of 103 deg at Dodger Stadium for the first pitch. It’s supposed to be cooler tomorrow, but the definition of “cooler” is a high in the mid-90’s rather than triple digits. Sheesh. This is making me hate October!

Today’s meals:
Breakfast – Acorn squash casserole (with sausage and onion), cantaloupe (the only part of the catered breakfast I ate)
Snack #1 – Apple
Lunch – Carnitas, roasted broccoli and carrots, and roasted diced sweet potato
Snack #2 – Banana with almond butter
Dinner – Salad with shredded garlic chicken, red onion, red bell pepper, nuts, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Rain in Los Angeles

I went to work at 5 AM this morning to support an ongoing event. Due to a few issues that cropped up I was able to leave around 10 AM and have the rest of the day to myself. The weather forecast showed a storm approaching in the afternoon so I wanted to get a few things done before it started to rain. Also, I definitely needed to get my 5 mile run done if I wanted to avoid getting soaked. So after taking a couple of packages to the Post Office I went to the grocery store to pick up all of the necessary ingredients for tomorrow’s annual holiday potluck at work. I’d waited until the last minute to buy the milk, cream, etc. for the Crockpot hot chocolate I’m making for breakfast in the morning. Over the last few years it’s become one of my co-worker’s favorite things so I know they’ll drink it all very quickly tomorrow. For the lunch buffet I’m just making some cranberry barbeque meatballs, a recipe I haven’t made in over 8 years, because I already had all of the components and they don’t require much effort. My favorite kind of cooking!

When I went to the grocery store it was much busier than usual, especially for noon on a weekday. I’m not sure if the impending storm spurred people to run their errands early, like I did, but I had a decent wait in the checkout line. And then when I finally got to the cashier she told me that she had already asked to leave work early to avoid the rain. It’s just rain! It’s not as if snow is piling up everywhere, like it is in so many other parts of the country. Get a grip, Los Angeleans! We are definitely spoiled with the nearly perfect weather here in Southern California. That being said, I was determined to complete my required 5 mile run before the first of the raindrops fell. And I was mostly successful. It started drizzling on me during my last mile, but it wasn’t enough rain to cause any real problems. Thankfully I was back in my warm house before the precipitation became significant. Now I can only hope that it’s not raining too hard when I need to drag all of my potluck items in to work tomorrow morning. It’s my favorite day of the year and a little rain isn’t going to dampen my spirits!

Hoodie weather

Fall finally arrived in Southern California last Monday. November 2nd. (I guess this has been consistent over the last few years, but it’s way too late for my taste. Halloween should never be 90 deg like it was this year.) Towards the end of October the nights had been getting cooler, but the highs were still in the upper 80s. It was not pleasant. But shortly after November started the highs were in the lower 70s and it was glorious! I had forgotten what it was like to not have to change into shorts and a tank top immediately after getting home to avoid sweating in my work clothes. I even took a hoodie with me to Disneyland last night, and I’m so glad I did! It was actually chilly, especially after the sun went down. I met some friends for dinner in the park. Two of them are local, but the others are here from Oregon on vacation. (I first met the three ladies with me in the above photo on Craigslist many years ago. They are the best. How did I get so lucky to find such amazing friends online?) I couldn’t miss work since I just got back from Orlando on Monday night, but I left early and drove to Disneyland around 3 PM. We had so much fun. Dancing like idiots in the Tiki Room, scarfing down three baskets of fries at dinner, trying on stupid hats in the shops, and singing along with all the songs during the fireworks. I need more evenings like that. After such a scorching summer it felt incredible to be outside in long pants and a jacket and be comfortable. Actually, I was a little cold! It was 59 deg when I got back to my car to drive home. Hoodie weather is back! And I’m going to enjoy it as long as it lasts.