Happy 2017!!! That’s such a weird year number, but I can’t wait to see what it brings.
Saturday started with a fun stair workout to mix things up:
10-8-6-4-2 sets of stairs with two 5# dumbbells. This circuit in between each set:
- 20 tricep dips
- 10 reverse fly burpees
- 15 single leg bridge leg lifts each side
- 10 plyo pushup in and outs
I like this one a lot! After stretching and showering, I helped Madre prepare lunch for some family friends who I hadn’t seen since I was in diapers (so basically meeting them for the first time!). I made the salmon by baking it with a marinade of garlic salt, pepper, mustard, honey, and dried dill. It was one of the best salmons I’ve ever cooked!
Madre did most of the cooking though. She made sautéed vegetables, brown rice, Chinese sausage, pork ribs, and pasta with meat sauce (“for the kids”). As always, everything was fantastic! Madre is amazing.
We ended the meal with her fried bananas, clementines, and some mint chip ice cream that was sitting in our freezer. We defy all common food combinations.
Once our house guests departed, we headed to vigil Mass. After that, I felt a wall of exhaustion hit me — the kind where I don’t want anyone to talk to me, because it takes too much energy to respond (or at least respond without sounding really grumpy). So I napped!
Soon after I woke up, we left for our 8pm dinner reservation at Seasons 52, a restaurant I had visited once before and wanted to return to while we were in Florida. They serve up a lot of delicious seasonal dishes that are sophisticated but not intimidating, healthy enough but not obnoxiously healthy.
We all shared a braised short rib flatbread and blistered shishito peppers to start, which were both super tasty.
For me entree I ordered the caramelized sea scallops with leek and butternut squash risotto, broccolini, and lemon butter. I LOVE scallops and these were great!
We like to share bites of all our dishes, so I had a bite of Madre’s roasted pork tenderloin with mashed sweet potatoes, Ben’s seafood paella, and Pop’s lamb shank. All got a big thumbs up!
Our last dessert of 2016 was a trio of the famous Seasons 52 “delights” — classic desserts in mini glasses. I got the pecan pie, Madre got the chocolate peanut butter torte (this was my favorite!), and Ben got the raspberry cannoli.
With full and happy bellies, I drove us home for the New Year’s countdown. There were fireworks going off from every direction (I think Disney was setting off a show every hour), so we didn’t even have to go anywhere to experience the celebration. Good thing, because my whole family was in bed before midnight, haha.
I spent the first hours of 2017 FaceTiming Rachel! It was cozy and fun 🙂
On the first day of 2017, I spent the whole day chillin’ at home. I…
- Slept in. I feel like my sleep deficit is finally catching up with me.
- Moved and grooved. I stretched (oh so sore from Saturday’s workout), tried to learn a dance on Youtube (lol), had a dance party by myself, and did Colby’s first workout of her 10 day holiday workout challenge!
- Blogged (2016 recap here!)
- Caught up with a couple friends
- Listened to a great podcast
- Caught up on other people’s blogs
- Made breakfast for dinner
open faced egg, Canadian bacon, and cheese sandwich + sautéed spinach
more bread for dessert — toast with butter, honey, and cinnamon (tastes like a cinnamon roll!)
I’m off to San Antonio tomorrow for SEEK, a Catholic college students’ conference, and I’m pumped!!
I also just want to say thank you for being you. For your support this past year, your kind words, your prayers, and your existence. Much love to you ♥︎
So tell me:
How did you spend NYE and the first day of the year?