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Gotta love fabulous weekends. Especially those where nothing of major importance happens but you’re just feeling really relaxed and generally satisfied with the world.

Yesterday, I scored big time at Running Room! I normally don’t shop there because they’re so expensive but I was looking for a Camelbak and it seemed to be the only place I could find one in the city. I popped into one downtown and low and behold, it was only sale for $30! Then the girl working there (I was the only one in the store, by the way) directed me towards the sales rack. I came out of there with a Camelbak for $30, pair of Running Room shorts for $9.99, a pair of Brooks shorts for $4.99(!), a hat for $9.99 and a shirt for $9.99! Those with a Luna bar and Hammer Gels only set me back $74 taxes included! Couldn’t believe it!

Needlesstosay I was really looking forward to my 10k this morning!

Pre-run I had my very favourite pre-run meal: a banana smothered in nut butter, this time it was almond butter. Alan made me painfully aware of what this looks like but I’m posting it anyway!

Then I was off for my 10k! I decided to head down to the Lower Don because the Toronto Womens Half Marathon (& 5K) was dominating my usual long run haunt. I had a fabulous run in my new gear and LOVE my Camelbak! I barely noticed I had it on and finally had a place to bring my phone. I get paranoid without it just in case I’m in an emergency situation. All of my new running clothes worked really well. It was hot so I took it really slow and finished in 1:14:30.

Afterwards I showered and quickly downed a piece of bread with peanut butter and jam before heading out for driving lesson number 2! Today I had my initiation into driving and banked a curb in reverse but it was a low curb and it was all good (other than a driver heading towards his car laughing at me…heh…). Alan and I are turning into pretty confident drivers though and I look forward to these lessons! Next week we’ll be driving from one parking lot to another! Progress!

I was STARVING after the lesson so we went to our favourite little  hideaway on the Danforth, Sarah’s, for brunch.

Sarah’s is a micro-brewery with also a really nice wine and cheese selection. We decided to soak up the patio scene!

We didn’t go for the booze today, though! Alan had a Harvest Latke which was a latke with peameal bacon and grilled cinnamon raisin apples on top with a side salad! It smelled delish!

I opted, last minute, for the frittata of the day: red pepper, sun dried tomatoes and brie with home fries and a salad.

It was awesome! I love how Sarah’s gives you REAL servings and not mammoth portions! Their homefries are to-die-for, perfectly cooked (not too crispy, not too soft) with the right amount of seasoning. The frittata was really yummy, I loved the brie in it, it wasn’t too strong but you knew it was there! I gave this plate a bit of a salt seasoning as I didn’t have a sports drink after my run and I’m trying to make sure I get my sodium levels back up.

The afternoon has been spent making the winning bidder of Shop 4 A Cause 2 and it’s been hell as the house smells amazing and I can’t eat any of it!!!!

We also decided to tackle our jungle of a back garden!

It actually wraps around to the left and it’s even worse! The garden’s been neglected for years so it’s become quite the job to try and fix it back up. We also had to buy a sprinkler today as we haven’t had a good amount of rain in weeks and our grass is slowly burning to death!

Speaking of grass! We planted grass seed along the left side of the fence last week and look what we found yesterday!

We are very happy grass parents! :D Neither of us are gardeners so it’s all been quite a learning experience but we’ve been reaping all the proud benefits of silly things like the first shoots of grass!

While I was busy clearing away some old weeds, Alan got busy planting the tomatoes that our neighbour gave us this morning!

Exciting!!! Our first plants! We also have raspberry bushes that had already been planted in the garden years back but these are our first babies! I’d better get to liking tomatoes more, pronto! I see homemade salsa in the future!

Are you a gardener? Any tips for new gardeners?

6 Comments

  • At 2010.05.31 15:19, lynn @ the actors diet said:

    i love a place with perfect portions!

    i have only grown tomatoes and some herbs on my front porch – i actually have quite a black thumb so no gardening advice from me.

    • At 2010.06.01 11:15, Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin said:

      Hey, just stumbled across your blog. I’ve heard such good things about Camelbacks – - I think I’m going to have to break down and get one with the hotter weather – it will be so good to have for running and biking, and if I can’t even feel it on then there’s no excuse!

      • At 2010.06.01 12:22, Kristen said:

        I went and looked at hydration packs this weekend, but left the store without making a purchase. None of the ones I was trying were feeling like the glass slipper, so I will continue my hunt. But silly me, I didn’t even try on a camelback…I only focused on the belts. Next time I go out I will have to give a camelback a shot. I think it was the price that was turning me off since I looked at a small one (looks like it may possibly be the one you purchased) and it was $50. A little outside of my range at the time. I’ll have to watch for sales! :-)

        As far as gardening, I don’t currently but I keep telling myself that I NEED to start a garden. I would love to eat more foods directly from the land. And it would be great exercise too! :-)

        Reading your blogs makes me wish I lived in Canada! LOL That place looks amazing!

        • At 2010.06.02 11:17, Therese said:

          @Kristen: I wasn’t planning on getting a Camelbak until the last minute as I thought they were too expensive as well. But then I realized that everyone I know that actually uses one LOVES it and they’ve had theirs for years so I decided that I would pay full price for it but I just lucked out!

          This is my first actual garden so we’ll see how things turn out! We’re also hoping to plant some spinach, mixed greens and one or two more things!

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