Hi friends! Hope you are having a good weekend! My drive to Bloomington was a longgg one because a torrential downpour started about 20 minutes into my drive and didn’t stop until after I arrived. I didn’t realize how tiring driving can be when you can’t see 10 feet in front of you for 4 hours straight. I listened to The Art of Racing in the Rain on the way here and am loving it. I think I am about half way through right now. It is from the perspective of a dog and so of course it made me cry about 4 times which didn’t help when I already couldn’t see anything. Anyways, if you are in the market for a new book, I really recommend it.
I arrived long before my parents because my dad drives like a senile 90 year old woman. I checked into the hotel and then met up with my brother. We didn’t realize we would have 2+ hours to kill once I arrived, but it was all good for Rew since he conned me into doing his laundry. He is lucky that I am the nicest sister in the world. It looked like he had been saving up his laundry for at least a month, probably 2.
We hit up Motherbear’s for dinner and essentially ate the same thing as last time. Rew and his friends were headed out after and I debated if I should join them to go to a ‘real chill house party’ (his words not mine) but decided against it since I had a headache already and it was still downpouring.
I went to bed around midnight and woke up around 1 to the sound of tornado sirens! They were soooo loud and went on for at least 15 minutes. I texted both my brother and my dad to see if I should be worried and my brother told me that the sirens go off all the time. My dad just never answered me and I was pretty scared for awhile, not gonna lie. Finally they went off and I fell back asleep.
This morning my mom and I went to the gym and I did a cardio circuit workout that I saw Julie posted the other day. It was pretty hard and I worked up a sweat after just a few minutes. I ended up doing it twice through. I always forget what a good workout jump roping is (jumping rope?). I asked my parents to bring the jump rope so I could take it back home with me, but then told my dad I actually wasn’t sure I wanted it because I was scared to jump rope with rats around. He told me they probably wouldn’t try to attack me when I was ‘wacking a rope on the ground’ and I guess he is probably right so maybe I will try to work jumping rope in more often.
After the gym, we headed out to the Farmer’s Market. I was really excited to go but it wasn’t very big. Maybe because of the tornadoes last night? The Farmer’s Market was a little bit disappointing because it seemed like almost every vendor had some kind of lettuce and that’s it. Oh well, it was fun to check out.
We then went to a late breakfast but I totally blanked on the name of the place. I just got a pretty standard breakfast of eggs, toast and potatoes. It was good but nothing too special. I did eat the whole plate because I was starving by this point.
We went to buy Andrew groceries at Wal-Mart and I finally got the iphone 4! woo hoo! It was quite the ordeal and took like 45 minutes but was worth it! I also got an ipod shuffle because I figured it would be cheaper than fixing my old ipod and will work for now.
Afterwards we headed to Bloomingfoods for a snack and I found a couple good salads to try. Egg free egg salad and ‘chicken’ salad made with seitan. Both were delicious!
I also wanted to post a recipe for some cookies that I made for my brother. They are seriously the most addicting cookies I have ever made. I ate 5 for breakfast right after I made them on top of the spoonfuls of dough that I ate in the process. They are basically just sugar cookies with bunny droppings in them (pastel M&M’s). They could be great for any holiday with various colored M&M’s.
Bunny Dropping Cookies
3/4 c. buttah (or butter)
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 cup droppings (pastel M&M’s)
Directions: Mix butter, sugar and vanilla together. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, salt and then add dry to wet. Mix together and once the dough is mixed, add the droppings. Refrigerate for around a half hour (just long enough for the batter to be cool). You could skip this step, but I think it makes the cookies more doughy. Roll into balls and drop onto parchment lined pan (or just spray the pan) and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Not only did I eat a bunch of these, but Andrew told me they are already gone. They take no time to make, so it isn’t too late to add them to your easter feast!
Now I have to quickly get ready for dinner, we are trying a new place (probably the last new place in Bloomington that we haven’t tried), but I am excited because apparently they are known for their Martini’s. Have a great night!