I set my alarm for early wake-up because I was planning to go to spin class at 7AM. The thing is that the Jazz game last night (that I watched on TV), finished after 11:00 and haven't been sleeping great (that cough!) so I took a sleeping aid which totally knocked me out in a good way. When my alarm went off, I couldn't drag myself out of bed, so I changed my plan. I decided to walk to WW and have T pick me up since I had an appointment later that I wouldn't get to in time if I walked home.
It was a beautiful morning.
And I felt good about the walk.
No, I am not setting any speed records with an average pace/mile of just under 21 minutes, it is very nice to be able to walk and not have any pain. Cutting down my time a little will come, but that's not as important to me as actually getting out and doing it.
WW was my first must-do of the day. It was a good meeting. I was down a couple of lbs and got a 5 pound star! I've lost just over 30 lbs since I started. It has been slow going, but hopefully those pounds are off for good.
T came to pick me up and we went over to Starbucks. The drive-thru line was very long, so we went inside to order. There was quite a wait in there, too. I guess everyone wanted a bit of caffeine this morning. Fortunately, we had our toys so we were entertained.
We also chatted. It was a pleasant to spend ten minutes or so with my son. I don't see him very much because at 19, he prefers to hang out with his friends. I'm always good for a white chocolate mocha frappacino, though.
My second must-do of the day was an appointment was with my long-time hair stylist, Lanna. It had been a couple of months and I needed a cut.
Not too different but it feels good.
Now that my must-do appointments were complete, I was ready to choose some fun things to do. Lovely Paul had told me about a bakery in the Sugarhouse neighborhood and I decided that today was the day to find the bakery and test it's goods. The bakery, Tulie, has a couple of locations and I chose the one on 15th and 15th. A couple of things: first, it is insanely easy to get around SLC because of the grid system. Second, Sugarhouse is a lovely area. The homes are mostly beautiful and the streets have lots of trees and it is very different from where I live out in the 'burbs. I parked my car up on 16th South and walked down a block to the bakery.
It was around 12:30 when I got there, so they were out of some things, like chocolate croissants and ham & cheese croissants. Maybe next time. I got a salted caramel bar.
I can assure you this was probably about 1,000 points on the WW scale. The bottom layer was a shortbread cookie, topped with rich, creamy, buttery caramel and topped with dark chocolate ganache sprinkled with sea salt. Was it worth it? YES. Yes it was.
My next stop was Red Butte Garden. I did my first bloom recording of the season today in the Children's Garden. I ran into a fellow volunteer bloom recorder, a lady called Lori, and we walked around together for half an hour or so looking for blooms and comparing techniques. I am glad there is at least one other bloom recorder in the Children's Garden because I know I missed a lot last year, but Lori assured me that she felt the same way. It's just her second season also. As I walked around the garden I saw a few other people recording blooms in other areas. I don't think I ever saw any other recorders last year.
Another thing that made me feel good was that I recognized and remembered some of the plants and shrubs and trees and I was a lot more confident about deciding whether they were blooming or not. Sometimes it's hard to tell with a tree. There's not always a flower to look at. But if you touch it lightly and pollen blows off, it's in bloom. That works for fir trees especially.
After recording the blooms, I had to walk around the garden because why wouldn't I? It's Earth Day and I love the garden. My very most favorite spot is the waterfall. I take a pic of it every time I'm there.
The waterfall was really flowing today and the ponds looked pretty full. The spring run-off is happening!
I wish you could scratch and sniff the photo of this viburnum. This flowering bush has the most beautiful smell, maybe even better than a lilac which is something I never thought I would say. It has almost a spicy vanilla scent to me. The viburnums are blooming all over the garden. I smelled them all.
After the garden walk, I decided it was time to come home. MT was here watching TV. T was in his room with a couple of friends getting ready to go to a concert. He is seeing Snoop Dogg, Flatbush Zombies, Wiz Kalifa and Cypress Hill at USANA Amphitheater. He was so excited. We got food from Atlantis Burger for everyone and off they went.
MT is still downstairs watching TV. I have been upstairs reading with the Giants/Rockies game on in the background. Soon I will turn on one of my favorite shows, Ghost Adventures, during which Lizzie and I will tweet with other fans of the show. It's fun.
It's been a fantastic day. I got in a lot of steps.
I didn't follow the WW plan today, but I didn't overeat either and I was pretty active. I feel good about the day. The only thing I regret is that I haven't drank as much water as I need to drink.
Hope your day was great, too!