This week is my fourth week of doing yoga on M/W/F and swimming on Tu/Th, except for Monday 1/19. I decided to switch to these due to back pain, and I think the yoga's helping with that. My lower back definitely feels much better the rest of the day on a yoga day.
I added some short afternoon walks a couple of days the week before last, and I think I need to add a few more. Lately my ankles and calves bother me a bit, and I don't think it's because they're overused, but underused. Back before I started the whole walking adventures in the first place, my ankles bothered me a lot. I was afraid to get started, figuring they'd hurt even more. The opposite was true, though. The activity made them better.
It was easy to get into the yoga and swimming routine and take a break from walking because the Everett walking choices aren't as great as the Seattle ones, but they're important, so they're coming back. I think I also need to throw a couple of new yoga videos into the mix. I know the one I'm doing too well and I get a little impatient while waiting for her to move on to the next thing. I suppose I can just do the moves for that much longer.
This is two eggs mixed with one banana and cooked up like pancakes in a little vegetable oil. One of those recipes you see on Facebook a lot because people are avoiding flour or gluten or whatever. Seemed interesting so I figured I'd give it a whirl. Most comments on recipe sites for this mention you should add a little vanilla extract and/or flour, and I meant to, but I forgot. I covered them in balsamic macerated strawberries, so it's a pretty flavorful dish.
These are definitely very different from actual pancakes, and I'd never consider them a substitute if I was really into pancakes and couldn't have them any more for some reason. But waffles are better than pancakes anyway, so I don't eat them very often.
The lockers at the swim center are the kind where you have to put a quarter in to get the key to come out. I really don't like this kind of locker because it's more moving parts to break and, of course, you have to remember to bring a quarter. I always bring two because I figure something stupid is bound to happen once in a while. And I was right! Today, I put the quarter in, closed the door, turned the key, and pulled, but ended up with the lock stuck to the key in my hand.
I managed to get it open again, grab the backup quarter from my shorts, move everything to another locker, and get it all locked up so I could take the broken lock with the key jammed in it out to the front desk.
The dumb part is that tons of the lockers are broken, with no lock at all, while others have the key in them, but the door is still locked shut. They probably figured when they installed those that they could make a little money and wouldn't have to worry about people leaving locks on overnight. I much prefer being able to bring my own lock, and am fine with a policy where locks left on overnight are cut off.
The people I really don't understand are the ones who leave their stuff laying around or in lockers without locking them up. I don't care how cheap your stuff is, it's definitely worth more than a quarter.
I mean seriously. It's so awesome.
On the drive over to meet up with them, I spotted a giant purple gorilla. I figured it was going to be in front of a car dealership or something. Nope, a sex shop.
We had such a great weekend. Yesterday was a fun day of snacks and DVDs. We did some work on Saturday over at Grandma's with Garrett's parents and then had lunch at the China Doll, which was totally cool inside and had great food. But the highlight of the weekend was our early Valentine's Day outing to Prohibition Gastropub followed by some cocktails and pool at Bar Myx, which is Everett's only gay bar.
Prohibition was a wonderful experience from start to finish. There was a special cocktail list of ginger coktails, and we both started off with the best wedge salad I've ever had. He ordered the special filet mignon, and I had the braised short ribs. Both were perfect, and came with awesome mashed potatoes and green beans. I'm not big on desserts, but we split an apple crisp and I was glad we did it.
I normally wouldn't expect anyone to recognize a restaurant I mention here, but Prohibition was on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. I managed to catch this episode pretty close to when it aired, and had been wanting to try the place ever since.
In the couple of years since the episode aired, the owner and the restaurant have come a long way, and it was really inspiring to see. Honestly, you almost wouldn't even believe it's the same person. We went early, as we always do, and had a lot of fun talking to her and the bartender. She comes across now as someone who really loves what she's doing and finds the work extremely rewarding. She's extremely charming, and makes you feel so welcome. It's not a cheap place to eat, but it's well worth it and I'm looking forward to going again.
Throwback Thursday from 2002 or so.