For the past two days I have been absolutely dogging it at the gym. I was OK with strength work, but anything cardio (i.e. running) is killing me. I used my inhaler a couple times each session, very odd for me, as the asthma thing has almost always before hit me very sporadically with long breaks in between problem spells. I was mystified and somewhat nervous about this new development. But then on the way into work as I was looking at our bright red sun and the grey haze covering our city, it occurred to me: we are being inundated with smoke from the many wildfires raging in the western part of the country! And all of this smoke is irritating my lungs! I feel better knowing what’s wrong rather than just thinking I am losing my edge.
Matt’s little brother has been in town the past few days. He was originally staying just a couple of days for a friends wedding but he ended up extending his ticket a few more days so he could hang with the kiddos. We haven’t seen him (and most of our Nashville family) since February and it’s been nice to catch up. The kids have been conning him into reading TONS of bedtime stories and he’s been a fun playmate for them.
We’ve been doing better about eating at home. On Monday, we had pizza paninis which are just tortillas folded in half and filled with spaghetti sauce, cheese and pizza toppings and then smashed on the Foreman grill for a while. They have all the same nutritional info as a tortilla pizza, but they’re quicker and somehow I really like the crispy grilled aspect to them. Last night we had Tabby’s favorite, salmon bowls. We nearly had a crisis recently when we discovered that after Sunflower Markets merged with Sprouts, they no longer carried our brand of nori. Happily, Amazon had it, and we now have a CASE of the stuff winging its way to our house. That’ll be fun to store. Tonight we’re doing shrimp with pesto. Think I will also roast some zucchini and toss it with some parmesan. And tomorrow night is leftover quiche. The kids never get tired of quiche.
Our weekend is shaping up nicely. Matt’s dad and stepmom get in late Thursday and will spend the weekend with us. Friday is our 10th (!!) anniversary and we are going to go to the zoo (after dentist appointments) and in the evening, we are doing the Firefly Run with a bunch of friends. Saturday is in the air, but I’ve promised Ben some chocolate chip pancakes, and in the evening we are going out to dinner at Matt’s dad’s favorite restaurant, The Fort. It is truly a uniquely Colorado experience. Sunday will have to be a work day, getting everything ready for the start of the work week and the SCHOOL YEAR.