Hey there! I hope you had a great weekend! I went back to Gainesville, packed a few more things I couldn’t bring with me last week and hung out with Troy and a few friends. It just so happened to be Halloween, Florida-Georgia, and The Fest weekend all at once, but I had so many things to catch up on that I didn’t really enjoy any of the festivities.
I’ve been AWOL, so let me catch you up quickly. Last Sunday, I officially moved into my new place in Altamonte Springs, a city just outside of Orlando. It’s a really sweet house with a pool and cool roommates, just 2 miles from work, and I couldn’t be happier about that.
Work is hectic already, but it’s nice being busy and the days go by so fast. I’ve been running around each day after work getting stuff for my new place (like a bed) and trying to squeeze in exercise. It’s so much harder to stay healthy in a big city than a college town, since there’s always something to do and you spend a lot more time driving places. After being in a takeout food rut for far too long, I stocked up on fresh groceries and have been whipping up quick dinners like this grilled tilapia with stir-fry veggies and brown rice.
On Tuesday, I started Couch to 5K again, but I shamefully admit that’s the only exercise I got last week. The great thing about where I live is that the 14-mile Seminole Wekiva Trail is right in my backyard and there are at least a dozen gyms and fitness centers within a few miles. People in Altamonte definitely like to stay fit!
Apparently, so do people in Gainesville! I got back into town Friday and was amazed at what great shape Troy is getting into now that I’m gone and he has a bunch of time to work out (and he was in awesome shape before I left!) I wish I could be as motivated as he is! But that’s why he managed to drag me to the gym Saturday, and I did a 30-minute workout from the Nike Training Club app that kicked my butt. I’m sure there are copyright laws that prevent me from posting the workout verbatim, so here’s a modified version for you to try at home:
The menu was very eclectic, and you could tell the chef put a lot of thought into the unique flavor combinations. Troy ordered a BLAT (a BLT with avocado), which I had a bite of, and I have to say, was the best BLT I’ve ever tasted. It had smoky Applewood bacon and fresh veggies, served on a toasted ciabatta roll.
I ordered one of the specials, an open-faced grilled veggie sandwich with tapenade and Vermont cheddar.
I’d never tried tapenade before, but I love olives, so this was a hit. The bread was perfectly crispy, and the veggies had just the right amount of crunch to them. The sandwich came with your average side salad, but the creamy garlic lime dressing was definitely something to write home about. The only thing I regret is not discovering this place sooner!
On Sunday, Troy and I met some friends I hadn’t seen in a long time at Ale House for football and drinks. It’s been forever since I sat down and watched a bunch of football games at once, and I had a great time. The good company, food, and drinks helped keep my mind off my devastating fantasy football loss this week. After the first round of games, we left, and I went home to pack up my car and head off for Orlando.
I’m glad to be back, but it’s bittersweet. My new job and new place are great, but there are so many things I miss in Gainesville. Troy, for one, and being able to truly relax in my own home, call up a friend to go for a drink, and let Trina run around without a leash. Thankfully, it’s only two hours away, and Troy will be moving down here in a couple of months. Until then, I suppose I can use all this free time to focus on my fitness.
First off, thank you for reading, if you’re still with me! How long do you think a blogger can take a hiatus for before people stop coming to their site?