Oh, hello! It’s balmy and 87 degrees in late October! Would you like to go snorkeling? How about a fruity umbrella drink at the beach bar?
Or…crap, wait. We’re not in Tahiti. We’re in…Topeka?
I’m so confused.
Mostly I just want the nice fall weather back. No more 90* days. And, for pete’s sake – NO TORNADOES! I didn’t realize there even WERE tornadoes in North Carolina. Shudder.
I don’t know if it stems from early childhood screenings of The Wizard of Oz or what, but tornadoes are definitely my most-feared weather phenomenon. Earthquakes? Bring ’em. Hurricanes? Not exactly a party, but I could deal. But tornadoes? Paralyze me with fear.
(Although, I do have a subconscious fear of of tidal waves. I am constantly having tidal wave dreams. It’s weird.)
Anyway. Fall is supposed to be back by the weekend, and not a minute too soon. I served my time in the heat/humidity prison this summer! No more of this!
Today’s EAT: Thanks for all of the fun shrimp suggestions on yesterday’s post! Y’all know your shrimp!
I decided to go with a ceviche, given the balmy weather. Simple and delicious, right? Of course not. As soon as I started browsing Epicurious, simplicity went out the window.
Recipe: Shrimp Ceviche with Orange, Carrot and Fennel (via Epicurious)
Unbelievably flavorful, this dish was delicious but kind of a pain in the ass. It’s one of those meals that somehow ends up sullying an entire dishwasher’s worth of pans and bowls. I shoulda went simpler for a weeknight solo meal.
Today’s DRINK: Wait, where’s that umbrella drink? Are we really not in Tahiti?
No? Okay…how about some cheap Chardonnay then?
Oh, Santa Barbara Landing. Your ubiquity on my Trader Joe’s aisle always suckers me in to picking up a bottle. Yet, you’re rather forgettable. Sigh.
Today’s RUN: Oh hell no. The weather forced me indoors. Which was fine, because one of my post-marathon goals is to do a little more cross-training and strength training.
So I headed to the tiny gym in my building to play a game of “how long can I tolerate this stupid elliptical machine before I want to slaughter myself?” (Answer: 34 minutes. It would have been 30, but I was particularly engrossed in an episode of “Little House on the Prairie” on the Hallmark channel.)
After elliptical-ing, I did a short upper-body/core weight set: chest press, shoulder press, dumbbell fly, supermans, planks and crunches.
Today’s QUESTION: What meteorological event scares the crap out of you? In my experience, there seems to be a continental divide on this one. West coast people think earthquakes are no biggie while fearing wind-related phenomena, while Midwestern and East-coasters brush off the tornadoes and hurricanes but gasp at the mention of earthquakes. Prove me right – or wrong!