Hey all! How’s your week been going? We have had some fun, unexpected, and joyful moments of connection with people; don’t you just love when surprises like that pop up in your day? Awesome.
You know what else rocks? The USA. Why? One of many reasons is because of this:
“At Trader Joe’s, our mission is to bring our customers the best food and beverage values and the information to make informed buying decisions.”
I wanted to hit up this States-only, vegan/kosher/organic/real foods-friendly, affordable grocery store earlier on this leg of our trip in Anacortes, but we ran out of time. I was thrilled when Catherine said she needed to pop into the States for a few errands, including TJ’s! Needless to say, I was pumped.
(Look at all the nut butters! Oh man…and all under $5?! WHY are there no TJ’s in Canada?”)
(So happy – this is how I felt!)
This was a quick stop but a highlight to be sure! We limited ourselves to $50 total and here’s what we came back:
2 of my favorite kinds of almond butter (with roasted flaxseed)
a tub of sunflower seed butter
some raw almonds and another bag of nuts I can’t remember…
French Roast coffee (my favorite dark roast!)
“super antioxidant” green tea (not sure what makes it “super!”)
some flattened bananas (not dried and crunchy but soft and chewy!)
some soft, dried mangoes and
a cheap but delicious looking bottle of Malbec!
…still excited to have a glass at some point with Mikey. (not quite wine but close)
Yesterday morning began with a hard-there, easy-back 10 mile run up a beautiful road that climbed to a plateau and leveled out for incredible views of the Fraser River and many rolling, green hills. It reminded me of Scotland; my dad and brother just left yesterday for a trip to celebrate my grandma’s 90th birthday there! The day was so full, and I almost didn’t get out of bed in time, but I reminded myself of how good it feels to get a run in before the day begins and soon enough I was out the door, running.
The rest of the day was filled with more good things: a successful screening and great times with solid people. Most of those moments of connecting occurred around food…It’s so neat how fellowship often occurs around food. As a thank you to our incredible hosts, Paul & Heidi, we made a fun and healthy meal:
(Stuffed Portobello “Pizzas” – recipe here! – a lime vegetable quinoa salad, yam fries, & olive oil & balsamic tomatoes)
Afterwards, we got some activity in at the TWU bouldering wall, which Catherine’s fiancée, Dave, created. It was SUCH a blast to be climbing again, even though it wasn’t at the level it used to be when we’ve been in climbing shape.
Climbing is such a great workout…you engage your core like you wouldn’t believe (and indeed, you have to use your core to climb well whether you’re aware of it or not) and bouldering jumps your heart rate up as you climb in tough spurts, then break. It’s social – so fun to sit on the mats, cheer each other on, and chat – and an incredible total body workout.
So, it’s been another fun couple of days with some fun food highlights and fun fitness highlights thrown in the mix! Tomorrow we pick up the RV and head back to the snow (Calgary for a day, then up to Edmonton and eastward ho!)…BC, you’ve been good to us. We love your people and I’ve especially enjoyed the rainy, spring weather so much!
So, a few questions to end the night off for you guys:
- What kind of meal would you cook as a thank you meal for someone?
- What’s an activity you enjoy that doubles as a workout (consciously or not)?
Hope you guys are doing well! Would love to hear from you and I promise I’m catching up on your blogs – just not commenting as often as usual! Fun to “keep in touch” that way and continue to stay updated on your lives. Keep adventuring; live well & be well!