Get up. Eat (a little). Run. Eat (a little more). Errands. Eat (lunch!). Pack (all day). Eat (some dinner). Blog. Hit the hay.
That was my day, although the “hit the hay” is premature– I’m not quite there yet. Before I jump into today with a fun video (for a cool cause!) at the end of the post, I thought I’d recap on last night’s dinner because it was a special one!
My father-in-law had two gift cards to use at an Italian-inspired restaurant called Il Sagno in Calgary. It has incredible ambiance, is situated in a 100 year old building and is a step (or three!) above our usual dining out experience. It was so great of him to share with us (including Sarah & Craig; thanks, Maurice!) and we had a great night.
Mikey, ever the chessy poser!
We had a generous amount to spend but kept it clean and simple with waters all around and no appetizers. As a main dish I ordered something from the “Firsts” menu and a dish from the “Seconds” menu and ate them with the rest of the entrees when they were delivered. I didn’t expect them to bring bread (I thought that was more Old Spaghetti Factory-style) but when they brought out warm, freshly baked sourdough with whipped honey and lavender butter, none of us said no! It hit the spot. For my “First,” A Caprese Salad: tomatoes with mozerella, basil, and balsamic + olive oil drizzled on the plate. Delicious! As my “Second” I had a rich striped beat Risotto with goat cheese. Talk about incredible! it was good the serving wasn’t any bigger – the creaminess of the dish did me in so much so that come dessert all I wanted was a black coffee! And with the tiramisu’s, crème brulees and white cheesecakes that littered the table, it’s amazing I was still satisfied enough to not even take a bite (much to Mikey’s surprise and excitement too, I might add)!
Please excuse the poor-quality phone photos…they don’t capture the beauty of the dishes or the atmosphere!
We had a great night chatting and laughing about so many of the Lang’s kids “living” at home (at least for this month with Sarah & Craig AND Mikey & I there!) and just enjoyed being out together. So why the Sprinkle Party Cake Ice Cream shot mixed into the collage above? Because that’s exactly what I had when we got back later – my lack of dessert finally hit and I had two big, satisfying spoonful’s of the stuff on the couch! Definitely makes for a happy Bon.
Back to the flow of my day, I was grateful for a solid, peaceful rest last night after not sleeping well for a while and slept in until about 7:30 am. I woke up slowly, had half a banana and some almond butter plus a handful of my recently-made granola, and waited until my body felt ready to move. Around 8 am I set out the door for what I decided would be a long run.
[Side note: I love that I am not on a schedule right now and can choose when to workout/run, how/what to eat, and have the freedom and flexibility to roll with whatever the day brings. I do not take that for granted and am grateful for this odd in-between time; I have a work opportunity that’s presented itself and, Lord willing, I’ll be working come the beginning of September!]
10.16 miles and 1:26:57 later I was home, jumped in the shower, and made a delicious, filling and nutritious green smoothie to take on the road for our errands. Although good chunks of my run felt slow and plodding and my legs seemed heavy, there were moments where I caught myself smiling under the sun and I loved the route that wove through paved trails, on sidewalks through town, and back into forests and gravelled pathways. Just love to run!
The rest of the day, as referenced above, included various errands (dropping couches off, one last load of gear from our storage unit, unloading gear!), eating meals and packing, for we are off again! This weekend we’re backpacking/mountaineering (there is still gobs of snow in the mountains!) near the Icefields Parkway with two friends and then heading out to join the rest of the family at their time share for the end of family holidays. From there we’ll continue the road trip to the coast where we’re stoked for another opportunity to work with YACC at a survivor retreat! We are blessed; it’s another full time but a good time! After that we’ll be back in Calgary and Mikey’s new job begins on August 3rd. We’ll continue to make the basement our home and when hopefully my job will start to take shape.
In other news, we’re shooting another film in September on the West Coast with young adult cancer survivors! This film will be a short film and we hope to use it as a teaching tool to help other survivors share their stories. But…we need your help to make it happen! Check out our Kickstarter Video Proposal for more info and check out the video below:
Thanks for your time in checking out this upcoming project and for supporting us as we work with our friend Paul (check out his story-telling company based out of Vancouver Island)! And with that, we’re off for a few weeks! Until later, keep moving consistently, eating well and enjoying life. Catch ya from the nearest mountain peak,