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Mood:
Sunny, just like it is outside.

Food:
Breakfast: I made a fresh juice with carrots, kale, celery, oranges, and ginger. Kale can be overpowering in a juice if you’re not used to it, so I used just a handful. I also whipped a batch of oats-to-go made with carrot pulp to take to work.

Yesterday recap:

Fitness:
Day off

Food:
Afternoon snack: Thick slice of banana bread and later apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon
Evening snack: Mate and alfajores that Lucas made (we each had one). Reminds me of “merienda” in Argentina!
Dinner:  A hearty homemade soup that Lucas made, and later celery sticks with crunchy peanut butter

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Lucas has been living in the U.S. for more than four years. He likes it here, but like any good countryman, son, and friend, he misses his homeland, his family, and his buddies. We’ve traveled to Argentina twice since he moved here; it’s a long trip and the roundtrip airfare ain’t cheap, so we haven’t been able to go back as often as we would like.  Luckily, there is a little piece of Argentina for him here in Austin when he needs that taste of home.

We had breakfast at Buenos Aires Cafe. The cafe is charming–hardwood floors, lots of windows, bright-colored oil paintings, and naturally: cowhide seats (Argentina is known for its beef). The cafe specializes in lunch and dinner, so when we went–10:30 on a Wednesday morning, it was empty, which meant we got great service!

We ordered two cafe au laits, one alfajor, and a piece of pastafrola. The coffee was ok, it tasted a bit watered down, but the pastries were spot-on Argentina.


On the left is an alfajor…..on the right is the pastafrola. Hmmm.

Food:
Breakfast: 1.5 cups of cafe au lait, half of an alfajor, half of a piece of pastafrola

Mood:
Fine and dandy

Dilemma:
Fitness vs. Green heart! I got an offer in the mail for a 1-year subscription to SELF magazine, for a mere $10! Good deal. But Lucas brings up a green point: a big waste of paper. We do have piles of TIME and The Week and Shape already…and yeah,  you can recycle, but it’s not reducing by any means….I don’t know. I’m leaning towards getting the mag, since it is just once a month, and I usually save all of my fitness magazines anyway. They are good resources for not only exercises, but also healthy recipes, health lifestyle tips, etc. I don’t know though. We’ll see.

Green heart:
A few days ago, on our way back from Corsicana, we stopped in Waco at the new Collins Street Bakery location. Liz, Lucas, and I each sampled a piece of fruitcake (yuck), which was served in a little plastic cup. Rather than tossing the cups, I saved them, brought them home, and today (finally) tossed them into the recycling bin. Of course I didn’t save the planet by doing this, but its the thought that counts, and I believe small thoughts and small things can make a difference in the long run.

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