Gardening & Fish Tacos

I know today was a successful day, it involved a 15 mile run, gardening and fish tacos with me being at home in PJs by 10.

I know, you think I’m possessed but it’s been anB exhaustingB week! B I’m old now, gone are the days where 5 hours of sleep was all I needed for the week. B Before I get to today, I’ll recap the rest of the week.

Wednesday was a 6 mile run plus Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones. Love JM beyond words! B I gave up on doing the ToneItUp workouts as I see them as ineffective for the amount of time I need to put it. B I prefer Jillian’s wam bam thank you pain style instead.

Thursday’s run seem easy with an incline of 2 (vs. 3) and my speed up 30 seconds less per mile (8:30 vs 9:00).

Tony and I went to Cirque Du Soleil Totem on Thursday night as well. B The show was fun but 3 hours long so we got home way past our work bedtime.

You can still get discounted tickets on Goldstar for a discounted price of $30 and it’s well worth it!

We were trying to figure out a cheap (relatively) place to get dinner in the Seaport area which was no easy task, luckily with yelp I found Yankee Lobster Co.

The scallops and shrimp was yummy but even Tony didn’t touch the haddock. B It tasted like rubber so if you go there skip the fish and chips (although the chips were yummy) and get the scallops and shrimp. B So good! B It’s also right next door to the HarpoonB BreweryB so if you have extra time and are in the area take a tour.

I also picked up some curried couscous from the farmer’s market and voila dinner was grand.

Friday I ran 11 miles and was not in pain. B I’m trying to make up for the lack of running last week due to Chicago heat and exploration desire. B I want to PR again at Providence next month. B I know the chances are slim since I PRed at my last two half marathon but I’m going to give it the old college try! B If not, I’ll just mark another state of my half marathon check list.

As for today… Well today was busy. It started with meeting with a contractor to go over bathroom additions. B (Who wants to donate bathroom labor to the Liana’s home charity?). Eventually we ended up at Mahoney’s; a plant nursery. B My eyes were wide with wanting to plant every vegetable out there. B However, its end of season and there were not much options. B So luckily I did not blow all my pennies on plants that will probably die. B Aside from lack of ever having a garden, having a history of killing most house plants I owned (most of it was due to keeping my house at 45 degrees when I wasn’t home); the main problem is that our house doesn’t get direct sunlight much. B We have these trees that create lovely shade to sit in for people not veggies.

I present you my garden. B The previous owner lovedB cinder-blocks! B While I hope to remove them in the coming years, for now I’m leaving it as is. B I did spend like two hours elbow deep in the dirt trying to pull out all sorts of weeds and roots from god knows what. I think some of the weeds might have been older than me. B I felt bad for killing my elders but they had to go!

We got one head of lettuce to test out. B If the lack of sunlight doesn’t kill it, I’m sure the bunnies will eat it before I get to it.

We are also testing out one pepper plant!

TheB Impatiens my mother planted and the violet petunia that was on sale so I got it.

Our Herbal corner with my little Mrs. Burns Lemon basis and the giant mint plant I got today. B I’m now on the look out for dill but Mahoney’s was all out. B I hope my basil survives as I dragged it all the way back from Chicago’s Botanical Gardens (they were giving one out for free and it almost died when my luggage tried to crush it.)

After a visit to the garden shop and the farmer’s market, we got hungry. B Suburban living makes you hungry. B Luckily I had a EverSave coupon for a Mexican joint in Stoneham. B Three Amigos is a small family ownedB restaurantB of the main square in Stoneham. B We scanned the menu and wanted everything. B Luckily we learned that we can’t eat everything and tacos make crappy leftovers once assembled.

Tony’s huge steak burrito cookedB perfectly. B I can’t vouch for the meat being the highest grade but it was tender and I couldn’t taste the fat pieces that I usually do in cheapB MexicanB places.

I went with fish tacos! B I love fish tacos.

We also got adventurous and ordered the hot carrots. B It was interesting, sort of like pickled peppers.

By the time I was done de-weeding and pretending to garden it was 6:30 and I was determined to get a run in. B Yes, I can’t believe I did 15 miles today… This might be my longest run since May. B I’ve just been calling quits at 13 and I was pretty close to stopping at 11.4 when I stopped by the house for a little potty action (charming I am). B Regardless I went back out there and slowly pushed through the final 3.6 miles. B I started the run around 6:30 in the evening and decided to go at a comfortable pace which involved me not checking my pace or time and just running for the feel it. B I listened to “Grow your grub” B podcast and zoned out for a bit. B Of course I had no idea what any of the gardening things they talked about but it made me motivated! B I think not counting the home water/bathroom break I had an average 9 minute pace. B Afterwards I was starving again, so of course two bowls of noodles make a great source of refuel.

Do you have a garden? Any tips? Do you know anything that grows in shade besides mose?B

Also, ever do any home reconstruction projects on your own?