On Saturday morning, after our annual drawing of blood procedure (we do this every year, so we have something to worry about for the next 12 months), DH and I gorged at IHOP (this is an annual routine also; we are usually ravenous after 12 hours of fasting...3 hours without food is about as much as I can take), where I devoured the International Crepe Passport (two eggs, two bacon strips, two pork sausage links and two Danish fruit crepes with strawberry compote and sweet cream cheese).
And coffee! In my opinion, IHOP coffee beats Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts, hands-down.
This morning, DH and I went for a run...he accompanied me for 2 out of my 4 easy miles. I tried out my new HR watch. It comes with a few disadvantages. It is not the most accurate; it does not give a constant heart rate reading; it is trickier to use than the chest strap monitors - cold or damp fingers or wrist can give you no reading or wild readings; and it takes some getting used to...the watch has to fit snugly and you have to apply the right amount of pressure to coax out a HR reading. But I like it because it is simple; it does not have the cumbersome chest strap, which my previous HR monitor did.
I am a little suspicious of the readings it gave me at different points during the run. According to the 220-age method, my maximum HR is 186 and training HR should be between 135 and 160. On the 4-mile run, my HR swung between 120 and 150, and at one point dipped to 100...does that mean I dozed off mid-run?
Our 4-year old neighbor, Ryan paid us a mid-morning visit. He checked out our Halloween decorations and was suitably impressed. After pottering about a little, he left us and we got down to business, cooking potloads of food to last the week. We are getting good at this. DH chopped veggies at lightning speed, while I concocted a watery chicken curry, sambhar, cabbage poriyal and vazhakka kootu in record time. (Sambhar is a spicy gravy made of toor dhal and vegetables. Vazhakka is raw banana; Poriyal and kootu are a kind of stir-fry). My parents in-law stayed for lunch.Then came cleaning and piles of laundry.
And now, finally...a refreshing cup of cardamom tea, and blog time!