Ferry Ride, GregNog and Fresh Crab

Saturday after the gym with my Dad Michael, my parents and I drove to Poulsbo from Seattle. It was a short drive to the Edmond’s Ferry.

It was a very gray day in Seattle. We just missed the ferry so it was about a 30 minute wait for the next one.

The Washington Peninsula is a gorgeous place–especially in the summer time. The ferry ride was short. The four of us hung out in the galley.

Michael wanted a snack so he got popcorn. 😉 I decided to wait and save my calories for the party!

Aww. Michael finally smiled instead of making a goofy face! The ferry ride was pretty short and we made our way to Poulsbo to my aunt’s house. Their house is right on Puget Sound with an amazing view.

Too bad it was such a gray day! Since they live right on the water…guess what they have on a daily basis?

You guessed it! FRESH crab! It was amazing. Michael and I split one big crab and it was delicious and so fresh it was still cold.

There was so much food. Lots of treats:

Cupcakes, cookies, cake, pie. So many treats.

I was pretty good though! I didn’t overeat like I usually do!

Those chocolate balls were filled with peanut butter. YUM. So rich though. I ate one.

I ate 2 cupcakes. They were great.

I ate several of the cookies…Maybe 5? 6? Have I tempted you yet? Did I mention the GregNog?

I DEFINITELY drank a bit on Saturday. I burned a lot of calories at the gym and while I munched and snacked on goodies all day at the party…I think I probably drank more calories than I ate. 😉

The GregNog is sooo good. The best eggnog you’ll ever taste. And it’s potent. Trust me. Oh nelly. The recipe is a secret that my aunt won’t give up. But I do know it has 4 different liquors in it. 151, Rum, Brandy and Whiskey I think?

There was more alcohol too…lots in fact.

Lots of wine. I stuck to GregNog and wine. I was feeling pretty good. 😉

My aunt brought this bottle of Violet Liqueur out. She bought it in Europe. It was dark purple and tasted like violet perfume. It was good! But after a few sips it was way too sweet.

To Be Continued…

QUESTION: What’s your favorite holiday treat?

Working Out With My Dad

This weekend Michael and I drove up to Seattle for my family Christmas party. I was born and raised in Seattle and escaped to Portland when I was 19. It’s only a 3 hour (or less if I drive hehehe) drive North.

It’s funny because whenever I make that drive to Seattle and make that one curve on I-5 where downtown comes into full view I get choked up and homesick. The Space Needle, Safeco Field, the old Kingdome…I definitely miss the city.

I’d made pumpkin bread for the party–which turned out to be a hit–and then we hit the road. Michael and I arrived Friday night. Saturday morning I got up early to go to the gym with my dad.

We’ve never worked out together before so this was a nice treat. My dad turned 60 this year.

Can you guess when this picture was taken? If you guessed 1981, you’d be right. 😉

Like most daughters, their Dad is their hero. My Dad really is a hero! He is a Vietnam Vet and a Marine. You can still tell today that he’s a Marine, too. He was a biker back in the day–hard to tell now–and still has his Harley’s. When my Dad was in the Marines he was apparently a runner too. He told me this weekend that he’d run “a quick 10 miles to warm up” during lunch. Um, what? Impressive!

When I was a teenager I remember my Dad was overweight, had high cholesterol and high blood-pressure. He also had a very stressful job that was a heart attack waiting to happen. His doctor told him to lose weight and get healthy asap. So he did.

I remember he lost a lot of weight and worked out at the gym 5 days a week. He turned his life around regarding his health. As a kid I never realized the positive impact it had.

He once told me never to compromise on workout time. He said having kids, a spouse, work, family obligations, house chores…everything in your life will conspire against your workout time but DON’T let it! Always try to make time to work out in some way because it makes a positive difference in your life. So true.

So Saturday morning we went to the gym. We warmed up for 10 minutes on the exercise bike.

Then Dad and I lifted weights together. I don’t normally workout with other people so it was interesting to say the least. I let my Dad kind of plan our weight lifting. He uses the REAL weight machines…not the girly ones I usually use. 😉

It was kinda cool to do a workout-swap. It was my dad’s day to do Chest and Back weights so that’s what we focused on.

He challenged my normal workout, which was good. We spent about 40 minutes focusing on chest and then back to keep balanced.

We started with light weights for me and with each set I increased the weight by 2.5-10 pounds.

So we took turns on the machines. I’d do my set, then Dad would do his and while I was waiting I’d hop on a nearby machine for arms or ab work. It was cool because my heart rate stayed up for the whole workout.

After our weight lifting we went to the treadmills. I did 2 miles on the treadmill. My dad was focusing on speed instead.

I had a great run! I as a bit nervous about how my body would hold up but I did well.

I had an excellent time with my Dad and got in a great workout. It was preemptive because I knew I’d be eating a lot at the Christmas party!

Gym Stats:

Time: 1:34

Calories Burned:  775

It was fun hanging with my Dad!

QUESTION: Tell me about your Dad. And have you ever done a workout swap with someone?