The day in Santa Monica wasn’t actually very sunny at all, but I did my best to inject some sunshiney energy into it with my meals and activities. I woke up early and rode my bike to a yoga class (helmet and all, yoga mat tugged under the spring-loaded clamp on my basket attachment!). I can’t stress enough how much starting your day with exercise sets everything in the right direction and nearly ensures a fantastic rest of the day. The value of consistent exercise in general really can’t be overestimated. I had fallen off the work-out wagon over the last few weeks and was beginning to think I was slipping into a deep and terrible (and hyperbolic) depression. But then I got my butt in gear and quickly pulled myself back into happiness. Trust me on this one. It’s common sense for a reason- it works.
After my sweaty morning, I brunched on this, inspired by the beautiful yellows and oranges in my CSA box and something I had eaten at Le Grande Orange (now M Street Cafe) on Main Street in Santa Monica.
- 1 yellow squash
- 1 golden beet
- 1 medium carrot
- Olive oil
- Basil and cilantro, minced
Chop the veggies into 1 inch or smaller pieces. Toss with olive oil and herbs and roast at 350 for about 20 minutes or until tender. Top with a sunny-side up egg!
I shared this with my friend Jeff who paid me a spontaneous visit, only adding to the sunshine.
The real cherry on top of the day, though, was the walk to Allan’s Aquarium with Liz to buy these fellas (or ladies, I forgot to ask how to tell for sure):
They need names, which I will take my time in selecting. I’m pumped to have a pet, something to take care of other than myself and a bright little burst of color to look at every day!
Let the name suggestions begin…