Some of the best things about it was that my ride has what I would call four parts which makes it interesting. On one part I am on a very busy road and so that is my sprint. I go as fast as I can (remember I'm on a kid's cruiser, so even at my fastest I'm not going super fast) so that I can get to a side road. Another part takes me beside a local lake (very pretty!). The third part takes me through town which is pretty much flat and somewhat interesting. The last part that is closest to the school has a hill with a really really steep incline. I have seven speeds and I move it down to 1 and I am pumping it. It is just the perfect length hill because I feel it in my legs, but I can do it. Also, I know that at the top of the hill is my school, so I don't have far to go.
I liked how the ride got my blood pumping a bit and kind of woke me up. On the way home it was a nice way to stretch out my legs after just shuffling around my classroom all day. I'm not sure how often I will bike to work- I'm no Mr. Money Mustache, but it was fun enough that I will do it again on fair weather days.
Funny update on last week's menu plan. Last week I listed that I would make Cajun Chicken Pasta. Well, my husband got home before I did, so I called and asked him to pull out a bag of chicken to defrost. When I got home I looked at the thawed out bag and laughed. The meat had a large bone in it. It was a very very old bag of pork chops that was from before I learned the importance of labeling and dating your meat.
Rather than waiting for the bag of chicken to thaw I just used the pork chops and it wasn't too bad considering it was meant for chicken and the pork was old. Here's a pic (warning- I'm a terrible food photographer because I just feel weird when I'm doing it- should I tell it to say cheese- oh wait it is cheese:)).
Here's my plan for this week (I'm linking up with Organizing Junkie):
Dinner #1: Easy Beef Stroganoff (made this yesterday and ate the leftovers tonight with cottage cheese on top- yum!)- modified by using tomato sauce instead of paste and cream of mushroom instead of fresh mushrooms- had noodles cook in the sauce
Dinner #2: Use up your leftovers Italian Bake: I have a significant amount of leftover meaty tomato sauce that we froze the last few weeks. I'm going to thaw that out, halfway cook up some rotini noodles that I have, add some cottage cheese, a tiny bit of water (to finish cooking the noodles),top with a bit of mozzarella and bake it. If I really go crazy I'll saute up some green peppers (I chopped and froze them and they're not bad sauteed). Salad.
Dinner #3: Chicken Thighs (Salt/Pepper) roasted in the oven, mashed potatoes/gravy, peas