… but only when it’s the most efficient way to get there!
Sunday morning, I took a little study break (that ended up taking way longer than expected) for a free sample of Ben & Jerry’s new “flipped out” ice cream cup!
The ice cream giveaway was on the complete opposite side of the park from where I live (about two miles away), so the most efficient way to get there was literally to jog. The B&J truck was supposed to be there from 11-1, so Gina and I planned to meet there at 10:45 in case of a crowd. I arrived right on time and joined Gina on a bench while setup took place.
And took place.
And took place.
Meanwhile, tortured thoughts of my unwritten paper were running through my head.
Gina and I got restless and posed in front of the “flipped” Brooklyn Bridge.
Finally, at 11:45, the samples were ready! We collected our ice creams, bowls, spoons, and coupons …
… and headed to one of the little tables B&J had set up specifically for the event.
Gina gave a demonstration of proper “flipping” procedure:
Mmmmmmm, gooey chocolate.
It was yummy (and yay for free!), but the brownie pieces did taste a little off. They probably would have been much better if I had let the ice cream thaw a little before eating it, but I was too impatient. I had really been wanting to try the peanut butter flavor, but chocolate brownie was all they had. It was free and allowed me to get a mini-workout in, though, so I won’t complain!
Gina and I walked back through the park toward my neighborhood (everyone was out picnicking!) while we ate our ice cream.
I left Gina at the subway station and came back home to work on the paper. My planned one hour ice cream adventure took two, but I won’t complain about that, either!
Thanks to Julie, my former classmate-turned-reader (Hi Julie!), for tipping me off about the event. It was a perfect excursion to break up the paper-writing monotony.
Of course, ice cream always needs to go along with cake. Even if ice cream and cake can’t be eaten at the same time, they should at least be eaten within 24 hours of each other. I took care of that requirement on Saturday afternoon with this slice of heaven:
If you’ve been following along with Olivia as you should be, you’ll know that she held a John and Kate divorce viewing party last week and made a special John and Kate Plus Cake to celebrate. I wasn’t at the party, but Olivia (incredible hostess that she is), thought to save me a slice without me even requesting it first! The cake made its way to me via Kate’s freezer after our CSA pickup on Saturday. The cake was of stroke-inducing deliciousness caliber. How could it not be? Moist dark chocolate cake base:
Peanut butter-mascarpone icing:
And peanut m&ms:
Does it get better?? Probably not. Mmmmmmm. Mmmmmmmmmm. Thanks Olivia!
And because I’m all about balance, I might as well throw some green in here for you, too.
Saturday’s CSA loot included mesclun, spinach, baby bok choy, kale, 1 baby zucchini, eggs, garlic scapes, snap peas, strawberries.
I love the baby bok choy flowers, so pretty!
Plus, my arugula garden on the balcony is coming along nicely:
As is the garden of some people who like to rub in how they can afford access to actual naturally-occurring dirt in NYC whose backyard faces my balcony:
Yay for health 😀
How have you created balance lately? And what makes you run?