It was rather brisk outside. We've turned off the a/c and opened the windows since Ike's departure. It was feeling pretty chilly dog in our room, actually. It was very, very hard to roll out of bed. I threw on my dri-fit pants and a white tank. Well, being in my half-sleep stupor, I forgot that my watch is slightly ahead of time. I thought I was running late, so I drove to the meeting spot instead of jogging there. I was there nearly 10 minutes early. Ho-hum.
I met a new member of the group, Jenny. She was a spitfire of energy and entirely too awake for it to be that early. I was just shivering where I stood. Heck, even into our 3rd mile I was feeling a little chilled. That's neither here nor there. But, there were 4 of us and we took off. It was SO dark out. I know my pupils were fully dilated and I still couldn't make out my steps in front of me. I seriously thought "Omg, I'm gonna eat it hard!" Again with another prayer, "Please Lord, keep my footing solid. I wish I could see better." And just like that, there was some clarity. The full moon shone brightly and beautifully. I could make out perfect tree shadows on the trail and I felt like dancing. We were running our miles at less than a 10 minute pace and I certainly didn't mind that.
On our way back, while we were at the water fountain, I glanced up and saw this bright blip in the sky that seemed like a plane traveling too fast. Well, logic finally won out and I exclaimed, "A shooting star. I think that's a shooting star! Is that a shooting star?" I pointed excitedly in the direction and Clyde just simply agreed. I had another surge of energy at the thought. It'd been several years since I've seen a shooting start. And in my excitement I forgot to make my wish!! Bleh! When does the time expire to make your wish?
That evening, I went by Luke's Locker to pick up my Tour des Fleurs packet for this Saturday's race. While there, I browsed around at some of the apparel and found a shirt that I really loved. Unfortunately, it wasn't on sale. I also saw a nice pair of black Nike running capri leggings. They WERE on sale, but I resisted. I didn't have a coupon and I've pretty much depleted my monthly allowance. I was just gonna have to make do with what I have.
When I got home, I played with Mari for a little while and then we settled in to watch season 5 of The Wire. I like Netflix, but I really hate that the DVDs are usually scratched and it makes the movie bump. Not fun! Boo!!
In between breaks, I made cakeballs. Funny name, huh? I found this recipe in the Dallas Morning News free Briefing that they toss on our front yard. Normally, I'd be against the killing of the trees, but I actually enjoy Briefing. Anyway, I had a hankering for some cake and decided 'eh, why not.
1 cake mix
1 tub of frosting
Make the cake mis according to instructions on the box. After baking, let the cake cool for a bit, but while it is still warm, crumble it into a mixer with 3/4 of the frosting. (Actually, I used the entire tub of frosting because I was feeling sassy!) Oh and I opted for yellow cake this time only because I wasn't feeling as creative when I went to the store. Had I worn my thinking hat, I would've gotten strawberry cake and cream cheese frosting to enjoy with the almond bark. Think chocolate covered strawberries. Anyway, I had to make do.
After mixing, you let it chill in the fridge for 2 hours. It actually has this doughy consistency and when you eat it, the mixture melts in your mouth. OMG...I'm going to enjoy this! Anyway, after chilling, you use a melon ball to roll into balls. I didn't have a melon baller, so I used my handy dandy ice cream scoop. Don't be jealous of the orange awesomeness!
I placed the rolled cake balls and placed them on parchment paper. They will sleep overnight in the freezer until tomorrow morning when I can dip them in the almond bark. Woo-hoo!!
Ahhh...but I'm a little impatient and must indulge in a sweet bite to make sure the texture is proper before I coat this uber-yumminess in chocolate. Sweet!
Now run off and make your own. I do believe I'll make the strawberry ones soon and I'll probably roll 'em around in sprinkles for some extra pizazz!