it was 83 degrees and i went out running by myself in the afternoon. the banks of the charles was peppered with eye candy, pleasant distractions to make me forget that i was running. still, i have a real stamina issue, maybe it's the lack of sleep, maybe it's running on an empty stomach, maybe it's just that i get bored, but i didn't run all the way, i walked the length of memorial drive before picking it up again. when i made to back to downtown crossing, i felt my body tingling, like i was overheating. i stopped by a 7-11 convenience store and got myself a pina colada smoothie and an energy bar for lunch. the icy drink felt really good on such a hot day, and i noticed the envious stares of passerbys.
back at home, it was my turn to cook, and i started making the thai chicken fried rice as soon as julie showed up at the door sporting her sleeveless exercise top and her newly shortened haircut. earlier, before she arrived, i had already cut up all the ingredients, and all i had to do was to throw them into the pan and cook them. the final result was okay in my opinion, i found the peapods to but a little on the soggy side (overcooked) and the chicken seemed like it needed some marinade before going into the pan. it's essentially fried rice, just without the egg, and more thai ingredients, like a cup of basil leaves and the use of fish sauce and lime juice. for dessert, a coconut jello that i'd prepared the night before, sprinkled with blackberries. julie never had coconut jello before, and she was fascinated by the consistency, which resembled the egg white of a hard boiled egg. during SVU commercial breaks, she'd cut paper thin slices of jello to eat.