Home before 8pm

I got home a little after 5pm tonight and almost didn’t know what to do with myself…




Except I knew exactly what I wanted to do!   I must admit even the neighbors were confused to see me home so early as I hopped on my bike and headed for the forest preserve path.  Note: this is a bad sign that your work/life balance is off!




The trail was bustling with bikers.  I saw at least 10 in my first 3 minutes and there were certainly WAY more people out biking than walking or running.  It was exciting for me to be on the trail with my peeps (as opposed to first thing in the morning), and of course, I was thrilled to get in another outdoor bike ride.




The main goal of my ride was to enjoy being outside with a secondary goal of working some lactic acid out of my post-race legs.




It was incredible to see the lush green grass and the trees and flowers beginning to bloom.  I wasn’t sure how much of the path was still flooded and was bummed to see this section still covered.  I debated turning around, but in the end slowly forged ahead.




It was a little deeper than I expected, but nothing my hybrid couldn’t handle.  While riding, I made a mental note to make an appointment to take in my road bike for new tires.




Back home, I have a quiet evening ahead of me.  Although it is stunning outside (74 degrees and sunny), the BOY is currently taking a final, so he was not available to grill me up some dinner.  I had to resort to my trusty oven.




I was able to make a simple and satisfying dinner that was hands off enough for me to check some emails and make some phone calls.  I had a sweet potato too, but I messed up my timing, so I ate that when I finished my fish.




Check out tomorrow’s lunch leftovers (there’s fish under there too)!



Easy Week Night Dinner Option…

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. Line baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.  Place precut broccoli on pan and drizzle with olive oil and then sprinkle garlic powder and sea salt.

3. Scrub sweet potato and pierce with a knife.  Place sweet potato in the oven first.

4. Place broccoli in the oven about 10 minutes later.

5. Take two tilapia fillets and place them in a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.  Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over the fillets and sprinkle with seasoning (I prefer Cavender’s Greek seasoning).

6. Bake your fish for about 15 minutes, your broccoli for 35 minutes, and your potato for 40 minutes*.

*All times are approximates


Dinner is served!


My go to fish is salmon, but this fresh tilapia was a nice change…it got me thinking about how amazing a pistachio or pecan crusted tilapia would be…maybe next time!



What do you like to do when you get home early during the week?

18 thoughts on “Home before 8pm

  1. So glad you got home early enough to go for a nice ride!
    I’m always home early since I start work super early. I love my routine- workout, make/eat dinner, take the pup for a long walk!

  2. Your meal looks delicious but it’s missing adequate healthy fats. I’d add butter to both the sweet potato & the broccoli. Yes, butter is a healthy fat.

    • Thanks for the suggestion. I’m not a huge fan of the taste of butter so I usually use olive oil instead. I have been considering trying some of the vegan butter but it’s hard to know what is healthy fat and what is fake fat.

  3. I hope your work / life balance evens out! It’s SO important! Hooray for cycling outside! I’ve been biking as much as I can… it’s always what I choose if I’m home early 🙂

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