The Giants have been Mr. Helen's favorite sports team since he was 10 years old. He's a true fan too - sticks with them through thick and thin. Needless to say, our household was full of excitement over their participation in the Super Bowl. Once we knew they were in I asked Mr. Helen what he would like to have to eat - or if he would even prefer to go out somewhere to watch the game. But he's a homebody at heart, plus he has his new HD TV so was excited about watching the game on that. He chose chicken wings, ribs, and guacamole. I sort of looked at him and said, "Would you like a vegetable with that?" He replied, "Isn't guacamole a vegetable?" Ha! I began to make plans for our menu and flesh it out a bit. I didn't want to make too much food as it would be just the two of us.
Then in the middle of last week he and Little Brother Helen, who recently moved back to the area, moved a treadmill together and LBH asked what we were doing. Of course Mr. Helen immediately asked him to come over. Wednesday morning I had to call my father-in-law about something and he asked what we were doing, "I know my son is excited about this game..." So I said, "Pop, would you like to come over for a while?" Suddenly there would be four. So I added another item to the menu. Friday evening after work I went out and bought all the items I would need so that I could just spend Saturday at home doing my housework and prepping for Sunday.
I woke up Saturday morning and as usual after my couple of cups of coffee took off for a run. I decided to keep up my trend from last week and ran 8 miles. Arrived home happy because I beat this wicked hill in the route I ran and I did it with the wind straight in my face. As I unloaded my fuel belt I looked at my phone and saw that my sister had texted me asking what we were doing for Super Bowl. By the end of that textversation, I had two more adults and 2 kiddies. Now we had a party!
I did spend quite a bit of time on Saturday prepping and when Mr. Helen saw everything I was doing he said he wanted to take me out for a bite to eat, which I took him up on. We went to our local Mexican restaurant and I had the Steak Burrito Bowl - so good!
Sunday dawned and Mr. Helen took off for work, hoping that he would be able to get off a bit earlier than his scheduled time of 6 pm as he wanted to be home and cleaned up before the National Anthem was sung. I realized that since my simple Sunday evening had turned into a party I would probably be going to bed way too late to get up at 4 am for a workout this morning so I made myself do my Monday workout. It felt hard because my legs were feeling a bit fatigued from Saturday's longer run. It was totally worth it as I didn't even get to bed until 11 p.m. and this morning I was glad to be able to sleep in until 5:45!
We really had a fabulous evening and of course the Giants GIANT victory over the Patriots made it feel like perfection. Not to mention that it was a blast for me to remind Mr. Helen that all four of the Giants' Super Bowl wins have come since we've known each other - I am his lucky charm!
A pictorial of some of our evening... I'll be sharing a couple of the recipes in this week's Recipe Round-Up.