I also mashed the potato scooped out of the skins with a little bit of fat free sour cream, a drizzle of white truffle oil and a pinch of truffle salt. We'll have those for dinner with the brats we bought at the Pike Place Market.
Since we eat out so much, I try to be as calorically conscious as possible when we do eat at home and work. That means a lot of green salads at lunchtime for me and low calorie leftovers for B. That combined with B's sheer will to get us out the door to the gym most mornings by 6am helps keep things in check. I know there are varied opinions on the truth of the calorie bank, but I choose to manage my diet in this fashion. I don't condone starving oneself to save up for unnecessary excess, but I do try to help us both be careful so we can truly enjoy our restaurant adventures.
As for the Merlot, I realized at some point today that we are booked solid through the new year. We have a free weekend day here and there (though they are few and far between), but between demanding work schedules and our own social and travel commitments, I'm not exactly sure when we're supposed to sleep... or do laundry.
We live by our calendars. As much as B and I are completely opposite in many ways, we both maintain order in our lives by keeping a tight reign on our schedules and coordinating our calendars to what some might consider an excessive degree. The fact that our Thursday dinners are currently scheduled through October 13, 2011 is just one example. I spent time today organizing and prioritizing my work and personal commitments in an attempt to restore some calm to the Type A obsessive aspects of my personality, but I fear I just made it worse. I began to see a fraction of what must happen between now and the new year and may have panicked just a little.
So, tonight I am grateful for wine bottle vacuum sealers since B won't touch a glass of red wine for any amount of bribery. Merlot and potato skins. I'm a classy lady!