Stinky Gym Clothes Fix

When I workout, I sweat.  Like it drips from everywhere.  I like a good sweat.  Love it, actually.  But I don’t love my stinky gym clothes that comes with it.  I was starting to be embarrassed with how smelly my clothes were and felt like I needed a whole new wardrobe.  Since new clothes would have been a pretty expensive option, I decided to first do a little research and see if I could fix the problem myself.  Luckily, I found a few tips and I’ve been doing this combination for a few weeks now and it seems to be working!  The texture of my workout pants have even changed- they’re softer and less stiff, more similar to how they were when I first bought them.  And the best part- they don’t smell!

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Here’s what I did-

1.  Fill up an extra tub with enough water to fully cover the clothes.  Add vinegar, aiming for 4 parts water to 1 part vinegar and mix well.

2.  Add my sweaty clothes to the tub, fully submerging them and push them around a bit to make sure the water|vinegar mixture is worked into the clothes.  Let soak minimally 30 minutes (I’ve soaked them for as long as a day….depending on when I was doing laundry but I have been doing it more frequently.)

3.  Use laundry detergent with febreeze.  I’m usually not a proponent for these types of products but it’s helping, so I’m sticking with it for now.

4.  After at least 30 minutes of soaking, ring out gym clothes and place them in the washer.  Add half the amount of laundry detergent you need and use baking soda for the other half.  Wash clothes on the hottest water temperature.

5.  Hang to dry.  Preferably, outside in direct sunlight or a well ventilated room.

I was pretty skeptical that anything would help but I’m so glad I found something that has.

Are your workout clothes smelly?  Do you have any tricks to help eliminate the odor?

Date Night- Number Nine Edition

I’m a believer in date nights.  They don’t have to be anything elaborate but simple nights that get you out of your routine and away from the tasks you have to do around the house.  They give you a break from the kitchen and dishes and give you an opportunity to reconnect, in a way.  Usually once a week we go on one.  Lately it has been a leisurely dinner out and sometimes a glass of wine or a cocktail too.

One of our favorite places is Number Nine in Long Beach for Vietnamese food.  We used to live within walking distance which made it even more fun and convenient.  I love not having to drive.  It’s located in an area on 4th Street called “Retro Row” where there are a number of vintage shops which are fun for browsing.  A couple restaurants in this area have created parklets which are becoming more popular throughout Long Beach.  For those who aren’t familiar, it’s when a parallel parking spot(s) is taken over to provide either a green space for passive or active recreation or some other amenity to enhance the pedestrian experience on the street.  The designs for these spaces vary and can be quite innovative.  However, often the design is somewhat temporary and could be removed in case of an emergency.  For a street that has shops, wine bars, restaurants, galleries, and an independent movie theater all within one block, before the two parklets, there was only spot for outdoor seating.  Therefore, the street was mainly used for walking and there was little on the street level to engage the pedestrian.  These parklets have helped to activate the street by making it more dynamic and lively.  Personally, I always enjoy walking down these types of streets.

Number Nine is one of the restaurants that has commandeered the parking spot in front of their restaurant and created outdoor seating.  There are heat lamps, pedestrian height lights, wood panels so the ground level is the same height as the curb and has a restaurant feel, and bamboo planted in containers to create a hedge and help to provide a separation between the dining space and the cars passing by.  This picture below is an older picture, the bamboo has matured even more and really does create a nice screen.

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The entrees are flavorful, filling and reasonably priced.  The menu is fairly simple- various flavors of Phở (rice noodle soup), Bún (cold vermicelli rice noodles with egg roll), and Bánh mì (vietnamese sandwiches).  All of these entrees have a vegetarian option.

On this night, as honestly, most nights we go there, I started with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and Cathrine a Shōchū/soju Lemonade.

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For dinner, I ordered the Tofu Bún and Cathrine ordered the Mélange (steak, chicken, brisket, tofu, daikon, carrot) Phở.
The Tofu Bún comes with this delicious sauce- it’s a combination of sweet and slightly spicy.
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And here’s Cathrine’s Melange Phở with a plate of add-ins to personalize the flavor (bean shoots, mint, peppers, lime, plum sauce, and siracha)

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Overall, it was a relaxing and enjoyable night out.
I’m off to go do some birthday present shopping.  Hope you all have a happy Monday!
Has your city or town started to build parklets?
Any interest in learning more about parklets and different designs?

And we’re back…..Weekly Meal Plan

Sorry for being MIA for so long.  We moved, unpacked to the point where it’s livable, and then played tourist in our own city when a couple friends from college visited.  Our days during their visit were fun but boy were they full.  Spending the day at Disneyland (and the gigantic cookies and cream ice cream cone I indulged in), the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, touring Robinson Helicopter Company, sightseeing around Portuguese Bend, and visiting the Bruery (Not to be confused with a winery, like I did.  For some reason I thought it was going to be in a pretty setting.  Instead it was adjacent to a freeway but my Sour in the Rye certainly made up for the lack of scenery) were some of the highlights of their visit.  As with most visits, of course, it wasn’t long enough but I guess it gives us another visit to look forward to.

I will say, the Indiana Jones Ride in Disneyland and the Radiator Springs Racers (even though, the line was crazy long) in California Adventure were my favorite rides.  Check out the lighting of the Radiator Springs Racers ride at night!  If you’re going to do it, I think it’s even more magical to wait until it’s dark.

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I love pictures of people riding rides!

Did you know, Warner Brothers has over 2 miles worth of shoes!!!  I’m not really a big television show watcher but I found just seeing the sets and how they can be transformed into many different types of scenes interesting.  I would recommend going but the tours fill up so I would get your tickets before you go.

Anyways, with moving and friends visiting, meal planning didn’t really happen.  So, I happily looked through recipes and landed on some of our old favorites to make for dinner this week.  We’ve had a rare three days of rain and I think this weather pattern influenced my meal planning.  We’ve got lots of soup on the menu this week.

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Sunday- New Year’s Noodle Soup made with kidney beans instead of borlotti beans.

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(Photo Credit- 101 Cookbooks website)

Monday- leftover soup

Tuesday- Orange-Maple Glazed Salmon with roasted sweet potato, broccoli, and a kale salad

Wednesday- Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup made with Field Roast italian sausage, vegetable broth, and whole wheat pasta shells

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(Photo Credit- Shutterbean website)

Thursday- leftover soup

Friday- Shrimp tacos with roasted broccoli, and a kale salad

I like the freeze our leftover soup for Cathrine to bring to work for lunch.

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!  I’ve off to make a simple brunch for us before starting the day.  What’s on your menu this week?