Monthly Archives: August 2012

4-Day Weekend Coming Up

I took tomorrow off and have a 4-day weekend and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  Not for any particular reason, I’ve just been kind of blah and tired all week and need to recharge my batteries.  There was a bit of frustration yesterday when I woke up to no internet.  I peeked out the window and yup, as I suspected that stupid cable wire was knocked down by a branch.  AGAIN.


It was actually hanging in the middle of the street (the cable, not the branch) and people were doing U-turns thinking it was a downed power line.  Fortunately, Comcast came today and attached it to a different part of the house so this hopefully won’t happen again.

That really has nothing to do with me feeling blah, but I thought I’d share anyway because it’s just so odd that it’s happened twice in the past month.  I’m scared to death that this tree is going to fall over one day and kill us all.  How much does it cost to remove a big tree?

Anyway, I digress.  My 4-day weekend should be a nice one because we’re headed out of town to see my grandmother who lives near Ft. Lauderdale.  My mom will be down there too.  I haven’t seen my Grandma this entire year, I don’t think, and haven’t seen my mom since March, so that will be nice.  Plus, since Jason has weekends off now, he can actually come to.

In anticipation of our trip and the fact that it’s highly unlikely that I’ll workout there, I’ve gone to the gym every single day since last Saturday.  For me, that’s a lot of gym going in a row.  Today, I really didn’t want to go, but I made myself and while I’m glad I did, I’m exhausted. So much so that I couldn’t even think about making a proper dinner.

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Amy makes individual light and lean pizzas now.  Did you know?

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While I appreciate her efforts, it was not the most filling thing.  Plus, it was sort of bland and required a lot of hot sauce.

And that’s all I’ve got.

Dreary Day

Today was the definition of dreary.  One of those days where you just don’t want to get out of bed.  Despite having two cups of coffee, I just couldn’t wake up and desperately wanted to take a lunchtime nap in my car.  Instead, I attempted to go to Target.  I say attempted because when I got there, it started pouring and I didn’t want to get out of my car.  So I just sat there for 40 minutes.


(It wasn’t that dark out; there is some sort of Instagram filter on the picture).  While I was sitting in my car, I had this great idea.  What if there were napping stores?  Like places where you could go during your lunch break or whenever and pay a small fee to take a nap?  I don’t know if it would be like pods or beds or what, but I’d pay like $5 to take a 30 minute nap!  Someone needs to invent this.  Please.

The afternoon dragged on and by the time work was over, I was still pretty tired but made myself go to the gym, where I did a 3-mile interval run as part of the boot camp.  I actually felt much better after running and had more energy than I’d had all day.

Though it was rainy and gross out, it was hot and steamy and a typical rainy night comfort meal like soup wouldn’t do.  Instead, I made salad.  For some reason, Target has really decent frozen shrimp.  Much better than Kroger or Publix.  I bought some this past weekend, knowing that I wanted to make Celery, Artichoke, Hearts of Palm and Shrimp Salad. I’ve had this cookbook forever and I think this is actually the only thing that I’ve ever made from it, though I’ve made it several times.

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And now, I can finally go to sleep.

A Typical Sunday

Though my Saturdays differ from weekend to weekend, Sunday is often a day of productivity and routine. It sounds boring when I say it that way, but I like it and it makes me feel ready for the upcoming week.

Our routine, lately, has been to watch a Netflix DVD in the morning. We’ve been members of Netflix forever and our queue is really long so sometimes movies will show up in our mailbox that we added years ago.


This was pretty good, though a little hard to follow at times.  And I couldn’t get over the fact that the anchors and hosts all smoked on tv!  Crazy.

We also had pancakes. I always use the same recipe except that I use applesauce instead of yogurt and yesterday I added chocolate chips. I bought dark chocolate chips instead of milk and they sort of taste like wax to me until they’re melted. This is actually a blessing in disguise because I won’t eat them by the handful.

After the movie, we just hung out for a while and then I got ready to go to the gym. I did Workout C from Boot camp, although I realized when I got there, that I hadn’t looked up what the exercises were ahead of time. I had the sheet saying what to do, but I had to guess when I didn’t know what a couple of the moves were. (I got most of them right, save for one, which I did totally wrong.)

The gym happens to be next door to Target, so that happened. Then I went home, walked the dog, did some laundry and went to the grocery store. I try to plan at least a few meals for the week beforehand, otherwise I’ll end up spending a bunch of money and not having anything to eat somehow.

I’m able to start dinner on Sunday earlier which eliminates that “I’m ravenous and need to eat immediately” feeling. Jason had requested something with potatoes, so I made Nacho Fries.

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Though these took a while to cook, but they weren’t particularly difficult to make. Definitely not an after-work meal because of the 40-minute baking time, but fine for Sunday. Plus, they were really good. I used red potatoes because we had a bag of them and also added olives and salsa.

The best part of Sunday, though, is obviously Breaking Bad. And there is only one more episode until next summer. I am not pleased. And also Walter White is such an ass.

So that was my Sunday. What was yours like?

Corks & Forks

Can I just say that I am writing this at 3:41 in the morning because I made the not-so wise choice to take a nap at 8 o’clock pm last night?  I probably would have just slept until morning but Murphy started barking and it woke me up and I haven’t been able to fall back asleep yet.

Yesterday, we headed to Grant Park (where I would love to live even though Jason says there’s still lots of crime in that area) for the Corks & Forks festival, which was a tasting festival that was part of the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival.  You know Atlanta loves her festivals.

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The way it worked was that there were ten restaurants giving out samples and you could try each one once.  There were also beer and wine samples that you didn’t need a card for; you could try as much as you wanted.  Last year I went to this and I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t get enough to eat being that I don’t eat beef, chicken or pork.  It seemed to work out then, and it did this year too.  A lot of the restaurants had fish for their samples and I was able to ask at least three of the ones serving some sort of meat entree to just leave the meat off.  (Two were very accommodating, one gave me attitude about it.  I mean, I get that they are putting specific flavors together to create something, but I paid $30, I want to sample as much food as everyone else.)

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I don’t quite know what everything was, but here’s the basic gist of what I ate:

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Salmon from Soho.

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Tuna tartar from Spice Market.

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Watermelon gazpacho (minus the prosciutto) from The Sun Dial.

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Lobster queso on plantain chip from Graveyard Tavern.

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Smoked trout from the Commerce Club.

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Pork taco minus the pork from Serpas.

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Chicken liver mousse on cracker minus the chicken liver mousse (this is the one that was not pleased with me asking for a vegetarian version) from Campagnolo.

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Shrimp and grits from Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint.

We also tasted some wines.

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While I don’t particularly like red wine, I discovered that I do sort of like some of the sweeter reds.  I’m not sure I could drink an entire glass of sweet wine though.  Out of all the things that I tried, my favorite by far was the salmon from Soho.  Second, I liked the watermelon gazpacho.  Jason and our friends Jamie and Dave all liked the pork taco from Serpas the best.

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We thought this sign was funny.  Report all illegal acts to cowboy.  What?

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After getting our fill of food samples, we were still kind of hungry so we headed to the festival itself for more food.  I didn’t take a picture, but I had this delicious Mexi-corn.  It had some sort of herbs and parmesan cheese on it.  I also had a King of Pops popsicle – Cookies and Cream.  A new favorite flavor!  It seems like I always gravitate towards the cream or milk based KOP popsicles.  The unhealthiest ones for sure.  Oh well.  They taste really good.

I also hit the motherload when it came to samples – Cascadian Farms, Larabar and Food Should Taste Good chips.  Score.

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So that was my day.  And now it’s 4 am and I have no idea when I’m going to be able to fall back asleep.  Sigh.

Bootcamp Week 5

As much as I hate to admit, I haven’t been as dedicated to boot camp as I would have liked to be. It’s not that I haven’t done the workouts, I have, but I just haven’t really given it my all and, surprise, surprise, I’m not getting the results that I want.

Several of the workouts have around a 30-minute strength portion plus a 20-minute cardio of choice portion. You know what my cardio of choice always is? Walking Murphy. Yes, technically it’s cardio, but I’m not getting my heart rate up at all, especially when he stops to investigate smells every two seconds.

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Aside from that, there’s the issue of trying to fit what should be a 45-minute to an hour workout into a 30-minute period. This is my own fault and something I can totally avoid. I try to workout on my lunch break so I have something to do at lunch outside of the office and also so I have more free time at home after work. But the problem is, I’m taking shortcuts and not getting the full benefits of the workouts by condensing them.

So beginning this week, Week 5, I am doing the workouts after work, as prescribed. No more modifications to make them less time consuming! Time and time again, I try to fit my workout into a half hour period and time and time again, it does nothing for me.

Let’s see if I can do it!

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