Monday, October 31, 2011

My Birthday Weekend

Saturday I turned the ripe old age of 38. I'm not really sure where the time has gone from the time I was about 23 to now. I left work a little early Thursday & went & had a massage. This was the first massage I've ever had. I've always been funny about strangers touching me. It was actually a delightful experience & one that I'd definitely do again.

I took the day off Friday as well but I still got up at 5 & went for a run. I had my nails done, did some shopping & had lunch with my parents at Brewbachers. It was a lovely day. Not real productive as far as shopping though. I did get a few things.
I got my purse at TJ Maxx. I NEVER find anything there & I only went in because I was going to Bed, Bath & Beyond next door.  Only $25 & it's the softest leather. 
I got a Bullet. With all the eating right I'm trying to do I decided that I needed this. I want to make smoothies because I don't eat enough fruit. I like a fruit shake/smoothie much better than actually eating fruit. I haven't made anything yet but everything's unpacked & ready to go!

Once Dean got home we went to dinner at La Carreta & then head over to our Church Fair. Lots of our friends were there so we visited & listened to the band. This particular band is made up of several of our parishioner's. One being a Cardiologist & another a Pediatrician. It's pretty funny to watch them bounce around & dance. At one point they sang Soul Man & our Priest joined them on stage & sang. It was hilarious!

Saturday I went for a 4 mile walk. We had a cold front come through Thursday so the weather's been great. A little cool early in the morning & after the sun goes down but really pretty during the day. After the walk I went shopping again. Ann Taylor Loft was having a 40% off everything sale. I scored there.

The tank was only like $2.50. It was on clearance. I also got a pair of skinny jeans to wear with my boots & flats. I picked up a green tea from Starbuck's (Thanks Vicki & Lane) & then headed home. We watched football & went to Mass. After Mass we walked around & visited at the fair again & then went to dinner at Marcello's. It was sooooo good. I had eggplant parmigiana & a salad. We even decided to have dessert & I'm so glad we did. We had strawberry cake with white chocolate icing. OMG DIVINE!!!

Yesterday was a pretty lazy day. I actually slept until 8:00 which rarely happens. I went through my closet & got rid of a bunch of stuff that doesn't fit anymore & straightened things up. Then it was to the sofa to read & nap. HA! I did go to Yoglates yesterday evening so I wasn't a complete bum. All in all it was a great birthday weekend.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Reason # 872

Why I could never be an athlete: I don't like to be yelled at.

Where does this come from? Last night we went to watch our neighbor/friend play volleyball. She's a senior this year & it was Senior Night at her high school. They won in 3 straight games (much to my delight because I was hungry). The opposing teams coach seemed to be a bit of a witch. She just had that look about her. Then she started the pointing & yelling. That's when I said "That's another reason I couldn't be an athlete. When people yell at me it makes me more nervous & I'll just screw up more".  I used to say "That's why I'm NOT an athlete" to which Dean once commented "Oh really? THAT'S the reason why??" Which is how it got changed to "another reason". I know this probably isn't a conversation that most of you have with your husbands but we have it fairly often. I guess because we watch a lot of sports it comes up often. I see something happen that I don't like & I'm all "that's why blah blah blah".

I suppose the main reason that I'm not an athlete is that I'm awful at sports. Watching the volleyball game last night reminded me of my years & years of P.E. classes in school. I told Dean how much I hated when we played volleyball in P.E. because it hurt my arms. That made me think about how there was nothing that I liked about P.E. I absolutely HATED every last second of it. I remember in 5th grade we had to play golf. That was awful. The grass probably hasn't filled in yet from where I butchered it trying to hit that stupid little ball. In 6th grade my friend & I saw our 5th grade P.E. teacher at the Worlds Fair in New Orleans & he introduced us to some of his students as "the 2 laziest people I've ever taught".  Apparently, he confused total & complete lack of interest & skill to lazy.

Then there was softball. Good grief, another little ball. Not to mention I throw like a girl. I'm constantly reminded of that by my brother.

I even hated square dancing. Who wanted to dance with those nasty boys? Not me. YUCK! OH & then it was high school. We were going to learn CPR on a dummy. At the ripe old age of 14 I had absolutely ZERO interest in learning this skill. The thought of having to actually breathe into someone's mouth to save their life was, for lack of a better word, GROSS. I also remember being in lots of trouble for having an F in P.E. on my progress report because I wasn't doing CPR correctly so the dummy wasn't lighting up like it was supposed to when I saved it.  Don't even get me started on the "dressing out". Those P.E. outfits were AWFUL!! Not to mention it was very hard to take that t-shirt on & off without messing up my very big hair. It was the early 90's people, the hair was big & it was PERMED!!! Don't laugh.

So you see, athlete I am not! 


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Weigh In Wednesday

I'm up .6. I swear these 2 lbs. that I keep bouncing back & forth between are going to be the death of me. I'm going to attempt to eat well this weekend. I'm still blaming that stupid turtle cake. UGH!

This week's workout schedule is pretty messed up just because of stuff going on. I ran 3.2 miles Monday morning. I couldn't leave work early Monday so no Yoglates until yesterday but Dean & I did go walking Monday evening. We walked 2.7 miles. This morning I ran another 3.2. I can't go to Yoglates today or tomorrow. I'm hoping to get an early class in Friday morning since I'm off. It will depend on the teacher. I know that's awful but there are a couple of teachers that I'm just not crazy about. I've tried their classes & didn't care for them. If I can't go to a class I may run again. My plan is to run a 2 mile fun run at my Church Saturday. I haven't ran 2 days in a row so I'm not sure about that plan. I was thinking it may be fine since Saturday is a shorter run. We'll see.

I have an oatmeal update. You may (or may not) remember that I had a bit of an oatmeal fiasco a couple of weeks ago. I bought the Great Value brand & it exploded all over the microwave & tasted funny. I've continued to eat it after experimenting with the cook time & there have been no more explosions. I've figured something else out. It's not the oatmeal that has a funny taste, it's the cinnamon I've been putting on it. Apparently, if you put the cinnamon on BEFORE you cook the oatmeal it gives it a cinnamon flavor without the weird taste. Who knew? Well, maybe everyone but me but I know now & I'm enjoying my oatmeal.


Monday, October 24, 2011

LSU vs. Auburn

When I woke up Saturday morning my leg was better. Notice I say better, not good?? I was worried that there would be problems. I DID NOT want to this to screw up my day. We had great seats & our friend was bringing us in the locker room. I sucked it up & put on my tennis shoes. I don't wear tennis shoes just anywhere. Generally, they're for working out & maybe the occasional running around. Me leg felt amazingly better when I put those shoes on. Of course wearing them required that I change my whole outfit. Not that it was anything special to begin with but still.

On our way to LSU we stopped & did our civic duty & voted then it was off to tailgate. The more we walked the better my leg felt. I was so relieved!!

Dean & I have a friend that works in LSU's Athletic Dept. so we were going to get to go in the locker room. We had to be there early which was fine with us. LSU was wearing their Nike Pro Combat uniforms for this game. I'm not crazy about the white helmets but they did have these iridescent like tiger stripes on them that was cool. Of course that doesn't show up in the picture.
This is the door that the players run out of onto the field.
The "Win Bar". The players touch it as the run out.
I could barely touch it even with my freakishly long arms & big hands.
Dean & I & some random dude in the background.
The North End Zone. Wasn't it a beautiful day?

After the tour it was back to tailgating. We met up with our friend that we were sitting with & another of Dean's friends. We visited several other friends which meant a TON of walking. We ate fried fish, boudin balls, brisket & shrimp pasta. It was another 2:30 game. For those of you that don't know, LSU fans HATE day games. I for one, was very happy with the day game. I had time to tailgate, go to the game, get home & still be in bed for 10:00. HA! Anyway, there are no night SEC games in Tiger Stadium this season because we're so good. HAHA! Seriously, we're good so CBS wants to televise all of our games which means 2:30 kickoffs. There was the one 11:30 kickoff which the fans really, really, really hate. Our friend Kevin drives in from Orange, TX for all of the home games & he has AWESOME tickets. He has 4 seats & normally his family comes with him. Only his daughter Montana wanted to come so he invited us along. We were sitting between the 45 & 50 yard line, 19 rows up. I LOVED these seats!!
Montana & me. She's 7 & was so into the game.
The Golden Band from Tigerland pregame. Pregame is my most favorite part of the whole game experience.
The band always spells out LSU at the end of pregame.
All of the captains for the game. I have serious issues with 9 being a captain due to off the field issues but that's another post. 9, 12, 18 & 30 are current players. The second row of "players" are past players that were the guest captains for the week.
Jarrett Lee (our starting QB) on the phone talking to the booth. I loved being able to watch all the hoopla on the sidelines. Those little purple circles aren't part of a Twister game. It's for the special teams guys to stand on so they know there will BE enough people on the field.
This thing fascinated me. If you watch any games on tv you've seen it. It's a camera. I zoomed in close & I should've taken one not zoomed in because the cords are attached to the bottom of the upper deck & this camera zooms all over above the field. It's really amazing. It's worked by some sort of remote. Very interesting.

LSU won 45-10. It was a great game!

Needless to say I was tired yesterday. Aside from going to Mass & the grocery store I got absolutely nothing accomplished. Well, except for reading!! Oh & I put a pork loin in the crock pot & used a McCormick Crock Pot Pulled Pork seasoning pack. It was good. We'll be having leftovers tonight. There was also no exercising going on yesterday. This morning I ran for 38 minutes before work. 


Sunday, October 23, 2011


Dean & I were off Friday. I love just working a 4 day week. I've got another one this week! We did some shopping. We made a Sam's run. I do love that place. I've said before that I find nice clothes there. I'm sure there are people that think I'm crazy but I don't care. I scored Friday. I got a pair of Nine West jeans that I LOVE. They fit great & they were $20. I got a pair of brown corduroy pants for $20 & I got a pair of Nicole Miller dark brown dress pants for $16. I think I'm going to go back & see what other colors they had in the cords & dress pants. I only bought the brown ones because I didn't know how they'd fit. I also got a couple of tops.
Kenneth Cole - $18!!

After Sam's we made a stop at Shoe Station. The sole purpose of this stop was to return a wallet I bought awhile back. Well, I ended up with these.
This is not my fault in the least. Even though I had my receipt they wouldn't give me my money back on the wallet because it had been more than 30 days since I bought it but they'd give me store credit. So see I HAD to buy shoes. I had a coupon of course too. They're dark brown. I really did need some dark brown casual shoes.

Next up was Academy. After the dress debacle that was my run the other morning it was imperative that I get some cold weather running clothes. I keep hearing that the Under Armour pants are the things to get BUT they're $50 a pair. I can't bring myself to pay that. Partly because I want more than one pair so I don't have to do laundry so much & partly because I seriously doubt that I'm running when it's 30 degrees. Sooooo, I went with the Academy brand. They say they'll keep you warm, they fit me & they were $20. HA! I got 2 pair. They're just black tight like, dry fit pants. I also got a couple of long sleeve dry fit shirts.
The pink one is much brighter than it looks. I decided it would be good for my morning runs. There's a school bus that comes through that drives entirely too fast so I want to make sure I'm seen!!! I'm about to order some dry fit gloves online & I'll be all set for my cold weather runs.

We had lunch at The Bulldog. We've never been there but I bought a Groupon awhile back. We had burgers & fries. I really enjoyed the fries. They were waffle fries, I'm not usually a fan of those but they were coated in wing sauce, then covered with chili, cheese & jalapeno peppers!!

I went for a run Friday afternoon & it wasn't pretty. The weather was beautiful & it wasn't too hot but it just wasn't a good run. I managed to make it 30 mins. but I only ran about 2.7 miles. How weird that I'm saying "only 2.7 mi.". Anyway, I think part of the problem was that I was too full. I just felt weird.  I took a nap when I got home. I fell asleep on the sofa watching Friends.(all time favorite show EVER!!).  Apparently, I was sleeping in a really weird position because my neck was really hurting along with my left leg when I woke up. As the night progressed my wrist starting hurting too. It was the weirdest thing. I only slept for an hour. Boy if I could have that hour back!! My birthday is Saturday & my friends & I always have a birthday dinner for each other. Mine was Friday.  It ended up just being me, Wendy & Vicki because Allison was in a wreck. She's ok but banged up. We ate at Portobello's. It's another local Italian restaurant. I had the Eggplant Roulades.
It's fried eggplant topped with crawfish, spinach & a bacon cream sauce. Portobello's has the best side salad in town I think.
It's big for a side salad & it has diced tomatoes, celery, mushrooms, purple onions, bacon bits, grated cheese & croutons. I had blue cheese vinaigrette dressing which was really good too. Vicki's little boy Lane, is our Godchild & he gave me a Starbucks gift card. Y'all know I was excited about that!! It was a nice dinner.

Then it was home to bed. I could barely put any weight on my leg & I couldn't really turn my head. It wasn't pretty. We were going to the LSU game Saturday & that entails A LOT of walking. When I went to bed I didn't know if I'd get to go. So that's all for now!


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Aliens & Weigh In Wednesday

I know it's Thursday. I weighed yesterday & had every intention of posting but I never got around to it. I gained 1.8 for the week. Not happy about that but not surprising after all the food that was consumed last weekend. Not to mention the fact that we came home with leftover turtle cake & Dean who's "not much on chocolate" is "pretty much done with it". NO WAY was I throwing this cake away. It was way to good & not cheap to do that. What's that mean?? Yeh, I ate a couple of slices over the course of the week.  It's gone now.

Speaking of food, last night we had dinner at Monjuni's. It's a local Italian restaurant that I love. We had a Groupon. I had 1/4 of a veggie muffaletto. OMG it was soooo good. Fried eggplant, roasted red peppers, asparagus, olive mix. YUM!!! I had a little house salad with it which is just shredded lettuce with Italian dressing & olive mix.

Yesterday was a run day for me & it was going to be cold. I don't really have any cold weather running gear so I had to piece it together & let me tell you I looked ridiculous. Leggings that are too big with a pair of shorts over them to make sure they stayed up, a long sleeve tshirt with a jacket over that, a head band covering my ears & NOTHING matched. It wasn't pretty. Dean & I are both off tomorrow & we will be hitting up Academy to find me some appropriate clothing. I ran 38 minutes straight. This afternoon I go to Yoglates.

So, I've said before that aliens have taken over my body since I've started all the exercising & changing my eating habits. Well, yesterday morning I got up at 4:45 & Dean's comment was "What's the world coming to when you're getting up this early, in the cold to run? Surely, the world is ending soon". I'm choosing to go with the alien theory. Otherwise, it will mean I've been doing all this when I could've just been eating & being lazy because I really don't think God cares if I'm in shape or not. 


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Time to move on???

I tried another crock pot recipe today & it was delicious!! My friend Katie sent me this one & the recipe was cleverly titled "Chicken". I actually remembered to take a picture.
Here's the recipe:

1 Pkg. Onion Soup Mix
1 1/2 Cup Milk
2 Cans Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 Cup White Rice
6 Chicken Breasts (I only used 4)
6 tbsp Butter ( I used less than 4, who needs all that butter??)
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper (I didn't use salt or pepper, I used some McCormick garlic herb seasoning)
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese (Walmart didn't have Parmesan so I used an Italian blend)

Put onion soup mix, milk, mushroom soup & rice in a bowl & mix it all together.
Grease crock pot
Put chicken in crock pot & butter it
Pour mixture over the top. Add salt, pepper or whatever seasoning you use, then cheese on top
Cook on low 8-10 hours

I made green beans to go with it & it was delicious if I do say so myself. Dean liked it too! I'm thinking since I actually made some changes to the recipe & it turned out good maybe it's time for me to move on to cooking in something other than a crock pot?? I probably won't but maybe I could.

Speaking of food. I've jumped on the Ground Flaxseed Meal bandwagon. All the healthy people blogs I read rave over this stuff. Apparently, it's super healthy & has all sorts of vitamins & stuff that you need. I added it to my chocolate milk. I couldn't really taste it except for some little grains which was no biggie. I think it will be great in oatmeal which is what I see a lot of people put it in. I got mine at Whole Foods & it was with the vitamins. That's the last place I would've looked. I never would've found it without help.

I went to Yoglates yesterday & today. Tomorrow will be my second run of the week. It should be interesting because a cold front came through today & it's going to be in the high 40's in the morning.  Wish me luck!!


Monday, October 17, 2011

Weekend Diet =

EPIC FAIL!!!! Cheeseburger, jalapeno cheese fries, swamp bucket, 7 layer dip, garlic bacon dip, margaritas, turtle cake, pizza, more turtle cake. Yes, that was my diet this weekend. Of course that means it was a really good weekend! That's kinda sad isn't it? That how good my weekend was is based on food. Oh well, it is what it is. Friday night Dean & I had dinner at the Chimes. Cheeseburger, cheese fries & a swamp bucket. Delicious as usual!

Saturday I got up & went for a run. I've completed C25K but I'm still not running 3.1 miles in 30 mins. I think it's going to take me awhile to build up to that but in the meantime I need to make sure I can run 3.1 since the 5K is in 3 weeks. My plan was to tack on 2 mins. & run for 32 straight. Well, I ended up running 35 mins. straight & ran exactly 3.1 miles. Woo Hoo!! So now I know I can do it. That's half the battle right?

LSU had another 2:30 game Saturday & we went to watch it with our friends Paul & Niki. That would be where the dips, margaritas & cake came into play. You can't watch football without snacking right? LSU won but the game was a little on the boring side. We played with the kiddos for awhile. This is Charli
She likes having her picture taken. This is her baby brother Owen.
He's sooo happy & chubby!! I love all those rolls.
Me & Charli. Poor thing, I didn't realize all my hair was in her face!

Sunday was the Susan G. Komen Bowl for the Cure event in our city. My office had a team & I was one of the bowlers. This is where the pizza came in.  I'm a mediocre bowler at best. Seriously. I thought maybe I'd be better since I'm stronger from Yoglates. Yeh, not so much. My ball does roll faster but that just means it gets to the gutter quicker than  before. I'm proud to say I broke 50 in each of the 3 games we bowled. Now that I think about it, that's not even mediocre is it?? It's been a really long time since I've bowled. I know I haven't since we got married so at least 8 years.
The shoes haven't gotten any better. There was a casualty as well.
Don't worry, it's fake so it doesn't hurt. It's just not pretty.

This morning I was up at 5:00 for my run. I felt much better than I did Saturday & it seemed like a much easier run but my time wasn't as good. I ran another 35 mins. but I didn't make 3.1 miles. This afternoon is Yoglates.

How was everyone's weekend?


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Random Thursday

I'm very excited to say that I screwed up. I actually lost 2 lbs. this week not 1. My scale stores the last weight you were & I weighed this morning (had lost a tad) & that's when I saw that yesterdays weight was a pound less. YAY! I guess I need to start writing it down so I don't screw up the post.

I had a few people ask about cooking an egg in the microwave. My friend Allison is the one that told me how to do this. I just take a regular bowl, like a cereal bowl & crack the egg in that & add hot sauce & seasoning & then beat it all together with a fork. Make sure you spray Pam or something in the bowl. Otherwise, you're going to have a big mess & half your egg will end up stuck to the bowl. Trust me when I tell you this. Then just put it in the microwave (I cover it with the little plate cover thingy for microwave use & cook it for a minute. I know all microwaves are different so you may need to cook a little longer or a little less. The egg taste like a scrambled egg but it kind of molds itself to the bowl so it's like a little egg patty & is perfect if you want to make a sandwich with it.  I had one this morning on an english muffin. I should've taken a picture but I didn't think about it.

Yoglates was TOUGH yesterday. Wednesday = a new routine. This week is very arm intense. Lots of push ups & we have to use those stupid balls. Well, we don't have too but I did. The ball weighs 6 lbs. so it's definitely making it harder. Today is my last class for the week. Tomorrow will be my day off & I'll run Saturday morning.

Is anyone watching Two and a Half Men? We loved it when Charlie Sheen was on. I know he's a horrible person, blah blah blah BUT it was funny. Now, not so much. At least we don't think so. I've never been much of an Ashton Kutcher fan. Not sure why but something about him bugs me & that hasn't changed with him on the show.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Weigh In Wednesday

I'm down 1 pound from my last Weigh In Wed. which was Weigh In Thurs. on Sept. 29th. Woo hoo!! I didn't do an "official" weight post last week but I did weigh a couple of times & I was up from the 29th so I'm very excited to be down now. Still haven't made it to my goal but I know I'll get there eventually!

I've told of my cooking fiasco's before. Some major, some pretty minor. Well, in the last 2 weeks I've had breakfast issues. My breakfast varies depending on how much time I have in the morning. When there's extra time I usually scramble an egg in the microwave & put it on a whole grain english muffin. REALLY good!! Anyway, I put hot sauce & cajun seasoning in my egg before I cook it. Well, for some reason when I put the hot sauce in a bunch came flying out. I don't understand how that happened but whatever. Then I start sprinkling in the cajun seasoning & it came out pretty fast & I was like what's going on & that's when I realized. It wasn't cajun seasoning. It was CHILI POWDER. Lovely. I tried to scoop some out but that wasn't very effective. I just cooked it. Far be it from me to waste an egg & start over. As it turns out the extra hot sauce pretty much cancelled out the chili powder.

My next "incident" was this week. My sis-in-law Lydia has introduced me to the greatness that is oatmeal. I really like it! She told me about a brand, Better Oats, that she really liked. They are super easy. Open the little pack, pour the contents in a bowl, then fill the pouch to the line with water, add it & stir. Cook for whatever (I think a minute & a half). It comes out perfect every time. I was out of oatmeal so when we were grocery shopping Sunday morning I was going to get more. Well, the Walmart Neighborhood Market that we shop at doesn't have this particular brand. I wasn't in the mood to go to Winn Dixie so I bought Great Value instant oatmeal. Yeh, won't make that mistake again. I did just what the directions said. They say to cook 1 1/2 -2 minutes. I put it on 1:45. I open the microwave & half of my oatmeal is all over the microwave. I guess it exploded & NO I didn't cover it. It said not to.  That was the first question Dean asked. Then it wasn't even that good. Like I have any extra time in the morning for breakfast malfunctions. I'll be making a trip to Winn Dixie soon. 

I'm not a big fruit eater. I like oranges, grapefruits (every now & then), strawberries & grapes. Of all of these fruits the only ones I buy regularly are grapes. Don't ask me why. I guess because they're easy to eat. I forgot to get some at the grocery store Sunday. I stopped at the store on the way home from work to pick some up. I stopped at Matherne's which is a great family owned store. I LOVE this store but I don't do regular shopping there because it's more expensive. I see the grapes, I buy the grapes. Yesterday, at lunch I'm having grapes for dessert & there's something crunchy inside the grape. WTH?? Yeh those would be seeds. I swear I looked at the container & it said seedless. When I got home I checked out the container & it says "red seeded grapes". Lovely. I don't know about you but I don't like crunching down on something that isn't supposed to be crunchy. GROSS! This got me thinking. Why on earth do they even sell grapes with seeds when there are grapes without them? I don't understand that at all. So, now I have $6 worth of crunchy grapes.

I've only been to Yoglates once this week. That was yesterday. I didn't go Sunday because one of the "crazy" teachers was teaching. HA! There are 2 teachers that are just a little to gung ho for me. Let's just say the one & only time I went to this chick's class I went home & threw up. Soooo, I didn't go Sunday. Monday, I had a meeting a Church so I couldn't go. I'll be there today & tomorrow though to get my 3 classes in for the week.

Today I completed C25K!! I'm completely amazed with myself. No, I'm not running 3.1 miles in 30 mins. like it says I'll be doing at the end of 9 wks. but I can run 30 minutes at a time. My pace varies. Today I was slower than I've been at 12:02/mile. For some reason when I run on Saturday's I'm faster. I've been right around 11:00/mile. My plan is to continue to run 3 times a week & work my way up to 3.1. I'm planning my next run for Saturday morning & I'm going to go 32 minutes. Right now my goal is to run a 5K. The time will come later. My first race is November 5th.


Sunday, October 9, 2011


When we last "spoke" I said I was postponing Weigh In Wednesday. I meant for like a day but one thing led to another & here we are on Sunday night so I'm just skipping it & will be back on track Wednesday.

I did lots of working out last week. Yoglates Sunday, Monday & Wednesday; Running Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. Saturday I started Week 9 of C25K. Week 9 is the last week!! I honestly didn't think I would ever make it this far. Saturday my pace was 11:05 per mile so in the 30 mins. I'm running about 2.7 mi.  My first 5K is November 5th so I have time to improve.

Thursday evening we went downtown. The United Way chapter in our area has a jambalaya cook off every year. This is the second year it's been in the evening & this year there were bands too. My friends that work with me, Aaron & Stan, were cooking. We ate jambalaya & had drinks. There are lots of restaurants & bars downtown & several of them had specialty drinks they were giving out when you had a ticket for both food & drinks. Some of them were good, some not so much but it was a lot of fun.

Friday I took the day off. Dean had to work. Normally, we take off together or he's off without me because he gets a week more vacation than I do plus he has one Friday a month off. However, since he went to Alaska in August I now have more days left. I had such good intentions. I had a couple of returns to make, I needed some pants, the oil needed to be changed in my truck & my nails needed to be done. Well, one thing led to another & I forgot the stuff I needed to return.  I ended up getting the oil changed & my truck washed, I found 1 lousy pair of pants. When you lose 25 pounds aren't you supposed to be able to walk in any store & find stuff??? Loft was having a good sale & I got some tops there & I managed to find a pair of jeans at Dillard's. Other than that my shopping day was a bust.

I did have a delicious lunch. I walked right past Chick Fil A, Raising Canes, Izzo's & VooDoo BBQ at the food court & went to Jimmy Johns. I don't know if they're just in the south but I love it. I had a turkey sandwich on wheat bread & it was DELISH!! I even had a Dr Pepper. I hadn't had one in 2 weeks & since I had such a lousy shopping trip I needed something to cheer me up.

Next stop was the nail salon. I should've known better. 2:30 on a Friday afternoon the day before a home LSU football game?? What was I thinking?? There were like 30 people ahead of me. Needless to say I didn't wait. I went home & took a little nap!

Friday night we went with our neighbors to our Church Fundraiser. It was a silent & live auction along with dinner. Those of you that know me in real life will get a kick out of this. I ATE NESE!!! For those of you that  don't know me in real life, Nese is Chinese, Japanese, Lebanese & any other type of food ending in Nese. I don't eat Nese. Like ever. Well, the meal at Church was catered by Serops, a Lebanese joint in town. There was rice, chicken schwarma, pita's, hummus & those grape leaf stuffed things which Dean described as Lebanese boudin. The only thing I didn't care for were the grape leaves. The stuff inside was ok but it really wasn't my thing. The salad was really good. Before anyone gets carried away I'm not going out & eating Lebanese. I can make chicken & rice at home. This is just another example of how aliens must be invading my body - exercise, running, cooking  & now eating nese.....

There was also a desert martini bar. There was something called the Liontini that I tried & it was DELISH!!! Chambord, pineapple juice & vanilla vodka. Really good!

Saturday, LSU played at 2:30. I went for my run Saturday morning & then high tailed it into the shower so I could be at the nail salon as close to 9:00 as possible so I wouldn't have to wait too long. There was no need to rush. Nobody was there the entire time I was. I guess everyone was going to the game. Once I got home from the nail salon we didn't leave the house. I took a little nap before the game came on & then we watched football the rest of the night. By bedtime I was pretty much done with football.

Today we went to Mass at 7:00 & then grocery shopping. The rest of my day was spent on the sofa. Another nap, I read, watched the Saints & read some more. 

Speaking of reading, I read 2.5 books this weekend. The Pretty Little Liar series is really good! My friend Wendy told me about them. They're young adult but they're really good.

So basically that's my long weekend in a nutshell. Nothing exciting but at least I wasn't at work right??


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Anniversary Dinner

Yesterday was our 8th anniversary. We've been together for 13 1/2 years. I often refer to things as being B.D. or A.D. (Before Dean or After Dean). Ha! We had dinner at Flemings last night. This is our favorite steak restaurant. It's pricey so it's a once or twice a year treat. We've been to Sullivan's & Ruths Chris but we don't think there's any comparison. They bring this bread to the table with 2 spreads. One is garlic & something & the other is tomato basil. It's soooo good. They also have a new "skinny" martini, "The Stiletto". It's 99 calories & since it's breast cancer awareness month they're donating all of the proceeds to breast cancer research. That means you have to have at least one right? It's for a good cause!
Gin, lime, ginger & fresh blackberries (which you can't see but were delish!). I had the wedge salad. This is by far my favorite salad & every time I eat one (which isn't often) I ask why is it that a head of iceburg lettuce chopped in half is soooo good?? Dean says it's all about the temp. It's just so good & this one had big chunks of blue cheese which I absolutely love!!! YUM! Next up was my steak. Porcini rubbed filet, grilled asparagus spears & a Gorgonzola cream sauce. OMG!! Soooo good!!

I received an email saying that if we dined at Flemings during October we'd get a free piece of cake because October is my birthday month. Well, this wasn't just any chocolate cake.
Triple Chocolate Celebration Cake! There's nothing I can say about this cake that will do it justice. It wasn't just a piece of cake. It was more the size of like 4 or 5 pieces. We split it & we ate it ALL! Incidentally, Weigh In Wednesday has been postponed. I promise I forgot to weigh & it doesn't have anything to do with that cake. I mean it does, but I truly did forget to weigh this morning.  At this point we were both stuffed! Then the waiter brought these since it was our anniversary.
Flemings Truffles. I remember we got these last year when we went & they're divine! He gave us each a box. I will be limiting myself to one a day. And YES I am going to Yoglates today!


Monday, October 3, 2011

It's October!

Hard to believe isn't it? I love the month of October. My anniversary is tomorrow & my birthday is at the end of the month. Lots to look forward to.

Friday night we went to the wine tasting. There were 4 couples & we had such a good time. We also drank entirely too much wine. There were 7 wines featured. The 7th was DELISH, my absolute fave. Sadly, it was like $150 a bottle. Needless to say we didn't bring any of that home. The meal was delicious too. We had blue cheese stuffed mushrooms. SOOOOO good. Turkish lamb stew, which I was leery about, but was also really good. The main course was prime rib & olive oil baked potatoes with chocolate butter cake for dessert. The wines are always discounted at these dinners so we usually buy some of our faves. There's also an additional discount if you buy 6 or more. This is some of what we bought.
We ended up with 7 bottles. I just realized something. Anytime, I buy more of something than I need due to a discount Dean says I'm "spaving", spending to save. He makes fun of me for this BUT he did the same thing Friday night!!! HA!

So after the dinner we went to Marcello's. It's a small restaurant & bar that's really good. We just stopped in for a drink. I had a wedding cake martini & it was delish!! Good thing I had the recipe in my phone because the bartender didn't know how to make it.
Suzy, Korie & me. It was really dark so it was hard to get a decent picture.

Saturday morning I woke up bright & early at 6:15 & couldn't go back to sleep. It was awful. I also had a headache. Imagine that. I went for a walk & then came home & did Bethenny Frankel's  Body By Bethenny Yoga DVD. I borrowed it from my friend Wendy to see what it's like. I've never done just regular Yoga so I wasn't sure what to expect. It's very similar to the yoga portion of Yoglates. I liked it & it was more low key than what we do in class so that was nice on a off day but I probably wouldn't do this one again. I'd rather do something different from my regular routine.

I laid on the sofa the rest of the afternoon watching the LSU game. It was dullsville but they won. After the game we went next door for Amelia-Ann's 13th birthday party. I had my first "gourmet" cupcake. I never understood what the fuss was about but OMG I do now & I've been missing out. They were soooo good!!! I had wedding cake. DELISH!! Hopefully, it won't affect the scale too much this week. I just couldn't resist.

Yesterday, we went to 7:00 Mass & when we got home I ran. Week 8 Day 1 is 28 minutes straight. It was tough but I did it & I increased my time by over a minute. I don't know if that was a fluke or if I really am improving since the weather is cooler & less humid. I guess we'll see tomorrow when I do day 2. After my run I parked myself on the sofa again. I didn't sleep great again Saturday night & I was planning to go to Yoglates later so I took a little nap & read & watched the Saints. I brought Korie & Suzy to Yoglates with me. They'd never tried it & didn't know what to expect. Let's just say they have an all new respect for me & what I've been doing. I got a message from Korie this morning that just said "OWWWW". That pretty much sums it up!

Did y'all have a good weekend?