Getting a run in before work changes my whole day! I went to work a little later this morning (because of a last minute schedule change that required me to go to a different school), and I was able to go for a quick 25 minute jog around the neighborhood. It wasn’t much, but being out there in the cool morning air and being done with a workout by 7:30 just makes me feel happy and energized for the rest of the day. One day I’ll find a job that starts at 9:) I also had a meeting that went into the evening, so it worked out well. And there was birthday cake at the meeting!!! Apparently, the psychologists in my district celebrate staff birthdays each month, and since I’m an October baby, I celebrated with a large slice.
I hadn’t planned on such a big snack though, and since Matt wasn’t able to make it home for dinner, I cancelled the Mexican meal that had been on the menu, and settled with a veggie [No Bull] burger over a salad. I bought tomato basil feta this week, instead of my usual goat or blue, and it was so delicious on this salad. Its the little things.
And then I had a girls night. Except there weren’t any other girls. Just French red, and a Sandra Bullock movie.
Now Remember The Titans just came on! I’ve got my furry flippers and my hoodie on, and I’m just gonna keep this cozy night going. A very happy hump day to you all.Read More
It was one of those fabulous weekends. The sun was shining, the temps were perfect, and I had the whole weekend free to play. I did a bit of everything – relaxing, cleaning, organizing, exercising, eating, drinking, friending. Friday started with drinks and dinner at Fuqua Friday, and then Matt and I came home for a movie night. We watched Reality Bites, a movie that I’ve actually never seen, despite having listened to the soundtrack a million times. I really enjoyed it, and could definitely relate with the whole post-graduation blues thing. Although, I’m feeling that this year might be a turning point….
And we also enjoyed this wonderful Octoberfest, which was a nice prelude to Saturday’s festivities.
I accidentally slept until 9 on Saturday and it felt glorious. A lot of times I feel zombie-like if I sleep too much (and when I sleep too little), but I felt great, so my body must have needed it. I went to spinning, and then worked hard to get my life in order – laundry, grocery shopping, a good shower scrub, cold-brewing new coffee for the upcoming week, dishwasher unloading, sheet changing – ya know, all the things that take over your weekend when you are supposed to be having fun:) In the afternoon, we dashed out to Fullsteam Brewery for a birthday party and then made our way over to the Bull City Burger Octoberfest.
We met lots of friends and enjoyed 20oz plastic mugs of Octoberfest with live music. It’s funny how good beer and conversation with friends can make hours just fly by.
Around 8, we decided non-alcoholic nourishment was needed, so we walked to the Federal. I always order the veggie sliders because they are soo good, but I forced myself to branch out this time. I’ve been to the Fed three times before and always had the same thing, so I went for the burger this time (well, I really wanted the pimento cheese and fried green tomato sandwich, but they were out of tomatoes!). The burger was great – thick and juicy and topped with gruyere.
Of course when we saw Pumking on tap, Matt and I had to share a glass. Oh, and we also had the nachos, which were some of the best I’ve ever had! It was one of those nights where it just felt so great to be relaxing with friends with nothing else on my mind.
Sunday has involved pancakes and coffee and a glorious run around Duke’s East campus. It’s rare that I would describe a run with that adjective, but it just felt good today. I’ve started leaving my watch at home and just running, and I’ve noticed it’s made running more enjoyable because I’m not worried about time goal. I’m still only running once or twice a week at most, but after having to quit because of stomach issues over the past two years and then deciding I hated running, I’m still trying to rekindle the relationship I used to have with it in college.
Back to Sunday – I spent the afternoon baking cupcakes for a cookout I’m going to tomorrow. I’m such a messy baker, but I do enjoy it! I used a double chocolate cake mix that I’ve been trying to use up forever, but made my favorite strawberry buttercream icing to go on top. Though I haven’t tried a cupcake yet, I think this batch of icing is my best ever – the perfect balance of butter, sugar, and strawberry.
I also made pizza! And I’ve got leftovers to pep up my Monday!
Ahhh, I had a fabulous weekend. Friday night, Matt and I took it easy and had a few beers with new Fuqua friends and then ate a late dinner at the famous Ten Tables in Jamaica Plain. I was able to get a new camera, thanks to the accident protection plan I bought at Best Buy, but it wasn’t up and running for picture taking on Friday night. The restaurant was adorable though, and I had a great burger. And, I did go back and add the pictures of Thursday’s dinner to this post.
The highlight of the weekend, though, was a Pizzapalooza competition I participated in on Saturday night. A friend and her fiancee thought of the brilliant idea of having different teams/couples create different pizzas to see who could create the best. We prepared for the competition with appetizers and wine. Over the course of the evening, I had small pours of some really awesome reds. I especially loved the Rodney Stong and the questionable wine from Trader Joe’s.
The contenders were: a shrimp pizza with homemade vodka sauce….
A date, pesto, and blue cheese pizza created by yours truly (and Matt)…
A mixed mushroom pizza with fontina and red sauce…
And a prosciutto and goat cheese with red sauce and olive tapenade.
Omg, they were all heavenly. Seriously, I was so impressed with all the creations.
I’ve always been a huge fan of shrimp pizza, and I think this one got my vote for the best. Unfortunately, we had some crust cooking issues, so the flavor of some of the pizzas (including mine) was compromised:( I’ve had my own before though, so I knew it was good.
Loved the shrooms on this guy!
My second favorite was definitely the prosciutto and goat cheese, party because the crust was the best of the four.
During all the action, the hosts’ sweet dog quietly slept in the corner. She was sooo well behaved!
I must participate in a pizzapalooza again. It was so.much.fun.
Today, I engaged in pure relaxation. I caught up on a million blogs this morning and had a really nice workout. Remember how I’ve tried twice to have that perfect run in new shoes? Well, it finally happened today. I went back to the sports store for the third time and returned the Brooks. I gave up and just bought last year’s model of the Asics and came home with the exact same shoe that I have now. I’m a little bummed that I couldn’t even get something in a different color, but nothing is worth having knee pain and I’m relieved to be back in something familiar. I ran for about 35 minutes and was just happy to feel like a normal person…no stomach ache, no knee issues, no mental I-hate-running thoughts. It was nice.
It was also nice to stroll over to the movie theater for a late afternoon showing of Water for Elephants. I read the book for book club a few months ago and loved seeing the plot on the big screen. I think it’s one of the best book-to-movies I’ve seen in a long time and I loved the actors.
With a great weekend behind me and a four day week ahead of me, I’m in a fantastic mood. Going to watch Weeds in bed before calling it an early night.
If you were to participate in pizzapalooza, what would you create?
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Another productive day over at the high school and another IEP meeting in the morning. Anyone getting up to watch the wedding? I’m actually tempted by the idea of a little mimosa gathering, but given I have to present at a meeting at 9 am, I don’t think that would be a very good idea. I might try to catch some of the news though, since I’ll be up in the six’s anyway.
I attempted a treadmill run after work, but I’ve been having a little trouble with pain in my knee since switching shoes Unfortunately, I think I might have to take them back and search for yet another pair. Anyway, I had to jump on the bike to finish my workout, because I didn’t think I should run any further. I’m taking a break from spinning because Northeastern’s spring semester just ended and there are no classes until the summer session begins.
I enjoyed Oprah this afternoon and did some tidying before getting busy in the kitchen. I made Angela’s Lentil Pasta and loved it. I’m not the biggest lentil fan, but these were flavored just right, and I loved feeling like I was eating a really meaty sauce.
I’ve been working my way through a little bag of clearance jelly beans and they’re on the menu for dessert.
I’m hoping to be in bed early tonight, as I’ve been horrible about going to bed before eleven. May is going to be a bit crazy, so I’m excited for a very low key weekend.
AND, I just went to add the pictures of dinner, dropped my camera, and it broke. Guess that’s going to affect my blogging for a while…Read More
Mmmm…70 degrees feels soooo good. I laced up the news shoes after work and went for my first run outside (in Boston) of the year. My shoes felt pretty good. Not fabulous, but solid enough that I think I’m going to keep them. Then run itself actually wasn’t too great, probably because I never run anymore and because I was still full from a massive luncheon we had at work today. Regardless of how my body felt, I really enjoyed just being out in the world on a pleasant afternoon. And so did the rest of Boston. People were sitting on benches, eating ice cream, drinking wine, laying out, jogging, and shopping…all at 3:30 on a weekday. I just can’t help but wonder what all those people do for a living that allows them to just hang out during typical working hours. Are they students, tourists, on their lunch break? Who knows, but I’ve got to figure out how to get my dream work schedule. Right now, I don’t think 8 to 3 is it…10 to 6 would be ideal:)
So, I mentioned yesterday that tonight was my last class. It was actually bittersweet because we had a meeting with the faculty, which kind of made me want to be a student again. But then again, I’m very ready to see what the next chapter of life has in store for me and having some cash should be fun. The warm weather and my last class left me with that exciting feeling in the pit of my stomach that something big is about to happen…
The shrimp were amazing (we splurged on fresh wild caught jumbos). The flavor of the coconut milk as the base was a really nice change of taste, seeing as I don’t think I’ve ever cooked with it before. I will say I got a little tired of the collard greens (sorry Kath), because we used an enormous head of greens and they dominated the soup.