New, improved: Grump Free!

Several hours, a reality check, and some serious work productivity later: I join you again for the grump free version of Friday. I re-read my previous post and feel like a serious complainer. I swear, I’m not negative Nancy all the time. So, here’s ten things that have made me incredibly happy in the past few days.

1. Quality family time in Atlanta. My Mom is my rock so seeing her for a few days is awesome. The rest of my family isn’t bad either. 😉
2. Delicious Vietnamese with friends last night. (More to come on this shortly!)
3. Massive thunderstorms! DC has been rocked the past week — one amazing storm came through yesterday am right before I ran out to get my coffee. It looked like 3am/the apocalypse outside.
4. Lunch time walks. I have some really awesome friends at work and when the temperature outside doesn’t approximate the face of the sun, we go for lunch time jaunts.
5. DC Food Trucks.   Seriously, need I say more?
6. Finding new blogs that I think I’m going to love: Beer and Burrito Body and Cupcakes and Shoes.
7. Planning the mini-vacay with Hubs. (You’d better believe we’re already scoping out VA Beach restaurants!)
8. Friend and Bridesmaid Blair’s Graduation Celebration at a local bar with AWESOME happy hour specials. Four dollar specialty cocktails? Where do I sign up?
9. Spanish Guitar Man. Remember him? I mentioned him last Thursday and I got to hear him play again yesterday morning.
10. The freakin’ weekend! I’m not sure if I’ve ever met a person who enjoys sleeping in, making brunch, lounging on the couch, reading, and having time to get a REAL work out in as much as me! 🙂 (Okay, that might be a lie, but I really love it!)

Okay, so onto the things my grumpy alter ego promised you this morning.

Vietnamese Food
A group of friends from GW started a foodie group (aka excuse to eat out) just after graduation. Somehow it turned into baking cookies at various people’s houses. So, we revamped and launched round two last night at Minh’s in Arlington. Holy yum! This girl had never eatn Vietnamese food before and I was impressed. Service was a little slow and I had  to beg several times for a water refill, but otherwise I loved it. Hubs and I split an order of Rice Spring Rolls (fresh, light, and served with a delightful peanut based sauce) as well as some brisket Pho. I really enjoyed my first Pho experience – I’m interested to try more. The broth was flavorful and the meat was tender without being mealy.

For main eats, I had the Pork and Beef Vermicelli while Hubs got the Pork Vermicelli Northern Style. They put this massive bowl down in front of me and my eyes got huge. (Also, the “cup” of Pho was bigger than most bowls of soup I’ve had in my life.) Greens (including some cucumber, cilantro, parsley, etc) formed the first layer. Said greens were obscured by a massive helping of vermicelli topped off with my skewer of beef (so tender and tastily seasoned) and the shredded pork. Ground peanuts, some shredded carrots and a tasty helping of scallions were hiding in various corners of the bowl. It’s served with a sweet and spicy sauce that the server instructed me to dump into my bowl. I poured that sucker out and commenced mixing up my bowl (I like getting lots of tastes in one bite). Honestly, I could have eaten the whole thing. I was stuffed but it was just so good. Our table of nine ordered nine different things as well as a variety of appetizers and not one complaint was voiced.

What capped off a good meal? The price! For an appetizer, cup of soup, two heaping entrees, tax, and tip, Hubs and I were only out $40. By DC standards, Minh’s is doing it right! They’re super accessible by metro (close to both Court House and Clarendon stops) and they have a parking lot. (I recommend metro though so you can walk off some of your eats afterward.)

Workout
Wednesday, post-work, I spent 35 minutes of QT with the treadmill for some slow burn hill intervals. I was a sweaty mess after 2.33 miles and just over 250 cals. I adjourned to the weights for some more upper body work (chest press, shoulder press, lat pulls, etc). I wasn’t nearly as sore this time around! I cannot wait to start seeing more definition in my arms again.

Reads
Last night I finished Philippa Gregory’s lastest: The Red Queen. Gregory knows how to write historical fiction — plain and simple. Her books take what we know of the past and then she adds some life. She brings the characters into 3D and makes them far more interesting. From my knowledge of history, she does this without taking away the truth of the story as well. The Red Queen is the second in Gregory’s series about the War of the Roses — this time from the Lancaster side of the fence. If you’re interested in this period in history, or in historical fiction in general, I definitely recommend this book and its predecessor (The White Queen about Elizabeth Woodville and the York family). 4/5

Okay y’all, I think that’s it for me. Technically I’m off at 3:30 but I don’t want to trek home for less than an hour just to trek back. That definitely does not make up for the hour and a half (or more!) that I’d spend sitting on a train. So, instead, I’m packing up my stuff and heading to a coffee shop to drink some tea and read until Hubs gets off work at 5:30. Oh, what am I reading? Well, I’m glad you asked! The library has provided me with Elin Hildebrand’s latest: The Island. I’ve never read anything of her’s before, but 65 pages in and I’m really enjoying the story. I’m sure I’ll tell you all about it once I’m done.

Y’all have a happy friday!

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  1. Thanks for stopping by our blog. We are new at this stuff, so I’m glad we seem to be doing okay.

    I am so worried about the heat during the race. I train in cool 75 degree Seattle temps . . . the Midwest is a whole different story!

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