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Progress & Success

It has been a busy (and wonderful) few days around here! Friday, I ran four miles (on the dreadmill) and actually really enjoyed it! I’ve decided that 26 will be the age when I embrace running and stop making excuses.

Saturday we joined the moving team known as “Team Awesome” and helped two of our friends empty their old apartment, drive from MD to VA, and unload their stuff into a new apartment — all in four hours. It may have been the most efficient move I’ve ever been a part of. And Sunday was the Louisiana State Society’s annual Crawfish boil. Every year that is a good time and this year was no different. (This year, I opted to be “healthier” and instead of all you can eat jambalaya, sausage, and beer, I brought vodka with soda water and subway. However, the copious amounts of lime tortilla chips and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies were not the best for me…)

In between all this, Hubs and I made our “savings plan” for our trips this summer. We got serious and looked at how much we’d need to enjoy ourselves. The money considerations also convinced us to DRIVE to Atlanta in August (as opposed to flying). We’ll spend $200 in gas, but save almost $200 in dog boarding and close to $600 in airfare. (How are flights SO EXPENSIVE?!) That’s definitely worth a ten hour drive and our parents can spoil their granddog a little more. I’m pleased we sat down to figure this out — it makes me feel like we can responsibly take all the trips we want to by just cutting a few corners. Hooray vacations!

Now the only thing hanging over my head is my book ADD. Now that my Kindle is covered, loaded with books, and ready to go I just wanna use ittttt! *insert whining here* The only problem? I’m still finishing Thursday’s book club book and two library books. Hopefully I can settle down to reading only a book or two at a time once I make the switch to the Kindle.

Ugh, I need to get back to work anyway. But Buddy just gassed me/made my work space inhabitable. (How does something like that come out of my SWEET little dog?!) I’m making my escape. Later y’all!

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Hot Saturday Night In

That’s right folks, coming to you live from my HOT Saturday night in! Actually, it’s nice not to have anything to do. I’ve got Pandora queued up and a little dog for company.

I worked on a new recipe this evening. It’s another from the Test Kitchen Slowcooker Revolution book — I love that thing! This is a breakfast recipe – a sausage and potato Spanish Tortilla. I was super excited to find an egg recipe that didn’t call for copious amounts of cheese. The apartment smells awesome right now, but I have come to the conclusion that I would never make it as a prep cook. I’m absolutely slow as molasses when it comes to chopping and dicing, etc. I always forget how slow I am because Husband is usually around to help. Ha ha ha! Oh well, as long as the end result is good…

I finished up curious incident of the dog in night time  this evening also. It was an interesting reading experience. If you haven’t  read it, the story is told by an autistic teenager. You get some intriguing insight into all his quirks and compulsions. I enjoyed that the chapter numbers are all prime numbers. It was kind of like reading Room since the narrator isn’t “fully developed” like in most books.

I’m beat this evening! Today had lots of errands, a minor stint of helping a friend move, and making muffins in addition to the Spanish tortilla. (I certainly hope this is as good as it smells!) Husband is over at a friend’s tonight for guys’ night so I’m going to take advantage of having the apartment to myself and watch a little trashy tv. Y’all have a good night!

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Take Your Headache To Work Day?

This week has not started off on the right foot for me. The headache I’ve had since mid-day Friday stuck around all weekend long. In fact, it decided that it wanted to play this morning too. I woke up quite uncomfortably. Slept in a little bit and came into work a little late. The diet coke I sipped at lunch has helped moderately, but I still feel seriously off. I can’t figure out if I feel achy or if that’s just being sore from helping friends move on Saturday.

Let’s work backwards for a minute. Thursday was a great Lobster success! Coworkers, Hubs and I were toward the front of the line, so we had our traditional lobster rolls and accoutrements in about fifteen minutes. Hubs and I split the sandwich, chips and soda and while we were satisfied, it wasn’t really enough food to properly share. I think we both got about five bites of Lobster Roll — all five bites were scrumptious though. There were some SERIOUS chunks of lobster meat — including a massive piece of claw meat. The bun they use is amazing and I would love to see it featuring grilled cheese. Wow, that would be delish. When we finished chowing down and walked back to work, the line stretched down the block and halfway onto the next. My verdict: definitely yummy, but a lunch splurge. If you want lobster, make sure you’re in line early!

Friday was my day off. I filled it with errands and a haircut. So long hobo hair! I now have neat layers and my split ends are a thing of the past. I love my hairdresser and she’s super sweet. (She also gives an excellent shampoo massage while your head is draped into the sink.) If anyone in the DC area ever needs an awesome stylist, Rae at Pentagon City can definitely help you out. After saying goodbye to my hobo hair, I went to a grad school professor’s house for a little focus group. His place has a killer view and he’s a sweetheart so a group of us were more than happy to meet up and help out.

Saturday, Hubs and I fought the rally crowds to help Kristen and Daniel move. They have a really cute new place and I’m excited for them. Moving in together is always fun and having a nice apartment to boot is even better. One of my favorite aspects of their new place is that a UGA Fan lives down the hall from them. So, now I know they live in a good place!

That evening, Hubs and I cleaned up and went to dinner at Vermilion for my (very belated) birthday dinner.

We sat in the lounge area and ordered off their wonderful lounge/bar menu. It’s a really cozy set up against exposed brick walls (love!) with throw pillows everywhere. It was romatic and nice to sit on a little couch together and share some eats. The lounge is done half small plates/appetizers and half regular eats (but still cheaper than their traditional dinner menu). We grabbed some beers (Allagash White for me and Southern Tier 2x Double IPA for him) and split two appetizers: spinach and artichoke dip & fried pickles (called frickles). Both were phenomenal! For dinner, I got mini sliders and Hubs got a flank steak. We split a basket of fries between us. Yum, yum, yum! We tottered out fat and happy.

Sunday morning we continued our good eats at Jackson 20.

We were supposed to go for dinner last Saturday, but thanks to Friday night’s shenanigans we canceled our dinner reservations. I’m almost glad we did because brunch was to die for! We opted for their restaurant week menu: each person gets an appetizer, main dish and dessert for $20.10 (not including tip and tax). We split a crabcake & fried green tomato and a platter of shrimp fritters to start. Both were delicious, but the fritters won me over. Too often fritters turn into hushpuppies basically — all batter. If I wanted hushpuppies, I would ask for those! Instead, these fritters had a light coating of batter and all the attention was on the hunks of shrimp inside. Yum! Both Hubs and I got their Chesapeake benedict (eggs over crab cakes with an old bay hollandaise). Again, delicious. For dessert, we rounded out our meal with the Pot de Creme Chocolate (hubs) and Banana Pudding (me). Holy yum! There was even a carmelized banana half waiting on my plate. I would LOVE to try Jackson 20 again for dinner. I bet their BBQ is spot on. Oh, and I love piggies so I adored the huge pig sculptures in the restraunt. The napkin “rings” were little pigs too!

So, I suppose that brings us to the here and now. I’m glad I didn’t use up anymore sick leave than I did, but I would really rather not be here. Hopefully I can get some good rest tonight and feel like new in the morning?

What’s your favorite thing to eat for Brunch? Brunch is one of my fav meals so I’ll eat almost anything! I do love french toast though and a good omelet makes me weak in the knees! Also, biscuits and grits rank in at the top of my list!

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No music = no run?

Before yesterday, that was how I worked. The only thing that kept my feet pounding the ground were the tunes flowing out of my trusty little ipod. Moving hasn’t been kind to the ipod and thus it was uncharged yesterday. I didn’t realize this until I made it down into the lobby and had finished stretching.

At first, I panicked! I’d be able to hear myself breathing (like a heart-attack victim) and I wouldn’t have upbeat songs to carry me along when I got tired. But, I knew that if I took the time to go back upstairs and rifle around in our boxes for my old ipod, I probably would lose my tenuous motivation to run. So, I decided there was a first for everything and I needed to run!

I headed out on my usual course down into Old Town and to the waterfront. The weather was beautiful and breezy — five degrees warmer and it would have been perfect! The lack of music was surprisingly not detrimental. I think my pace was faster than normal too. If I didn’t have music to entertain me, I wanted to get there and get back! (I super-awkwardly ran with my ipod strapped to my arm and my earbuds in because I really had nowhere else to put it!)

My original goal was for a 5k-4miles. Getting home late from work and being behind on moving necessitated a shorter run. Based on my googlemap calculations, I made it about 2.5 miles. Not the best distance, but pretty darn good as far as I’m concerned for a girl who has never run tune-less before!

No work out tonight as it’s our last night with the old apartment — aka everything has to be out, thrown away and cleaned before we go to bed tonight. So, we’re gonna throw together some dinner — put tomorrow night’s in the slow cooker and make a little moving magic happen!

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