Monthly Archives: August 2009

I got nothin’ (and I think I’ve used this post title before)

I am at a loss of things to talk about in this post. I’m going to see Depeche Mode tomorrow night, so I’ll leave you with a performance of my favorite DM song.

I actually want this to be the song that I walk down the aisle to next April. Jason says that it’s the words that make it romantic and if someone just plays the music that will get lost, but I still like the idea. It could be the first dance song, but I have another one in mind – Falling Slowly from the movie Once.

Married folk, what was your first dance song? Or if you’re not married, do you know what you want it to be?

Summer Shade Fest

Well, no art was purchased, but we did have a nice time at the Summer Shade Fest. We walked around and looked at the booths. I managed to find a massage booth that charged $1 a minute for a chair massage so I had a five minute massage. I have this spot in my left shoulder/upper back that is always sore. I’m assuming it’s from using a mouse all day. So, spending $5 to have someone try to work the knot out was well worth it. After we saw all the booths, we sat down on the grass next to one of the stages and listened to some music and talked for a while.

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This was probably the most fun part of the festival for me. Jason almost never has a weekend day off, so it was really nice to be able to just spend time together. After about 2-3 hours, we decided to go home and regroup. And by regroup, I mean take a nap. I slept for about an hour and a half.

We wanted to go out to dinner and I remembered Angie’s recent post about eating at La Fonda and decided that would be just perfect for dinner. Their salsa is wonderful. I don’t know why, but I just love it. Although this batch did seem a tad too watery.

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For my entree, I got some sort of chicken salad. I used salsa as the salad dressing.

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I pretty much killed it.

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After dinner, we met up with my friend Erin at a new bar in midtown called Ri-Ra. The bars in midtown are not really my scene. I much prefer more of a dive bar but to my surprise, I actually enjoyed Ri-Ra. We were there for about an hour or so and some of Erin’s friends wanted to go across the street to Cosmo-Lava. We went but I didn’t really enjoy myself. It’s more of a club and really not my thing.

Today is dark and rainy. I want to give the house a good cleaning. Cleaning is hard for me. By nature, I’m a messy person and so is Jason. But at the same time, I get very frustrated about how messy my house gets. If a friend were to drop by unexpectedly, I’d probably be a bit embarrassed at the state of our house. I’ll clean and it’ll get messy, I’ll get frustrated and mad and clean again and it’s a never-ending cycle. How do we just keep the house clean to begin with?

Adams Realty 5K

On Wednesday, my friend Jamie and I decided that we would run the Adams Realty 5K which was part of the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival. He signed up online on Thursday. I forgot to and when I remembered, yesterday, online registration was closed. It was really for the best, because the line for the walk-up registration was much shorter than if you’d pre-registered. Ha, slackers do win sometimes.

Although I was pleased with the ease of registration, I was not amused when they handed you a t-shirt right then and there. What am I supposed to do with a t-shirt at the beginning of the race? My car was parked too far to walk back and put it inside. Fortunately, two of our friends lived close enough that we were able to walk to their house and throw the shirts on their porch. But seriously, they couldn’t give the t-shirts out at the end?

The actual run was pretty uneventful. It was through some neighborhoods that had some nice houses so the scenery was pretty good. It was on the hilly side, but races in Atlanta almost always are. I ran with my friends Jamie and Lauren for the first two miles and then somehow fell behind them during the third. I finished about thirty seconds after them, at around 33 minutes. Not fast, but I’m okay with it.

After the race, we walked back to our cars and walked through the park where there were artists setting up their booths for the festival. I love this sort of thing. I have several pieces of art that I’ve bought from various festivals. We’re going back later on, so I might come home with another piece to add to the collection.

Flaming Lips show

How fun is this?

A giant space bubble.

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Balloons, confetti and random people in animal costumes on stage.

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Plus Fight Test, Yoshimi Battles the Evil Pink Robots, Yeah Yeah Yeah Song, She Don’t Use Jelly, Taps (the funeral song – which they said they would play every single night until the war ends) and Do You Realize?

At a venue that sells food catered from Whole Foods. This was honestly one of the most fun concerts that I’ve ever been to. I’m not sure why; there was just a great energy.

I managed to bring the correct shoes to work today, so I did a 6 x 400 training run after work at the gym. I’m not exactly in racing shape the moment but my friend Jamie and I made a last minute decision to do a 5K on Saturday morning. I really, really, really would like to run a sub 30 5K. I’m always so close, but never can quite do it. Jamie runs a little bit faster than I do so I’m sort of hoping that I can keep up a slightly faster pace by running with him.

For dinner tonight, Jason threw together something. It was whole wheat tortellini in a marinara sauce with a crumbled up Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger to make a sorta meat sauce. I think I’m rubbing off on him because this is something that I totally would come up with myself. I liked it; he didn’t.

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Oh and check this out: I’m famous, part two! I didn’t even know they were going to put this on their website. I think it’s hysterical and pretty ironic that they chose a picture of me drinking from a dog bowl filled with alcohol to highlight some of the healthy living bloggers that use their product! Maybe we can all pretend that I’m drinking wheatgrass juice or something.

Speaking of chia, I made a smoothie with it yesterday but did it a little differently. Instead of making a chia gel and putting that in the blender, I just put the seeds straight in. Then after everything was blended together, I chilled the smoothie in the fridge for about ten minutes. It definitely thickened up a lot and the smoothie sort of had a gritty texture to it. It was enjoyable though and had some staying power. I’m not a huge smoothie person, because I like the feeling of chewing my food, but I am definitely enjoying putting this chia seeds in my smoothies.

Two Left Feet

So, this was supposed to be my last week of boot camp. I emailed Mike and told him that I was having trouble training for this race and making it to class so I wanted to take a break. Problem is, I neglected to notice that I have to give a 30-day notice. My membership (if you will) is on auto-pay which is cheaper. I guess that’s precisely why! Because now I have to go, or pay for at least, September as well.

So, off to boot camp I went this morning. It was okay. I’ve been doing this for long enough that I know the workouts and the new instructor definitely did the workout wrong. It made it easier, actually, so I wasn’t complaining!

I had intended to go to the gym after work since boot camp wasn’t very running intensive today. I packed my gym bag and took it to my office. I shut my office door at 5 and changed into my gym clothes and guess what I found? Two left shoes! D’oh! My co-workers found it quite amusing.

I could have just gone home, got the correct shoes and gone to the gym but my little doggie friend doesn’t make that very easy. He is very insistent on taking a walk as soon as I get home. So I took him on a 45 minute walk and by the time I got home, I lost all motivation for running. I can’t go tomorrow either because we’re going to see the Flaming Lips (woo!). So I guess I’ll have to run on Thursday which is normally my rest day.

Food

Since I’d been away for the weekend, I had no food in the house yesterday morning. I decided to make something I’d seen on other blogs for breakfast.

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Oatmeal in an almond butter jar. I just so happened to have a jar of almond butter that was pretty much empty. I made oats using 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 cup water, 1 scoop chia seeds and a squirt of agave nectar. I poured it into the jar and was surprised at how good it was. I’m not a big oatmeal person. I have it every now and again, but not on a daily, or even weekly basis. If I had another almost empty nut butter jar, I’d definitely make this again. The taste of the almond butter was present throughout the whole jar, instead of getting lost, like I feel it does when I put a spoonful on my oatmeal.

For dinner, I was feeling fish. I abandoned my cookbook of the month and decided to go with a recipe from Eating Well magazine that I’d saved on my computer – Catfish with Tomatillo Salsa.

I’d never bought a tomatillo before and was surprised that once I peeled off the papery skin, the fruit was somewhat sticky. I have no idea if that’s normal or not! Anyway, this meal was pretty good. A tiny bit on the bland side, but nothing that a little Frank’s can’t fix.

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Catfish with Tomatillo Salsa in Packets
Serves 4

1-1 1/4 pounds catfish, cut into 4 portions, or 4 tilapia fillets (4-5 ounces each)
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 pound tomatillos (see Tip), husks removed, coarsely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeño or serrano pepper, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400°F (or see Grill Variation, below).
2. To prepare packets, start with four 20- to 24-inch-long pieces of parchment paper or foil. Fold in half crosswise. With the parchment or foil folded, draw half a heart shape on one side as you would if you were making a Valentine. Use scissors to cut out the heart shape. Open up the heart.
3. Season fish with cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Combine tomatillos, onion, chile pepper, garlic and cilantro in a large bowl; stir in lime juice, oil, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and cayenne to taste (if using).
4. Place one portion of fish on one side of each open heart fairly close to the crease and leaving at least a 1-inch boarder around the edges for folding. Place one-fourth of the salsa (about 1 cup) on top of each fish portion.
5. Close the packet to cover the ingredients. Starting at the top, seal the packet by folding the edges together in a series of small, tight folds. Twist the tip of the packet and tuck it underneath to help keep the packet closed. Place the packets on a large rimmed baking sheet (packets may overlap slightly). Bake until the fish is opaque in the center, about 20 minutes. (Carefully open one package to check for doneness—be cautious of the steam.) Let packets rest unopened for 5 minutes before serving.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 241 calories; 13 g fat (3 g sat, 7 g mono); 53 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrate; 19 g protein; 3 g fiber; 500 mg sodium; 725 mg potassium.
Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (40% daily value), Potassium (21% dv).
1 Carbohydrate Serving
Exchanges: 1 1/2 vegetable, 2 1/2 lean meat, 1 fat

For some reason, the recipe online says this takes an hour and five minutes which is most certainly did not. It took about 5 minutes to prepare the veggies and then 20 minutes to cook.

I have more to say about boot camp, training and wedding planning but I’m late to work so I’ll have to post again later tonight.

Back in da ATL

It’s Sunday night and I’m back in Atlanta after a whirlwind weekend of dress shopping, regular shopping, crab eating and seeing family.

My flight was supposed to leave Atlanta at 7:20 on Friday evening. Due to weather conditions in DC, it was about two hours late. We sat on the tarmac for an hour and a half waiting for them to clear us to take off. All I can say is Thank God for my iphone. I would have been bored out of my mind as I only brought a magazine.

The next morning, we had an appointment at a bridal salon at 10 am. I had a certain style of dress in mind and fortunately, it was the style that looked the best on me. I went in there telling myself to ignore the size; wedding gowns run small and don’t let it get to me. I tried on about 10 dresses and really liked one of them a lot. We were there for about an hour and a half and decided to talk about it over lunch. There was a Whole Foods right around the corner, so we decided to make that our lunch destination. And guess what I found?

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All I have to say is PB&J larabar, get your ass to Atlanta stat! Tropical Fruit larabar, well, no offense, but you can take your sweet time.

After lunch, we went to another bridal shop. This one was closing and had all the samples for sale. We went there and I hated it. It was in a snotty area and the sales people were not friendly in the slightest. Plus, none of the dresses looked good on me. So, we decided to call back the first place and order the dress that I liked! I actually have a million pictures of me in it, if anyone would like to see.

Dress shopping wore me out! Those dresses are heavy and not easy to get in and out of! A nap was in order. After the nap, we had the quintessential Maryland dinner – crabs and beer.

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I had 4 crabs and 2 beers. Perfect amount!

This morning, I was going to go running, but..uhh..it just didn’t happen. No exercise at all happened this weekend unless you count trying on the dresses. I feel sort of guilty for that, but know that it will be fine and I will just resume my training plan tomorrow. I met up with my dad, stepmother, brother and his gf, cousin and his gf, cousin and her husband and their baby (whew, that was a lot to type) for lunch. We went to a country club and frankly, I thought the food was pretty bad. I didn’t see a lot of healthy options so decided to go with the ahi tuna sliders without mayo. They were okay. It came with fries. I ate about half of them.

After lunch, my dad dropped me back at my mom’s house and we went to see the venue where we’re getting married. I hadn’t seen it before so I was eager to actually have an image that I can picture in my mind when I think about our wedding.

This is the courtyard where we’re having the ceremony, weather permitting.

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This is where the reception will be. Sorry for the dark picture; they didn’t have the lights on.

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Looks what’s down the street. Hi Barack and Michelle! Do you think they’ll make an appearance?

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Bye-bye DC. See you soon!

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