Monthly Archives: February 2010

Safe and Sound

Jason and I are safe and sound in Maryland. We took a 9 am flight yesterday morning and landed around 11. We went to my favorite restaurant for lunch – Lebanese Taverna. I ordered the Vegetarian Mezza. When it came out, I was sort of disappointed. It was a bunch of tiny tastes, which I guess is what Mezza is, but I didn’t feel very satisfied. I should have ordered the Chicken Shwarma sandwich which is what my mom and Jason got. Oh well. Considering I go to this restaurant like every single time I’m in town, it’s no biggie.

For dinner, we went to Potenza which is where we’re having the rehearsal dinner. “We” was my father, stepmother, brother, sister, Jason and I. My mom had found this restaurant and none of us had been before so we wanted to see what it was all about. My dad has to fast for 24 hours before his surgery so I think he was all about stuffing his face. He suggested that we get a pizza as an appetizer for the table. We got some sort of mushroom one. It was really delicious. For my entree, I got the Maltagliati al Ragu di Pesce which according to the menu is torn house made basil pasta ribbons with heirloom tomatoes in a light fresh seafood ragu and according to the waiter is not pronounced anything like it’s spelled. All the men got the same thing – a pile of meat. Seriously, my dad, Eric and Jason all got the Rigatoni and Sunday Gravy which was Meatball, spicy fennel sausage, spare rib, brasciole. Um, no thanks. My entree was good, but I really preferred the pizza to tell the truth.

On the way home, my brother and Jason launched into a very nerdy discussion about lasers. My brother is uber-smart, but actually not nerdy at all. He’s about to get his Bachelor’s in Physics this May and then going back for a PHD. When he starts talking about Physics stuff and his on campus job (which apparently involves lasers), I honestly have no idea what the eff he’s talking about. It’s just funny how our interests are so opposite. I majored in Studio Art and minored in English and he’s majoring in Physics and minoring in Math. (My sister is more like me.) What about you? Are you more interested in Humanities or Sciences?


Date with my washing machine

Jason and I were going to go out with some friends tonight, but decided to take a rain check. There’s too much laundry to do. I literally told my friend that I couldn’t go out because I have to do laundry. Lame, but true. We also had to drop off Murphy at the dog hotel. Unfortunately, they don’t open until 8am on Saturday and our flight is at 9, so we had to take him tonight. I think he likes it there. The website says the dogs go out and play six times a day.

I had to bail on doing a run at lunch because I forgot a towel. I know, I know. I really do need to make a checklist like Laura suggested. The gym’s open until 9 or so, so I still have time. I know that I won’t be working out tomorrow (no time) but I’m going to try to do my 9-mile long run on Sunday. That depends on the weather, I guess. I don’t think DC got hit by this latest snowstorm, but I’m not really sure.

Last night was fun. A friend of mine who is in the Army was passing through Atlanta on his way from Ft. Benning to Maryland. I offered him a place to stay and we went out to dinner. I don’t think he’d been to ATL before (he was only temporarily stationed in GA for an officer training thing), so I tried to think of a place that was quintessentially Atlanta. I came up with The Vortex. The main draw to this place is that it looks cool; you walk through a big skull to get inside. And I guess they have good burgers, but I don’t eat beef. I had a cup of veggie chili and a side salad. And a piece of Jalapeno cornbread which came with the chili. I tried to ignore it, but it was staring at me saying, “I am greasy and good. Eat me.” So, I obliged. We had a couple of drinks at the bar and then went back to watch some Olympics. I am going to be sad when the Olympics is over. It’s really good background TV. I’m not a big TV watcher at all, but sometimes I do turn it on while I’m blogging or online. I can’t really focus on tv shows for some reason. Jason always makes fun of me because when we’re watching TV, I’m always doing something else at the same time. I can focus on movies though, you’d think it’d be the opposite. We have a TV in our bedroom and I don’t think I’ve ever turned it on!

I sometimes have this problem where I get home from work and I’m really hungry. But for whatever reason, I decide that it’s too early for dinner. So I end up snacking on some stuff and always eat more than I need to and then eat dinner on top of it. I started to do that tonight but then told myself that I just needed to go ahead and eat dinner. Who cares if it was only 5:30? And what did I have for dinner? Refried beans mixed with salsa and Kavli crackers. Not the most balanced thing, but sometimes I really have a craving for refried beans.

So, you remember the zebra on the highway last week? Today there was a buffalo. Yes, I am not joking. Poor guy fell out of a trailer and had to be put down. I don’t know what it is with this city and animals on the interstate.


As much as I am not looking forward to my father having surgery, I am kind of excited to get out of Atlanta for the weekend. I don’t know if it’s the cold weather we’ve been having this winter or just winter itself, but I feel like the weeks have just been dragging on. I think I always feel this way in February though. I think it’s the worst month. I mean, there’s Valentine’s Day, if you’re into that, but other than that, what else is it good for? Not that DC is going to be warmer, but at least it’ll be a change.

I’ve been feeling better these past couple days. I’ve been putting a lot of energy into working out and I think that’s helped. Now, I’m not going crazy or anything like that, but I’ve been trying to get all my mileage in and lift weights in addition. I decided to split up tomorrow’s 5-miler into a 2 and 3. I don’t know if splitting up my training plan like this is as effective, but I feel like I’m getting the miles in, so I shouldn’t worry. Besides, I have run five half-marathons before; I can do the distance.

Went down to the office gym at lunch and did 2 miles on the treadmill. I haven’t lost any weight (according to my scale) but I ran in these old mesh UVM shorts and they were literally falling off me. Weird. Not that I’m complaining about that. In addition to the run, I also did a few ab moves. I never know what half these things are called!

full sit-ups, 3 sets of 12
where you lie on your back with your legs in the air and lower them practically to the floor, 3 sets of 8
sitting on my butt with my legs not touching the floor, going side to side with a 7.5 pound weight for obliques, 3 sets of 20
side plank – 2 sets of 15 seconds each, each side
V-ups – 1 set of 12 (so hard!)

I tend to neglect my abs. I guess it’s because I’ve always heard that you can’t spot train. Is that true? Will doing a bunch of ab-work give me a flatter core? I mean, I know it’s good for running and posture and everything, but from a purely superficial standpoint, will it help my honeymoon bikini cause?

Craving a home cooked meal + yogurt review

I tried the Chobani Champions in chocolate flavor with my lunch today. The container is smaller, 4 oz as opposed to the normal 6 oz. The yogurt has 120 calories, 2 grams of fat, 16g of sugar and 9g of protein.

I’ve had the Oikos chocolate before and this was different because it was pre-mixed, whereas Oikos has the chocolate on the bottom. I ate it without taking a picture, so just imagine brown yogurt. I was happy that the yogurt was pre-mixed. I don’t like fruit on the bottom yogurt as much. Mostly because I always forget that the fruit is down there and don’t mix and then when I get to the bottom, there’s all this fruity jelly stuff.

I liked the yogurt. It definitely wasn’t as thick as regular Chobani but that didn’t bother me. My only complaint really is that the container was too small. But I guess that makes sense since it’s really marketed towards kids. But hey, Chobani, adults like chocolate yogurt too!

Does anyone remember Snackwells Yogurt? I think this was probably in the mid 90s, but Snackwells used to make this chocolate yogurt that was so f’n good. It was more like pudding but I could get my mother to buy it for me because it was in the yogurt aisle! I’m sure it had a million grams of sugar, but those were the low-fat heydays when no one thought to look at other things besides the fat content in food.

Moving on.

Tonight was supposed to be my longest speedwork run ever. On the schedule was the following scariness:

Distance: 8 miles including warm, 4×1600 in 9:16 with 800 jogs, cool

I have no idea how to really do speedwork outdoors so off to the treadmill I went. I used my office gym because there normally isn’t anyone there after work and I needed to hog the ‘mill for 80ish minutes. I always give myself an out with these long mid-week training runs. I can either run the entire 8 miles or I can run 5 of them and then combine the other three with my 2-miler on Friday.

So, what did I do? Unfortunately, 5 miles. But, I have a really good reason. Actually I have two really good reasons. First, I forgot my sports bra. I swear, I forget something every time I pack a gym back. I packed the bag last night too; I wasn’t rushing around this morning. I was not about to go home and get a bra and then have to wait for LA Fitness to clear out, so I just made do with the bra I was wearing. It had a front clasp though and that was kind of irritating. I could have finished the remaining three miles, but other people started coming in to the office gym and I felt guilty for being on the treadmill for so long. So, the remaining three miles will have to wait until Friday. I did three out of the four 1600s though.

I was craving a home cooked meal like nothing else tonight. I made Linguine with Fresh Tomatoes, Basil and Brie except I used canned tomatoes and goat cheese.


It was really good! I don’t typically make a lot of pasta, but I really liked this. The goat cheese melted and coated the pasta. With it, I made Ellie Krieger’s Creamed Spinach. I used fat-free milk instead of low-fat because that’s what I had. I wonder if low-fat would have made it a bit thicker. In any event, it was good.


I also had a Skinny Cow for dessert. I can’t help it; I just like them. I’m stuffed. I’m going to digest on the couch now.

Just food

Nothing to perk a girl up like getting some fun mail. First, I got some Chobani that I won in a contest that Anne had.


And secondly, I got some coupons for Horizon Chocolate Milk that I won from a contest that Janetha had.


Yes, I won two contests in the past week. Can’t be upset about that.

Dinner last night was okay. The company was good but the food and service were only meh. I don’t know if it was because we were one of the only parties in the restaurant or what, but it seemed like the server kept disappearing and the food took a long time. I liked my food, but the others were not as impressed. I had the frutti del mar which was a mix of different types of shellfish over pasta with red sauce. I typically gravitate to seafood on a menu, especially shellfish.

I emailed Jason earlier today and told him that I needed vegetables for dinner. He took a bunch of stuff that we had on hand and made some sort of Asian stir-fry type thing.


We both thought it was too saucy, so we strained it and got rid of some of the sauce. I only ate about half of that portion, by the way.



Thanks for all your responses on my previous post. I really was being too hard on myself. I actually really had a fun night and there was no reason to feel so bad about it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really help it and was honestly very mad at myself.

I think I’m struggling a bit with depression lately. I think that’s where the guilt is stemming from. I took anti-depressants for about two years and stopped a year ago. At first, it was sort of hard to get used to life without them, but I did and felt fine. Until about two weeks ago. It’s a familiar feeling, although one I haven’t felt in a while. The signs are all there – guilt, sleeping more than normal and just a general sense of sadness. It sort of makes sense that I was upset about drinking. Alcohol, after all, is a depressant too.

I’m worried about my father. I just want his surgery to be over so I will know what’s going to happen and what my bladder-less dad will be like. I am hoping that once it’s over, a weight will be lifted off my shoulders. I have other big things coming up, but this is the only bad one and this is the one that’s stressing me out the most.

Let’s talk about funny things instead of depression now, shall we? I have two little gems.

1. Last night I was in Kroger and I noticed that their generic version of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter is called Butter, It’s Not. I have no idea why, but I find this very funny. Speaking of which, I buy normal butter, not buttery spread.

2. I’ve been trying to get the domain forever. Someone had it and let it expire and now it’s in domain limbo land where it’s waiting to be renewed or deleted. I don’t think the previous owner will renew it because there was nothing on it. I went to check the other day and it gave me a list of other suggestions including… Haha! What if my blog was called In My Abdomen?

Now back to your regularly scheduled food and workout talk. I have dinner plans (yes, again) tonight, so I did my workout at lunch. I downloaded a new app for my phone called ifitness. It’s really cool. It has a million different weight lifting exercises and allows you to track your progress and everything. Some of the exercises even have a little video that demonstrates the move. I did the following:

french press, 15 lbs, 3 sets of 12
standing concentration curls, 7.5 lbs, 3 sets of 12 (each side)
hammer curls, 15 lbs, 3 sets of 2
bench press, not sure of weight on machine, 3 sets of 10
lat pulldown, 50 lbs, 1 set of 10, 40 lbs, 2 sets of 12

Then I did a 2 mile run on the treadmill.

I am going to a restaurant called Portofino for dinner. My mom has been dating this guy for about 6 months and he has a conference in Atlanta so he’s taking me and Jason out to dinner. I’ve only met him one time. Hope it’s not too awkward!

Mixed Emotions

This weekend has been good and bad. Here’s the good: It was in the 60’s and sunny. I took Murphy to the dog park yesterday morning and let him run some of his energy out. Then I ran some of my energy out with a five mile run. Afterward, I went out for my friend Emily’s birthday which was really fun.

Here’s the bad: I drank too much at said birthday party. Now, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t do anything bad, per se. I didn’t drive and I didn’t make an ass of myself (except that I did butcher The Bangles Eternal Flame at karaoke. Yes, really.) but I always feel so guilty when I drink too much. I don’t know why. It’s only really started happening in the last year or so. I don’t know how to explain it. Part of it has to do with consuming extra calories and blah, blah, blah but it’s more about how I want the party phase of my life to be over and it’s not. I know that’s my fault. I am the only one who can control what I put in my mouth, but when all of my friends still drink a lot, it’s kind of hard not to follow suit. I mean, have you ever been completely sober in a room full of drunks? Not fun.

Maybe I’m too hard on myself. A part of me thinks that. Big deal, I had too many drinks. And really, I drink way less than I did even a year ago. I don’t think that I have a problem with alcohol although sometimes I do wonder. I’m hesitant to even post this because I’m not exactly portraying myself in the best light, but it is what it is. I don’t generally compare myself to other bloggers, but in this aspect, I sometimes do. I see other bloggers that have one drink with dinner and call it a night and I wonder why me and my friends aren’t like that. Why do we still party like we’re in college?