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March 2014

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Back to Reality

It was nice having Thursday and Friday off from my day job.  I slept in, we didn’t have to be anywhere in particular except for dinner with my daughter in law Thursday night.  It was just the rest and relaxation I needed.  But, this week is back to reality.  I work Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week at the restaurant.  On Saturday night, I thought I was working the bar, and the start time is usually at 6, not 5.  I was almost there when the manager called and asked if I was okay.  I said I was almost there and she said “your shift started at 5.”  Doh!  So I was put in the back room again – she had to give away my section in the front dining room, and since there was a private party in the back room until 7, I only got 4 tables all night.  It’s my own fault – oh well!  Note to self – double check the schedule!

Saturday morning we had a his/hers brunch.  It’s really breakfast, but we didn’t eat it until nearly noon.  Tony had lox and bagels (ew) and I made a hash with leftover filet mignon, crash hot potatoes, baby spinach and Cabot cheese.

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Yesterday morning, Tony made me his famous tater tot breakfast – a layer of tater tots on the bottom of a cast iron skillet, then two eggs, some cheese and lots of hot sauce, then flips it out onto the plate tater tot side up.  Holy shizz people – this is amazing – crunchy topping, super creamy cheesy eggs in the middle.  I ate every bite!

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We actually had a nice day out – it was probably just over 50 degrees with the sun shining.  I realized I had tomatoes in the downstairs fridge I never made salsa with, so I had to use them or lose them.  I made a quart and a half of my baja fresh salsa.

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I hadn’t gotten all my steps in on my fitbit (on Saturday I got 10,200!) so I headed out for a walk – it was so nice being outside!   You can see the Fox River is all melted, but the channel still has some ice in it – hopefully it will all be melted in the next couple of weeks so it will actually feel AND look like spring.

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I ended up just shy of 10,000 steps – I think I was 700 short – not bad for a Sunday!   I had a steak marinating for dinner using my best steak marinade ever.   Tony and I sat outside and had a glass of wine while the grill got up to temperature – except he kept getting freaked out by the squirrels who were visiting!  At one point he even was holding onto the shovel just in case for protection.

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I made his and her twice baked potatoes on the side – Tony had American cheese, I had more of the extra sharp Cabot cheddar.

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Perfect medium rare – so flavorful and tender.   Later in the night, Tony texted his son that he was freaked out by the squirrels, so I took a screed shot of a snap chat he sent to his Dad, showing him petting a squirrel on t.v. – so funny!

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Well, it’s time to get this show on the road.  My gym is actually closed this week for remodeling – they are getting all new equipment too.  The pool is open and I brought stuff to change into in case I wanted to take a walk at lunch outside – we should have temps in the 50s again today!

Happy Monday – make it a great day!

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Not my Night

After my lazy day on Thursday, I knew I had to get my ass in gear yesterday.  I had a granola bar earlier in the morning and that was all the fuel I needed to do T-25.  I LVOVE T-25.  Even though it’s non-stop, before you know it you look down at the count down and you are already half way done.  Yesterday I did dynamic core – I was able to do about 90% of it.

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I’ll give you a nice boob shot.  You’re welcome.

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The darker pink tank I am wearing under my pink sports bra is awesome.  It’s Nux brand, and I was given it a couple years ago from a company to review that then went out of business before I even got a chance to review it!   I love it because it holds the muffin top in place when I work out and it’s super comfy.

Since it is Lent and Tony can’t eat meat on Friday’s, before heading to Trader Joe’s we went to Kobe East – a sushi place.

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I normally get their bento boxes – it comes with tempura, fried rice, a California roll, teriyaki steak and soup and salad – all for $11.95.  But I didn’t want anything fried, so I went with a “pan noodle with chicken and vegetable” for $10.   Um, does this look like $10 worth of food to you?  It was tasty, but I definitely didn’t get my money’s worth.  Roz, you’ll be happy to know that Tony got sushi!

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Thanks for your suggestions on Instagram on what to buy at Trader Joe’s – and sorry to those who don’t have one near you!  This is my loot.

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I am definitely switching back to almond milk for my smoothies to get the carbs down – that brand is only 30 calories a cup and only 2 grams of carbs.  I had a gift card in my purse that I thought only had $6 on it, so we swiped that first and shockingly it was a $25 gift card so it paid for everything – score!

Since I had the day off from my day job, it was nice to have a leisurely afternoon before heading to the restaurant.  I knew I was in the dining room, but didn’t know where.  I ended up having a 5 table station in the back room – one of which was set for a table for 12 – nice!   For some reason they like to fill the front of the restaurant first before even seating anyone in the back room.  I got to work at 5 and didn’t get my first table until 6:40.  So for that first hour and forty minutes all I did was help clear tables, make cappuccino’s, set up desserts for people who needed help.

I ended up getting two deuces before my 12 top sat at 7:00.  The girl who had the station next to me?  For some reason they kept seating people in her station – a 7 top, 4 top, 4 top, 4 top, 3 top, 2 top then a 9 top!  She was most definitely in the weeds and I was thinking “why aren’t they seating anyone in my section?   I ended up having to take drink orders for her tables, explain specials, open wine, order apps for her tables.  Anyone in the restaurant business knows that it’s the hosts job to make sure that everyone has equal covers – more or less.  I went to the front where the sheet is for how many covers each server got, and after the second table, there was nothing written down.  Huh.  The manager came by and said “that’s not right – on the weekends, it’s too hard to keep track so we just wing it.”  Well, their just winging it meant that I had 16 covers (two of which were infants) to her 33 covers.  I brought it to her attention, so maybe it will even out next time.

I ended up having only the three tables, and I was on my way home by 9:30 – which is probably a good thing because tonight I am working in the bar area and that will be a long night.  I just barely got my 10,000 steps in though!

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I only had a cup of soup when I got to work and I made some garlic bread when I got home – not the healthiest eats!

Next week I work Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.  My plan is to bring my dinner to work – something that doesn’t need to be heated up like a vegetable pasta salad or something like that – do you have any suggestions?  That way I am not eating late at night and then going straight to bed.

I was in bed at midnight last night and didn’t wake up until 10:50 this morning – I kinda love that I can still sleep like a teenager at 46!  Helen, I don’t think you could ever do that!

Have any fun plans this weekend – hope it’s a good one – see you on Monday!

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Lazy Was I!

Tony slept in a little later than me yesterday, so I did one productive thing!  I finally deleted all the old pictures I don’t need to keep anymore.  It was getting way out of hand.  Check out how many photos I deleted since June of last year!

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7,773 photos!  Gah.   And what’s funny is that most of them were blurry food photos – ha!

Tony and I decided to get some tacos for lunch.  This restaurant just changed names and ownership, and I can’t even find it online, but they have super flavorful tacos for just $1.75 each.  The last time I mentioned this place and talked about their beef tongue tacos, I got several responses that said “get them next time – you won’t regret it!”  Here’s the deal though.  What I had in my head was that the tongue would have taste buds on them still and I imagined them “popping’ in my mouth as I ate them!  Tony was convinced I’d take one bite, say “nope!” and hand the plate over to him!

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That, is the beef tongue taco – and it was delicious!  Just tasted like tender beef.  I believe they cook it on a flat top grill because I had these charred crunchy pieces that were so good.  I generously topped that taco with this salsa – its avocado, sour cream, cilantro and my guess jalapenos – its so spicy and delicious!

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After lunch we went to the Fresh Market.  I love that grocery store.  The Dominick’s that closed in the next town over had lots of bids from other grocery stores  – Mariano’s, The Fresh Market – but sadly Jewel is taking over that location.  Can you tell I don’t like Jewel that much?!

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I drooled over all the cheese, although didn’t buy any since I still have Cabot cheese in the fridge.  Tony got some lox for bagels this weekend – he loves it and The Fresh Market has these nova lox bits that are perfect and pretty reasonably priced.  Me?  I don’t like any kind of salmon.

Then it was time to pick up my insulin.  My deductible hasn’t been met yet.  It’s my night time insulin and without it, my blood sugar is always high in the morning.  I went online and found a coupon from the manufacturer.  I had no idea if it would work because I have insurance – I think It was mainly meant for people who didn’t have insurance.  Well, it knocked off $100!  So I ended up paying $211.  This box will last me about three weeks.

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We got home around 2 in the afternoon, and I thought to myself “I have a few hours to get stuff done before we have to go to dinner.”  Except I laid on the couch, put a blanket on myself and dozed off and on for a couple hours – it was AWESOME!  I can’t even remember the last time I did that.  No guilt at all!

My step-daughter-in-law has had a whirlwind trip while she’s been home this week and glad she was able to carve out some time to meet with us.  We got there early, so I asked Tony to take a nice picture with me – um, not sure he knows what the word “nice” means!  The last picture makes me laugh out loud!

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We had a lovely visit.  Her Mom is really nice and actually comes to the Chinese restaurant we picked about every week so everyone stopped by to say hello to her!

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That photo above was taken with a new app called Cam Me – you give your iPhone a hand signal and it counts down to take a picture – hands free selfies!  Photobombed by Tony!

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So the only thing missing was my step-son Joe.  He stayed back in Austin because of work.  It was great seeing you Lizz – I love you!

So here is how inactive I was yesterday!

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Yep – just over half a mile yesterday!  But, I will make up for it today.  I work at the restaurant tonight.  We have a new computer system so hopefully things will go smoothly – they installed it on Monday so hopefully by today all the kinks will be worked out.  Happy Friday – make it a great day!