Food update

We Have Cake

We had a busy weekend being social this weekend. I did the usual stuff-working out, etc. Then Saturday night some friends came over for dinner. It was my friend Star’s birthday and we often do a joint celebration since our birthdays are pretty close together. She requested Michael’s fish and chips.

I got some tilapia for the fried fish and I got some fresh cooked shrimp for shrimp cocktail. I also made a bit salad with mixed greens and a Mediterranean mix. On a whim I bought this bottle of sparkling soda. I’ve never had it before but I highly recommend it! It was REALLY delicious and only 45 calories a serving. I would definitely buy this again for something fancy and sparkly without alcohol in it.

Dinner was really tasty. The fish turned out perfectly. Logan is going through a picky phase, so he didn’t eat any of it. He had a few bites of salad, but basically had green beans, mini corndogs with ketchup (his new favorite thing) and some yogurt. LOL Toddlers.

Star made a cake. It was A-MAZING. She used a dark chocolate ghiradelii mix and then made her own cream cheese frosting from scratch. It was the most delicious, decadent cake I’ve ever had. So good! Even Michael loved it and he doesn’t like cake.

LOGAN LOVED IT. šŸ˜‰

It’s so funny because last year for his 1st birthday party IĀ slaved for hours making homemade chocolate cupcakes and homemade frosting from scratch and he hated it and refused to eat them and cried. Now he loves cake. Of course. šŸ˜‰

Sunday was a busy day, too. We went to Michael’s mom’s house for my belated-birthday dinner. We were supposed to do it last weekend but I was in Seattle. I appreciated that they could reschedule. Michael’s mom made a fantastic Mexican themed dinner for me (my favorite). She did a variation of Pioneer Woman’s Mexican casserole. It was so good.

Layers of chicken, cheese, tortillas and a few different canned sauces plus Rotel. Topped with freshly made guacamole, beans on the side. She left the rice out, which was a good call. The casserole was perfect without it. And because Michael’s family is from Texas there were about a dozen different kinds of salsa and hot sauce to choose from. (hehehe, not that I’m complaining)

Gifts — my favorite running shoes! Yay! I needed a new pair. Now the weather needs to cooperate so Logan and I can get back to going for runs together on my days off.

Star left me with half of the leftover cake so I took that to Michael’s mom’s house to share with everyone for dessert. It was a hit there, too. Trust me, this cake was to die-for. And thankfully, there isn’t half a cake in my house tempting me now!

It was a really nice, but busy weekend–the kind of weekend where you feel like you need another day to just rest!

Michael’s back is in bad shape right now. šŸ™ I feel terrible. He’s in a lot of pain and the usual stuff isn’t working. Mostly he’s just resting and going to the chiropractor. I hope it heals soon.

That’s about it for updates from our neck of the woods. What’s going on with you?

Birthday & Seattle

January has been a rough one for me so far! I got sick a few weeks before Christmas with a cold, that turned into a sinus infection over Christmas, then after New Year’s it came back and moved into my chest. I had an upper respiratory infection/bronchitis and viral sinus infection. Oy. I was on antibiotics (again) for the bronchitis this time, AND prednisone. Yuck! I hate prednisone and first I said no to the doctor, but I’m glad I decided to get it. As much as I hate the side effects, it works. When you have asthma, lung sicknesses are terrible. šŸ™

So I started the new year with kind of a whimper. The weight I lost in December (3 pounds) probably came back and then some, thanks prednisone, but I haven’t weighed in yet. I’ll give it a little bit more time and check in. But my pants are tight, so I know I gained.

Because of being sick, I also took some time off from the gym. I made the mistake of swimming when I wasn’t quite over my illness and then my cough got WORSE! I know one of my goals for this year was to rest when I need to and listen to my body better…so I am trying to do that. Even though it’s disappointing.

I am sick of coughing and congestion and sucking on cough drops 24/7. SIGH. So far January has been a bit of a bummer!

This time last year, Michael and I got to spend a little time away for my birthday at Edgefield. It was great! But sadly, on my birthday last year I realized it was the beginning of the end for Yggdrasil. We got back from our getaway and he was sick. I spent my birthday crying, waiting for news from the vet about whether or not my kitty had cancer.

I got lucky, I guess, and it wasn’t cancer and we got 8 more months together, even though they were hard months. It’s definitely hard hitting these “anniversaries” in this first year of Yggdrasil being gone. I know it will get a little easier with time and once these “firsts” without him are done.

For my birthday this year, I had the day off from work. I got to sleep in a little bit and then discovered a nice card from Michael and a giftcard to a spa I like. I had breakfast and then we took Logan to OMSI.Ā 

My parents got Logan an OMSI membership for Christmas and this was the first time he’s ever been there. He had a blast! I remember loving OMSI as a kid when we would come down to Portland from Seattle to visit my cousins.

OMSI has a room for 0-6 year olds and it’s all hands-on stuff they can play with and explore. There were way too many things to describe! Check out my Instagram for some videos. šŸ™‚ Anyways, Logan had a blast running around, exploring, touching everything. He seemed a bit overwhelmed at first. I think the more we go, the more he’ll explore and have fun.

After OMSI, it was home for lunch and naps (me too!) and then I went swimming. It was a nice swim, after a few weeks off from being sick. There was a guy in the hot tub asking me about how to start swimming laps and where to buy goggles. He was complaining about not having any and having to swim with his head above water. So I gave him an extra pair of goggles I had with me that didn’t fit my eyes and he was super grateful! I was glad to pass them on. Hopefully that helps him.

Birthday dinner was pizza and beer. Yay!

Saturday I got up early with Logan and has some quality playtime, then I went to the gym and then drove to Seattle for a few days. Last week my mom fell and got hurt and was in the hospital for 5 days. She’s doing better and will be ok, but I wanted to go up and see for myself and help out.

(That was Logan in the window when I got home from the gym. LOL)

The drive up was nice. I put on some CDs from my childhood, there was no traffic, I saw a rainbow, and arrived home in good time. First order of business: my mom asked me to take some groceries and medicine to my Grandma.

I surprised my Grandma (who just turned 96!) by just showing up at her place with the groceries and some flowers. We spent some time together catching up and then it was time for her to go down to dinner. After our visit, I picked up dinner for my parents and me:

Yum! Dick’s Drive In burgers, fries and milkshakes. My favorite when in Seattle. šŸ˜€

On Sunday I made my mom breakfast, went to the gym for a quickie workout, then went grocery shopping for my parents, vacuumed the house, made lunch, did some other little stuff my mom needed. Then met up with my bff Rachel for an early dinner in Fremont.

We met at Nuna Ramen in Fremont and it was SO good! Mine was a bit spicy, she got the not-spicy garlic ramen. It was delicious and hit the spot on such a dark, gray, rainy night.

The food was great and arrived super fast. The price was right, too. After dinner we walked to Swel Restaurant down the street for a glass of wine, dessert and a few hours of conversation. šŸ™‚

I got the deep fried donut holes that came with chocolate sauce drizzled on the plate and a spoonful of whipped cream. Delicious! Rachel got the giant chocolate chip cookie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I was slightly jealous of her order. It looked really good (and she said it was freshly baked and gooey! Yum!).

The restaurant was super romantic and cute. Definitely a good place to go for a date night. We both laughed and said it would be nice to be there with our husbands, but being there together was a good second choice. šŸ˜‰ We had a lot to catch up on! We’ve both been so freaking busy with life and the holidays and other stuff that we’ve barely had a chance to talk since we hung out in September. So it was a very nice visit.

Overall, the weekend was good. Lots of family time. I was glad I was able to help my parents out. I wish we didn’t live so far away from each other. Whenever I go back to Seattle, I miss it.