Apr 272015
 

DEJA VU…

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Well, the cold that I had turned into a sinus infection. :( And it was a pretty bad one, too. My face was throbbing. I went to urgent care and got antibiotics and the doctor also put me on prednisone, which was not my first choice but I was so miserable I said ok.

I spent the next few days on the couch, miserable. :( And the Deja Vu…last time I was sick was November when I had bronchitis and I started watching Gilmore Girls (How I Spent My Weekend). It took me like 7 months, but I finally finished the whole show. And was kind of bummed about it, too. There were a lot of things that annoyed me about the TV show (the co dependence, the binge eating junk food running joke) but overall I really liked it and was sad when I got to the final episode!

Keeping with the finale theme, I also got caught up on Justified. I had no idea that it was the last season and had about half a dozen episodes saved on the DVR. By the last episode came and I saw how things were going, I thought “How can they have another season after this?” And then I realized it was the finale too!

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It was such a good show and the final season was fantastic. On the edge of your seat good and I already miss the characters. Boo!

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Bella loved having me home with her, even though I wasn’t any fun! She kept bringing her ball over to me on the couch wanting to play. Poor baby.

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I’m frustrated with the setbacks I’ve had lately. The foot injury, the back injury, now sickness. It seems like I am destined to go back to the beginning with everything. I haven’t been running in nearly a month, same with lifting weights. During the back injury I was doing the elliptical, walking and swimming only. So I was still working out, but not doing quite what I was used to.

So once I’m over this latest setback, I really will be starting over. Starting over sucks. I was getting pretty good and consistent with my running and was excited about the two 5k’s I signed up for (later this summer/fall). I’m hoping that I don’t have to start at the VERY beginning of running but I might be. Time will tell.

The good news: my back is a lot better. It’s almost all healed. I noticed that it starts to return a little after sitting at work a lot. I’m in the process of getting a standing desk at work, so hopefully that will help. I go back to PT this week and I’m hoping she clears me for all activities. The last chiro appointment I had was Monday the 20th and I don’t feel like I need to go back anytime soon. I hope!

I skipped the gym last week when I was sick and took it slow over the weekend, lots of rest and taking it easy. I did some light working out Saturday and Sunday but nothing too strenuous. I am so over this and ready to get back to normal! Saturday all I did was the elliptical (with light resistance because I could tell I wasn’t quite up for it yet) and then stood in the steam room for awhile (which was blissful).

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I’ve had zero appetite since being sick, but have been eating 3 meals a day (mostly because I had to eat food with the medications I was taking). Basically eggs and toast for breakfast, soup and greek yogurt for the other meals. I’ve been counting my calories, even though I probably didn’t need to during the sickness, but have been staying within my limits for the day. I had planned on weighing myself this week but after taking prednisone? No thank you! I will wait til next month. No need to make myself crazy seeing a number based on the steroids I was taking. My clothes do feel a little looser lately, so I’ll take that as a sign that I’m ok right now. Right now I’m just focusing on feeling better. Then I’ll get back to losing weight.

Saturday evening I met up with my friend Erika at Oaks Bottom Pub. We’d made the plans before I got sick and I was feeling well enough to go out, so didn’t cancel. It was so nice to get out of the house and be social and “normal” (almost). We sat in the back, under the covered patio with Christmas lights and heat lamps, and had dinner and talked for hours. It was so nice! My appetite was starting to come back and I was craving tots, so I got the turkey and brie sandwich with sauteed pears and a side of tots.

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Sunday I slept in super late and just felt really lazy. I originally thought I’d go to the pool but once Sunday arrived the idea of swimming with my sinuses full sounded like a terrible idea. In the end I did the elliptical again. It was easy and low-impact and didn’t require me to have full function of my sinuses and breathing. Being stuffed up when swimming sucks.

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Again I hung out in the steam room afterward, which felt wonderful. Then I spent the rest of the day relaxing and taking it easy. The gym on Sunday was a lot easier than it had been on Saturday but it still took a lot out of me. My hope is that this week is a lot better and by the end of the week I’m back to swimming and running!

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Feb 232015
 

I’ve often wondered what my last meal on earth would be. When posed with this question people usually want comfort food: pizza, burgers, lasagna, ice cream and pie. I always thought pizza and ice cream would be my choice. After my meal at Imperial, I vote for Doug’s Fried Chicken!

Doug Adams came up 3rd place in the most recent Top Chef season. He’s from Texas but moved to Portland and has been bouncing around at various impressive Portland restaurants before become Sous Chef at Imperial under Vitaly Paley. This season of Top Chef was pretty good and from the start I was hoping Gregory would win. He’s another Portland chef at Departure (a great place!).

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In the end it came down to Gregory, Mai and Doug. I was bummed when Melissa left. I felt like she was better than Mai, who ended up winning. I thought Melissa’s dishes looked the best and she had a nice personality–Mai not so much. I was SO BUMMER when Gregory didn’t win. Loved him.

Anyways, it was Michael’s dad’s last night in Portland before flying home to Texas and Michael got us reservations at Imperial. It was crazy–a Tuesday night and the place was packed! I guess the popularity of Top Chef has caused a boom in business. :)

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Michael has been raving about Imperial for ages now and this was the first time I’ve been. Now I’m kicking myself for not going before all the Top Chef groupies. :) What a cool place! It’s in the Hotel Lucia and the decor is modern and chic, the whole vibe is really cool.

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I wasn’t sure what to order. Everything sounded so intriguing! Even the Crispy Fried Pigtail….! I had my eye on the sausage du jour until I found out it was Blood Sausage (no thanks). In the end all three of us ordered the Doug’s Fried Chicken. We shared an order of the fries (I ate more than I planned on but not so many that I regretted it).

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Michael’s dad said they were the best fries he’s ever had. I thought they were pretty darn close (nothing compares to duck fat fries). I got a glass of a Pinot Gris that was way too sour for my liking (it was like eating a lemon) and ended up getting a lovely glass of Cab Franc (which I rarely drink but LOVED so will have to look for it elsewhere).

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This was kind of my last meal. After a weekend of indulging when Michael’s dad was visiting, it was the last decadent meal before I was getting back on track!

Michael ordered a salad and I had a few bites. It was the “Winter Citrus Salad”. It was salad greens, pistachios, grilled onions, tomatoes, grapefruit slices and an¬†Oregon black truffle vinaigrette¬†with the black truffle shavings on top. Holy COW. BEST SALAD EVER. I’ve never had a salad this good. I had two bites and wished I’d ordered my own. It was incredible. Absolutely, hands-down, incredible. And it was just a salad!

The waiter brought out the housemade hot sauce that was in an old-fashioned eye-dropper bottle and honey. Apparently they have beehives on the roof and make their own honey! So Portland. It was amazing, though.

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The place was so packed and service was slow, but that was expected. I figured it was the new-found celebrity. The waiter was great though and checked in frequently. The fried chicken came out on cast iron skillets atop tree stump trays. :) Again, totally Portland. But the presentation was incredible.

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Two large pieces of fried chicken with a watermelon salad on the side. Sounds simple but it was so fantastic. The watermelon was perfect, which was weird because it’s off season. The watermelon chunks had pickled onions, fennel and a tart vinaigrette on it. It went perfectly with the chicken.

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The watermelon was so juicy. How was the chicken? It was pretty darn good. Most importantly: Michael’s dad said it was the best meal he’d ever had and wants to come back to Imperial every time he visits. :) I loved the chicken. The hot sauce could have been a little spicier for my tastes, but other than that everything was great. I loved drizzling honey on top of the fried chicken. I’d never thought of that before. So smart!

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Somehow we got talked into dessert. I have no idea how because we were all stuffed and certainly didn’t need anymore food. It was the last dessert and we snagged it. It had been popular that night! We got the “Texas Sheetcake”.

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It was warm, gooey chocolate cake topped with honey ice cream (which I thought was pecan at first) hazelnuts and toasted marshmallow. IT WAS AMAZING. OMG. Thankfully we split it because it was so rich but seriously, I could have eaten that whole thing on my own. Wow. No words. So good.

Sadly, we did not spot Doug in the kitchen. Maybe someday. Everything tasted amazing and the service was fantastic. It was a good night all around. Yes I overdid it. I knew I was as I was partaking. This was most definitely my last meal. :) Now it’s back to eating like normal–but man oh man, what memorable food!

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