double date

Friends, Bunnies and Brunch

We had a nice weekend! Hope you guys did, too. On Saturday I went to the gym (and did lower body hardcore–ouch) and then Michael and I had a double date with some friends we’ve been trying to go out with for awhile.

One of Logan’s teachers from his old daycare (his favorite teacher) came over to babysit. She’s awesome. And another teacher from his old daycare heard she was babysitting and wanted to come, too. She’d missed Logan and wanted to see him. So we got two babysitters for the price of one!

Our friends came over and brought their almost 2 year old daughter (Logan’s BFF) and Michael made his famous mac n’ cheese for the babysitters and kiddos (and the kids actually ate it and liked it!) and we headed to Allium for dinner.

It was still happy hour when we arrived, so that was nice! We got a nice, quiet table for four in the bar area and ordered happy hour for dinner.

I got the French Onion Soup, which was really delicious and rich in beef flavor. It was really excellent.

I had a glass of the happy hour house white, a Pinot Grigio.

I also had the Brussels sprouts with pancetta and the Mussels in a white sauce. All of the food was really delicious and filling, even though it was happy hour sizes. Our friends had dietary restrictions (one was gluten-free and the other a vegetarian) and it was nice that the restaurant had stuff on the menu to accommodate both.

Michael got the burger and duck fat fries. Then for dessert Michael and I shared the cinnamon sugar donuts (they were SO good)!

We all had a great time out and it was nice to make a “new” couple friend, especially one that has a kiddo close to Logan’s age. We got back to our house and discovered the babysitters had done art projects with the kids! How cute is that??

We have the best babysitters. 😀

On Sunday we all slept in. I was going to get up super early to go swimming before the day got started, but…when Logan sleeps in until almost 8am you have to take advantage of that!! We all had a small snack and then Logan went on an Easter egg hunt in the house. 😀

After that we headed to Michael’s mom’s house for Easter Brunch. She always makes the best food. One Bloody Mary for me! And Logan LOVED Deviled Eggs this year.

Ham, potato and cheese casserole, her famous egg and crab casserole, fruit and a strudel thing (so good). Logan ate a bunch, so that was good. Sometimes he can be super picky.

Grandma hid some easter eggs around the house for Logan to find. Inside the eggs she put $1 bills. I loved that idea! So much better than candy. But don’t worry, there was a basket FULL of chocolate:

Yes that is a chocolate bar shaped like a truck! Logan was OBSESSED with it. 😀

After brunch we went home, Logan took a nap and I headed to the pool for a relaxing swim. It was a really nice swim. The pool and gym were completely empty when I was there! When I got home Logan and I put his dollar bills from the Easter Bunny in his piggy bank. Which he loved, too. I got him a piggy bank for his birthday last year and I’ve been putting coins in there randomly but…I like never have cash on me LOL so I never have anything to put in his bank. But now he’s got some $$$! 😀

A Torrid Affair

I had a really good, really busy, productive weekend. Don’t you love it when everything just falls together smoothly? Saturday morning’s workout was stellar. I feel so confident when I have a successful workout with no bumps in the road. I started out with a run on the treadmill and had to increase the speed because it felt too slow and my entire run I was completely disconnected my legs. It felt as though they were doing all the work for me and it was too easy for them! I never felt fatigued or slow, or like I needed a walk break. I ended up doing 2.80 miles in the blink of an eye.

My weight lifting was great too! No complaints here. I felt strong and also had to increase the amount of weights on several machines. I have to say that my new favorite machines are the ones that work the biceps. I think that’s because that is where I am seeing new muscles developing and it’s really encouraging to see progress!

I am sooo ready to take my running outside!

Gym Stats:

Time: 1:27
Calories Burned: 736
Mileage: 2.80

For lunch I made a quick sandwich out of a toasted bagel thin, cream cheese, Black Forest ham slices and half an avocado. I added a side of cottage cheese. Lunch was delicious and I devoured the messy sandwich; avocado tends to do that.

I spent the afternoon with my friend Sam at the mall, doing some shopping. Sam’s birthday is coming up and I offered to help her find the right outfit. I haven’t been to the store Torrid in probably 6 years. It was one of the places I liked to shop in as a plus-sized girl but back in the day the clothing style they sold was different than what I saw this weekend. Back then it was basically the plus-sized option of Hot Topic–leaning more towards the gothic type clothing that I often wore. Now it seems to be simply a plus-sized store.

While Sam was trying on the clothes, I wandered around the store. Something else had changed since the last time I had been there. They had different sizing than the standard clothing stores. Everything in Torrid was size 0-4. That means that size 0 was like 12-14, 1 was 16-18 all the way up to 4 which was I think 24 and up. At first I wondered if that vanity sizing worked; I mean, didn’t people see right through that advertising tactic? But as I was standing there, I overheard a girl with her friend comment “This is probably the only time I’ll ever be a size zero!” And I realized that Torrid was brilliant in their vanity sizing.

It was a truly strange experience being in Torrid after so long. There were several times where I grabbed something off the racks thinking “This is super cute, I should try this…” and then realized it wouldn’t fit me. It was almost as if I forgot what body I was in. Strange how I’ve swung onto the other side of the pendulum; gone are the times when I struggled for years to find clothes that were “big” enough for me.

Sam bought an adorable shirt for her birthday party and then we left the mall. I was feeling unsettled after Torrid, almost like I’d been somewhere I shouldn’t have. Part of me wondered if any of the shoppers looked at me and thought “why is SHE shopping here?” If only they knew the old me.

Saturday night Michael and I met up with another couple for dinner over on NE Alberta at a place called Branch Whiskey Bar. We had a Groupon for the place that was expiring soon.

The place was hip and cute. Their menu was fairly small, which I was surprised about, but the food ended up being a real treat. Our friends wanted to get the pate appetizer plate so we all shared that. I’d never had pate before, but was willing to try it. The tray came with pate, pickled beets and onions, sardines, an unidentifiable fruit, a spicy ground mustard, apple slices, bread, and a few other random things.

How was the pate? It was just ok. I didn’t hate it, but it wasn’t something that I was blown away over. It was almost like a meatloaf. I imagined pate to be a creamier texture, like a spread.

Michael ordered the Branch Burger with bacon and gruyere cheese with fries. The “bacon” turned out to be like canadian bacon, or just a big slab of ham. He didn’t like that, but he loved the burger! I also ended up ordering a burger. The Black Truffle Mac n’ Cheese sound fantastic and intriguing, but I had a ravenous craving for a burger.

I got the Alberta Burger, which was supposed to come with blue cheese but it ended up having gruyere (which is fine because I prefer it). My burger also had caramelized onions and a spicy remoulade–which is just a fancy word for special mayo I think! I got the salad instead of fries and it came with a sherry vinaigrette that was delicious and tart.

I LOVED my burger!  It was smoky and the remoulade was spicy and it all went really well with the sweetness of the caramelized onions. The burger wasn’t monstrous in size and I didn’t feel like I ate too much when I was done. It was definitely a burger done right. I do wish we’d had room for dessert, though, because their special that night was a whiskey chocolate mousse. Oh well, next time!

Sunday

Michael went out of town for a few days, leaving Sunday morning. I lazed around with the cats, went swimming, then took care of chores around the house–cleaning, laundry, etc. I also got caught up on some of my shows on the DVR (Grey’s Anatomy, SVU, NCIS).

Sunday afternoon I went to the movies with my friend, Kat. We saw “The Five Year Engagement.” I pictured it to be a typical chick flick, but it was darker than I was expecting. It was really funny and I cracked up at many parts. It was good, but don’t go expecting a warm and fuzzy movie.

All in all, it was a good weekend. I felt like I had a healthy balance this weekend and it made me feel satisfied with my life. Isn’t it nice when you feel like all aspects are clicking?

QUESTION: Tell me the highlight of your weekend. And have you seen that movie yet?