Last night Michael and I went out to dinner at Wild Abandon. It’s on SE Belmont. I had a Groupon coupon for the restaurant, which was a great deal. It was kind of a funky little hole in the wall–and very crowded when we arrived. Thankfully I had reservations. The waiter brought us some fresh bread and hummus.

Bread and Hummus

It wasn’t the best hummus I’ve ever had, but the bread was good (and we were famished). I ordered the Top Sirloin Steak with mashed potatoes and steamed veggies. It was really great! The veggies were delicious and hadn’t been drenched in butter. In fact, I don’t think the cook used any butter to cook them. I wish the pictures had turned out better. It was quite dark in the restaurant.

Steak and Potatoes

I enjoyed a glass of Pinot Noir and Michael had a Fat Tire beer.

Adult Refreshments

We headed back downtown to go to KOOZA! I’d never been to Cirque du Soleil. I actually didn’t really know much about it or what to expect. It was pouring rain all night too.

Cirque Tent

The show was great! I didn’t get any pictures until the end of the show because the ushers were quite insistent NO CAMERAS! The show was really fun. I had a great time. The tight wire acts were breathtaking–and very nerve wracking! I found a few great pictures on Google of my favorite part of the show:


These guys were amazing! That was by far the best part.

This was the only picture I could really get inside the tent:

We didn’t get to sleep until almost midnight. I have a 9am training for work. My plan was to get up at my normal time and go to the gym for an hour before I had to go to work. But I was so tired I decided to lay in bed and do nothing instead. πŸ˜‰

Fastest Run Yet!

I was obsessively checking the weather forecast this morning in preparation of my lunch time run. It predicted rain and THUNDER and LIGHTNING. YUCK! I kept looking out the window the closer the clock got to lunchtime. I saw a slight drizzle but some sun breaks.

Stormy Weather, Google Picture

I decided to take my lunch early to get my run out of the way and hopefully beat the rain.

I wore my jacket. It was cold out. The second my feet hit the pavement, I ran FAST. My #1 goal was to beat the rain and thunder/lightning. There was a slight drizzle but nothing too bad.

While I ran, I thought about nothing else but running and running fast. I pushed myself hard. I ignored my heart rate monitor. I was so focused, I didn’t even notice when I reached the Hawthorne Bridge. I checked my watch and it was 22 minutes in. That was an AWESOME time for me! I was 3/4 done with the Esplanade Loop at 22 minutes? My new goal was to beat my best time of 34:40.

And I did! I had the BEST time I’ve had to date! I didn’t walk or stop at all. There was little to no rain. And I feel great!

Today’s Stats:

Time: 32:29!!!!!!!

Calories Burned: 425

(Of course, now I see sunshine outside. Never fails!)

Back at work I showered, did some stretching and I’m reading to eat my ham and Swiss sandwich with a pickle.


Tonight’s agenda is a nice dinner out and Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA.