Too Short

My weekend was TOO SHORT. What about you??


Saturday morning Michael surprised me by making a delicious breakfast! Scrambled eggs with sweet potato hash and bacon. Delish! Then it was time for the gym. I did about 40 minutes of weight lifting — mostly upper body– chin ups, shoulder presses, push-ups, lateral raises, chest press, pec-fly, planks, etc. Then I did some squats and finished up with a run on the treadmill. I use the term “run” loosely. It was jog/walking mostly. I’d run at a fairly slow pace until my heart rate was getting close to 150 and then I’d walk for a few seconds to let the heart rate get back down.  It sucks to be so slow but honestly running is getting a little bit harder.


After the gym I met up with my friend Erika for a much-needed pedicure. We hadn’t hung out in awhile and it was really nice to spend some time together and catch up. And getting some pampering is always good. 🙂 I get pedicures about every 5-7 weeks. It’s one of the little splurges I do for myself that make me feel good. It started as a reward for myself as I lost weight and just kept up with it! Sometimes it’s the little things. And I know as I get bigger this winter and I eventually won’t be able to SEE or REACH my toes, it will be a nice treat.


Then Michael and I went to a friend’s house for dinner and games! Michael’s friend recently started teaching him pinochle so Friday night he gave me a crash course in the basics and the plan was for the four of us to play. Dinner was delicious– kobe beef burgers with bleu cheese mixed into the patty, grilled and on the most amazing buns– Maui Onion buns! I’ve never had these before and MUST find them for the next time we do burgers because they were so tasty. Sweet and savory and wonderful.


Loved those buns! Dinner was great and then we got started with the game. We played a few rounds open-handed so I could learn. Then we got started for real.


It was a lot of fun! Kind of a hard game to learn. I struggled with the scoring, betting and melding but understood the “how to play” part. If that makes sense. By the end of the evening I was starting to get the hang of all of it but I definitely need more practice. I’ve played a lot of card games, Spades being my favorite, and I think knowing how to play Spades or Hearts helped understand the concept of this game a little easier. Still, I need practice for it to really stick.


Saturday was a late night (like 11pm! lol) and I was a bit tired when I got up. I was feeling really unmotivated but got my butt to the gym anyways. I did 4.5 miles on the elliptical and then went home to be lazy!


It was a raining Sunday and I wasn’t feeling like doing much! So…lots of Netflix. 🙂 I do want to mention that last weekend we finally saw The Martian! It was REALLY GOOD!! I was a little nervous because I loved the book and they rarely do as good a job with the movie version…but I felt almost like the movie was better than the book! The cast was superb. The action was great. It was really well done. I highly recommend it!

Okay, back to the weekend. Sunday evening it was time for my Book Club meeting.

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I got a mozzarella/tomato/pesto panini for dinner. It was pretty tasty. I don’t eat pesto very often because it’s such a calorie-bomb, but it is one of my favorite type of sandwiches. We ended up just hanging out and chatting and only talking about the book minimally. 🙂 That was okay. It was nice to just hang out.


The rest of the evening was low-key (watched the Walking Dead, wasn’t a fan of the episode) then early to bed. I’ve been feeling tired lately and trying not to get too run down. I have a jam-packed week this week (that I was kind of dreading) and I’m already looking forward to next weekend…

Seen any good movies lately?


On Memorial Day, Michael and I went to Broder for breakfast. It’s a place I’ve wanted to go to breakfast forever but haven’t tried it because every single time I drive by it, there is a line around the block. I’m just not the type to stand in long lines for restaurants. Broder is a Swedish restaurant that is very popular! The place we planned to go to originally was closed for the holiday so we drove by Broder just to see how bad the line was. I was surprised that there were only about 15 people waiting. The restaurant was going to open in about 10 minutes. Perfect timing!

We got a table. (The place was completely packed and when we left, there were tons of people sitting on the benches outside waiting.) Michael got an iced tea and I got coffee. It came with a little jug of cream–the thickest cream I’ve ever had. The coffee was pretty good but a little on the sweet side for me.

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Michael got the hash. It was potatoes, diced ham, roast beef topped with baked eggs and pickled beats. There was a side of walnut toast. Michael loved his dish. He said it was very unique. I had a bite and it was quite good. I also liked the walnut bread. It was so interesting and different! There was a smoky flavor in addition to the nutty flavor.

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I went with the Ableskiver (Danish Pancakes). It was something I’d heard about for awhile and wanted to give it a try. I was not disappointed! The presentation of both dishes was fantastic and everything tasted great. My “pancakes” were airy and light and didn’t sit too heavy. They kind of look like donut holes.

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It came with a side of lingonberry jam and lemon curd. The pancakes were light and had a lemon flavor to them, even before dipping in the lemon curd. The powdered sugar on top was a nice tough. What a cool breakfast! While I would not return if it meant I was standing in line for along time, I would happily go back to eat there. Perhaps going at “off” times means the lines aren’t as long. They also serve lunch and the lunch menu sounded delicious!

After breakfast we returned home and I went for a run. It was such a nice, sunny, warm day out and I didn’t really want to go to the gym. We’d gone for a hike the day before and while my hamstrings were a little tight, my knees and quads felt good so I figured a run would be ok. I used my Couch to 5k app and walked down the street to the school nearby.

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I really like running on the track and it’s nice that it’s so close. I know track running can be monotonous but it’s a million times better than a treadmill. At least I’m outside and I can feel the sun on my shoulders and the wind in my hair! My legs were a little heavy as I started the workout but they loosened up a bit and the run was decent.

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I ran 2.40 miles in about a half an hour and then used the walk back to the house as my cool-down. I was feeling really great! Michael and I spent the next few hours working in the yard. This was the calorie burn for my run:

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Really, we’d been working on the yard all weekend long, but still had so much more to do. We split it up between the three days because there was just so much of it. On Saturday I’d lifted weights at the gym, then cleaned the whole house, did all the laundry and moved a bunch of heavy furniture. Then we’d spent a few hours weeding and I planted tomatoes. Lots and lots of heavy lifting. You better believe my back was sore. I took it a little easy on Sunday but Monday came around and we had to finish the rest of it. More weed pulling, more chopping down blackberries, and then planting 18 jalapeno plants!

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18 jalapenos, 5 roma tomatoes, 1 cherry tomato plant, and a zucchini plant. We’re going to make salsa and spaghetti sauce (hopefully) and the zucchini was so successful the first year we planted it I know we’ll have tons of it. I plan on canning a bunch of the salsa and spaghetti sauce.

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I’m a little bummed we aren’t doing kale this year. There’s just too much to do with the wedding and stuff and we almost skipped a veggie garden entirely. My hope is that they all ripen BEFORE we leave for two weeks on our honeymoon! Cross your fingers we’ll be lucky with our plants this year. Last year wasn’t that great. I think our compost soil wasn’t ready for the plants.

Michael and I wrapped up the long weekend with a movie. We haven’t gone to a movie since we got Bella! That’s a long time for us. We used to go to movies a few times a month at least. I guess our priorities shifted. We didn’t want to leave Bella in her crate any longer than need be; we already feel guilty enough leaving her while we are at work. Anyway, we went to see Godzilla. There were a few ridiculous moments in the movie but overall it was quite good and exciting! So the long weekend ended with a good movie and an unfortunate sunburn…. 🙁 The first of the season ALWAYS gets me.