Night Light Lounge

Brain Fog

Sometimes you just reach the brink of what your brain can handle and then nothing else can stay in there. Lately I’ve felt like I’m in a brain fog. Too much to do, too many plans, too much stress, too much anxiety, not enough rest, not enough down time.

Having some down time with a girl friend to whine and wine is a good reset button. After work on Thursday I made my way to SE Portland to meet up with my cousin Anna for happy hour.


Night Light Lounge is on SE Clinton–a trendy part of town with bike lanes and lots of cool restaurants. I like Night Light. I’ve been there several times and had a nice time. I got there a little before Anna arrived so I posted up at a bistro table outside with my book and just decompressed.


Anna arrived and we ordered wine. The first glass I got was the Syrah/Granache blend. It was an earthly, bold red wine that was a little stronger than what I prefer.


I love that their happy hour goes late. I ordered the grilled cheese with soup combo. I got the French Onion soup.


The sandwich was great, it was on a crunchy artisan bread. The soup was pretty good but lacking the cheese and croutons on top–which kind of make French Onion soup really good. I still enjoyed it. And honestly, the soup lacking cheese and croutons is lower in calories,  so that’s alright.


The soup was in a small cup, so it was the perfect portion size. We sat outside in the strange weather–sunshine, then clouds, then warm temperatures, then the sweaters went back on. At least it didn’t rain on us!


Anna is on her quest for the best mac n’ cheese in Portland (much like my burger quest). She ordered the spicy mac n’ cheese. I had a bite. The mac n’ cheese had great flavor–it was definitely spicy–but it was lacking something. I think it needed the cheese to be creamier.


I ordered a glass of the Tempranillo, recommended by Anna who has been to Spain many times, and it was a lovely, light red wine. It was sweet and gentle. I drank half of it and poured the rest into Anna’s wine glass. I’m such a light weight.


It was a nice time out. I hadn’t intended on eating out two days in a row, but I think my choices were okay. We went back to Anna’s place and talked until I realized how late it was and I headed home.

Friday morning I went out to the garden to cut some fresh lettuce for a coworker and I decided to give her some cilantro because the plant is overwhelmingly big and I thought she’d like it.


Want to know something funny? I don’t think it’s cilantro!! Remember I posted earlier this week asking what the heck I should do with all this cilantro? I got some great suggestions from readers but…

It’s parsley.

I think.

How did I make that mistake?!

QUESTION: How do you cure Brain Fog? And do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

A Tuesday Night Quickie

For the better part of Tuesday afternoon and evening my face was mostly numb. Which is probably a good thing! I had plans to meet my friend Erika for happy hour and decided not to cancel the appointment. I thought it would be a good distraction and since I was on a liquid diet anyway….why not? 🙂

We met at the Night Light Lounge in SE Portland, off Clinton Street. It’s a funky little part of town and neither of us had ever been there. They had a really nice outdoor patio! We sat outside for a good 3 hours or so talking and drinking.

I had 2 beers (Hopworks IPA). She ordered some fries. I tried to eat a few but couldn’t really chew.

What happens when you barely eat anything all day, eat only soup, and then have two beers?

Yeah I got pretty buzzed. It felt good though. It distracted me from the pain and discomfort. After Happy Hour, I took her home and saw their wedding album from last month. It looked really nice.

I stopped at the grocery store to get soft, mushy food I could eat.

Thank you for all the suggestions! I got yogurt, pudding, soup and ice cream. There was one ice cream I almost bought until I saw the calories! I almost fell over in shock.

That tiny little ice cream cup that fit in my hand was 310 calories!!!

Ooooof!!! I put that back and got a raspberry ice cream that was 110 calories. That’s more my speed.

I had planned on going for a run Tuesday. My Hood to Coast training begins this week and while I was uncomfortable with my tooth I decided that my tooth shouldn’t interfere with running. Training must go on!

I will admit that drinking beer and then going running is probably not the brightest idea but I was no where near drunk. It had been a few hours and the buzz was gone.

I ran the half mile or so to the nearby track and did 2 miles around the track without walking or stopping. My legs felt like they weren’t a part of my body! I was pretty fast.

It was starting to get dark so I ran home to have my soup for dinner and go to bed.

Run Stats:

Time: 32:40

Distance: A little over 3 miles

Calories Burned: 373

It was a fast little run and I felt good. Stretched. Foam Roller. Soup for dinner!

I really love this soup. It’s yummy and really low in calories.

I added some shredded Colby Jack cheese and light sour cream. I skipped the tortilla chips I usually add (nothing crunchy!). Dinner was about 110 calories + the calories for the cheese and sour cream.

I did NOT sleep much last night. The pain pills I got were pretty worthless. I was uncomfortable and upset and I think I finally fell asleep after 1am. That doesn’t make me a happy camper this morning.