Birthday Weekend.

Whew. What a birthday weekend. Although I have to admit, it was not my typical birthday weekend, it was more age appropriate I suppose (aka I did not drink like a fish Winking smile.) I started my birthday with a little pampering by getting my nails done and a little window shopping. Even though nothing caught my eye it was a nice morning.

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I wanted to eat at Swan’s for lunch, (best oysters I have ever had,) but the line was too long, so I ended up eating at a little Greek restaurant for lunch called Mykonos. The food was okay, but the best part was reminiscing about the time I went to Mykonos in 2005. Two of my girlfriends and I had a blast, and now I want to go back, as soon as possible!

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I ordered the Falafel plate for lunch which came with pita, hummus, Greek salad, and Greek country potatoes. I probably just should have a had a gyros. I also ordered a Greek beer. I wanted a Mythos, but they didn’t have it. Oh well!

After lunch, I headed down for a little more pampering, it was finally time for me to get my hair done! It had been wayy too long.

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Look at those roots! I wanted something a little more natural and a little darker for Fall.

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Don’t mind the champagne glass, but look past it towards my hair. I love the final outcome! (And the sparkling wine was delicious too!)

For dinner my sister, her fiancé and my mom headed to The Slanted Door down on the Embarcadero. I started my night taking pictures but slowly forgot as soon as we sat at the table.

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I started with a Gin Fizz (pictured above) before moving on too more sparkling wine. I love sparkling wine, and its even better when you are celebrating. The food was awesome, and we ordered enough so that I know that the entire menu is pretty much delicious. I am sad I forgot to take pictures, but we were all enthralled in eating and talking, so you will have to settle for a list:

  • crispy imperial rolls  with shrimp, pork, glass noodles and peanuts 
  • steak tartare  grass-fed tenderloin with mint, thai basil, quail egg and toasted sesame rice cracker
  • mesquite grilled lamb sausage and kusshi oysters  chinese black olive and preserved lemon relish
  • grapefruit and jicama  with red cabbage, pickled carrots and candied pecans
  • grass-fed estancia shaking beef,  cubed filet mignon, watercress, red onions and lime sauce
  • lemongrass grilled petaluma rabbit  with olive oil poached leg, braised fennel, thai basil, chive and lemon
  • cellophane noodles  with green onion and fresh dungeness crab meat
  • chue farm baby bok choy  with baby shiitake mushrooms

I still cannot believe I didn’t take pictures. But everything again was amazing. The dishes are not too big, so you can have a little of each without feeling too full. We definitely still had room for cake!

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After dinner my mom headed home and the rest of us headed out for a drink at a fun little bar up on Filmore. Overall, the night was fun, full of delicious food and family! It has literally been almost ten years since I was with all my family for my birthday! So needless to say, it was long overdue.

On Saturday, it was time for one of my favorite things, wine tasting in Wine Country. Did you know I liked wine? Winking smile My grandpa also lives up in Napa, so it was a chance to visit him as well. We went to several wineries, including:

Ram’s Gate

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Hall Winery

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Grgich Hills Estate

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Rubicon Estate
(owed by Francis Ford Coppola)

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Between wine stops, we grabbed lunch in St Helena at a little café downtown. I ordered a big Cobb Salad to soak up some of the wine. Smile

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Today, was just an easy day which was just what I needed after a long night on Friday and a long day on Saturday. I got some laundry done, went to brunch at B Star (honey lemon iced tea + huevos rancheros,) and meal planned for the upcoming week.

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Now that my birthday is over its time to get back on track, which is exactly what will be happening! After all the planning, moving and birthday celebrating, back on track is what has to happen!

It was a great weekend, with a great final dinner, which I will post about tomorrow! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend too! Good night!

Restless.

It seems that every free second I have right now I am thinking about my move! It’s mostly excitement, with a dash of scared + a whole lot of what ifs. And this is fine. It’s good to think things through – just not at 2:00am when I was tossing + turning last night with my restless thoughts.

"Don't you dare say I look tired."

I think I was awake from around 2:00am – 4:00am, so this morning when my alarm went off at 6:00 for my workout I was so not ready to get up. I reset my alarm and hit the hay for a few more minutes of precious sleep. It’s okay though. I can get my workout in later today or tomorrow AM since I have nothing scheduled for Friday. Winning.

When I stumbled out of bed I headed to the kitchen to see what was available for good old breakfast. The answer? Nada. No bananas, no milk, no yogurt. What’s a girl to do? I took it as a sigh that I was suppose to be lazy for breakfast today and picked up Subway on the way to work. The breakfast egg white sandwiches make me a happy camper. And I even get my veggies in the AM. No complaints there by this girl.

there is egg + cheese in there somewhere.

Being at work is somewhat awkward right now. Since I know that I am quitting but haven’t officially resigned (my boss is out of town until next week + I want to do it when he gets back in person) I am trying to still perform well but not take on any new projects as I will not be around to finish them. This is somewhat responsible I think, but somewhat selfish at the same time. Let’s just call it a gray area, shall we?

Lunchtime rolled around and I pulled out leftover pasta from Monday night. This stuff is always good the a few days later with some hot sauce on top. Trust me, I’m a doctor telling you the truth.

There are veggies in there, I promise! They just tend to sink to the bottom. 🙂

Now I am going through emails and deleted the ones with silly coworker banter in them. I’ll have to pass my emails to whomever replaces me, so I suppose I should keep it professional in there. I have about 6,000+ more to go + my eyes are already tired. This should be interesting.

Taking a little break now to enjoy a couple of a plums.

Scratch that, only one plum. One was sour + gross! I hate when that happens.

How is your Thursday going? And what do you do when you can’t sleep? When I was little my mother used to give me a glass of milk, but since I had none, I just tossed + turned. I’m thinking I’ll sleep better tonight! Fingers crossed.

Everybody sleep, sleep, sleep.

Last night I went to bed quite late. We are talking almost midnight here people. I know, I am old, and consider (almost) midnight to be a late bedtime when my wake-up call is 7:00am. The strange thing about it is though is most mornings I wake up and have to peel myself out of bed, but this morning I woke up, naturally, at 6:30am feeling pretty darn good. Something to think about I suppose.

I read a bit about sleeping today, specifically oversleeping,  and how much sleep one needs. Most websites seem to say 7-9 hours for adults, but there were lots of interesting theories.

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So I am putting it out there. How much sleep do you need to feel rested?

I think I am between 7 + 8 but its something worth experimenting with perhaps.

After I woke up this morning I decided to join the cool kid’s club and have some Lemon Choboni for breakfast. Everyone seems to be in love with this flavor, so I figured I’d give it a shot.

It was pretty delish! I still love the honey flavor the best I think, but the lemon was actually refreshing for yogurt. A word I never thought I’d used to describe yogurt in fact. I paired my yogurt with:
* 1/3 cup Trader Joe’s Low Fat Vanilla Almond Granola
* 1/3 cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch
* Strawberries
* Blueberries
* 1/2 banana
* 2 tsp Chia seeds

Filling, fruity, and patriotic fun. I used to eat breakfast once I got to work, but I have found that taking the time to eat in the morning and take a little me time, really slows the pace down of my morning and really puts me in a good mood before heading out the door. Sometimes it’s the little things. 😀

Work was moving slow this morning and around 10:30am I decided a little treat was in order. I keep a fruit bowl of sorts on my desk with fresh picks, and a mango was calling my name. Mangoes have been awesome this season. Fresh, ripe, sweet and juicy.

I sliced it up and dug in while typing away at this and that. So good.

Lunch time approached fast and I headed to the office fridge to grab the other half of my panini and broccoli salad from yesterday. I put the panini in the microwave for a few minutes, and it was (almost) as good as yesterday.

The broccoli salad was definitely better than yesterday though. It had time to sit and get all tasty.

My co-worker took a late lunch and brought me back a little treat around 2:00 or so. A vanilla Frosty. I do not think I have had a Frosty in about three years or something, and have never had a vanilla one. It was the perfect afternoon indulgence. Usually I have dessert after dinner, but today I had it before. 🙂

I headed home from work and headed to the gym for a quick run. After yesterday’s first trip back on the treadmill after my toe surgery, today I felt ready to push it a little more. I hopped on the treadmill and ran a mile at 10:54. Slowed down and walked .25 miles, then ran another .25 miles at 10:00 (which is fast for this girl,) and finished out by walking until 20 minutes was up. Just a quick workout, followed by some stretching. Better than nothing. I don’t want to over do my toe, and I know I need to ease into running. I have been reading a lot of tips, and after my vacation next week I am going to get back on some kind of schedule, so that I continue to increase my mileage and speed. I am still new to running. But I am really loving it. I love how I feel after a short run, so I can only imagine how good I feel after a long run.

I got back from the gym, and realized that I had nothing planned for dinner. I scrounged around the refrigerator and found some turkey meatballs from Trader Joe’s in the freezer, spaghetti sauce, whole wheat pasta, red bell pepper, mushrooms and onion, so I threw everything on the stove and made it for dinner.

It’s been so hot, but luckily the AC works well in my apartment and it was a nice comfort meal. A little sprinkle of fresh Parmesan on top and dinner was served. Would have like to have more veggies in there, so I guess a big salad is in order tomorrow! And perhaps a little dinner planning.

I’m off to watch some more Mad Men. Sweet dreams! Don’t oversleep 😉

PS: Can you name the song that the post title is taken from? An oldie but a goodie!

Jinx. You owe me a cocktail.

I said this today, and then I totally jinxed myself.

I am pretty sure as soon as I said that, boom, work got crazy! On a Friday afternoon. Why, oh why? The good news is, its still Friday. It’s still the weekend. And my new favorite thing to do is leave my work at the door and focus on relaxing and having fun!

Yesterday was fun too. I woke up and had a fun, new breakfast combo. Cottage cheese, crumbled low-fat muffin (that the roomie had baked) and fruit! It was so good I had it today too.

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Banana’s today, strawberries yesterday. All so good. It was like breakfast cake. No complaints there.

Lunch yesterday and today were both really good as well. I need to stop going out to lunch and bring my food more, but yesterday I at least got lunch on a co-worker.

Thursday's Lunch: Vietnamese Vermicelli Bowl with Summer rolls instead of Spring rolls.

Friday's Lunch: Half a Tuna Garden Salad Wrap plus a small bag of BBQ Pop Chips (not pictured.)

I got home from work and headed strait to the gym to do another NROLFW session. They are short workouts but I was in a rush because I was suppose to go out for my friend’s birthday. She had also had to move that day, so she ended up just wanting to stay in. Since the roommate and I had planned on going out for this, we ended up just going and getting dinner and a cocktail before heading to her new apartment.

We ended up going to Circa in Clarendon. I had been there once before for appetizers and drinks only so I was excited to try some more of their food because the apps were delicious.

I started with a Watermelon Cooler (crushed watermelon, rum and lime) and my roomie got a Pomegranate Martini. My drink was the hand’s down winner. It may have been the best cocktail I have ever had. And I do not say that from lack of experience.

If you live in the DMV area you must go try this cocktail. So good and refreshing. For dinner I ordered a Salmon Spinach salad, which was great too. The salmon was perfectly cooked. Overcooked salmon is such a faux pas.

Salmon, spinach, goat cheese, cranberries, red onions + balsamic.

After dinner we were walking back to the car and a new cupcakery was passing out freebies. Yes, free cupcakes! We told the clerk it was our friends birthday and we were able to get 4 for free which we brought back to the birthday girl’s apartment.

Yes, that is my lap, don't judge.

We said happy birthday and enjoyed our cupcakes with a glass of champagne. Sometimes simple birthday celebrations are the best in my book.

I am now sitting drinking a Magic Hat Vinyl Lager that has been in my refrigerator since February (classy) and eating some Amy’s Pizza. I feel like I have drank more than I normally do this week, but I guess it’s just that kind of week.

Amy's Pesto pizza + leftover chicken + mushrooms on top.

I am off to yet another birthday party, this time for a coworker, so I will be back tomorrow. Happy weekend!!

Hungry, hungry hippo.

I am not sure why but I was so hungry yesterday. I woke up starving and ate a good sized breakfast with whole grains, peanut butter and chia seeds, but by 11:30 my stomach was grumbling, and I already wanted lunch. I waited it out until noon, as I was in the middle of some things at work, and heated up the lunch I had brought in of leftovers from Sunday night’s dinner. Veggie whole wheat pasta with chicken sausage.

(I know, how pretty are these Tupperware containers? Note to self: buy pretty plate and bowl for work as to not blind anyone with my Tupperware sets ;))

I added a little hot sauce on top to give it some zest. Actually, I had some hot sauce in a tiny tub on the side and dipped my fork in and then dipped for fork into the pasta. I know, genius right? Not too much hot sauce, but just enough. I am sure you were all dying to know that little tid bit. Moving along.

As I said, all day yesterday, hungry, hungry hippo. Not too long after I had finished lunch, maybe around 2pm I’d say I was starving again. I rummaged around my snack drawer, which is mostly filled with tea, which are hardly snacks, and found a bag of 100 calorie popcorn. Threw that baby in the microwave, cut up a peach and called it a snack.

(Pretend the peach, which was delicious I might add, is sitting right next to the popcorn in this picture.)

More and more work later it was time to leave work and I realized again that I was starving. Famished one might say. I am never like this for the record so I don’t know if it was that I was super busy all day and my brain was demanding subsistence or what, but as soon as I walked in the door, I dropped any idea of going to the gym, and made some guacamole to be eaten with one lovely glass of Chardonnay.

I had a serving of the Reduced Guilt White Corn Tortilla Chips from TJs with some guac and salsa. I had not had these chips before and while they are okay, real tortilla chips are just so much better. I think it has to do with the crunch. Would I rather have reduced guilt tortilla and a glass of wine instead of just regular tortillas? Oh you betcha!

My roommate came home ecstatic that I had made guac and happily ate some of it as well. The avocado was on the brink of badness anyways, so I suppose you could call it guacamole fate. (Yes, it exists and its a beautiful thing.)

A while after guacamole madness, I threw dinner in the oven. We were having a friend over, so I decided that the 1/3 of the guacamole we had left would probably not satisfy her dining needs.

I made a pork tenderloin baked with apples with steamed broccoli and whole wheat cous-cous on the side. It was unfortunately not the best pork I have ever made, so its good there were sweet, baked apples on the side to make up for it. I tried to take a picture and somehow failed which is fine as I also couldn’t get through my plate because I was, gasp, still feeling okay after my chip and dip fest.Oh well, in the fridge it went for a potential meal down the road. Even though it was just okay. Let’s be honest, it will probably get thrown away in my Sunday refrigerator cleaning fest, but a girl can try, right?

A few SATC’s later and a show I am watching on Netflix that I’ve decided I am too embarrassed to share with you (yes its that bad, no I am not being dramatic) guess who was knocking at my door again with grumbles? If you guessed my stomach, you were correct.

I sat in bed wondering for a while if I should just fight through the grumbles and go to sleep, or if I should make myself a small snack. I decided to go ahead and get a snack, small bowl of Honey Sunshine Kashi with a splash of milk.

The snack was probably less that 150 calories, and left me feeling content. I’m still not sure if I should have eaten that cereal or not. Although I am not sure should is the word I want to use.

So let me ask you this: Are bedtime snacks a yea or a nay in your book? Why or why not? I’ve been known to not have one even though I may be hungry or, like last night, get up and have a small snack.  Let me know!