Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekend Review 31

If you live in the upper MidWest I'm sure you've been taking full advantage of the amazing weather we've had as of late. I was able to have my windows wide open all weekend, which was a blessing since there was an awful rancid smell in my apartment on Friday.

It was a pretty relaxed weekend which was fine by me seeing how busy the previous weekend was.

Friday night broke my 3 date curse with a date at Comedy Sportz. We started with a drink at my place and walked over to Comedy Sportz to purchase our tickets. We went to the 10:30 show which is NC-17 and hilarious. It's an improve comedy club and I thought the comedians/actors were pretty funny.

Saturday morning I was supposed to be out in St. Paul running 13.1 miles. My ankle was still slightly swollen and it hurt too much that I knew it wouldn't be a smart decision to even try. So, since it was such a gorgeous day I decided to spend it inside. Go me! I did get out for a few minutes while I walked over to Lund's. I had rented some Redbox movies for the night and wanted to make food for the week.

On the movie menu: Neighbors and The Fault In Our stars. Food menu: lasagna and pot roast.

I watched Neighbors while cooking my lasagna and then devouring two giant pieces before freezing the rest for lunches throughout the week.

I wanted a good sappy, cry me a river movie. I started to read The Fault In Our Stars, but didn't finish it, so I was not at all prepared for the flood of tears that came out the last 3/4 of the movie. Holy sad.

Since I was all whopped up on sappy/romance tears I browsed the "romance" section of HBO's movies and came across Prisoners with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. Obviously a stud worthy cast so I clicked play. News flash. Prisoners is not a romantic movie. Hugh's daughter is kidnapped and Jake is the cop. There's blood and suspense and fighting...someone at HBO has a twisted idea of what romance is all about, or maybe I do and I've been going about it all wrong. To be determined I suppose.

Sunday morning I woke up to the sound of my upstairs neighbor blending something so I figured it would be a great time to get up and start my day as well. It was once again a glorious Fall day so I took my daily walk to Lund's to return my Redbox movies and satisfy my sweet tooth by purchasing some ice cream (speaking of sweet tooth, mine has been completely insatiable. Someone just gave me a cookie and I want 10 more).

When I returned home I started my pot roast with some carrots and onions. I used wine instead of water because we all know everything is better with wine, whether you are drinking it or eating it.

Side note: I purchased BV Coastal Estates Merlot and it is divine. Smooth, rich and just oh so delish. I did not use this wine for cooking. That would be a sin.

Just as I sat down to watch the Vikings and enjoy my little apartment filling up with the amazing smell of a pot roast cooking, mom called and asked if I wanted to come over and give Miley a bath. Clearly it doesn't take much for me to go hang out with my little lady. I gave her a bath and watched the second half + overtime of the Vikings game and we somehow managed to come out with a win.

Me and my parents have a knack for Hallmark movies so once dad gave me full control of the remote I flipped the channel and soon mom and dad came in to join me while devouring my favorite Angeno's pizza.

When I got home later that evening, my pot roast was falling apart in the crock pot and ready to portion out for my dinners for the week. All that's left now is to add some mashed potatoes.

I stayed up way past my bedtime waiting for CSI to come on because it's the only way to properly close out the weekend. I was sorely disappointed when the news came on instead. Regardless, it was a successful weekend and I'm ready to tackle another work week.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekend Review 30

After the week I had I knew the weekend wasn't going to slow down any. My friend Laura came to town on Friday night and soon after pouring a glass of wine we walked over to Coup d'etat to meet some friends of hers that were in town for the Gopher football game.

Whenever Laura comes to town we always go to Coup d'etat and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite restaurants whether it's just for a fun cocktail, dinner or their cheese curds from their late night walk up window. Since I had already ate dinner, we split the gnocchi which was delish!

After dinner we walked over to Boneyard for a nightcap and their nachos. They recently revamped their menu and it looks pretty good. The nachos had pulled pork, ham and bacon in it. Yum!

We didn't get to bed till after 2:30 am which was not smart on our end since we had our alarms set for 7:00 am. It's a good thing college football games are so early because I don't have the motivation to tailgate in the morning. But, we did get ourselves ready and got to the tailgate lot by 9:00. Luckily I had some bubbly and orange juice and we stopped at Isles Bun and Bakery to pick up some cinnamon rolls and puppy dog tails.

This was my very first Gopher football game and it was a blast!

After the game we went over to Stub & Herbs for some post game drinks and lunch where we met the Captain and had way too much fun dancing with our giant Captain heads.

For whatever reason we really felt the need to go all out and continue our day of drinking at The Local and finally ended the night at Republic

Laura left Sunday morning and I headed over to my parents house to hang out with Miley and see what doTerra oils might help my knee pain. I took a drop of the digestzen and that helped get rid of my heart burn, but nothing we tried was helping my knee pain. When I got home I iced it and that allowed me to sleep through the night, but as soon as I start walking, the pain is very real.

The Monster Dash 1/2 marathon is this weekend, and I'm really nervous/upset/annoyed that there's a big chance I won't be able to run at all.  This weeks plan is to just take it really easy, stay away from heels and ice the heck out of my knee in hopes that I can hit the pavement in a couple of days.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

My Week So Far...

As I predicted, my week was going to be an all or nothing week and it has very much been all with very little nothing going on. I wanted to stop by and share my weeks festivities so far because one of them in particular was quite interesting.

Monday - Bocce league kicked off with the first official game. You know how there's always that one guy who gets way to technical in any game/sport and it just ruins the fun? Yeah, we played that guy. At least we had two of his team mates on our end that were fun and way less serious. They were more into PDA and drinking than they were bocce, which was fine by me. Before bocce I took a great spin class and tried Jersey Mikes, a new sub shop that opened near my place. I had a coupon for a free sandwich so I gave it a whirl. By the time I walked the 1/2 block home, the bun was so mushy from the 'Mike's way' sauce I could only eat half of it. I'm very happy it was free.

Wednesday - First monthly girls dinner at Le Town Talk. I had the Salad Verte and Marseille Burger with the OKO Cabernet. All of it was good, nice price point and our server was friendly. The restaurant is super cute and on the small side, which I like.

 Tuesday - Backtracking to Tuesday, I went to a family friends house who was hosting a doTERRA essential oil party. My mom has really been in to this for about a week now and there were really only two reasons why I cancelled my original plans (a date) to go to this. 1) I wanted to see my cousins 4 week old baby who is the smallest peanut ever and oh so adorable 2) I thought it was a bit of a scam and wanted to see what my mom was getting in to.

First, when we arrived we were greeted with home made kombucha; cantaloupe, grape and blueberry lemon flavors, tea with homemade almond milk and homemade quinoa brownies. Everything was delicious and I was floored 1) that I really liked all three kombuchas 2) the brownies were some of the best that I've had.

After everyone arrived, passed the baby around and got settled, the presentation began. I guess it wasn't even really a presentation because she wasn't selling anything to us, more sharing her stories of how the oils have helped her and her family and letting us test the product, smell the oils and learn about what they do.

In my training for my half marathon next week I've been dealing with horrible shin splints and a swollen knee. It doesn't matter how much ibuprofin I take or how much I ice my leg, the pain is there and it wakes me up in the middle of the night, several times a night. I took one drop of doTERRA's Deep Blue oil and rubbed it from my knee to my ankle and within seconds I could feel the cooling sensation and slowly the pain subsided. I slept all night with no leg pain.

As the night went on, the slight headache I had been battling all day was really starting to pound harder so I tried the Past-tense roller on my temples and again, within probably two minutes I could feel a slight tingle on my temples and the pain seemed to just float away.

As a gift from the host we all walked away with a bottle of the Wild Orange which we were told, if rubbed on the bottom of your feet will help you sleep through the night. So, on top of the leg pain I've been having, I've also just been having a tough time falling asleep and staying asleep. For the last two nights, after rubbing a dab of Wild Orange doTERRA essential oil on the bottom of my feet, I have slept like a baby.

Part of me thought maybe this was all just a mind game. You know when you think something hurts and then it does. Or, you just rubbed magical oil on your head, leg and feet so now all your pain will vanish and you will sleep well all through the night. But I can say I'm a 90% believer that essential oils do have the power to heal you in a natural way. My leg has been very bothersome for the last 36 hours because all I've had is ice and ibuprofin to stop the pain...well the pain has not stopped.

The only reason there is still that 10% of doubt is because of the way we all believe the only way to heal ourselves is through a prescription. It's the American way.

If I can limit the amount of pills I pop by rubbing a single drop of oil on me, by George I'll do it.

Folks, that's just half of my week. I have a second date tonight and a good friend of mine is coming to town tomorrow for the Gopher football game and will be staying with me. I am so excited to go to The Bank and tailgate! It's basically my biggest regret for not finishing college. I don't have a team to cheer for.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekend Review 29

Friday after work Kari and I headed up to the cabin for the weekend. When we arrived mom had dinner ready for us before we headed to the neighbors for a few drinks.

Saturday's agenda was just to get the boat lift out of the water, the kayak/paddleboard across the street and to rake the yard and burn the leaves. Since dad wasn't with us this weekend, we asked the neighbor guys if they could help get the lift out in exchange for beer and dinner.

It was a little tricky because the pins to keep the legs down are at the base of the lift, which means someone is going to get wet. Then the legs wouldn't stay up so they kept dragging on the bottom of the lake. To top it off, one of the tires fell off when we put the lift in this Spring so you couldn't just roll it out.

Bob has a UTV with a wench on the front, so once the guys got the legs up we were able to connect it to the lift and it was pulled right in. Sounds a lot easier said than done, but at least the lift is out of the water and we don't have to worry about that for several months.

The weather on Saturday was ideal. It was sunny, there was a slight breeze and just warm enough that a t-shirt around a fire kept you comfortable.

Miley loved spending time outside laying in the grass getting as much sun as possible.

I made a great fall drink for us to enjoy outside, apple cider, bourbon and cinnamon sticks warmed up on the stove. We added an apple too.

Later in the day my cousins came over and we had a fire at the neighbors before heading inside to make dinner for everyone and have a fire inside. We sat around chatting and face-timing dad who was stuck at home with Trixie taking care of a bum leg.

Just as Kari and I were packing up to leave the cabin on Sunday, Sarah and Kelly asked if we wanted to meet them in St. Paul for some football. Since St. Paul is on the way home, we met them for a beer and some burgers and a horrible Vikings loss.

Somehow I've managed to book my week from now until Sunday which means one of two things will happen. 1) I'll be broke and dead tired come Sunday and I'll sleep the day away 2) Every single plan will be cancelled and I'll be going stir crazy for something to do. It's always all or nothing it seems.

Happy Monday!

Friday, October 10, 2014

iPhone Picture Dump

Coming attcha with an iPhone photo dump. Trying not to duplicate what's been posted to IG, Twitter or FB. Speaking of FB, make sure to follow my new page here! I don't post much, but if you follow my page then you would have heard about how BookIt! is coming back and offered alums a free personal pan pizza!

 I was very happy to see that the 80's are coming back in style with nude panty hose, thick white socks scrunched down just so, and white sneakers. When can I whip out my socks with the lace trim or roll my socks to make donuts around my ankles? Has that come back in style yet?

Health and Safety fair at work today. I manned the safety booth. Those signs are my handy work. The whistles were a hit, especially since there was a double parking ramp assault mid day this week. Luckily, just before the fair, we were able to announce the perp was in custody.

 I'm sorry. I can't resist this view!

5 Miles on the treadmill the other night. PSA to all you gym rats, please be kind and wipe down your machine. I picked the last treadmill and it was soaked in sweat. Very disgusting. That's how people catch ebola.

Bocce Ball league officially started with it's meet & greet earlier this week. I think this will be a ton of fun. The managers of this bar are pretty cool which makes it all the better.

Last Thursday the Vikings got completely trampled by the Packers. I needed wine to make it to half time before changing channels. I also found a pair of those wine glasses at Marshalls and I love them!

Every girl picks up some screws with her personal products, no? The face wash and lotion have been life changing to my skin. 

Getting better about packing my own lunch and making it healthier. Fun way to mix up the flavor and save some cals on the wrap is to use hummus instead of mayo. This week has been jalapeno hummus to give it a kick. Plus it's great for dipping those veggies.

Awesome Beyonce song. Also check out Flawless and Partition.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekend Review 28

Over the weekend I headed up to the cabin to help take out the dock and boat lift. My bag was full of heavy socks, fleece lined leggings, flannel and down vests. Sadly, no flip flops or bathing suits will be packed for 8-9 months.

I ate on my way up so I could maximize my time hanging out with the neighbors. They had a big crew up so I headed over with a few drinks and fell in love with the sweetest little puppy.

He's 11 weeks old and a beagle/pitbull mix with a grey tail with a white tip. Seriously the sweetest. There was an older black lab and this little guy fell asleep on top of her. Just precious.

As the night went on, the rain that had been falling all week, turned to giant snow flakes. Nothing really stuck to the ground but what did stick was great for making snowballs and sneak attacking people when they least expected it.

Saturday was the day we planned to take out the dock and lift so while dad headed to town I took the boards off the dock so we could just pull it out. Thank goodness for trucks because when we take it out we just tie a rope to the dock and the front bumper of the truck and the dock is out in minutes.

The lift is slightly broke and its legs are pretty planted in the sand, so dad is making a device that should make the lift float and we'll be able to just guide it to shore next weekend.

The rest of the day was spent trying to stay warm but still be outside. The sun would come and go, and we had fires going, but between our fire and the neighbors, no one could seem to get theirs hot enough.

Eventually we got the fires roaring and mom brought over some peppermint schnapps and 2 Gingers whiskey to pass around the fire.

The girls had a little bit of 'girl' time when the Younique mascara was brought out. I had only recently heard about this stuff so we each tried it on one eye to see the difference and it was seriously amazing.

Don't mind how scraggly they look. This was the very first time I ever did it and I'm pretty sure I was 10 Red's in when this happened, but look at the length it adds! When I got home I just washed my face with normal face cleaner/makeup remover and it came right off. I have other mascara that adds tubes to your eye lashes and I practically have to pull out my eye lashes to remove it.

This mascara is currently in my Amazon cart waiting to be purchased.

The thing I love about leaving the cabin early on Sunday mornings is that you don't hit any traffic and can make it back to the cities in 1.5 hours and still have the whole day in front of you to be a complete bum. I ordered some Toppers pizza and watched endless new Fall TV shows. A couple that I'm loving are Bad Judge, Scorpion, How To Get Away With Murder,  and The Mysteries of Laura. Ever since Sweet Home Alabama I have such a Josh Lucas crush.

The building I live in is condo's that are mostly rented out so I was able to enjoy a little soap episode when the owner of the condo across the hall had a complaint about his tennant. It was 30 minutes of cussing and slamming the door.  Then I decided I would watch the movie The Purge, by myself. That was a smart idea.

Cheers to Monday! Wish me luck, Bocce Ball starts tonight!

Linking up with B Loved Boston and Champagne and Suburbs

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Weekend Review 27

It seems the only thing I'm ok with being late on is coming here to document my social life so I can reread it in 20 years when I'm (hopefully) dealing with teenagers and don't have a social life. My social life will be their social life.

Anyway, this past weekend I spent Friday night at Ikea. Surprisingly, Friday nights are a great time to go because the store was dead. It also meant that people thought it was ok then to walk 4 wide at a snails pace.

I purchased a decorative bed pillow, a cheese grater, a new whisk, a baby drill, curtains, curtain rods and a cutting board. This was a very exciting night for me obviously.
Saturday I went over to Kari's for the last pool day of the year while we waited for Octoberfest to start.

Hot dogs with feet
We bought a Living Social deal to go to Octoberfest at New Bohemia, a German bar in North East. What the deal/bar didn't tell you is that the event is in a parking garage. So when it's 80 and sunny on the last weekend of September in MN, the last thing you want to do is be stuck under a cement structure.

The event started at noon, but we wanted to go later in the day because you know how day drinking can just sneak up on you. We arrive around 6:00 pm which seemed to be the transition time for the drunks that came at noon, and the folks that wanted to make this an evening event. Unfortunately for us late comers, the biffy's were over flowing to the point that if you wanted to sit, you couldn't.

Fortunately though, the deal was for unlimited beer and there were several different local breweries on hand so we were able to keep our cups full and try new beers.

We ended the night with dinner at The Bulldog, karaoke at the VFW and a night cap at Morissey's.

Sunday brought a whole lot of pain. I slept in and didn't move from my couch until I had to choose between ordering a pizza or walking across the street to the grocery store to purchase the fixings to make my own pizza. The grocery store won and I felt like a human for just a little bit. Putting on real clothes and venturing out when I'd rather be curled up on my couch.

The pizza was awesome, pepperoni and pineapple, but with it still being 80 outside, my little kitchen gathers heat rather quick and my smoke alarm does not like that. No matter how many fans blasting or windows cracked, it would not stop. So I killed it.

Monday was an odd day. I was feeling just fine, but I must have caught some kind of bug because when I got home I kept my music going and just went to town cleaning. I did 3 loads of laundry, including my bedding. Put away all my clothes, organized my closet and dresser, and vacuumed my whole apartment. There's a weird sense of joy now coming home and knowing there really isn't anything to do. So, I poured myself some prosecco and cheers'd to me and not being lazy on a Monday!

Happy huuuump daaaaay!

*Where is the camel emoji?