So Bad But So Good

Let’s start off with a cute puppy photo shall we?

Because every day should start off with cute puppies.

After the Chevy Fit 4 Life tour I scooted home to shower and change and meet up with Jon and our friend Alex’s house for dinner and cocktails. And hanging out with Lucy up above.

I had another cat encounter as well! We started to hear this meowing and finally realized it was coming from their neighbor’s roof. There was a poor kitty stuck on the roof! Alex thought it belonged to their neighbor across the street so she went to go inform him. At some point they were at a loss so the fire department was called. What is this, the 1960s? They came in no time and wouldn’t you believe it…the silly cat jumped onto a nearby tree as soon as the firemen got up to the roof to try and save him. Once it was on the tree it was easy for us to grab him.

And the kicker? It wasn’t even the neighbors cat! Luckily he had a tag with an ID number on it so Alex kept the cat for the night until animal services opened the next morning. I felt bad that the fire department had to come out and help, but they actually said they get a lot more calls like this than you think. Ha!

On Tuesday my buddy Tamsyn came to visit! She was flying out of Tampa to New Orleans the next day so she stayed the night to hang with us for a while.

The night started with some lovely vino. Seriously, the best wine I’ve had in a while.

And Jon made a lovely dinner of roasted pork tenderloin (cooked to perfection), roasted potatoes and roasted asparagus. I can’t get enough of roasted vegetables…seriously the best way to prepare them!

After our tummies settled we hit the town. Tamsyn and I went to college together and she doesn’t make it up to St. Pete a lot, so it was fun to point out new places to her or things that have changed.

She loves Mandarin Hide (as do we) so we had to stop there first for some Moscow Mules.

Then we hit up The Ale and the Witch. I was so happy to see that they had Angry Orchard on tap! I’m a Woodchuck fan, but I think this is my new fav cider. It’s the perfect amount of sweet and dry.

The third bar we wanted to go to ended up being closed so we were on the way home when we decided to keep the adventure going and went to the beach. We stopped at The Drunken Clam, which was a bit too divey for me. By this time we were in need of some food and a lightbulb went off in Jon’s head.

Let me just say…Willy’s on Corey Ave for the win. This place rocks. It’s small and beachy, but still clean and has a great vibe. Our bartender was awesome and the food…oh the food.

I hate flash, but it was too dark and this was the kind of food you want documented.

Jon has repeatedly raved about their Fried Bologna sandwich, which sounded gross to me, but now I’m a believer. It’s salty, meaty goodness. And I always get nostalgic when I see tater tots.

We also got the blackened wings, which were really good but I think I prefer wings doused in sauce 🙂 My fav was defiantly the Turkey Balls, which were fried turkey dressing (or what I would call stuffing) served with gravy and cranberry sauce on the side. So bad, but so good.

The next day we drove Tamsyn to the airport and immediately went back to bed. Once we got up I got ready for my 4 mile run (which I had to do on the tredmill, ugh!) and Jon got ready to go to work 😦

After my run I went over to my friend Lou’s house for a little 4th of July get together. A lot of people I didn’t know, but a cool bunch of people. Lots of hanging out, dog petting and hula hooping. I had dinner plans so I tried not to munch too much. I did have a bite of my friend Lora’s brownie, marshmallow, fruit skewers, which looked so good! Yay for Pinterest 😉

So my mom and I planned on getting some yummy mexican food for dinner. Little did we realize so many places would be closed! We eventually ended up at Macaroni Grill, which, as I’ve said before, isn’t all that bad. I had the Chicken Parm, which was pretty tasty and I love the rosemary bread they give you. And there’s always enough for leftovers the next day 🙂

Didn’t watch any fireworks this year. We didn’t want to deal with busy downtown, plus my mom’s dogs are scared of fireworks so she wanted to be with them. I still saw some from a distance from our condo, but I was just as happy catching up on my Real Housewives of the OC.

Now shall we end with a cute puppy photo as well?

Jon and I are dogsitting for our neighbor and friend, Ashley while she’s in London for a few weeks. Such cuties!

How was your 4th of July?

Cookies, Happy Hour and a New Dress

Ghiradelli chocolate chip cookies are the bomb.

So far in my life they’re the best homemade cookies I’ve made. I use the recipe right on the back of the Ghiradelli chocolate chip bag. And I add walnuts. Quick, simple, easy.

They’re that perfect mixture of crunchy and chewy and nothing beats having one of these gooey ooeys straight from the oven.

Jon had been requesting cookies for a few weeks and I had been hankering for them as well, so I finally remembered to get some chocolate chips at the store. These never dissapoint! Although I have yet to try the New York Times best chocolate chip cookie recipe, which according to Pinterest, is out of this world.

I probably had the most unhealthy day that I have had in a long time yesterday.

I always eat a nice healthy breakfast. But then lunch came. I had brought a burrito from Taco Bus that Jon had gotten me when he called the night before saying he was picking up dinner and I was already half way done with stir fry leftovers.

Then after work we all gathered at the Postcard Inn beach bar for goodbye drinks with a coworker who is moving.

The whole hotel has a really cool retro surfer theme to it. And the bar was pretty cool too.

I got the Hunch Punch, which was made with moonshine, pineapple juice, orange juice and grenadine. It was dangerously good and quite strong so I only had one. We ordered a bunch of appetizers to munch on as well. I had a few bites of almost everything. Two wings (not thrilled with them), a coconut shrimp (awesome!) and a few beef nachos (also really good).

After some chatting I left to go get my mom for some errands and dinner. One of our stops was Old Navy. I used to never like this store, but now everytime I go in there I walk out with something. I’m kind of a plain Jane. I like clothes with simple to no designs so I can wear them forever. And Old Navy is pretty good about supplying those kind of clothes. I got a new pair of running leggings, the cutest sleep shorts with seahorses on them, an extra pair of these shorts that I really like and this dress.

Isn’t it pretty? I love the color and simplicity of it. I can easily wear it out to dinner or to a cocktail hour. I’m always finding I need more nicer dresses for Junior League events and other professional type outside of work events. This fits the bill.

After some shopping we headed to Macaroni Grill for dinner. I hadn’t been here for AGES. I’m not a big fan of chains, but for anyone who knows the Tyrone area in St. Pete there’s not too many options for local eating. But, I’m going to say it, it wasn’t half bad. The atmosphere is pretty nice and the service was excellent. I loved seeing that they still do a lot of the same things like have a woman sing “happy birthday” in Italian to you on your birthday, have the servers write their name on the paper table cover and have “learn to speak Italian” recordings in the bathroom. The menu had changed some since I’d last been. It was two sided on a long piece of paper and really had the feel of an Italian bistro…much nicer to look at than a laminated menu. I noticed my old favorite (the Pasta Milano) but decided to give the Chicken Scallopine a try. The food was just ok…nothing special, but definitely edible. We also got the house Chianti, which they pour very generously.

Thank goodness I had three days of awesome workouts at Fit for Fashion this week. I’ve now been back for a month and I feel awesome. I will never stray again!

I also signed up for this December’s Color Run. So excited! They seem to be doing one everywhere so I’m sure there’s one where you’re located!

I have a looong day at work today. Going to see Rocky Horror tomorrow night. Then Mother’s Day Sunday. It’s going to be a fun, not-too-busy-thank-goodness type of weekend 🙂

What’s on your agenda for the weekend?

P.S. This came up in my Facebook newsfeed the other day. Love it!

Pre-run Yoga Poses for a Better Run