That Time I Threw Up At CrossFit

Ok, so I didn’t actually throw up. But I was VERYCLOSE.

Yesterday’s workout was a doozie.

Two rounds for time of:
Run 800 meters
30 Pull-ups
115 pound Front squat, 30 reps
30 Toes-to-bar
115 pound Power clean, 30 reps

Holy moly…this was the most difficult WOD to date. I’m sure it didn’t help that this was my first time back after 5 days. It’s crazy how much strength I lost in those few days. Plus I’d been sick for a few weeks before that so I was missing some WODs and taking it easy. I can usually bang out a pretty good string of pull ups, but I had to switch to the thickest band half way through the first round. And to toes-to-bar? Phishhh ya I’m not there yet at all.

I was really excited to be back…my body felt refreshed after a break and I was ready for a good butt kicking. But this almost killed me. Once I started the second round I started to feel nauseous and the last round of power cleans I really had to push through that urge of running outside and hurling. In-tense.

My results: 33:11 (40# 1 rd/30# 1 rd, black band pull ups, hanging crunches)

We had an out-of-town friend stay with us last night and Jon made an amazing dinner.

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Short ribs, celery root puree and sautéed broccoli rabe. Who needs a 5 star restaurant?

After dinner we went downtown to meet up with some other out-of-town friends that we hadn’t seen in a while. We started off at Ale and the Witch, but it was crazy busy so we decided to head over to Mandarin Hide.

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They had a HUGE beautiful Christmas tree that I was afraid was going to fall over on us.

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Nolet’s Nectar. Gin, grapefruit, grapefruit bitters and some other delicious sounding ingredients. The bitters threw me off upon first sip, but overall I really enjoyed this drink.

It was a great night and so nice to see old friends!

What’s the toughest workout you’ve done recently?

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Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my birthday 🙂 I love birthdays and (so far) this has been one of the best in a while.

We actually celebrated Saturday. Normally the thing to do in our group of friends is to have a party at someone’s house/apartment, but I decided I wanted something different this year. I didn’t want everyone having to worry about bringing food, drinks and then cleaning up afterwards. I just wanted something easy and fun.

The day started with go-kart racing at Tampa Bay Grand Prix. So fun! I wanted to do something I’d never done before and go karts sounded like a blast to me.

Tampa Bay Grand Prix was a lot nicer than I thought it was going to be! For some reason I expected a go-kart place to be a run down hole in the wall kind of place. But it was really nice, clean and the service was great. And easy! First they send you to a computer to register, then you pay and then you wait for your race to come up. Simple as that.

I called a few days before to inquire about a good time to come on a Saturday. Of course they said it’s the busiest day of the week so we decided to come at 11 a.m. right when they opened. No one else was there except a little kid’s birthday party (ha).

I wish I had gotten pics of us in our huge helmets. So funny. They give you a few practice laps and then off you go at 45 mph! It took me a bit to get the hang of it, but once I did I was zipping around all the corners. That didn’t seem to help though since I came in last 😦 (Don’t let this photo fool you. My friends were nice and let me be #1 since I was the birthday girl :))

After racing I wanted to get a new dress for our night out later so it was off to the mall. I didn’t actually end up getting anything. I hate shopping when I’m looking for something specific! And I’m so picky. Oh well.

Boba tea and banh mi on the way home-made me happy 🙂

 

After filling our bellies we rested up for the night.

I was so glad that our friend Nick and Jon’s sister, Alyson, were able to come up from Cape Coral to celebrate with me! Nick spent the weekend with us, but Alyson could only stay for dinner 😦

I originally wanted to go to Red Mesa Cantina, but they wouldn’t let me make a reservation (even though I had over 10 people) because of the weekend and the RNC. So my friend suggested Ceviche, which turned out to be a lot better. We sat downstairs in the Flamenco Bar area, which has an awesome atmosphere.

The food was delicious as always. Our server was not exactly Mr. Personality, but that didn’t stop us from having a nice time.

Jon asked the band that was playing to play “Happy Birthday” to me. So sweet 🙂

And then a huge piece of tres leche cake came out with a birthday candle. Didn’t snap a pic, but it was quite yummy.

Then it was off to hit the bars!

First stop was Mandarin Hide for moscow mules.

Then Tryst, which I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I got the signature Tryst martini, which was delicious, but overpriced at $10. However I probably won’t come back anytime soon. It was a little stuffy in there and the staff kept eyeing us…we didn’t feel very wanted.

Last stop was Ale and the Witch…always a fun and friendly place to be!

So, overall it was a great night with great friends, food and drinks. Couldn’t have asked for a better time!

The next day before Nick hit the road we headed to The Burg Bar and Grill for lunch. I decided to go for the Chicken and Waffles. Oh my goodness.

This was ridiculous. Really yummy, but after a while it got to be too much. I was defeated and could only eat about half. Probably a good thing 😉 Also had a bite of Nick’s pulled pork sliders, which was the best pulled pork I’ve ever had out at a restaurant. Tried a few of the wings he got as well. They were spicy, but really good.

The rest of the day was pretty lazy. Today we’re keeping an eye on the weather to see if Issac will ruin dinner plans or not. Hopefully not, but if it ends up being a pizza and cake kinda night that’s fine with me too 🙂

What has been your best birthday celebration so far?

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?

BAIT Nite at The Pier Aquarium

Happy Friday! So looking forward to a three day weekend.

Last night was BAIT Nite at The Pier Aquarium. This is a new monthly friend-raising event that the aquarium is putting on. I’m on the planning committee for the event and have been helping with logistics and securing our partner non-profits for each event. We could have used some more people, but I think it went pretty well for the first event.

   

Local brewery, Cigar City, did a beer tasting.

Food by Jonny Reno’s and Margaret Ann’s Catering.

Local artist BC Woo was doing some live painting.

Lots of mingling.

My buddies Lora and Sam came to support! Jon was there too 🙂

The best part though was the Critter Sex Talk. This evening’s critter: the octopus.

Did you know…

Octopus’ only live for 2-5 years and their sole purpose in life is to reproduce.

A male octopus has a slit on the end of one of his tentacles that holds sperm pockets. He can mate with a female up close or from a tentacle’s length away.

Sometimes the male’s tentacle will break off and stay with the female (most bizarre fact!)

The female “decorates” her living space with strings of her eggs. Her purpose is to then watch the eggs and make sure they stay safe. She doesn’t even leave to go get food.

After the eggs hatch the female usually dies on her first time out to get food because she is so weak from not eating and is more vulnerable to predators. 😦

BAIT Nite was fun and I can’t wait until our next meeting so we can start talking about ways to make it even better!

As we were leaving a downpour had started. Despite the rain we managed to find a place and head into one of our favorite bars, Mandarin Hide.

It was $4 Moscow Mule night. One of the best drinks ever.

It was still pouring when we left. We definitely needed the rain, but I’m glad to see sunshine today!

On deck for the weekend:

Dinner with mom

Saturday Morning Market (the last one of the season :()

Photo shoot for freelance blogger gig

Photo shoot for some fun photos for the blog

And I’m sure some other fun stuff mixed in!

What are your plans for the weekend?

Elvis, Yoga and Birthdays

Needless to say none of the fun things I had planned for the weekend ended up happening. However, other fun things did ensue!

After I got home from work Friday, Jon asked if I wanted to go over to our friend’s house for dinner. We picked up some dinner stuff and headed over for a yummy dinner of BBQ chicken, potato salad and marinated veggies. They have a 6 year old daughter who is adorable and ran around in a Ninja Turtle costume for most of the time we were there. All I can say is…it’s going to be a looong time before we have kids 😉 Love her, but wow what energy! After dinner (it was around 10) I was getting sleepy so I went to lay down on their couch. We all started watching a movie and I promptly passed out.

Saturday was spent doing some errands with my mom. Then she mentioned that there was going to be an Elvis impersernator at The Palladium that night. I dig Elvis and I know my mom does to so we went! This guy was pretty impressive. He went for about 3 hours with only a 15 minute intermission! He sang just like Elvis and some people who had seen Elvis in person said they thought he was better than Elvis! The guy was really entertaining.

It was past 11 when I got home and I already had my jammies on when Jon’s brother (who had come up to St. Pete for the night with some friends) called us to come out and join them for drinks. We quickly rallied and headed downtown. After a few of my fav drinks at Mandarin Hide (The Brooklyn and the Moscow Mule…get ’em) we headed next door to The Garden and got our dance on. It has been agggeees since I went out dancing. I’m much more of a chill at home or a quiet courtyard type of gal, but given the right atmosphere and the right people I let my fun side come out 🙂 Especially when the DJ is playing everything from “Runaround Sue” to “Footloose” to Katy Perry to Run DMC. It was a crazy awesome mix.

I was supposed to meet my friend Lora for yoga the next day. When my head didn’t hit the pillow until 4 a.m. I was certain that that  was not going to happen. However, my eyes opened close to 10 a.m. and texts from Lora motivated me to get up. Before I knew it I was in my yoga clothes heading to Yogani in Tampa. So glad I got up! The class was great and just what I needed. I always have a hard time going to yoga…I have a very active brain and it’s hard for me to relax so I’m always afraid I’ll get bored. But then I end up feeling so refreshed. It has definitely been awhile since I’d been though…my arms were sore Monday! After yoga we had lunch at Whole Foods and I did some grocery shopping. I really need someone to shop with me at health food stores…I just want to buy everything! They call it Whole Paycheck for a reason.

We had an amazingly healthy and simple meal that night. Sockeye salmon (so pretty!), wild rice (WF brand is bleh) and asapargus.

Jon also made some pretty awesome soup for us to have throughout the week. Cannelli beans, bacon, greens, tomatos and shredded chicken. Mmm mmm good.

 

This week hasn’t been too exciting so far. Jon and I are not really celebrators of Valentine’s Day. We did have my mom over for dinner though. We made homemade butternut squash ravioli with a browned butter sage sauce. Um. Yeah. Delish. And of course some red wine and chocolates. I’d never been to Schakolad before and was excited to try these babies. They were very good, but Jon and I both agreed that we liked Sweet Divas better.

  

Jon and my mom also humored me by watching Glee with me. Well, Jon was on the internet the whole time and my mom kept trying to talk to me, but ya know. I’ve missed a few episodes and I clearly need to catch up on some of the stories!

Yesterday was my friend Lora’s birthday. A bunch of us went to BellaBrava for her birthday dinner. It was a fun time filled with good food, wine and conversation. I knew exactly what I was in the mood for too so ordering was easy. A glass of Chianti, Cesar Salad and Spaghetti and Meatballs please. Their cesar is very good with nice buttery crutons. The spaghetti was better last time I had it, but it didn’t stop me from devouring practicially the whole dish.

Tonight should be a quiet night. Lora’s having her actual party tomorrow night so I’ll be prepping some apps and outfit planning (her party is Bond themed!). I have a work event all day Saturday and nothing planned Sunday so we’ll see where the day takes us!

The Day of Fails

This week is just flying by! Can’t believe it’s already Wednesday.

Yesterday I continued my goodies from Rollin’ Oats with making a simple sandwich with their special tuna salad with apple. Quite good! I’m always happy when places don’t over-mayo their “salads”. I enjoyed a 3 bean salad on the side as well.

After work I finally got my butt over to Revolve Clothing Exchange with a bag of clothes I’ve been meaning to sell. Unfortunately they only took 4 items and gave me $10 and some change. Boo. I donated the rest of the clothes. While they were sorting through my items I looked around the store and within 5 minutes had an armload of dresses and rompers I wanted to try on. Also unfortunately…none of them worked 😦 They either didn’t fit right or look right. One dress I had high hopes for but the zipper was broken. Fail.

While I was out I got a call from the guy saying he’d gotten out of work early…translation: what’s for dinner? My original plan was to eat more Rollin’ Oats goodies and lounge in front of the TV. This quickly changed to a night out at Central Avenue Oyster Bar. We had a Groupon!

Unfortunately…our experience was not as good as mine and my friend’s last week. Although I should note that the guy and I are pretty convinced we have a “going out to dinner” curse set upon as most of the time something goes wrong.

Our server was very nice and accommodating. He stated the specials without a pause and only gently suggested an upgrade to a bottle of wine and house salads. We each had a glass of Crossings Sauvignon Blanc, which was very nice, and each had a house salad. I’ll note right here that it is also somewhat different dining with someone who works in a kitchen. The guy knows all the ins and outs, what’s fresh and what isn’t, what could easily be fixed for little money, what preparations went wrong, etc. On the salad I loved how they added green beans (though they were not fresh). But it still makes a plain boring house salad a little more special. The bread we were served was not the same as last…the bread we got were dinner rolls and while they were good they didn’t exactly go well with the equally yummy olive oil and parmesan cheese mixture they serve.

Then the entrees…I ordered the Grouper Picatta, which they stated is red grouper that comes in fresh. Served with a scoop of mashed potatoes and asparagus with hollandaise sauce. The grouper was excellent and the sauce was light and lemony. The aspargus was a little overcooked (I like a bit more crunch) and the hollandaise on top was broken and looked like butter. The mashed potatoes had nice bits of potato in them, but were just okay. Of course I don’t think I’ve ever had mashed potatoes at a restaurant that are as good as making them at home.

The guy ordered the Lobster Pasta, which was probably a mistake from the start as he knows he loves their oysters. But he wasn’t in the mood for them and wanted pasta instead. The pasta is served with a sherry cream sauce and while the flavor was there his dish came overflowing with sauce (which was thin). It looked like noodle soup instead of a nice pasta dish. As a result the guy only could handle a few bites.

Once the owner got word he did come over and agreed with how the pasta looked and offered his apologies. They quickly took the pasta dish off the bill and our 2 glasses of wine, which was great customer service, but a bit too much since we also had a Groupon. Needless to say we left the server a nice tip and left feeling a bit guilty. But a bad dish is a bad dish, am I right? Double fail.

We wanted to end the night with a nightcap at our favorite bar, Mandarin Hide, which is only a few steps from Oyster Bar. Only to find they’re closed Tuesdays. Triple fail.

We then decided to try Ruby’s Elixir, which I’ve been anxious to try. The decor in there is not really nice at all…and they had the doors wide open so the sticky FL heat followed us in. We sat down and started to look at the drink menu, but then quickly changed our minds and left. Quadrupal fail.

We finally ended up at Central Cigars, where I was thankful there weren’t too many people actually smoking 🙂 The guy was happy with his gin martini and I with my glass of Malbec.

Hopefully today fares a bit better. I have a busy after work schedule this week that doesn’t leave much time for workouts. I tried for the first time in months to get up early to get in a quick strength training workout…but I definitely hit snooze and slept until I had to get up to get ready for work.

On the agenda tonight  is dinner at BJ’s and seeing The Help with some Junior League ladies. Excited!

Conversation Starter: Have you ever just had one of those days where it seems nothing goes right?