Sicky Icky

I rarely get sick. But when I do, it hits me hard.

Sunday afternoon, while joining my friend Ashley to a visit to The Chihuly Collection, I suddenly started feeling “off”.

I was going to call in sick on Monday, but then remembered an important department meeting so decided to brave the work day. I lasted until 1 p.m.

So Tuesday was a sick day. I slept in. I ate comfort food. Jon was my nurse. We watched The Walking Dead.

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Anyone who knows me well knows that I do not like any movie, book, etc. that has to do with vampires, werewolves, zombies, wizards, etc. I’ve only read one Harry Potter book and you couldn’t convince me to see Twilight if my life depended on it. I don’t know what it is…I’m just not into it.

In saying that, I LOVE The Walking Dead. It’s a great, well done show. The acting is kind of eh at times and Jon and I make fun of some certain characters wide-eyed faces, but the storyline is fantastic. The effects are very real and not corny at all. The characters are well-formed and there’s lots of action that keeps you guessing.

Jon and I also just finished watching all the seasons of Breaking Bad (another phenomenal show). Both don’t start-up again until March, which makes me groan with anticipation!

Because of my sickness I had to miss an Eckerd Alumni Holiday Party 😦

It’s funny though, how being sick reminds you to slow down. I’m a gogogo type of person. I love being busy so it’s hard for me to reserve quiet time. Last weekend was no different.

Saturday after a CrossFit session, Jon, Maddie and I headed to the Saturday Morning Market.

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Egg, cheese and bacon croissant from Le Creperie…delish! Best croissant I’ve had in a LONG time.

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This little girl was so good…mostly because we kept giving her bites of deliciousness.

After hours of Christmas shopping with my mom, Jon made butternut squash ravioli with a brown butter sage sauce.

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And then we were off to Studio@620 for Spec Performance: Second, which was a great showcase of dance performance. I was there for Articulate, so check back later this week for the blog on that.

Sunday I got up again for CrossFit, Jon and I went to get dim sum and Boba.

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I met up with Ashley and we went to Chihuly since she had gotten two free tickets. We’d both been there before, but it was nice to visit again. Such amazing pieces. Later that night Jon, my mom and I went to see Santaland Diaries at American Stage, which was very entertaining. Again, check Articulate later in the week for that blog πŸ™‚

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As fun as the weekend was, I’m sure all of that running around wasn’t exactly good for me. I was even just on the phone with my mom telling her I was going to go workout tonight and she talked me out of it. She said that’s how I got sick in the first place…getting up too early and running around all day. Mother knows best right?

While I hate to give up another workout this week I know she’s right. I still need to take it easy until I’m fully better. No sense in pushing it.

Especially, since this weekend is another busy weekend! Color Run, a Champagne and Cookies party, a photo shoot, some friends in town…fun, fun, fun!

What do you think is too much in terms of a busy day? Do you leave quiet time for yourself each day?

A Weekend Full of Theater

Last week was pretty uneventful, but I was happy to have the weekend packed with my favorite thing: theater.

On Friday Jon and I went to see Romeo and Juliet at freeFall Theater. I was covering it for my Articulate blog. It’s funny…as popular as this play is I can’t recall ever seeing it before. It’s also funny because everyone says that Romeo and Juliet is so overdone but I never see any theaters doing it.

Anywho the show was fantastic. I think it’s virtually impossible for freeFall to put on a mediocre show. The actors were great. I espicially loved the girl who played Juliet. She’s definitely one of those people who was born to play that part. The set was particularly interesting too. I loved the detail and use of space. More info to come on my Articulate blog 😊

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Before the show we grabbed dinner at Engine no 9, which is a new spot in St. Pete. We had stopped in there for drinks the weekend before, had looked at the menu and vowed to come back to try the food.

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One of the best burgers I’ve had. They’re running on a limited menu right now and most of it is unique burgers with all sorts of toppings. I had the One Bad Pig that was topped with roast pork, fried prosciutto, grilled onions and cheese. Sweet potato fries on the side. Also had some of Jon’s tater tots 😊Delish!

Saturday we started the day at the Saturday morning market which we hadn’t been to in forever. Even at the start of it at 9 am it was bustling! I sipped on a pumpkin chai tea latte while we walked around. We snacked on a spinach cheese tart, beef empanada and a knish.

Later that night I went to go see Legally Blonde at my alma mater, Eckerd College. It was a girls night with my mom and friends Lora and Ashley.

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I’ve seen a few Eckerd shows since I graduated and they’ve all been very good. Legally Blonde was very cute and funny. There were a few actors that stood out and really made the show. Very impressed with the singing, choreography and set design!

Looking forward to the next few days as we’ll be in Sanibel! Expect an update when we get back.

Oh and this was the first time I used my WordPress app to update the blog so I apologize for choppy sentences, grammar and spelling mistakes 😊

Mish Mash Tuna Salad

It sure has been a whirlwind since we got back from our trip. The day after we got back I pretty much got slapped in the face by reality. We had to finish some projects in my mom’s condo (she’s moving down to FL in a week!), finish planning an upcoming fundraiser, plus catching up on projects at my full time job.

Thankfully, I’ve had some time for some fun πŸ™‚

Like celebrating The Chef and mine’s 5 year anniversary. Our main celebration was obviously our trip to Portland, but we wanted to do a little something to celebrate on the actual day. So we brought caprese, liverwurst, Ritz crackers and wine to the beach. So fancy πŸ™‚

And going to downtown St. Pete’s Saturday Morning Market, which I hadn’t been to in forever.

It changed locations quite awhile ago and boy has it grown! There are so many more local food vendors, it was almost overwhelming. The Chef and I stopped going to the market because he never thought the produce looked as good as it could. But I think I have to bring him next time to change his mind. I also wish I had bought some extra cash with me so I could snatch up some local honey and meat from a local farm.

I ended up getting a savory crepe from the crepe stand. I’ve had them once before and love them. They’re made from buckwheat and this one was filled with chicken, goat cheese, sauteed onions, mushrooms and onions. Yum.

I also got to see American Stage’s production of August: Osage County. I have been wanting to see this play ever since I first heard about it a few years ago, so I was so happy to see it locally. It was LONG at about 4 hours but it actually flew by. I loved the play itself…everything I hoped it would be. I love me some dark comedies πŸ™‚ There were some actors I enjoyed more than others, but for the most part everyone had pretty fantastic performances.

Now, I will be the first to admit that I am not a cook. I’m very cautious in the kitchen. I’m always worried I’m going to mess something up. That’s why I love things that you can just throw in a bowl and mix up. Like tuna salad!

One weekend day I was found hungry and foodless…so I searched the pantry and fridge for something to whip up easily.

Here’s what came out of it.

To make a healthier tuna salad I used a half mayo and half greek yogurt mixture. Pretty much a tablespoon of each for each can of tuna. I used 3 cans of tuna total and it lasted for 3 meals. Then I basically went crazy with add ins πŸ™‚ Dijon mustard, siracha, celery seed, red pepper, sundried tomatoes and relish.

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It was fantastic! It even got The Chef’s approval πŸ™‚ Although, he did say it needed fresh celery. Guess the celery seed wasn’t enough of a substitute!