Category: monday things

Weekend Things {08-12-2013}

1. On Friday night, Ian took me out for a date night at Two, one of the nice restaurants near our not-so-new-anymore apartment. We hadn’t been to the restaurant before so we enjoyed quite the feast – we tried their faro salad, the pork ribs, scallops, and Ian had the duck egg pasta. Everything was fabulous and the date night was a great way to kick off vacation and spend some quality time with Ian before I headed to Michigan.


2. I woke up fairly early on Saturday to squeeze in an 8 miler before catching the Megabus.


Sigh. Chicago is really beautiful.

3. A week or so ago, I received a package of bars to sample from Erica (thanks girl!). I’ve been saving them for my vacation and decided to try this Simple Squares bar crumbled in almond yogurt for a quick breakfast on Saturday. It was really good and not at all what I expected- it was packed full of seeds and nuts. It also kept me full until my mom picked me up in Ann Arbor at 2 EDT which is definitely a sign of a substantial snack bar!


4. Oh, the Megabus. My ride wasn’t bad at all actually. The bus was really empty and I was able to sprawl out and attempt to take a nap. I forgot how much of a pain the one stop is though. It’s only an hour from Ann Arbor and they always give you so much time. I was ready to go!


5. By the time I got to Ann Arbor, I was hungry so my mom and I grabbed lunch at Grizzly Peak. We split polenta fries and I had a cherry chicken salad that was pretty amazing. I <3 Ann Arbor.

6. Dinner on Saturday night was chicken pad thai from my favorite Thai restaurant ever, Siam Spicy. I like to have Thai the night before a long run (carbs, salt) but I could eat this pad thai every day. It’s so spicy and not sweet at all, just the way I like it.


Plus, their portion size is large enough that I always have leftovers!

7. After dinner my mom and I took my mom’s 80 lb “puppy” for a walk.


This dog has sooo much energy it’s unreal and even after multiple walks and lots of play time she’s still a handful.


Good thing she’s cute ;).

8. I actually slept through my alarm Sunday morning and headed out for my 15-miler an hour later than planned. Fortunately, it was overcast and actually kind of cool so it didn’t matter too much. I ran a big loop through the Detroit burbs and felt really strong.


This is where we all the cool kids hung out in middle school and high school.

9. After my run, I lounged around, tried to sunbathe, and ate some leftovers before my mom and I headed out to run more errands. Our intentions were to pick up some stuff to grill but we ended up running into Hansons Running Shop, Target, Dunhams, Kroger, and even stopping for a quick treat at TCBY.


They now have Silk Chocolate Almond almond milk froyo and I had to try it! And yes, I know the cone has wheat in it. I only took a few bites (paid for it later) but getting froyo on a cone is so much better than in a  cup!

10. We relaxed at my mom’s house for a bit, fired up the grill, and made some corn, BBQ chicken, and zucchini on the grill. It was fabulous. We chased dinner with a walk with the pup who proceeded to lay down in a huge puddle of muddy water forcing us to cut the walk short and give her a bath. Crazy.

11. This morning I woke up early to beat the rain and get in an easy run. Even though it was overcast and drizzly, the neighborhood is so green right now it was gorgeous.


I <3 nature.

12. I’m on vacation and off work this week so my mom and I are planning on grabbing lunch at one of my favorite deli’s today and then hanging low until the rain stops.

How was your weekend?

Weekend Things {06-24-2013}

1. On Friday, Ian and I went to Bad Apple for a date night. Bad Apple is definitely one of our favorite spots in the city, they have a great beer list (many on tap), good burgers/veggie burgers, and the best fries in the city. Not the healthiest food but I’ve tried some of their salads before and the unhealthy stuff is where it’s at ;).

I tried a new-to-me hard cider that I didn’t love and forget the name of  and per one of Ian’s friends recommendation we split their pickled platter to start.

badapple1From left to right: beets, cherries, eggs, rhubarb, and plum. Ian really liked the plum but I thought the cherries were the best. We both thought this was fun but probably wouldn’t order it again.

badapple2I decided to do something crazy and ordered the elvis burger… bacon and peanut butter sauce. It was definitely tasty but I felt so gross after eating it. I’m glad I tried it though, you only live once!

2. Saturday was all about getting stuff done. Ian and I did our grocery shopping, cleaned our kitchen, and even made a quick run to pick up some cat treats. I also finally convinced Ian to go back to Nini’s, the little Cuban restaurant down our block, for lunch.


3. We also got out the juicer for the first time in about a month. Ian and I had been on a big juicing kick but we put it away a few weeks ago and haven’t taken it out in a while. We had some produce that needed to be used ASAP so we figured fresh juice was the way to go.

juiceMy juice was carrot, lemon, kale, and apple. Yum.

4. Ian and I are also completely hooked on Fringe. We started watching a while ago and would watch episodes for a week or two and then lose interest for a bit before coming back to Fringe. However, last week we finished season 2 and we can’t stop watching now. It’s soo good!

5. My big plan for Sunday was to go to the newish Road Runner Sports location and have them fit me for new shoes and/or custom insoles. My PT had mentioned during my first evaluation with her that I had flat feet which kind of surprised me. I go to my podiatrist pretty regularly and she always looks at my feet and has never commented on my arches. However, my feet have been achey lately and my right knee (same side as my hip) has been feeling funny lately so with 200+ miles on my Adrenalines, I figured it couldn’t hurt to see what they had to say.

I honestly couldn’t be more impressed with Road Runner Sports. After taking some measurements, I found out that I actually don’t have flat feet (my arches are normal) but my feet are really wide, so wide that I should be wearing wide shoes. This actually makes a lot of sense but I’m surprised that in 7+ years of buying running shoes this is the first time anyone has told me to buy wides (I’ve always had wider feet). Next, I got up on the treadmill barefoot and jogged for about 45 seconds while they videotaped my feet. I was told that my left leg hits the ground at near perfect alignment but my right foot bows out, meaning my ankle rolls out over my foot (I’m sure this is directly related to my stress fracture). Turns out the Adrenalines are probably a little too much stability for my gait and with the help of RRS custom inserts, I can run in neutral shoes.

mizunoI ended up trying on three different types of neutral shoe and found that I preferred the Mizuno Wave Rider to the Asics and the Brooks Ghost. However, when I got back on the treadmill and was videotaped running in the Wave Rider, it was obvious that the shoe wasn’t doing enough to support my right foot. The sales associate grabbed the Mizuno Inspire, hopped back up on the treadmill, and fireworks went off… my ankle no longer bowed out.

balegaI ended up buying both the shoes and the insoles because after seeing the difference in my foot/ankle, it was obvious the insoles would help. The sales associate helping me also threw in a pair of socks for free because I had mentioned that I tend to get blisters during the summer and he wanted me to try a different sock. Pretty awesome right?

6. I spent Sunday night catching up on all of my favorite tv including watching the man walk across the Grand Canyon on a cable. Did anyone else see it? It was insane. I also polished off my new favorite brand of chocolate bar.

chocolateIan picked up the chili for me too and I can’t wait to try it.

How was your weekend?
Favorite type of chocolate?
Have you ever had a thorough shoe fitting?

Weekend Things {06-17-2013}

1. Sorry things were a little bit sponsor heavy on the blog last week. I had two posts waiting in queue and unfortunately was asked to post both in a row. The Malibu sweepstakes is still open but I did want to announce the winner of the FrogFuel pack…Mike Dalton! I will be e-mailing you to figure out the deets.

2. Spring is a hectic time to work in academia. I feel like every important deadline happens to fall between May and the end of June. I really felt it this past week and even with going in early most mornings, I still had to stay late on Friday… boo. By the time I got home, I had no desire to do anything but lounge on the couch and hang out with my boys.

fridayngihtA lot of this type of playing happened. Sonic gets to play and I get to sit on the couch. Win-win for both us.

3. I woke up early on Saturday and headed out for a solo 3-mile run before Ian and I left Chicago to drive to the Run for Boston 5k. Unfortunately, about three-quarters of the way there, Ian had car trouble and we had to call for a tow.

carbrokedownIt was raining, so we hung out in the car for a few hours while we waited for the tow truck to head our way. As luck would have it, after waiting five-ish hours, we found out the tow truck had decided not to come and we had to wait for another one. Thankfully, one of Ian’s friends had taken pity on us and picked us up to grab lunch but we were all pretty stir crazy after waiting around at a Shell gas station all day.

carbrokedown1Look! Ian got a new watch!

carbrokedown2Eventually the tow truck came and we were able to get a ride home. Whew!

4. Fortunately, we weren’t stranded in the middle of nowhere and I was able to find a Target within walking distance. Hello, cheap new work shoes!

shoesI did feel much better about the stranded situation after spending money on myself and yes I do have absurdly large feet for my height.

5. We made it back to Chicago with just enough time to shower, change, and head out to The Vic to see The Tenderloins, the comedy troupe behind Impractical Jokers (if you haven’t watched the tv show, you need to ASAP because it’s absolutely hilarious). The show was really funny although a little bit short which worked out perfectly because Ian and I had plans to grab Taco Joint for dinner!

margaritaMargaritas were much needed after the day we had. I tried the chile mango and Ian had the guava and while both were tasty, we agreed the chile mango was the better choice.

tacosWe split an order of rojo guacamole and then I had two tacos, the camaron (grilled chile and garlic spiked shrimp, garnished with avocado salsa and crispy flash fried spinach) and the cochinita (Yucatan style pulled pork garnished with picked red onions and spicy habanero salsa). Taco craving satisfied.

6. On Sunday, after an early longer run, Ian and I headed out to run our errands. We grabbed Starbucks, went to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, and even visited the animals at the Anti-Cruelty Society. Ian was craving a sub for lunch so we stopped into an Italian bakery and deli near our apartment where I found the world’s largest cannoli.

cannoliGet in my belly!

7.  I also started a new book that I bought at the Printer’s Row Lit Fest, The Beautiful and Damned, and happened to find this written on one of the pages.

bookIsn’t that amazing? There are also notes and underlined passages throughout the book. I can’t wait to figure out what or why certain parts of the book were noted.

8. In Sonic news, he now believes that our kitchen rug is a large bed for him. He used to sleep in one of his beds (yes, plural) placed throughout our apartment but recently he’s started laying on the rug. He also refuses to move when we’re in the kitchen…

bubsTerritorial much?

9. I’m working on a post about the training plan I’m using for the Chicago Marathon including why I chose it, how I’m adapting it, etc but I thought I’d ask you guys if you had any specific questions that you’d like me to address. If you do, let me know if the comments!

Obviously, my weekend was kind of lame (outside of my control…) so what did you guys do over the past two days?

Weekend Things {06-10-2013}

1. After a long weekend in Denver and an exhausting week, all I wanted to do on Friday was relax and go to bed early (I know, party animal over here). So Ian and I did just that. We watched some Arrested Development, I read my book, Ian played video games, and I even made some sunflower seed + pepita butter in my food processor!

2. I actually slept in on Saturday morning and woke up at 8:45 to an alarm. It’s been a while since that’s happened. I went out for a run and then sat down to a delicious bowl of peanut butter overnight oats (thanks Megan for sharing the recipe!)

3. After breakfast and some coffee, I met up with Kelsey and Emily at the Printer’s Row Lit Fest.


The Lit Fest is a free festival in Chicago where independent/small local bookstores put up stands and sell new and used books at a discount price. There are also readings, a food tent, and lots of other miscellaneous things like old movie posters, magazines, etc. It’s a blast! I ended up picking up quite a few reads too, all for under $25.


I actually bought the top book at Tattered Cover but the rest are from the lit fest.

4. Ian and I decided to try La Luce, a new-to-us Italian restaurant, on Saturday night.


I had a glass of chianti, Ian and I split an order of grilled calamari, and then I had an order of the chicken limone. It was a lot of food and I’m happy that I was able to take home leftovers!

5. On Sunday I slept in later than planned and headed out for a longish run. When I get back, Ian and I had breakfast and then stopped at Sip Cafe on our way to go grocery shopping to pick up some iced coffee. We’ve been to Sip Cafe a few times but I’ve never noticed the bathroom door before….


This is a cafe I can stand behind :).

6. After grocery shopping and running some errands, Ian and I were hungry and decided to walk over to Carbon to have some lunch. We ended up splitting some guacamole and chips and then I had a chicken mole tamale and a steak taco.


I. love. tacos.

7. On our walk back home, we stopped to visit our favorite fruit man and pick up a few mangoes for Ian. He also had these tiny bananas that I couldn’t pass up.


Does anyone know what you’re supposed to do with these? Are they really just miniature bananas?

How was your weekend? 

Monday Things {02-25-2013}

1. On Friday night, after what felt like THE longest week ever, Ian and I headed over to the new Taco Joint location in River North. We had a Groupon to use that promised us each a margarita and three tacos and National Margarita Day felt like the perfect time to cash it in.


The margaritas were full size, strong, and really refreshing. Taco Joint was not joking around and handing out baby sized drinks like I was afraid they would. I sipped mine slowly and was able to enjoy it throughout my meal.

We were both really hungry, so we split an order of rojo guacamole (avocado with roasted tomatoes, roasted onions, and roasted red jalapeno salsa) and chips. The guacamole was incredible and the roasted salsa added a really nice kick. If you like spice, you’d love the rojo guacamole.


Next, we each ordered our tacos. Our waiter told us that he preferred to put taco orders in one or two at a time, so the other tacos don’t get cold while you’re eating, so Ian and I each ordered two tacos first followed by one more for me and two more for Ian.


I tried the camaron taco (back left – grilled chile and garlic spiked shrimp garnished with avocado salsa and crispy flash fried spinach), a chicken taco with avocado and red cabbage (bottom left), and an al pastor taco (not pictured – marinated grilled chicken breast garnished with Serrano-pineapple pico and tangy tomatillo salsa). They were all incredibly tasty!

2. On Saturday, I had planned on waking up early and taking a pilates/yoga fusion class at my gym. Unfortunately, when I woke up my butt was really sore from level 2 of Jillian’s 6 Week 6 Pack so I decided to bail on the class and get a few more hours of sleep. It was absolutely worth it. I woke up at 9 feeling like a new person and ready to tackle my recovery run.

3. I’ve been sitting on a J. Crew gift card since Christmas and I finally made my way to the store downtown to do a little shopping with some friends. After looking around and passing up many of the cashmere sweaters (not currently in my budget..), I finally found a really pretty dress that I know I will get a lot of use out of.


Now I’m on the hunt for a cute mustard colored belt to wear with it. We checked H&M and Marshalls and had no luck, any ideas?

4. Ian and I enjoyed a lazy Saturday night watching lots of tv. We watched a movie, American Ninja Warrior, and Impractical Jokers, it was so fabulously lazy.

5. Ian and I signed the lease and turned in our checks for the new place! I still can’t believe it’s happening and I’m so excited! On Sunday, we decided to go grab lunch at one of our favorite sushi spots (near the new place!) and then explore the area. I was pleased to see so many trendy little restaurants and an awesome grocery store that sells only local products close to our new apartment!

6. One of my new “guilty” pleasures is microwavable instant oatmeal packets. When we were in Florida for the Goofy Challenge, I picked up some Publix brand raisin, date & walnut packets to eat in the room and as Quaker makes something very similar, I haven’t looked back since. It’s just oh so tasty and easy to throw a packet or two in the microwave when I’m running late in the morning. No shame!

7. Also, March 1st is the last day you can register for Pretty Muddy with the early registration discount. That means that if you register before March 1st, your race entry will be $59.95 but if you register afterwards, you will be charged $69.95. I’ll be doing the Chicago race and I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun (disclosure: I am a Pretty Muddy race ambassador and my entry was free).

2.20.13 PM $10 Off

How was your weekend? Do anything fun?