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Weekend Things

So, I’ve been really bad about blogging lately.  My mom even wrote me an email on Friday to make sure I wasn’t dead, since there was no post.  I apologize, but like I said a few months ago, I’ve been feeling rather boring and uninteresting so I don’t want to bore you all also.  Plus, on Friday I had a meeting from 9-11 and then left at 11:30 for our Holiday Party so there really wasn’t time to blog.

This year our party was at restaurant in Rockville called Timpano, and was absolutely delicious.  From the mini crab cake appetizers, to the chocolate fountain desert station (which I discovered some people think are gross) everything was amazing.  I broke my no drinking rule and had 3 glasses of red wine (they were free!) throughout the course of the afternoon, and made it home for the evening around 4:45.  I proceeded to spend the rest of my night relaxing in my living room watching TV and not drinking.

Chocolate Fountain!

I woke up Saturday morning  hydrated and un-hungover, which was unusual so I decided to take advantage of it by going for a run.  Ok by the time I had coffee, ate breakfast and actually made it out the door it was almost noon, but who’s keeping track.

Dark circles, previous days mascara (which by the end of my run was streaming down my face)

It was perfect running weather, about 45 and sunny, and for my first outdoor run since the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in April, it surprisingly didn’t suck.  I completed 3.1 miles at a 9:15 pace and my last mile was 8:57.  Although I forgot how much harder outdoor running is on the legs, because despite the “hilly” 5ks I have been doing on the treadmill my shins and quads are still a little sore today.  Guess I have to get outdoors more.

The rest of Saturday involved a trip to a bar to watch JMU lose to North Dakota State in the 2nd round of the playoffs, boo.  It was fun though, Adrienne I managed to snag two seats at the bar with a TV showing the game directly in front of us.  I again broke my no drinking rule and had 3 beers, but whatever, I still drank a lot less this weekend than normal.  We were both in bed by 10 pm on Saturday night.  It was glorious.

Yesterday, the only time I left the house was to hit up the grocery store for enough food to last me the next 4 days.  So, pretty much I bought a chicken. Oh, and some carrots and grapes.  Sounds fun and filling right?  Once the sun went down, I decided it was chilly enough to use the fireplace for the first time this year.

It kept us warm through the Packers game and Dexter, after which I called it a night and retreated to my bedroom.  It was a nice relaxing weekend to prepare me for what will probably be the longest week in the history of the world.  Thursday night cannot come soon enough!  Although,  I am already having problems falling asleep due to travel nerves.  Flying out of an airport 1.5 hours away is stressing me out more than my usual 10 minute drive. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll live.

Happy Monday!

Trivia Champion

Weeeee, happy Friday!  Now there’s only 2.5 days next week standing between me and Thanksgiving.  Well, hopefully, I’m assuming we will get to leave somewhat early from work on Wednesday.  Fingers crossed, because I would really like to beat traffic home.

Last night I hit the gym for the 4th day in a row.  I know who am I?  Don’t worry I have no plans to work out today.  I did a 15 minute warm-up on the treadmill, spending the last 10 minutes alternating between 7.2 mph for 2 minutes and 6.2 mph for one minute.  I was definitely warmed-up.  After the run, I moved on to my favorite oblique moves followed by something my friend Wes told me to try.  A push-up pyramid.  Do one push-up, rest five seconds, two push-ups, rest five seconds, etc until you reach 10.  Then work your way back down.

I made it up to 7, which if you do the math is actually 28 push-ups, and then back down to 1 makes 56.  Half-way through I had to switch my hand placement from flat on the floor to holding dumbbells because my wrists are so fucked up from gymnastics.  It was a killer workout and my chest, arms, and abs are sore today.  Success!

I ran into one of my co-workers (obviously, it’s a work gym) who informed me that there was a happy hour going on that he was heading to when he finished his workout, and passed on an invite.  I took one look at the traffic app on my phone, saw that it was at “9 and building” and figured why not go have a beer.  A beer turned into 3 beers, and a night of trivia at the bar.  Wanna know the one question I knew the answer to?  “In what year did Phil Collins win an Academy Award for his original song You’ll Be in My Heart?”

Me: “Duh, that’s the song from Tarzan, I know for a fact I watched that movie on DVD when I was a Freshman in high school.”
Everyone: Blank stares
Me:”It was totally the year 2000.”

Bonus points for getting the year exactly, and not just within the 2 year range given?  Two, boo-ya.  Mostly people were just appalled by the fact that I was a Freshman in high school in the year 2000.  I also may have agreed to a cross-fit workout next week with two other coworkers.  Damn me and my drunken big mouth.

I made it home by about 10, where I proceeded to stay up way too late watching the two-hour Private Practice episode.  It was good, and also quite sad.  Now I’m tired today, and ready for a relaxing evening at home.  Bring it weekend.

Have a great one!

Pumpkin Muffins

So it seems as though I was infected with some sort of domestic gene yesterday.  Perhaps it was in effort to redeem myself from the ridiculousness that was Saturday night.  You know it’s bad if you got home at 9 pm and can still call your night ridiculous.

the ladies of the football team

The reason truth or dare was played at the bar

I’m pretty sure we were minutes from being kicked out of the bar when we decided to change locations.  Apparently patrons who hadn’t been there since 3 pm did not appreciate our rowdy game of truth or dare.  Psh, whatever.  Prior to joining our football team in their post win celebrations at the bar, Dani and I actually partook in some culture downtown.

Dani’s youngest sister, Brooke, is a 14 year-old ballet superstar studying at the Kirov Academy in DC, and on Saturday her and a few other girls were part of an exhibit in tribute to Degas at the Phillips Collection.  They were emulating Degas’s Dancers at the Barre, and for 2 hours moved in different poses and stretches for observers.

Pretty amazing huh? Brooke lives at Kirov and studies dance and her regular 9th grade classes.  I barely made it through regular high school, haha.  It was a really fun afternoon and a cool exhibit to check out.

So yeah, then yesterday I was struck with some weird productivity and domesticity and tackled a lot for a Sunday.  First up was cleaning out the refrigerator to make room for a 21 lb frozen turkey.  We’re having “friends” Thanksgiving on Saturday and as usual I am in charge of providing the bird.  We had a lot of expired condiments in our fridge, and now we have a lot of room.  It’s nice.

After making room for all the food I needed to buy, I turned down an invite from the roommates to go out and watch football and instead headed over to Harris Teeter.  $104 later I was set, with not only Saturday’s turkey, but my groceries for the week, talk about an over budget trip.  Ugh.  Once home, I chopped up some onions, peppers, and chicken sausage, threw them in the crock pot with some wine, and dinner got to work cooking itself.  Then I was hit with the urge to bake, luckily I foresaw this urge and had happened to pick up a box of Spice Cake mix while at the store.  The simple box mix, combined with one can of pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, wielded these awesome muffins.

At the last minute I decided to throw in some chocolate chips, and it was a wonderful decision on my part.  These are phenomenal, and I froze a few immediately to keep myself from eating all 12 in one week.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins (Makes 12)
1 Box Spice Cake Mix (I used Dunkin Hines)
1 Can (15 oz) Pumpkin
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Cloves
1/4 tsp Ginger
Chocolate Chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease your muffin tin (or line with papers).  In a large bowl combine all the ingredients and mix until smooth.  I just used a metal whisk, since muffin batter shouldn’t be too thin.  Spoon even amounts into the muffin tin and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Enjoy!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!