Suddenly Saturday

March 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Such a busy Saturday. I went to the gym this morning for elliptical torture and Bodyflow, then Chad met me to hand off Mack so I could take him to a birthday party. I didn’t shower after the gym…just gave myself a 5-minute washcloth bath. Don’t tell anybody. Something had to give and that was it. I did put on clean clothes at least.

I didn’t get home from the party until close to 3:00 and due to lack of planning I hadn’t had lunch. I was starving! But I shoved a bunch of food in my mouth quickly and didn’t die. Then I went on a three mile walk (sans Chewie). Then, finally, I showered ­čÖé . Now I’m doing laundry and chilling.

But…about last night.

We started with dinner at Red Mesa Cantina in downtown St. Pete. I had a crowdsavings deal that was about to expire which was the catalyst for the entire date night. It was a gorgeous evening.

We sat on the patio in front of the fountain with these guys looking over my shoulder the entire time:

As we were walking to the restaurant I said that I wasn’t going to drink because I didn’t want the calories. As soon as we sat down and I saw the huge selection of tequila and margaritas that idea went out the window.

Dinner was awesome. You can see everything I ate (and drank) here. Our waiter was great and our server was funny. When the server brought our food I thought he was our waiter and I ordered another drink. He said he would tell our waiter, and that’s when I realized that it was a different person. Maybe I’m guilty of not really “seeing” wait staff at restaurants, but I think I can be forgiven in this instance:

I think all I saw were bald heads. Anyway, the guy on the right is Jorge and he took this picture:

The margaritas were so good. Chad commented that all of his beers cost less than one of my margaritas. I’m worth it.

After dinner we walked the few blocks to the theater. We love live theater and were subscribers to American Stage for several years before we had kids. We loved going to see all the plays and having our regular seats. It became really difficult after Cal came, so we dropped our subscription, but have continued to see plays whenever we can.

This was last night’s offering:

I was expecting a sardonic dark comedy. The reviews were so good! It ended up being a sort of dated drawn-out expression of self-love by Edward Albee. This play was three hours and twenty minutes long! Three long acts. We were bored to death by the end. I defended it by saying that maybe when it was more contemporary it would have been better (it did win a Tony in 1963) but Chad thought it would have been bad no matter what.

Regardless of the disappointing play (you can’t win ’em all), we had an awesome date night.

No Saturday Weekly Wrap-Up this week. I’m too tired. Basically I exercised my butt off, took pictures of all my food, worked 15 min./day with the boys in their room and had a good, busy week. I think all the “stuff I didn’t do” from last week’s wrap-up is still undone. Bleh.

Secret Sunday

March 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Last night was another gathering of the inner sanctum, my top secret association. You can read about the other meetings of this secret society that I have attended here, here and here. We were a little low on attendance this time.

In case you can’t tell, there was a St. Patrick’s day theme in observance.

Of course there was the obligatory spread of questionably healthy food.

However, I was very good and just made a small plate. I was tempted to keep grazing all night, but I didn’t want to take pictures of lots of little bites, so I managed to abstain. I posted everything I ate and drank on my “I Eat” page. (Posting all my food and being committed to utter honesty about it on my blog is working!) After two alcoholic beverages, I even switched to water.

I’m such a good girl. Or maybe not. At one point during the meeting I was worried that I had gone too far. Said too much. Crossed the line.

But then everybody laughed and they made me the queen, at least for a moment!

I do belong with this special group of women after all! They don’t find me offensive ­čÖé . Amazing.

So today is a special day around here. It’s Chad’s birthday! I made waffles for the boys and then we headed to the gym to let Daddy sleep. While that is pretty much what we do every Sunday, this morning we left Dad a little surprise with his waffle:

At the gym I did 40 minutes on the elliptical then took a Bodypump class. Wicked shoulder track today! Hurts so good.

After the gym the boys and I went to Coldstone Creamery to pick up Chad’s birthday ice cream cake.

Just the thought of Coldstone ice cream made the boys kind of giddy.

They were so excited that I caved in and asked the lady if they could have a sample. She was more than happy to oblige. Cal got a taste of Oreo cream filling and Mack had a taste of the mint. Again, I just pressed my face against the glass and didn’t have anything ­čÖü .

I was just biding my time until later when I could have some of the main attraction. You know it’s a good thing when your ice cream treat comes in a humongous bag!

After lunch and nap (Mack) and quiet time/weekend homework (Cal), the boys and I spent 30 minutes working in their room. We missed our 15 minutes yesterday so we doubled up today. We are really making progress! We’re almost ready to move all those toys in the great room into their room.

Then the boys and I headed out to run some errands and give Daddy some more peace and quiet. We went to Target just for the heck of it, then went to pick up dinner at Casual Clam.

If your name is Tom, watch your toes! I am very proud of myself because although the boys ate fries and hushpuppies (and the little boys also had fried fish), I didn’t eat any fried stuff because I didn’t want to take a picture of it. Yay for food blogging! You can see my dinner here.

So finally it was time for the big event…the ice cream cake! Chad wanted sweet cream ice cream with yellow cake and strawberries on top. I had them add coconut to the sides as a surprise and then we added a bunch of fresh strawberries to the kind of paltry frozen ones and everybody was happy.

That inferno is from four little candles and two bigger candles. Can you figure out how old Daddy is? I’m having my cake later and I’ll be sure to post a picture of it on my “I Eat” page. It may require multiple pictures if I can’t stop at one slice ­čÖé .