Meat Sweats

Ugh. I am so gross. I was mad craving cheese fries today and didn't want to be disappointed so I headed over to Outback. Of course, I didn't just eat cheese fries. Because who can do that? Here's what I had:
Small order of cheese fries: 1292 cal (It serves 3...I ate all of it. alone.)
House salad with tangy tomato dressing: 216 cal
6 oz Sirloin steak: 254 cal
Side of seasonal mixed veggies: 96 cal

I can't find the nutrition info for the entire loaf of bread I ate, slathered with butter. So for dinner tonight, I ate 1858 calories. Oh wait, I almost forgot the coke! I had 1 full glass of Coke, which is approximately 220 calories, which brings my total up to 2078. The average woman should consume 1500-2000 calories a day. So if I didn't eat lunch, I would be ok...except I did eat lunch. You can just start calling me lard butt.

(In other good news, I did run a 10 minute mile the other day. There is no way I can pull a second mile out at this time but I'll start working on that in a few days)


Take My Love With You

I'm listening to Eli "Paperboy" Reed...good stuff. So guess what? I'm going home!! No, not for good! But for 2 weeks. I'm super excited, I feel like it's been so long since I've seen everyone. I'm going to get to see the Wilkie's, go try Uncle Alan's new restaurant, see J2's new baby, see the nephews....I know I usually only made it up to Fayetteville a few times a year when I lived in SC but I just feel so far away from them now! So I'm super excited to see them all!
I'm also going to go down to Charleston for a week. Now, I know part of the reason that I left was because I felt like I didn't really have any friends down there. But once I made the decision to leave, people wanted to hang out with me....you want what you can't have? They suddenly realized how awesome I was? I don't know, but I have enjoyed keeping in touch with the people who did come to my rescue! I can't wait to see them all again! I'm going to go to a competition for my cheerleaders - they are having a great season so far so I hope that streak continues! I'll have a movie night with Chrissy (One for the Money), dinner with Debbie & Malinda, hang out with K2 and Britney....I'll even get to work with Dr. B's office! Yes, I know, I'm going to work on my vacation, I'm lame but I miss them a bunch!
I'm not ready to move back yet, I'm still enjoying the big city life. Just want to clarify that...but Feb 1 can't get here soon enough!


A misunderstanding....

I think there was a slight misunderstanding with yesterday's blog post. When I said that my aunt and uncle should grow all the food/turkeys for Thanksgiving next year, people took that to mean that I would be the one growing the food. As much as I would like to be the provider of awesome - I live in the city. The only outdoor space I have is a 8x3 balcony, which faces east and therefore is not good for growing things. It's true. I've checked into it. I need a south facing growing space. I'll add that to my list of necessities when I'm getting my own place.
So, until then, it looks like we're back to Maryland for Thanksgiving!
There was also a misunderstanding with the new dude about Wal-mart. I think he misunderstands how much I hate Wal-Mart! From the depths of my soul. I don't get worked up about all that much and usually just shrug things off, thinking "eh...you're wrong but whatever." But I almost got in an all out screaming match with him because he goes out of his way to shop at Wal-Mart! He agreed to watch my favorite documentary "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices" with me so maybe he'll change his mind....if you haven't seen it, you should watch it! If he doesn't change his mind...well...will Wal-Mart be the end of us?


Planning Ahead

Now before I start this blog entry, I know, I'm way ahead of time on this but I have to be! I got to thinking about next Thanksgiving. What will we eat? Will I be at my normal Thanksgiving spot? Well, here's what I propose: I propose that my aunt & uncle who love me dearly (it's true, they do) plant a garden. I think that this garden should grow delicious things. Things like parsnips and brussel sprouts and celery and onions and potatoes and herbs. Oh and pumpkins. We can't forget the pumpkins!
Why would they ever grow all this and where will they find the room? Well, they could install some grow lamps inside (no, not for marijuana!!) and between the basement and the backyard, surely we could create a feast. Because next year, we're going to grow our on Thanksgiving! Don't you love that idea? How good would it feel to know where all our food came from (not the grocery store!) and to eat all of our (er...their...)hard work? I can taste it now! It's gonna be great!
We can bake our own bread and use that for stuffing. We will chop up the celery and herbs and onions from the backyard and stuff it in their turkey they've been raising! Oh...no turkey? I can't talk them into that? Well, ok, we can buy an organic, free-range, hormone free, grass fed turkey. I'd also like that turkey to have eaten some apples. I want to taste what the turkey ate when I eat the turkey!
I'm excited about this already! I can only imagine how much the excitement will build up over the next 10 months!


Chicago Based Movies

Since I'm living in this big exciting city and plan on going outside as little as possible until this magical, sparkly white stuff goes away - turns out it's really cold! -, I figure I'll make a list of movies that are set in Chicago and make my way through them. Feel free to add to the list if you know of any others!
There are 187 listed here though so I'm fairly sure this list will keep me busy for the remainder of the winter. and next. and the one after.







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I would like to say that I'm very good at procrastination. I've been up for about 2 hours now. I managed to watch an episode of Trueblood and take a shower. I got all dressed to go run...and nope, nothing. I can't seem to motivate myself to actually get on the treadmill. My shoes are on, hair pulled back, water & Ipod ready...but no, I'm on the couch.
I've checked my email, read news that I don't really care about, read dining suggestions from Heather. I want to find some new workout music but I'm procrastinating on that too. I think I'll take a nap??? That's always a good idea!
I had another date with the guy from last night...he needs a nickname of some sort. I'll work on that. Anyways, we've ended up hanging out every night for the past 4 nights and I haven't gotten tired of him yet. I feel like that's a good start. C2 met him briefly last night but they pretty much said hi and went to bed...so, I don't know. I feel like I could like him. Well, I mean, clearly I do like him at least a little bit since I've spent the past 4 days with him! But, I'm used to being burned so I'll stay reserved on the whole thing. He's going to St. Louis next week for a few days...we'll see if he comes back. You know how all the boys I like move to St. Louis.


Winter Wonderland!

It snowed today and it is so pretty! The snowflakes were so big and magical and sparkly! The road was kinda slushy and ugly...but I just looked up to see the snows covered in sparkles! We got around 4 inches or so today and are due for another 3-4 over the next few days!! It's so exciting! I got my first experience trying to open the dumpster when it was covered in snow - turns out it's really heavy! Also, you shouldn't slam the lid down because the snow flies everywhere. Like all in your face. But it was still pretty and white so it was ok. It made me giggle.
Also, I have a date tonight - first date that I've been actually genuinely excited about. Well, it's not a first date, I've had other first dates I thought I was excited about but this is the first second or third date that I've been excited about. I actually came home from our previous date with a smile on my face instead of a grimace. Also, I came home and said "It was really good!" when C2 asked how it went, instead of my usual response of "uuuuuggggghhhh."  Fingers crossed it goes well tonight!

Oh...and in case you were wondering? Boat shoes do not work well in the snow! Yes, they are waterproof but no, they are not warm. Also, my pants got all wet.


What I'm Looking For

For those of you that were worried - it's warmed up. We were at a balmy 41 today. I thought about going back up to my light weight jacket!
I'm reading the Mindy Kaling book "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)" and I came across a list of criteria for her best friends. I like the list!
-I can borrow all your clothes. Only stipulation is that you have to wear it at least once beforehand.
-We sleep in the same bed. If on a trip or boyfriends are away and the bed is bigger than a twin, we partner up.
-I must be 100% honest about hor you look, but gentle.
-I can ditch you, within reason. (i.e., prearranged ride and discussed beforehand.) However, I must talk about you a lot with the guy so he knows how much I love you.
-I will take care of your kid if you die.
-I will nurse you back to health. I will get you meds at CVS, as well as fashion magazines and the candy you like.
-We will trade off being social activities chair for outings. Neither of us gets to be the princess all the time.
-I will keep your favorite feminine hygiene product at my house.
-Same with contact solution.
-I will try to like your boyfriend 5 times.
-When I take a shower at your place, I won't drop the towel on the floor. Your home isn't a hotel.
-If you're depressed, I will be there for you. Even if depressed people are boring. I will hate it and find you really tedious but I promise I won't abandon you.
-If our phone conversation gets disconnected, there's not need to call back.
-I will hate and re-like people for you.
-It is okay to take me for granted. It hurts my feelings but it is okay. Please try to remember to text me, if you can, if you know I have something going on in my life.
-No two people are better than us. We rock. No one can beat us.

That is what I'd like with my best friend. Thanks Mindy Kaling for putting it into words! (and any potential or former best friends reading this...take note! This is what is/was expected of you AND me!)


My Favorite Things

I had my first commute in the snow today! It wasn't a lot of snow, maybe about an inch or so. I usually hate waking up in the morning and this morning was no different but there was something serene about leaving the house and everything being snowy white. Since today was a holiday (for everyone but me!), I was one of the first people out and about. There was one set of footprints in the snow...then mine! At some points it was just my feet. I was tempted to lay down in a small parking lot and make a snow angel but I didn't want to get my scrubs all wet. Plus I was running late. Figured being soaked in snow would be a bad excuse...As I walked to the el stop, I was singing "My Favorite Things" to myself...except the only lines I could remember were "....snowflakes that fall on my nose and eyelashes. Brown paper packages tied up in string. Those are a few of my favorite things. When your job bites, when the bee stings..."wait, there's nothing about a bad job in that song? Oh...
Today was also my first "below zero" day. It was actually 18 out but with the windchill, it was -8. It wasn't too bad actually. I had my big down coat on and my snow boots. I was set! The way home was a little colder though. I survived it though...with all my fingers and toes! :)


Why, hello! It's Been Awhile!

Welcome to 2012. I had a great night last night. It was much needed! I had a bad day on Friday and the remnants were still hanging around on Saturday morning. The day got a little better after I started working on my New Year's Resolution (running...more on that another day). I went to lunch with the Howl At The Moon guy (quick catch up - our date to the show/dinner was actually really great. But I don't think I want to date - combo of being new in town and not over Robert. Bad combo. Told him I just wanted to be friends and so far as I know, he's ok with that). We went to Chubby Weiners (hehehe...ok, no I'm not 13). It's a hot dog place and it was pretty good. He asked what I had going on for NYE and I, sadly, had nothing going on. I kept trying to make plans but nothing was panning out. The only person who was dead set on going out (and doing whatever I wanted to do) was the firefighter dude...but then with the bad day and the prices of everything, I had pretty much decided I was going to stay in and wallow in my misery.
Anyways, HATMguy mentioned he was going to this German bar, the DankHouse and that it was pretty cheap at only $15. I decided it would be better than sitting at home and if it was lame, I could always go home early. Firefighter dude said he would come and after much work, I convinced my other friend to come as well. At first sight, it definitely looked like it was going to be lame but it turned out to be so much fun! There was a band there, the Polkaholics. It was a polka/rock and roll combo band. Yeah, I know...weird. No, I do not know how to polka. No, I didn't learn how to polka. But according to everyone there, all you had to do was bounce around. Not mosh pit like bouncing. It was weird. But fun. Firefighter dude got bored and bounced...hahaha, get it? No, not bounced like polkaed but bounced like left. I was ok with that. I got the impression he didn't like that I wasn't giving him much attention. Oh well. He'll be alright. He was getting weird anyways. Long story short, the night was fun. HATMguy was super fun and my friend that I basically begged to come out had a blast as well!