Saturday, December 17, 2011

Celebrity Sighting, kind of

Forgot to mention that on our cab ride from 1 bar to the other last night, we drove past the theather where we had seen Seminar. The cast was out signing autographs for people, and so we got to see Jerry O'Connell, Hamish Linklater and ALAN RICKMAN. Granted, we had seen them 2 weeks ago, in the same play. But it was cool seeing them just hanging out on the sidewalk.

Give it up for NYC!

1 more time with 2 Blondies

This week was a shit show. Completely. I'm in dire need of a break to recover from everything that went on, but there is no time... because I'm off to SF tomorrow for work. UGH.

Last Sunday we went out and met up with my SF friends at Kettle of Fish in West Village area. Kettle of Fish is the Packers bar in NYC, and it was a blast. Everyone was extremely friendly (midwesterners - enough said), and everyone completely loves the Packers there. We only stayed for 1 quarter as it was uber crowded, but we were there for an hour before the game even started (also, a huge thanks to the lady passing out free cheese curds).

After Kettle of Fish, we went across the street to a bar where we could sit down - and we finished watching the game there. Sweetie J passed out at our table early on, and that's when we decided to cancel the plans to go to Brooklyn for dinner. It was a great night though - it was so good seeing Dirty Sanchez and Sweetie J again, and then watching the Pack stomp the Raiders...

Monday ended up being a bad good day. I had a really crappy morning and early afternoon, and then decided I just had to not be at work for the rest of the day. I've only ever done that 1 other time, just taking off mid afternoon, but based on my mood, I needed out. I ended up going in and getting like a foot of hair chopped off and having it highlighted back to blonde. I lurrrrrve it. I want to make out with it. It's noticeable but not crazy.

After I got home, we decied to stop by our bar for dinner and some drinks. Our bar friends were there also, and we got caught up with them while watching parts of the MNF game. My bar friend even asked where I got my hair done, and wanted the name of my hair guy.

Tuesday we did nothing. It was needed. Wednesday we got to leave work early again, but this time it was for my work Xmas party. They rented out a club in midtown Manhattan and started the party at 3 pm. It was open bar, which was nice. The club also happened to be the same on where Plaxico Burress shot himself, which was interesting. I wanted to take a picture but thought it might be weird. I left the party early, as it was very crowded - to the point where you couldn't walk, and was home around 5:30 pm. Blondie cooked me some food, and then I fell immediately asleep for a 2 hour nap (work stress, yet again, leads to not sleeping at nights when I should).

Thursday was a disaster. I went with some of my coworkers to another coworkers photography show. We had some wine at the show, and then decided to head out for mexican. 2 margaritas and a shot of tequila later, we decided to head on home (10 pm ish). However, I was going to share a cab with 1 of my coworkers and we couldn't find one anywhere, so we went ahead and hit up a bar in the area. And then it was 3 bourbons later and 1:15 am. I literally felt like we had just sat down at the bar, and then 3 hours were gone. But I was glad I went - I had a blast talking with my coworker, and it's been a long time since I've been awake past 11 pm for fun (I'm awake past 11 pm a lot but it's usually b/c I can't sleep due to work stress).

Friday I was hungover. But I sucked it up because we had another coworker's birthday to celebrate. Blondie came over to the east side of Manhattan and we met up with a big group for many drinks and dinner. Afterwards, another coworker of mine and Blondie came back over to our hood, where we hit up our bar until 12:30 am. We walked my coworker back to the train, and then Blondie and I went to CVS for junk food (bad idea).

Today I actually slept until almost 10 am (unheard of). It was fantastic. I did a workout when I finally got up, and now am just relaxing. We are going to decorate our baby Xmas tree today, and then I have to pack b/c it's back to SF tomorrow for work. I'm just flat out dreading this trip. I want it to be Thurs night, when I get my red-eye back to NYC, so bad I can't stand it.

Workouts this week were good - not great. Last Sunday I ended up doing P90X legs&back. Monday I took as a planned rest day. Tuesday became a rest day b/c that's when my legs and back went haywire from the Sunday work out - I felt like I had been pummelled repeatedly in the back and thighs on Tuesday. Wednesday I did a 3.1 mile run (it was slow b/c I was still in pain) and Thurs was an Insanity disc. Friday was a rest day (yay for hangovers!) and today I did P90X Yoga disc. I'll be treadmilling it everyday for the next 5 days as that's what I do in hotel gyms, so gave myself a break from my 5 mile run today.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Go Pack Go!

Last Sunday about gave me and Blondie both heart attacks - that Packers v Giants game was cuh-razy. We left the house around 12:30 pm last Sunday and started walking towards Penn Station - on the way, we got a slice of pizza b/c we were both starving and didn't think we could make it to Meadowlands before we ate. We bought tickets for the train, and realized we had 1 minute to make the next Secaucus train or we would have to wait for an hour in Penn Station for the next one (the pizza stop was so not worth it). We bolted and managed to make the train, but had to sit separately.

The train ride over was interesting b/c it was loaded with Giants fans who obviously hate the Packers. Blondie and I kept quiet, but still made fun of the guy who decided to call the Packers, the Butt Packers. Oh really. How interesting. How totally *unique* you are, mr funny man. :)

When we got to the stadium, we realized how mind-blowingly awesome our seats were. I don't know what our bartender did, but we were literally 14 rows off the sideline, right by where the Packers ran out of their tunnel. It was insane. We got to see all of the Packers up and close and personal (Rodgers, Cobb from Kentucky! Jordy Nelson, Clay Matthews, Donald Driver) - I must've hyperventilated like 25 times.

Finally, the game started. Blondie and I started pounding down beers because we realized almost immediately that the Packers weren't on top of their game that day. 3.5 sickening hours later, they pulled a win out of their asses, and we were left as big blobs of jello as our nerves finally gave out. Amazingly enough, the Giants fans in the stadium were pretty nice - other than the jackasses on the train ride, nobody gave us shit about our Packers gear. We also had a guy next to us that loved his Giants, but he cheered them on (very loudly) without being derogative towards the Packers. So Go Pack Go! And please don't ever scare us like that again!

Monday night, Blondie and I headed down to the NYU area (West Village) to see our bar friend in her holiday Cabaret/Burlesque show. They were amazing - we laughed so hard at some points, and sang along, and just had a great time. My favorite song was "I got an STD for Xmas". After the show, Blondie and I headed to our bar to make sure to thank our bartender for those incredible Giants v Packers tickets, and also to just be a little loud about how great the game ended up being (only because the Packers won did it end up being a great game).

I woke up Tuesday hung.over. I drug myself into work, and realized I was going to be faced with some of the SF office in town that week - I had forgotten they were coming, and so I looked/felt like shit (probably smelled like it too with all the beer coming out of my pores). I sucked it up big time though and went for drinks with them that night. I didn't last very long before I had to call it a night, and also, my liver now HATES me.

On Wednesday, Blondie called towards the end of the day and wanted to go out to eat, but I had to tell him I just wanted to crash out. Between Monday and Tuesday, I was dead on my feet. We ended up getting some street meat for dinner and then watching TV all night.

Thursday and Friday were more of the same - Blondie had done some grocery shopping on Thursday so we had great meals for both of those nights. We had marlin po'boys on Thurs and sauteed spinach with salmon for dinner on Friday. Both tasted awesome.

Yesterday I got up uber early so I could get a run in before we left our house around 10 am to head to Brooklyn for awhile. We met up with an old coworker of mine and his wife and kid for brunch. They recently moved to NY from TX, and it was really good reconnecting with them. Afterwards, Blondie and I came back to the city and did some more grocery shopping, before we cracked a bottle of wine around 5:30 pm. We started watching some movies, and before you knew it, we were 3 bottles into the evening.

Today, a friend of mine from SF is in town and we're off to meet her for drinks this afternoon before heading to Brooklyn again this evening for dinner. I need to get a pedicure, so I might do that today also.

Plans for this week include my work holiday party on Wednesday, a friend's photography showing on Thursday, and a coworker's birthday on Friday. I have to pack on Saturday because I'm being sent back to SF on Sunday for a week for work. The week before Xmas, and here I go travelling. For work. All kinds of awesome people. All kinds of awesome.

Workouts this week were again on track - last Sunday, I did an Insanity disc, with Monday being a P90X disc. I took Tuesday off, but went running on Wednesday (3.1 miles - they hurt, it was SLOW and ugly). Thurs was another Insanity disc, and Friday was a 30 Day Shred disc and Insanity Abs disc. Yesterday I did 65 mins on the treadmill - I didn't feel as good as I did last week, but felt infinitely better than Wed - I was about .06 miles less than last Sunday, but I'm feeling good about where I'm at with my running right now. Today I might take as a rest day, but if I don't, I'm most likely doing a P90X yoga, Kenpo or Legs&Back disc.


Sunday, December 04, 2011

Calm Between The Storms

Holidays in NYC always lead to super busy weekends for the Blonde One and me. So we usually take the weeks to recover and get ready for our weekends. This past week was no exception.

It was back to work on Tuesday and the day felt like it took forever to get through. What's it about short weeks that make them feel soooooooooo long? Wednesday was the same way. Just a drag. Thursday though, my core group from work went to the bar after work. We had many many drinks and many many plates of food, and just enjoyed catching up and blabbing to each other about what was going on in our lives. And Friday was just another drag of a day.

Yesterday though, was good. I didn't think it would be, but it turned out ok. It started with a trip to the vet. On Friday night, Max's eye went "haywire". When I got home from work on Friday, he was fine, and then within about 5 minutes, I noticed his eye had completely filled with blood. I panic'ed, and Blondie loved on Max while I frantically looked up emergency vets and googled his symptoms to see if I could figure out what was going on. We decided against the emergency vet, simply because Max didn't seem to be in pain and also because I didn't want to have to leave him overnight in a strange place.

I slept like shit on Friday night, and must've been up 20 times to check on Max. Around 6:30 am Saturday morning, I threw in the towel and just got up. By then, Max's eye was almost back to normal - there was a bit of blood in the bottom, and a "film" over his eye but NOTHING compared to Friday night. I took him into the vet anyway, and it was just a busted capillary - it happens. They now think I'm a freak at the vet. But I'm so relieved it wasn't more!

Then on Saturday, around 1:15 pm, Blondie and I headed up to see a Broadway play - a real play, not a musical. When we were walking to the Rockettes on Monday, we had passed one of the theaters and happened to notice the play there had a bunch of famous names in it. So we went to see that one - it was called "Seminar" and we LOVED it. It starred Alan Rickman (Snape from Harry Potter, Die Hard, Dogma), Jerry O'Connell (Vern Tessio from Stand By Me) and Hamish Linklater (Christine's brother on New Adventures of Old Christine). The play rocked, and Alan Rickman is a fantastic actor.

We left the play just giddy - Blondie said it was his favorite of all we've seen so far, and he loved Alan Rickman. We stopped at House of Brews for a few drinks and some food before heading on home to crash out.

Today we have on tap the Packers v Giants game this afternoon, and tomorrow it's off to see our bar friend in her cabaret / burlesque show. Tuesday, it's a going away party for a friend from work (everyone is quitting!), before we slow down and break before heading into next week - which is off to Brooklyn both days to hang out with various friends.

Workouts were again on track and good this week - I did a Insanity disc on Tuesday and Thurs, a 3.1 mile run on the treadmill on Wed, took Friday off, and did a 65 min workout on the treadmill yesterday (which was about .24 miles more than last Saturday!) My run yesterday felt great - like I had clicked back into the habit of running, and I'm excited to start training for another half.

Hope everyone is having a great holiday season!