Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Blonde One Came Home!

Last Sunday, I eventually got off my butt and did a workout. Afterwards, I shovelled some texas caviar (black eyed peas, black beans, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, green pepper, cherry tomato) and a veggie burger into my mouth faster than I thought possible (did I mention in my previous post I was STARVING?) Then it was shower time, followed by pedi time - I got a silver sparkle done this time around and it rocks.

Then Sunday Funday started - I met up with my bar friends at Pony Bar around 1 pm. We were joined by our trivia buddy around 2 pm. And we watched the Euro game, after which my SF friend showed up. Then it was off to another bar by our apartment to drink non high ABV beers, and catch up with my SF friend. He had an evening flight out of JFK so it wasn't long before I had to put him in a cab and then I headed home myself. Which gave me as solid 6.5 hours of drinking that day.

Monday I bolted from work early so I could clean the apartment in preparation for Blondie!!! He showed up around 6:45 pm and it was so good having him home. Tigga and I did our happy dance and both of us were going in for many hugs. After Blondie relaxed for a bit, he decided we should go to our local pub for a drink and to say hi to everyone. A few beers at our pub and then we headed off for some mexican food before going home and crashing.

Tuesday we took it easy, but on Wednesday, we headed back to our bar for some chicken wings. But they ended up being out of chicken wings, so after a few beers, we decided to go to Daisy Mae's for some BBQ. I wasn't in the mood for meat as it was almost 100 degrees out, but I got collard greens and mac&cheese.

Thursday it was even hotter than Wednesday, so Blondie called me to meet him at Pony Bar for ice cold beers. We had dinner and a few beers there before heading home. I had a surprise waiting for me that night. My parents had taken my favorite picture of Max and had a friend of theirs do a painting for me from that picture. It's incredible - the woman who did the painting got the fact that even though Max was black, he had some red in his fur that came out in the sun. She also got his little bald spot at the top of his bottom lip. I bawled my head off that night - I haven't stopped missing Max since we lost him; if anything, I miss him more now 6 months on. I still think I see him in the apartment sometimes if I catch a glimpse of a blanket or something wrong. So this picture is something I needed. It reminded me that my buddy is still with me in my heart, even though he's not here physically. But holy fuck do I miss him. And HUGE HUGE THANKS to my mom and dad!

Blondie knew what to do with my on Thursday. While I was still bawling, he poppped a bottle of wine and put in a chick flick (Under the Tuscan Sun) and then sat with me while I drank wine, and cried my way through the movie.

Friday went by pretty quickly. I had a bunch of morning meetings, and then I went to lunch with a friend, and then it was time to go home (we have early Friday leave times). Friday evening, we were getting ready to make spaghetti when Mr Pooh texted a picture of Mrs Pooh enjoying a beer, so then we decided to get into the beer. And then we got into the last of the wine. We also watched Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - which was a crazy good movie. All in all, a good way to spend a Friday.

Saturday - first off, Happy 11 Year Anniversary to the Poohs! Congrats you guys!

Also on Saturday, Blondie and I got tickets to see Potted Potter (off Broadway) - this was a 70 min "recap" of the Potter books - each book in 10 mins. It was definitely aimed at adults; they had lines like "Potter has 99 problems but a snitch isn't one of them" which set Blondie and I to laughing until we almost peed ourselves. It was a great play, cheap b/c it's off Broadway, and highly recommended to anyone Potter fan or not.

Afterwards we went home and got our wine delivery before we hit our local pub to say goodbye to one of our favorite bartenders. He's leaving to travel Europe for awhile and we are JEALOUS! We hung out at the pub into the evening, before going to buy a bunch of junk food and crashing out for the night.

Today we are meeting up with our bar friends and a friend of Blondie's from Texas at Pony Bar. Plans coming up for us include seeing "Harvey", a broadway play starring Sheldon from Big Bang Theory, on 7/3. I'm going to request 7/5 and 7/6 off, and we're going to try to go to Baltimore to visit another friend of Blondie's. If that doesn't work, we're going to visit the New England states (New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine). Then the weekend after that, it's off to KY for a few days. We have Wisc in August for a cousin's wedding, followed by Chicago in Sept for Slick's and PFunk's wedding.

Workouts this week were wooty woot good!
Sunday: P90X Kenpo
Monday: Insanity Cardio Recovery
Tuesday: 3 mile run on treamdill (full run) - 35:29
Wednesday: Insanity Core Cardio and Balance
Thursday: 3 miles on treadmill (2 min walk, 2 min fast run) - 35:35
Friday: R.E.S.T.
Saturday: 60 mins on treadmill (2 min walk, 2 min hill run x 30 mins; 2 min walk, 2 min fast run x 30 mins)
Sunday: ??? P90X Yoga? 30 Day Shred?


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Birthday, Happy Father's Day

Sooooo, before I get started, I wanted to say one more time how proud I am for Blondie and his beta launch. The game really is incredible, and I'm amazed that he did all that by himself! If I worked from home by myself, what I would've accomplished is discovering how many gummy bears I could fit into my mouth at one time. So yeah, GO BLONDIE!

Last Sunday I konked out early. I set my DVR to record the Tonys, started an X-files episode, stopped it about 20 minutes in, and was dead asleep by 8:30 pm. My friend wore me out with all the shopping we did - it's amazing how just walking around the city made me so freaking tired!

Monday and Tuesday were pretty lame. Work is slow right now, gearing up to be extremely busy but slow right now. And the weather here in NYC has been atrocious. Pleasant temps, but overcase and/or rainy all day. So I took it easy on Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday was kind of a weird day. My BFF at work had a really bad day and he IM'd me around 2:15 pm trying to figure out where I was - I had my office door shut b/c I was on a call and he wanted me to hang up my call b/c he needed to talk. I couldn't do that but as soon as my call was done (around 3 pm), I grabbed him and we left the building. He ranted and raved for 20 minutes and then felt calmer to go back inside. Then that night, I went out to dinner with my boss and her other 2 direct reports. We had fun, but we went to a slightly fancier restaurant and then took over one of their tables for almost 3 hours. I hate doing that - the poor guy waiting on us wanted to flip tables, but we just kept sitting there. The conversation was good though, and the drinks were good.

Thursday I was really tired. Wednesday night, while not a late night, had a lot of drinks involved so I was in desperate need of an early bedtime. My bar friend texted that evening to come play trivia, but I just didn't have the energy. And Friday was another lame day - I got off work early and did some errands (grocery shopping, stop at the pet store for cat stuff) and then home to collapse and end the day.

Yesterday was better though. I did a really long gym workout in the morning, and then in the afternoon, walked over to Herald's Square and met my bar friend for a bit. We hit up a restaurant for a late lunch/early dinner, before stopping in a hair supply shop (we spent an hour in there) and making our way back to a new brewery that's opened near us. I fell in love with the bar, simply due to the awesome 80's music they were cranking. Afterwards, back to our local bar to meet up with the hubby and have a shot to celebrate the fact that he quit the job that he loathed (woo hoo!). We got to talking extensively about pizza while at the bar, so I took off around 9:30 pm to go order some pizza. But by the time I got home and booted up my laptop, I realized that putting a bunch of pizza into me at that time of night would not be conducive to my "lose weight before Slick's wedding" plan I've got going on. So I didn't order pizza, and instead just went to bed.

Now today I'm STARVING. I'm going to workout here in a little bit, then eat a big breakfast before I take off to get a pedicure. After the pedi, it's meeting up with my bar friends at Pony Bar for a bit, and then a friend from SF has been in NYC this weekend and I'm supposed to meet up with him for a drink tonight. And tomorrow, Blondie comes home!!!! Tigga and I are excited to get him back.

Happy Father's Day to the Sheriff.

And HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to TCKITW (the original)!!!! I can't believe she is 7 years old already! Love you cutie!

Workouts this week were on spot for once:
Monday - Max Cardio Recovery
Tuesday - P90X Shoulders & Arms; tabata situp interval
Wednesday - 3 miles on treadmill, 2 min walking x 2 min fast running - 35:58
Thursday - Rest day, walked home from work - 2 miles
Friday - Insanity Cardio Power and Resistance
Saturday - 1 hour on treadmill; 2 min walk x 2 min run uphills - 32 mins; 2 min walk x 2 min fast run - 28 mins; lifted weights
Sunday - ??? P90X Kenpo or Yoga; or Insanity Core Cardio and Balance


Sunday, June 10, 2012


Okay, it's been a few weeks, and I'm trying desperately to remember what we've done. It's not going well. Typical.

So anyway, what I do remember. Last Thursday, I met up with an old friend of mine from SF - he was in town for a few days so I headed over to see him at my "work bar". We had a blast. It also worked out as the bartender (we consider him "our bartender") let me know that he had quit and that Friday was his last day. I texted my friends, and they came out also to say goodbye.

Friday was a short Friday, and we decided to give Mike (our bartender) one last sendoff. So we trucked over and for the last hour of shift hung out together. We now have to find a new local "work bar".

Saturday Blondie and I caught a train out to Queens, almost by JFK. My BFF from work lives over there - he rents a room in a house with a huge backyard so he threw a BBQ. It was so much fun - we almost didn't go b/c they thought of going all the way out to Queens was tiring, but I'm so glad we did. His girlfriend had a made a huge batch of sangria, and then his dad (a chef before he retired) did all the meats. We stuffed ourselves silly, made some new friends, and just had a blast.

Last Sunday Blondie had to work all day so I met up with bar friends at Pony Bar. We drank there for awhile before we decided that margaritas were in order. So we headed on down to Chelsea to a bar called "Trailer Park" which (go figure) was red-necky kitschy shit. There was literally a pregnant mannequin holding a bottle of beer and a cigarette. All kinds of awesome. The margs were pretty good, and we split some tater tot nachos. Afterwards, I stopped at Subway and took me and Blondie some dinner home.

Then here comes the good stuff - Monday - Wednesday were pretty lame, but Thurs, OMG Thursday. BLONDIE BETA LAUNCHED HIS GAME!!!! I'm so proud of him - he's worked his ass off on this game, and I can't believe what he's been able to do. The game rocks, so much fun to play! I met Blondie at poison bar around 4 pm to celebrate, and we had a couple of hours of just hanging out, doing shots, etc. Around 6 pm, a friend of ours from Texas showed up - we hadn't seen her in about 7 years, so it was really nice getting caught up with her. After poison bar, it was over to our local bar to have 1 last beer, before heading home.

Friday was a mess - I had a massive hangover, so the day felt like it took forever to finish. And then Blondie also had a super early flight Saturday morning so once I got home, it was just taking it easy. We woke up around 3:30 am Saturday morning to get Blondie out the door, and then I crashed out again until around 8 am. I did the P90X yoga DVD around 10 am, and then I cooked. I made a ropa vieja in our slowcooker, and then when that was ready that night, I threw together a quinoa and black bean side dish. I spent all day watching really crappy TV, and finally around 9 pm last night, caught up with eps of X-Files (Netflix) while spooning the cat.

Today was really awesome - but it started weird. We live right by where the cruise lines dock, and that includes the Disney cruise ship. They have a musical horn that plays the Disney theme song, and normally they only play it while they are leaving the docks. This morning though, they played it around 12 times between 9 and 10 am. It's REALLY loud. I wanted to go over and kick the shit out of that cruise ship. So I took my frustration out on my Insanity Core Cardio and Balance disc (and almost puked). But then the day got better, as I met up with my bar friend at Pony Bar for a bit. After a few drinks, we headed down to Union Square and shopped the day away before meeting up with her husband for many drinks and food. (They also told me that Mr Pooh is embedded in their hearts, they loved him so much when he was here).

Now I'm home, and NPH is hosting the Tony Awards. I've got some gummy bears, and might enjoy a whiskey in a bit. I might also DVR the rest of the Tonys and chill out in bed again watching some more X-Files.

No plans this week. Blondie is gone until next week, so it's going to be pretty low-key. I feel like I got in some good workouts over the past few weeks, so hoping to dive full-force back into eating right (whiskey, gummy bears - that's "eating right", right?) and working out hard-core.