I Got a PW at my Race; Working at Home; Need to get My Ish Together


I got a PW (Personal worst) at my race on Saturday

I was not really prepared going into this race.  I knew that the night before.  I was also not feeling mentally okay the night before or the morning of.  I was nervous about this race, and it wasn’t until I actually started running that I felt good.  I felt great walking through the water stops, and then running while pacing myself through the first 5.5 miles.  Then the bitch of a hill showed up.

Calvert St. leaving Rock Creek Park.

Horrible.

My legs felt shredded and like lead after 9 miles.  BUT they did tick away pretty quickly.  I was kind of shocked how the mile markers never felt too far apart.  I felt strong during it, but my endurance seemed to pretty much suck.  I think that is mainly because of my lack of outdoor runs.  I need and will get back outside this weekend…

Working From Home

…If the snow melts.  Yes.  WE GOT MORE SNOW.  I’m so sick of this.  SO SICK OF THIS.  I’m just happy I have the ability to work from home, so I don’t have to take vacation.  Plus if there was ever a Monday where I needed to take the day off, it would have been today.  My legs still feel pretty shredded from the race, so I plan on doing an easy run later and some strength training.  I need to build up glute and hamstring strength – that is the only way that I am going to get better and faster.  I’d like to build up that strength before the massive training begins with the Marathon and all.  So I’m listening this time, and doing strength training as well as cross training that is not slow running.

Need to Get My Ish Together

I’m the Queen of excuses.  I’m the Queen of tomorrows.  I’m the Queen of “I’ve already screwed up”.  Now I am taking on the title of Queen of One day at a time.  I’m taking everything one step at a time, and going from there.  I’ve pre-tracked today and I hope that helps me stick to things.

I need to stop acting like what I have done up to this point is what I can continue to do and get the results I want.  I have to change to get change.  I have to make the choices that need to happen to evoke the change I want.  I have to decide that this is what I want and then go for it.

Today: 2-3 miles easy run, strength training (lower body)

Let’s do this.

Doesn’t Deserve a Title Apparently


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Happy Friday guys!  We made it!  My hip is a lot better today – just in time for the Ortho Appointment.  I’m cautiously optimistic about this appointment, but have decided that I will not be exercising today.  I most likely will not workout at all till my race on Sunday.  I know this is so unlike me, but I want to go in strong, rested, and recuperated.

This could all blow up in my face, but eh.  I’m willing to take that risk.

My husband was in a fender bender this morning, and thankfully he is fine – I attribute his fine-ness to the fact that he is in a Subaru.  The car that is just amazing at everything.  I will be buying one the minute I can.

I purchased some casual dresses this morning, in hopes of becoming female this year…

I really like both of them, and got them both on sale – YAY COUPONS – and I hope they BOTH work out.  I’d love to be able to throw on a cardigan or blazer and have a cute work outfit that can transition to happy hour outfit easily.  How complete Cosmo does that sound?

I’m also embracing the fact that my thighs are just gonna get bigger as my training continues.  When I was training for my first half my thighs got bigger and more toned, and my calves got smallish (not really) and more toned.  I’m just never going to have slim legs, and that’s fine.  I’ll most likely have to sell all the skinny jeans without stretch that I bought for when I lose weight, because there is no way they are going to fit over these hamstrings.

The little issues.

@Amanda Farris : I laughed out loud when I saw this because I thought it would be perfect for Eric! Good thing he didn't get lost during the marathon or this would be him! ;)

Legit Fear Of Mine

I’m beginning (Prelim stages folks) to accept things about myself at this point.  I looked in the mirror this morning and noted how great my butt looks in these jeans.  Now granted, I am bias, because I love these jeans, but I don’t love my butt.  Except for today!  I also noticed how my skin is clearing up – FINALLY.  Being almost 30 with acne sucks – so that is a plus.  My hair is starting to go back to normal with a little help of sea salt spray, so i’m happy about that.  I’m just not giving up.

Running Humor: My mom told me I can be anything I want to if I put my mind to it....

Happy Friday Folks!

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Day 1 of Not Giving Up


I know I shouldn’t weigh myself everyday or be a slave to the scale, but I was happy to see a dip this morning from yesterday.  It keeps me motivated.  I’m totally fine with doing this my own way this go around and not falling into the “What’s the newest and most innovative diet out there??” I’m just trying to be clean, Gluten Free, and full.  If I achieve those things, then I am golden.  I went to bed early last night to evade the temptation of eating.

I got more sleep, and felt better this morning than I have in a while, and I didn’t eat needless food.  I call this a win.

My run yesterday wasn’t very good.  My hip started acting up again and it made me have to jump off a few times.  I’ve decided to take today off and stretch/yoga and tomorrow I am resting completely with some stretching before bed.  I have to walk across campus to class, so that will count as my workout.  It’s about 3/4 of a mile one way, so it will at least get my legs loose.

I need to know when to rest, and even though it’s a massive worry, I think that after resting I will be good.  I did this last week and it went fine.  It was only when I over did it that I noticed the pain coming back.  So for now, it’s extra protein, water, tylenol, and icey hot.  Sorry for the menthol smell.

Fundraising

I’m at 61% ya’ll!!! In 7 DAYS!  That is amazing.  I am hoping to beat my goal of $1000.00 but I still need help.  As a loyal reader, if you could find it in your heart and wallet to support me (even with $5.00) it would mean so much to me.  I am in the process of coming up with a thank you gift for everyone that donates – SO DON’T MISS OUT!

Mental Stability

I’m getting there.  I will get there.  I looked at myself this morning and saw something I hadn’t seen in a while.  I saw acceptance.  Yes, I have cellulite.  Unless I get Lipo from the guys on Nip/Tuck it will always be there in some form.  Yes I have stretch marks.  They will be battle wounds that I earned.  I will look at them and remember how far I have come.  I have clothes that don’t fit now, which means they will fit soon, and I will look great in them.

Breaking Point


I’m not sure how I got this out of control.  I am not sure why I allow myself to continue to treat my body like a moving dumpster (Thanks The Oatmeal for the perfect visual).  I just don’t get how I can hate the way I look and feel so much, but still can’t turn around and do something about it.  I look at Jason and think ‘He can stop eating… hwy can’t I?’  Emotional issues, boredom issues, and the feeling of never being good enough to treat myself better, are the starting points.

How I always see myself (Heaviest Weight 221 pounds)

How I always see myself (Heaviest Weight 221 pounds)

221 pounds at Disney World

221 pounds at Disney World

Lowest Adult Weight - 172.3 Pounds (San Francisco, CA 2011)

Lowest Adult Weight – 172.3 Pounds (San Francisco, CA 2011)

Feb 9, 2014 : 180's-190's

Feb 9, 2014 : 180′s-190′s

That took a lot to type that.  I actually am sweating.  Putting my weight out there for anyone and everyone to see.  I’ve said it a hundred times.  I’ll say it 100 more.  I’m not giving up.  I’m not going to ever be that weight again.  I weighed in this morning, and reset my weight tracking day to Tuesday.  I’ve changed my macros on Myfitnesspal so that I can focus on the types of calories I am putting in my body and not just the number.

I’m doing 4 miles this afternoon and an arm circuit.  I am so lost without a plan and without any idea of what I am doing anymore.

I’ve hit my breaking point.  I’ve hit the moment where I can’t take the person that I’ve become.  I need to be held accountable.

Meals

  • Breakfast: 4 pieces of bacon, 2 eggs, coffee & half and half
  • Snack: Banana
  • Lunch: Big Salad: broccoli slaw, onion, carrots, mushrooms, feta, white balsamic; Taboule; Yogurt, Diet Coke
  • Snack: Apple & Shakeology mix
  • Quinoa, beef, and Egg mash

I’m going to win this fight.

 

 

 

Goodbye January


Did this month go fast for anyone else?  I mean really.  I take the exam – AGAIN – next weekend.  Which is sure to be the weekend that kills me, as it is my sister’s birthday and my parents anniversary on Friday, Saturday is my exam, Sunday is my 5k in the morning, and then dress shopping for my little sisters wedding in the afternoon.  I hate when weekends are jam packed with crap like that.  Oh well.

Today’s Plan:

  • Breakfast: Eggs, and Meatballs, Coffee
  • Snack: Banana
  • Lunch: Mixed greens salad w/ carrots, tomatoes, onion, Gorgonzola, and chicken, yogurt, clementines
  • Snack: Apple, banana, Quest Bar
  • Dinner: Cauliflower Pizza

Activity: 7 Mile Run (On the treadmill because I’m dumb)

I have a doctors appointment straight after work and then I’m running.  I missed my long run last week and did 6 miles on Monday – which I have to say set me up for a really good week mood wise… might continue to have a longer run on Mondays… But I need to make up for it this week.  After two days of no activity, I think my legs are ready for it.  We’ll see.

ugliest-dog 2009 ~ (I don't think there is such a thing as an ugly dog. She is Beautiful~!!!)  ~♥~

Kind of how I feel today

We’ll see how it goes.

This weekend, however, my plans are kind of haphazard.

Tonight: A rousing night of gluten free cooking, DVR’d shows, most likely breaking my Gluten Free-ness and going to BadWolf for a beer, most likely then heading home – or to Harris Teeter for Ice Cream.. Let’s be honest.

Saturday: Rest Day.  Going shopping in the morning for something for my parents, and then heading home to do whatever – most likely clean, or grocery shop, and then dinner with Alex and Lisette afterward at a Japanese Steakhouse!

Sunday: Football day.  Dog Grooming in the morning, 3ish mile run at some point, baking a cake for my brother in law’s birthday celebration that night.  Ignoring the Super Bowl.

  • What are you up to this weekend?
  • Baking anything fun?
  • If you were a dog, what kind of dog would you be?

p.s. I lost 2 pounds this week.  It’s nice, and I am just going to keep on keeping on.

 

To To To Tuesday


Yesterday was Day 1 – 100% Wheat free.  It was beautiful.  I wasn’t hungry.  WASN’T HUNGRY.  I ate my meals, then had popcorn and some sorbet after dinner and that was it.  Ah-mazing.

I stuck to my planned meals from yesterday as well.  I was able to get a salad from the work cafeteria, and even completed my two a day workout.

Strength Training (At Lunch):

  • Tricep Press – need more weight next time, wasn’t nearly hard enough
  • Chest Press
  • Shoulder Press
  • Lateral Pull Down
  • Seated Row
  • Bicep Curl
  • Goblet Squat
  • Dead lift
  • Abdominal Crunch

Cardio (After work):

  • 6 Miles 1:04:51

I had meant to do 7, but something was wonky with my legs and my brain.  I need to figure out why they give out so easily now, it’s kind of redonkulous.  I’m going to do an interval workout today for building endurance and speed so may be that will loosen these lead legs up a bit.

Not a Happy Run Face

Today’s Plan:

  • Breakfast: 1/2 avocado, 2 scrambled eggs, bacon; coffee w/ half n’ half
  • Snack: Banana
  • Lunch: Mixed Greens Salad w/ Cucumber, Feta, Zucchini, cherry tomatoes, chicken; yogurt
  • Snack: Apple
  • Dinner: Taco Salad for me – Taco’s for the husband

Today’s Workout:

  • Running Intervals:
    • Warm up – 5 minutes
      • 5 minutes – 5.5 mph
    • Intervals (5 Times Total) – 20 minutes
      • 2 minutes – 6.0 mph
      • 1 minute – 8.0 mph
      • 1 minute – 4.0 mph
    • Cool Down – 10 Minutes
      • 5 minutes – 5.5 mph
      • Walk for 5 minutes at 3.5 mph

The State of the Union address is tonight at 9:00 pm EST – I imagine every channel will be airing it, so go forth and get up to date about what is going on.

What I Ate Wednesday and Why I Can’t Do It


Here is what I was planning on doing yesterday….

I’ll try to do this when I remember, which might not be much, but hey, I am doing it this week!  May be it will be a good way to keep me accountable, truthful to myself.  We’ll see how it goes.

Breakfast:

Wegman's Lite English Muffin, Low Fat Cream Cheese, Wilkin's Strawberry Perserves (4)

Wegman’s Lite English Muffin, Low Fat Cream Cheese, Wilkin’s Strawberry Perserves (4+)

photo 2

Shakeology Smoothie – 1/2 Scoop Shakeology, 1 cup Skim Milk, Strawberries, 1/2 banana (4 P+)

photo 3

Coffee w/ Fat Free Half and Half (1P+)

Clementines (0P+)

Clementines (0P+) There were many of these

Not pictured:

  • Snyders of Hanover Nibblers (16 nibblers) – 3P+
  • 1/2 cup low fat coffee ice cream – 4P+
  • 2nd Cup of Coffee w/ Fat free half and half – 1P+

Water Count: 20+24+

That’s where I stopped.

I have a really hard time remembering to take pictures before I just start eating.  Yesterday started off well, because I was working from home, and took time preparing my meals for the first part of the day.  Then I got really busy, you know working, and then I had to shower and get ready to leave for class.  I was out the door by 3:00 pm and it took me over an hour to get to campus (about 16 miles from my house) because of the roads.  Everything was okay except for my neighborhood, and Braddock Road – the main road leading to campus.  Once on campus I was shocked to see that the main road (Patriot Circle) looked like it hadn’t been touched.  The parking lots were worse.

I parked on an incline of a snow bank.  Not joking.

I got to class, on time thankfully, and then hunkered down because my exposed skin walking to class was stinging and on fire from the extremely cold wind.

Bathroom Selfies Are Kind Of My Thing.

Class was class.  The teacher doesn’t really seem friendly or approachable.  Most of the time when I’ve asked questions in the past about an assignment or clarification on something else, I’ve received an answer.  This time I was met with “It’s in the Syllabus.”

Wow.

If this wasn’t a required course, and I hadn’t already bought the books, I would have simply dropped it last night.  I wish I had a different professor.  The only nice thing about this, is that it meets mostly online.  I can most likely do the larger projects pretty much in a weekend, so I am not worried about that aspect.  I might bang them out tomorrow really, since I am home from work with my flexed holiday.

I have my second class tonight, which was recommended to me by Zenkov (The most amazing Professor to have ever lived) so I am sure it will be at least captivating.  The one saving grace I have for this semester is that my classes are from 4:30 – 7:10.  SO AT LEAST I’m not getting out at 10:00 pm and then getting home close to 11, and then winding down by midnight and waking up at 6:00 am.

So far I am kind of “Eh” about this semester.  I met some people last night that kind of worry me about what I am getting myself into, and I am still unsure about how to go about actually getting through this.  Frankly, if I pass the Praxis this February (you know the 4th time I’ve taken it) then I figure I can do anything.  But I am not very confident in that respect.  I am also really scared of not passing, and then never passing, and jumping off a bridge.

But one step at a time.

I’m fully tracked for the day, and looking at food and food intake as something I can control.  I didn’t workout yesterday, as my legs were sore, and my heart wasn’t in it.  I doubt I’ll get the chance to workout today as I won’t get home till about 7:45 – 8:00 pm and by then exhaustion will have set in.  I plan on 5 miles tomorrow morning, and then a weight workout just to get me back into the groove of two a day workouts.  I notice I feel more empowered when I bust through those.  I am exhausted, but empowered.

My races are coming up quick, so it’s time to kick it into full gear.  As long as the sidewalks are clear this weekend, I’m doing 8 miles.  There.  I said it.  So I must do it.

xoxoxoxoxox

The Bachelor – Week 2 – Recap


Yeah this horribly late.

This was just… well… weird.

We had Single Date #1 with Clare Crawley, where he took her to a winter wonderland in LA.  Yeah there was snow, they were sledding, and then of course there was a hot tub.  Duh.

Juan Pablo and Clare Crawley Hold Hands in The Bachelor Season 18, Week 2

He blindfolded her while he drove to the date.  She was all like “Where are we going???” just like you would be, right?  I’d be like “Dude.  No.  I read 50 Shades.  I don’t do this.  Red Room of Pain?  Not my Bag.” And he’d be all like “Como?”

They showed up and she was all like “OMG” and he just giggled.  It was very innocent.

But, as these things go, it didn’t take long before his shirt was off, and they were in the hot tub and she was crying about her life.  Her father passed (Which is sad, I’m not heartless) and he sat with complete attention on her while she cried and talked about it.  At least she is a pretty crier.

Then of course they made out.

The music started playing and some guy name Josh Krajcik – WHO OF COURSE THEY BOTH KNEW AND WERE BIG FANS OF – was in a corner of the wonderland and they started slow dancing in their bathing suits in the snow.

“This is a fairy tale” was uttered more than once, and barf.

She of course, got the rose.

Single Date #2 with Kat – You know what I love doing on a first date?  Running.  I love being getting to know someone when I am sweating profusely, cursing at my legs, and constantly heaving.  That’s totally my bag.  Unlike 50 Shades.

Kat Hurd and Juan Pablo After the Electric Run in The Bachelor Season 18, Week 2

He flew Kat to Utah to do the Electric Run.  Like ABC couldn’t have had one happen in LA at the same time.  NOPE, gotta use that private jet that they JUST HAD TO HAVE.  So they ran the 5k – which took all of like 6 minutes (World Record guys) – and then there was a big party afterward, because that’s what you get at the end of a Bachelor race.  At the end of my half marathons I get watered down Gatorade, and Michelob Ultra to BUY, and  possibly half a stale bagel, but these people, they get a damn party.

Nothing but the best for our Juan.

Despite the public nature of their date, they ended up dancing like two 14 year old’s at a high school dance without much supervision, and then making out like bandits.  She, of course, got the rose.

The (dreaded) group date:  So I’m all for charity that has to do with Dogs.  ALL FOR IT.  These girls had to dress up and pose for a calendar that would benefit the Best Friends Animal Rescue – which is working to rid the world of kill shelters (MY KIND OF PEOPLE), and all the dogs in the calendar are up for adoption (I’ll take all 12+, please).  So the girls ranged from Being airbrushed with paint to look like their dogs, to wearing bikinis, to dressing up like a fire hydrant, to being completely naked.  Yes, naked.

Christy Hansen, Lauren Solomon, Kelly Travis, and Elise Mosca in Costume in The Bachelor Season 18, Week 2

OMG, guys.

Best line from a blog I found “By the way, Lucy “Free Spirit” Aragon offered to trade outfits with Elise, thereby robbing her of a chance to see Juan Pablo’s man parts. This is what happens when you refuse to appear naked on national television, girl.” (Source of line and all pictures)

Kelly – the dog lover – got the rose on this date (She is the one airbrushed to look like a brown and white spotted creature).

Now here comes the real DRAMZ.

So Victoria – a 24(?) year old wanna be stepmom to Juan Pablo’s 5 year old decided at the end of the group date where they are all chilling and drinking in dresses or bathing suits (because duh there is a pool and hot tub everywhere you go on this adventure with Juan), to get BLITZED.  That’s what I would do, frankly, because Open Bar.

Because she didn’t get to spend one on one time with him – yet – she decided there was no point to be normal ever again, and she started strutting around like a crazy person and then decided to say she was leaving.  She threw on her cover up and that was that.  She started assaulting the Producers and screaming “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE” no that’s not right… “I WANNA GO HOME” and then locked herself in a bathroom stall, where one of the resident mothers decided to try and take care of her, where everyone else was like “Hah no.  What if he comes looking for me?”

So Juany-Poo tried to go and talk to her, and she was like ‘SOB SOB SOB’ so he left.  The next morning he came to talk to her, she apologized, and then he said “Yeah, you need to go” (Not an exact quote).

At the rose ceremony he also kicked off Amy Long and Chantel Forrest (WHO WAS JUST SHOCKED) – girl you had like 5 seconds on camera.

I can’t wait to see what happens tonight on The Bachelor! (8:00 pm ET/PT on ABC)

Baby, It’s Cold Outside


WTF.

WTF.

So everyone here in the DC area was braced for this Polar Vortex crap that was coming today.  Last night the weather was getting colder, the wind picked up, and we knew as we pulled on our extremely large, fluffy, warm comforter (reserved for such occasions) that we were in for the cold the next morning.  When we woke up this morning the temperature was 4 degrees.  FOUR.

I decided last night to not shower this morning and simply blow dry my hair from its frizzy state this morning.  It worked well, which is nice, but now I feel groggy and weird because I didn’t have my wake up as I usually do.  The minute I left the house, my car, much like myself, was not ready for the commute in.  Since all of the schools were closed, I hit no traffic, but I still felt like my car was shaking a bit more than usual, and refusing to heat up.  I got to work about 20 minutes later (SHORTEST COMMUTE EVER) or 16 miles, and it still had not heated up.

Anywhoodle.

I ran last night, or afternoon rather, and it was a good 3.1 miles.  I am getting used to running faster, or at least I keep telling myself that, and putting the treadmill at a consistent speed so that I can’t really waiver or slow down due to exhaustion is helping.  This doesn’t mean I don’t jump off at times and curse at the machine, but I figure that as long as I keep doing this my endurance with surely gain strength and I will be able to push through my time at the race in February (Where I currently hold my official PR.).

Today is:

3.1 Miles + Weight training

MuscleandStrength.com

MuscleandStrength.com

eep.

I was given this site’s information after a lengthy discussion with the founder of Eat More to Weigh Less.  I commented on a pinterest post stating that I felt their program was only geared toward lifting and that I also felt at times that they “condemned” runners and cardio lovers a like.  She explained that this is not true and then gave me some information on where to find good workouts.  I am bored with NROLFW and kind of gave up on Drop 2 Sizes because I am dumb.  I plan on picking up D2S after my half marathon and 10 miler races this spring.  But I feel, also, that adding strength training whilst running is still a beneficial idea.  So I am planning the following schedule of workouts that I will aspire to:

  • Monday: Strength Training @ Lunch / Running in the afternoon
  • Tuesday: Running
  • Wednesday: Strength Training @ Lunch
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: Strength Training @ Lunch / Running in the afternoon
  • Saturday: Active Rest
  • Sunday: Longer Run

This way I get three days of strength training and 4 days of running.  I like the two a day approach because at lunch at work I have a hard time running because I get drenched in sweat and then showering takes too long and bam I have to stay a lot later than I want to.  This way I still get a sweat session but it’s not horrible and I won’t feel bad simply using body wipes to clean up.  I can pull my hair into a pony tail for the rest of the day and add some nice smelling body spray and I’m good (or so I hope, I don’t care if I smell really bad frankly.).

Next week will be kind of an abbreviated schedule as Wednesday I have an all day meeting, and it can possibly roll into Thursday.  I plan on simply playing it by ear and hoping to at least get a strength session in at home one of those days.

With regards to eating:  I am trying to focus more on getting protein and veggies in over anything else.  I am gearing all dinners to protein and veggies with only a little starch.  I am thinking that my incessant hunger is attributed to the constant reliance on carbs that then turn into drops in sugar.  Frankly I only want to binge on carbs before and during a race.  That is the only time I really NEED them.

I am doing well so far with the Shakeology, the upping of my activity, and drinking water like I’ve just come from the desert.

This will be my year.

What I Did On My Long Winter Stay-Cation


I posted infrequently over the break, and most of the time it was short and not so sweet.  I decided since this is my morning back to reality that I would post a recap of my life since December 20.

The first day of our vacation, wasn’t a vacation at all.  We spent the entire day at a funeral and reception for Jason’s Aunt Daphne.  We had a pretty bipolar day as that evening we were celebrating our friend nuptials!

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Lisette and Alex finally tied the knot since marriage is legal in DC now for everyone (I don’t like the term gay marriage, because Jason and I don’t use the term “straight marriage” so it seems dumb to use a different nomenclature for them).  It was a joyous night that continued late into the evening.

We then went to a hockey game with my dad – where lost in overtime – but still it was nice to hang out with my dad for the night, drinking too much beer, and eating too much fried food.  That Sunday I met up with Adie (of AdieCakesBlog fame) and her Fiance (and Jason too) for Hunger Games in IMAX.  We had already seen it, but she hadn’t, and IMAX.  I will see pretty much anything in IMAX.  It was glorious.

We putzed around most days sleeping late and taking many target trips.

Christmas eve we did our normal thing of Church with my parents and then dinner at Tony’s Pizza in Manassas.  We then meandered home to watch TV before passing out.  We had to go to McLean in the early morning to pick up my Grandmother (so my dad didn’t have to do two trips out there) so our Christmas morning alone was pretty short.

We spent the morning with my family, and then evening with Jason’s.  It was good day.

Then there was more putzing around, deciding what recipe I would use with my new French Oven (it’s French and not Dutch because it’s from France.) and then we went to TJMaxx randomly and found a KitchenAid Stand up mixer for more than 50% off.  So then I became the proud mamma of that.

My Christmas continued with more La Crueset items, and general spending of money on random things at Target.  We totally know how to manage our money responsibly.

New Years Eve showed up and we went to the Heritage Brewing opening in Manassas.  I know, I am a loyal customer of BadWolf Brewing across the street, but I wanted to see what the new place was like (As did Jason and my Father in Law).  So we eagerly waited in line outside to buy our drink tickets and head in.  $7 a beer/flight/or experimental brew tasting, seemed pretty steep.  The flights were only 4 beers (which I didn’t get to pick) out of the 6 + seasonal they had on tap.  They were supposed to be 2 oz servings each, and instead mine were mostly head (the guy pouring had no idea what he was doing) and were not as good as expected.  I had a few problems with that evening:

  • The prices for the pints were too steep for an opening night- especially when we didn’t get a pint.  It was more like 8 – 10 oz because of the people pouring.
  • The flights should have included all the beers that they are regularly having on tap
  • The sitting area should have been extended because of how many people there were.  It was a total fire code violation
  • Children should NOT have been allowed in.  I witnessed too much running around in a location that is dangerous (exposed industrial areas) for kids.
  • You had to go back outside and wait in line to buy more drink tickets when there was a woman inside with a register who could have easily done this indoors.
  • No one knew what they were doing.
  • The fact that there were “normal brews” and “experimental batches” was kind of confusing.  This was there first night of being open.  Everything was experimental.

I would and will go back, but most likely not for a while.  It felt chaotic, unorganized, and the beer wasn’t as good as I thought it would be for having delayed the opening by 3-4 months.  I donated 100 bucks to their kickstarter, so I think the people who did that should have had a private opening experience.

We then parted ways with Jason’s dad, and partied with Lisette and Alex again for some dinner at Sweetwater and then Champagne and coffee at their house.  It was a nice relaxing evening.  We don’t need or want flare.  We are too old for flare.

After that night it was pretty much a whole lot of nothing.  I got an extra day of “vacation” (I worked from home) because of a freak snow thing on the the 3rd (last Friday), so Jason and I built a fire, I worked on my laptop from the couch and we watched a crap load of the Tudors.

Yesterday (Sunday) we woke up late, and then headed to Mosaic District for lunch at Cava Grill and then Gelato at Dolcezza.  They had a separate Dolcezza across the street that was basically a coffee shop that sold gelato as well.  We ordered our drinks and settled down at a table and chair area and had one of the best afternoons that we have had in a long time.  It’s the type of day where you realize the simple conversations over coffee were what was missing.

It was a great break, all in all, and here are some pictures recapping the experience:

 

Heritage Brewing

Heritage Brewing

Heritage Brewing

Heritage Brewing

Heritage Brewing

Heritage Brewing

Beef Stew - the dinner that took my French Oven's virginity

Beef Stew – the dinner that took my French Oven’s virginity

There was a good amount of running.  I've pledged to run 700 miles (at least) in 2014.

There was a good amount of running. I’ve pledged to run 700 miles (at least) in 2014.

Cooking Extravaganza - Soupe au Pistou

Cooking Extravaganza – Soupe au Pistou

Cooking Extravaganza - Mini Bacon, Onion Quiche

Cooking Extravaganza – Mini Bacon, Onion Quiche

Cooking Extravaganza - Fluffy Drop Biscuits

Cooking Extravaganza – Fluffy Drop Biscuits

Date Day - Latte Art

Date Day – Latte Art

Date Day - Latte Art

Date Day – Latte Art

Date Day - The love of my life, the reason I am here, and the motivation to be better.

Date Day – The love of my life, the reason I am here, and the motivation to be better.