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Errands and Eats

Lots of eating out has been happening lately!  That is not good- both for my wallet and my bod.  We spent Friday doing our usual Friday routine, and Saturday was dedicated to lots of errands…and lots of eats!


On Friday, I went to the gym for some cardio.  I did 20 minutes on the elliptical, and then got on the treadmill and completed lots of random running intervals.  I started out by running for 10 minutes at 6.1, then walked up for 10 minutes at 10.0, and then did 15 minutes of intervals, switching between 7.0 and 4.0.  I swear, watching Real Housewives of Orange County while working out is genius.  I barely even notice that I’m sweating!

Yesterday, we took Corey’s brother, Drew, with us for a second attempt at BodyPump.  This time, we stuck to our roots, and went to our usual gym.  It’s a farther drive from our new house, but it’s worth it to avoid Thursday’s instructor.  Drew definitely enjoyed Saturday’s class much more, and we all agreed we were feelin’ the burn!


The weather has been slightly chilly lately- OK, maybe “chilly” isn’t the right word- what I mean is that when I walk outside I don’t immediately start pouring in sweat.  With the weather being bearable, the thought of a hot breakfast didn’t make me wanna shoot myself, so I went with it.

A bowl of Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal in Maple Brown Sugar was enjoyed, topped with a sliced banana and a tablespoon of Skippy Natural Peanut Butter.

Yesterday, the weather reverted back to extra hot, and my breakfast was planned accordingly.  I whipped up a strawberry banana smoothie, including Lemon Chobani, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and almond milk.

This cup is from a bar called Sloppy Pelican in Clearwater.  All of our friends make an annual 4th of July trip to Clearwater, and we pretty much set up camp at the ol’ Pelican.  Brought back some goooood memories!

Good Times


Friday’s lunch ended up being a bunch of random snacks that went unphotographed.

Yesterday, Corey and I had a zillion errands to run, most of them pertaining to my car.  We had to get the oil changed and the tires rotated and a whole bunch of other car-related things that make me wanna go to sleep.  We had a little while to wait while it was being finished, so we ran across the street for lunch at Jimmy Hula’s, yet again.

I had two Epic Cali Fish Tacos, which included grilled Mahi, pico de gallo, Pepper Jack cheese, and cabbage slaw.  I wish I had gotten it without the slaw, though, because it was way too mayonaisse-y and I kind of wanted to puke afterwards.

After lunch, we got my car washed. I made sure to be completely unhelpful and stayed in the car to take pictures of myself.

Oh, don’t worry. I stayed hydrated, too.



On Friday, we reverted back to our old routine, which I have missed.  Off to Mitchell’s Fish Market we went!  I’m sure you can predict exactly what we ordered…

Crap, Spinach and Artichoke Dip.

Wedge Salad.


Spicy Asian Shrimp.

I had my fair share of dip, so by the time the shrimp came I was pretty full.  Corey did most of the damage on that one.

I would like to make a note about the salad- we’ve noticed that every time we have gone to Mitchell’s and ordered the Wedge salad, split, it gets smaller…and smaller…and smaller…and this time, they brought us a portion that is usually what the “split” portion looks like, but they didn’t even split it for us.  They must’ve caught onto the fact that it was a ridiculously good deal to split a huge salad for around 4 bucks.  Darn.

After we finished eating, we headed across the street to the movie theatre and saw Thor in 3D.  It was obviously not my turn to pick the movie.

Nerd Alert

Yesterday, we decided to take a long drive to World of Beer.  It was a long drive because Corey bought a Groupon for WOB, not realizing that it was for a location 25 minutes away from us.  Not being ones to waste a good deal, we hopped in the car and made the trek to the location.

We took Corey’s brother, Drew, with us, and we all enjoyed trying some unusual beers.

I had a Magic Hat #9:

And, for my more “unusual” selection, I tried a Lagunitas Pils:

After our Groupon dollars were long gone, we attempted to make plans for the night.  Dinner, apparently, wasn’t one of the plans, and the next thing I knew, 7-11 became our restaurant of choice.  I don’t know if you’ve ever tried a sub from 7-11, but if you ask them to grill it, they are, unfortunately, kind of amazing.

I opted for a grilled Cuban, and I split it with Corey- I actually wanted the whole thing, but he looked disappointed by his choice of a hot dog.

One of Corey’s teammates, Nick, graduated from UCF yesterday.  He had a big party during the day, but since we couldn’t make it, we decided to head over to celebrate with him and his girlfriend, roommates, and some of our other friends.  The boys played beer pong:

While I perused the leftover party food, of course.

I admit that I am largely responsible for the disappearance of the spinach artichoke dip- I’m a sucker for that stuff!

And, of course, it isn’t a college party without some keg stands, am I right?

Jess beat all of the boys. Quite impressive 🙂 !

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

Trying Something New

Yesterday was a day and night full of fun!  Let’s recap:

In the morning, I completed a treadmill workout that I found on FitSugar, and a quick weights routine, and then headed home for breakfast.


Nothing new here!  Just good ol’ Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal Banana Bread flavor, with one small banana and some sliced strawberries on top!  And, of course, a spoonful of Skippy Natural Peanut Butter mixed in.

Breakfast 🙂

I spent the morning doing some spring cleaning while listening to talk radio like a 70-year-old man.  After a quick shower, I headed out to meet Corey for lunch!  There’s a new place by our house that just opened that we had been dying to try.

When it comes to food, trying new things is just not my style.  I know which restaurants I love, and I generally order the same thing every time.  Corey is the total opposite.  He always wants to try new kinds of places, and he never orders the same thing twice.  The restaurant we went to was a stretch for me, because it was New Orleans style food, which I’ve really never even had.  But, I was ready to try something new!

The restaurant is called Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen:

The decor inside was really cool!  They had tons of artwork hanging everywhere, and it kind of felt like a little piece of New Orleans.  Well, at least, what I would imagine a piece of New Orleans to be like.  I’ve never actually been there.

After browsing the menu, I came to the conclusion that residents of New Orleans more than likely have a weight problem. Everything was either fried or made with sausage!

After some debating, we decided we had to try the fried pickles for an appetizer:


They were fab!  The best part was definitely the sauce.  Apparently, Tibby makes a mean remoulade.

My options for a healthy lunch looked slim, but I decided to go with the only thing on the menu that sounded like it had a lot of vegetables.  I ordered the Eggplant Choupitoulas (pronounced CHOP-IT-TOO-LAS).  I just searched the internet for ten minutes trying to find what it was called and how to spell it!

I have an unnatural obsession with eggplant, so I was happy to see it on the menu!  This dish was definitely different, but I really liked it.  It had onions, green peppers, eggplant and mozzarella cheese on top of creole sauce.  I ate half and took the other half home.  Our table was in the center of the restaurant and it was packed, so in case anyone was wondering, I was really embarrassed to take these pictures. Especially when the waitress walked up to ask how everything was right as I was snapping the above photo.  She was visibly confused as to what the heck I was doing, and I’m sure the staff had a nice laugh at the crazy girl taking pictures of her food.

When Corey got home from work, we decided to head to our favorite place for Friday happy hour- Mitchell’s Fish Market.  We ordered our usual drinks, and our favorite appetizer of all time, Spinach, Artichoke and Crap dip.

Crab Dip!

Please forgive the blurry picture taken with my phone- after my embarrassment at lunch, I wasn’t about to whip out my camera at a place we visit regularly :).

The dip used to be served with pita points, which I think went with it a lot better.  I’m not a fan of the tortilla chips!

We also ordered the shrimp cocktail:


This was kind of a let-down.  Their shrimp cocktail used to come with 6 huge shrimp the size of lobster tails.  These were just normal little shrimpies.  Still good, though!

Corey tries to get every last bite out of the tail.  Sometimes, he can get a little too aggressive…and then something like this happens:

"I'll have a beer with a shrimp tail twist, please."

The shrimp tail slipped out of Corey’s fingers and flew directly into his beer.  I almost peed my pants.  The woman next to us came over when she was leaving and said, “I think shrimp tail will make your beer flat!” He was embarrassed.

After our mini dinner of delicious appetizers, we met our friends, Austin and Laura, at a place called World of Beer.

We also ran into our friend and Austin’s roommate, Brett, while we were there.  We had fun sampling a bunch of different beers, and I think the guys liked drinking out of those girly wine glass shaped glasses.

Afterwards, we decided to go out for more drinks.  Ah, college.  We headed to our favorite bar, Knight Library.  Laura and I walked next door to a place called Dungeon to get a glass of wine first:

I’m not sure why I think I can drink like an Irishman, but…I can’t.  After drink #2, my voice becomes the loudest and most high-pitched sound in the world, and by drink #4 there are two things that you can put money on happening:

1.  I will dance like an absolute psychopath, but I will act as if the people around me should be thankful for the artistic gift I’m bestowing upon them.

Dancing Queens- apparently this trait runs in the family


2.  I will rap.  Yes, rap.  My repertoire includes several Nicki Minaj hits, as well as many of Lil Wayne’s.  Young Money til the death of me.

Me on Halloween doing my best Nicki Minaj face

Twins, obviously.


What can I say.  I’m just special.

Corey won tickets to a Kid Rock concert on the radio, so that’s where we are headed tonight!  I have a feeling there will be lots of dancing and rapping in my near future…

What’s the best food you’ve discovered while “trying something new”?

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