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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

PiYo - Week 2

After the weekend I had I'm definitely struggling to get myself on track for week two.

Saturday I doubled up and did Define: Lower Body and Sweat. It was awesome! I was definitely sweating and after a week of doing the program, I was finally starting to feel like I could go through the moves rather smooth.

It's currently Tuesday and I haven't done a workout since, but I plan on doubling up again tonight by doing Define: Upper Body and Sweat, and on Wednesday I will do Define: Lower Body and whatever else is on the schedule for the day.

My food intake has been rather poor as of late as well. Part of it has to do that since I'm older, my hangovers last for 48 hours and no food sounds like it's going to stay with me for the day. But, with that being said, I'm getting in a ton of water.

When I went to a #POPSUGAR event a couple weeks ago, I was gifted this water bottle. It's pretty bomb. I've only used lemon so far, but would like to try a lime, or an orange perhaps.

I got in my workout on Wednesday before packing up and heading out of town for the rest of the weekend on Thursday. I had every intention on getting up to the cabin Thursday evening, popping in my DVD and rocking out a workout and doing the same on Friday morning. But when I arrived, the neighbors were out at their fire and I had to go say 'hey-o'. Then I stayed up way too late and the sparkling blue waters called to me Friday. So, big time fail.

I'm basically calling week 2 a complete wash. Let me sign off with my head hanging low. Very, very low.

Here's to week three and getting off on the right foot!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekend Review 18: 2nd Annual Cousins Cabin Weekend

Thursday after work I made the drive up to the cabin to take in the calm before the storm. A few neighbors were up so I spent the night at their fire before calling it a night. It was the first time I had ever been at the cabin alone, so it was comforting to know that there were people close by.

Friday morning started with a booze/ice run before relaxing in the sun all afternoon as I waited very impatiently for my cousins to arrive!

Mike and Jenna were the first to arrive followed closely by Miranda, then the newlyweds Pam and Doug. It didn't take long for the second wave of people to start arriving, Kari, Kayla and Joe, Marie and Dan and Carl, Cole and Megan, Pat and Summer and Ashley. Everyone set up their tents and headed down to the lake to get the fun started.

We started with a round of beer darts, which we luckily made it through without any injuries. Joe and Pat manned the grill and with a little help from everyone, we had quite the spread of side dishes.

We finished the first night of cousins weekend with the Kotoski's coming over from their cabin and celebrating the recent marriage of my cousin Pam to her new husband Doug with bubbly and cake and a dance party on the deck before making it to the fire, passing Boone's Farm and enjoying the fact that we all get along and are able to get together with no care in the world for the weekend.

This time last year I did not survive and there was a bit of a family emergency. So since I was the sober one on Saturday, I brought one of my cousins home and our weekend ended. Not this year. We both made it to Saturday and were the final few remaining.
The wind was a bit of an issue. Made playing games and taking the boat/toys out on the water a no-go, but a few of us still took advantage of being on the lake and spent some time on the rafts floating and swimming. There was a lot of giant jenga, bags and Kan Jam. A lot of party ball action, dance parties, good music, tons of amazing food and great company!
The 2nd Annual Cousins Cabin Weekend got totally Surgical and was one helluva good time. Can't wait until next year to do it all over again with the craziest mother effers I'm lucky enough to call my family.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Easy Peasy Chicken Fried Rice

Well folks, it's Wednesday and the city of Minneapolis is back to it's pretty 'ol self. The All Star Game ended last night and the wall paper hung about the city is being removed piece by piece. Minneapolis and Minnesota as a whole really represented itself well.

On the final day of the big event, I spent my lunch time watching the Red Carpet All Star Parade, then I had to go back to work with the rest of the locals.

Ron Gardenhire, Derek Jeter, Charlie Blackmon, Glen Perkins, Yu Darvish and Bullseye the Target dog 
Shout out to Glen Perkins and the Twins/AL for the awesome win!

After work, I met my parents at Seven for a drink before they headed off to the All Star Game. It got me hankering some Asian cuisine. On my bus ride home I tried to remember the 5 items I had stocked in my fridge and the biggest item was left over brown rice. It got me thinking that I could make some tasty fried rice since I also had a chicken breast, chopped carrots, eggs and half an onion. Those are were my five items in the fridge.

Since I needed just a couple more items and wine, I headed down to Trader Joe's for some soy sauce, edemame, corn and I threw in some pot stickers for good measure.

I love my new neighborhood, but all the walkable grocery stores are so expensive and the closest liquor store is cash only. So TJ's it was.

Here's what you'll need:
Olive oil
Veggies of your choosing (I used onions, corn, edemame)
Rice - old is best
2 Eggs
Soy sauce
First things first. Scramble up your eggs and set aside. Second, cook up your chicken and season to your liking. I used a little salt, chili pepper and cayenne pepper for a kick. Set your chicken aside with the eggs. Heck, why not get crazy and introduce the chicken to eggs. Guess we know which one came first!

Third things...well...third. Heat up about a tablespoon of some evoo in a warm pan and once it starts to sizzle, add that left over rice. That would be the stir fry part of the dish. Finally mix in whatever veggies you want and the chicken/egg combo. Pour a little soy sauce in and let the medley of deliciousness come together as it sits on the stove, on low with a cover on, for about 5 minutes or until your veggies are no longer frozen.

Dish up and enjoy!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekend Review 17

Hello world. Today is the biggest struggle ever, but the weekend was so worth it.

I went in to the weekend thinking I would be sleeping in and have early nights. Be able to finish settling in to my new place and just re-energize for the new week and maybe take in some All Star events. Boy-oh-boy was I wrong.

Friday evening I met some friends at Tin Fish for a little happy hour that turned in to a little bar crawl.

The nats were a bit too intense for us so we hopped over to Republic for some more beverages and later to Bone Yard to enjoy some patio time. We ordered a 'pitcher' of a drink with Blackberry tea and sage and next thing we know we were brought a giant drink dispenser.  Definitely not the 'pitcher' we were expecting.

Saturday morning I was able to sleep in a little bit and take my time during the day. I got in an awesome PiYo workout that I'm still feeling today. My friend Laura was in town so she came over and we did an UpTown bar crawl. She used to live near by and wanted to check out the new locations. Little did she know, almost everything is new!

We started at the rooftop of Amore Victoria since they didn't have a rooftop a couple years back. Our next stop was Coup D'etat, which used to be an old empty parking lot next to a cowboy bar.

A few friends met us out and we brought the party to Bar Louie where we found a lounge area outside and had a few drinks.

After Bar Louie, Laura and I made our way to Bone Yard to end the night.

Laura hung around for a bit on Sunday morning before having to tackle the 6+ hour car ride back to KC. I did not envy her one bit.

Sunday was the real doozie of the weekend. Barbette is a French restaurant a block from my apartment and they were hosting a Bastille Day block party. A few friends came over to my place late afternoon for some beverages and then we hopped across the street to take in the festivities.

It was so much fun. They had live music all day, vendors, food and just a whole lot of action. We found Sun Drop slushies with your choice of vodka or whisky and we stuck with those through the evening.

The music was a great lineup of popular Minnesota musicians and the night ended with a brass band and some fire twirlers.

Happy Bastille Day!