Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Here's to a spoooooky Halloween! Watch out for fierce lions and scary witches today!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Shopping list

I have several things on my fall shopping that I need. Okay, I don't need them....I want them....but at this point I am probably going to ogle over the pictures rather than purchasing at the moment! Source

Mascara: I am out of mascara. Last week I decided to clean out my makeup containers and have a ridiculous amount of makeup to pitch. I do not think that I have cleaned out my makeup since I was in high school. I gathered all of my old mascaras and am using those for now.
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Yoga pants: I lost my old yoga pants, or rather, David washed them and then they disappeared. I'll let you put two and two together....

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New coat: My old coats are full of cat hair and pill balls. NOT ideal. Last year I just sucked it up and used it anyway because I wanted to hold off on buying a coat. However, this year, I will probably bite the bullet and buy one.

I bought a Gap Groupon for $50 with the hopes of purchasing said coat, but this weekend I went shopping and let's say that the Gap coat selection is not ideal this year. Dear Gap: Please bring back your classic coats. Source

Running shoes: My old running shoes are not supportive and I have had them for over a year. It is time to replace them. I really want pink accents on my new shoes...fun running shoes just makes running way better.

Do you have any essentials you need for fall?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Julian and the Kemper

This weekend I went to Julian, a restaurant, and to the Kemper Museum with some friends.

Julian was a fun experience and very tasty. For my lunch I chose the smoked salmon and french fries. The salmon was served atop a French toast-inspired bread. I did not prefer the bread because I do not like egg very much, but other than that the salmon was delicious. The fries were delicious and crispy. My friends also tried the flatbread and really liked it. Julian offers delicious lunch and brunch options at a pretty reasonable price. I think they also serve dinner.

The Kemper was also very interesting. We saw the the Gao Brothers exhibit. The museum itself was smaller than I expected, but that is okay. I want to hit up the Nelson-Adkins sometime again...I have not been there in years.

Other than that, I went to yoga and cleaned the house. I also painted a painting to hang in our living room....at some point I want to give you a tour of my home projects I have finished in the last few weeks!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Relaxation

Last week I spent a lot of time relaxing. Every night after work I came home and did a lot of nothing. I watched a lot of this:Source

Yes, I still adore wedding shows, even though I have almost been married for 3.5 years.

I hit the snooze every morning and read frivolous things. I did not attend yoga and barely ran in the mornings.

It was nice, but almost too much. I went back to yoga on Saturday and remembered how much I love going. On Friday I steam cleaned our basement floors and felt a sense of accomplishment. Yesterday I painted a picture and felt so good about myself. Relaxing is nice every once in a while. As my mom pointed out, I had not relaxed for over 3 years while I was in law school. She is correct---there was always something to do, whether it was updating a resume during my breaks, turning in homework, or reading. Now I can come home, do nothing, and nobody cares. It was a soothing week but I am ready to get back into my normal routine this week!

Do you ever take a week off?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Peachwave


Last week we decided to try some frozen yogurt for the first time. In a word: yum. I love it! When you go into the store you are greeted by many self-serving machines full of yogurt. I picked vanilla cupcake, mango, raspberry, blueberry, and pineapple. (Before you start oinking at me, I only had a teeny amount of each flavor.)

I loved it---next time we decide to grab some dessert I will definitely vote for Peachwave!

Have you tried any fro yo?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Jess and Jim's Steakhouse

After buying a Groupon for Jess and Jim's Steakhouse, we decided to give it a try. After hearing a range of reviews including that it was not that great and that it was the best steak in Kansas City, I have to say that I think that it was a very enjoyable experience.

My issue with steaks is that my dad can cook a really, really great steak. Most people can't: I know that I would be lost if you handed me a grill and a raw hunk of meat. However, the result is that I have grown very spoiled because restaurants never seem to live up to my dad's steaks.

Jess and Jim's offered a very good steak, but my absolute favorite part was the steak soup. Do not miss out on this for their iceberg salads---this is the best part of the meal! This soup was loaded with beef and was sooooooo good. I could eat a gallon of it.


After that, we got our hunks of meat and I was reminded of why I am not a vegetarian. Jess and Jim's serves beets with their steaks, and a bite of beet and steak was delicious. I am not a huge meat eater, but this steak was very good. I'm not sure that I will be back without a Groupon or other coupon.

Was it the best steak in KC? I do not think that it lives up to that hype, but for a good meal, you can count on Jess and Jim's.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pet Blessing

Last Friday our church hosted a pet blessing. Pet blessings must be a fad right now because it seems that every single church we pass has a sign outside of it that says "Pet Blessing!" The blessings revolve around the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. The original plan was to take all three animals to the pet blessing with us. Unfortunately, that did not pan out very well.

The cats did NOT want to be blessed. After wrangling Thorina into the cat carrier, we attempted to shove Arwen into her spot in the carrier, only to realize that Thorina continuously was biting and swiping at Arvey. Arwen tried to get OUT of the carrier, Thorina focused on defending her territory, and David and I screamed because we did not know if all four of us would come out of the carrier episode unscathed. At that point, I determined that Arwen should be on a leash, which did not pan out well:


At one point I yelled, "Arwen! DO NOT walk away from me! DO NOT walk away!" What do you think she did? She ran away.

At that point, Thorina escaped from the carrier and went under the bed:


David under the bed and wondering why he got himself into this mess by marrying a crazy person.

It was chaos, let me tell you.

Eventually we gave up and decided to take Paco only (since he is the only obedient member of our pet family, which admittedly means that he probably needed the blessing the least):

While we were there, Paco made about nine girlfriends and gave his card to 4 other dogs, cats, and the rat who was in attendance.

Paco did not disappoint at his big moment, either:
What a good doggie!

So, basically, the perfect dog was blessed even more, and the devilish cats continued to rule the house. Maybe we should see if the priest travels to do home pet blessings.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Rocheport weekend

This weekend my fabulous friends and I went to Rocheport for a day. We had a great time and again, Rocheport did not disappoint!

We ate lunch at Abigail's...
Abigail's was amazing. My soup (clam chowder) and sandwich were delicious and I enjoyed every minute of it! Bikers streamed in and out from the Katy Trail. Yum!

We toured the winery and had a tasting...
The tasting was delicious and we sampled over 20 wines (don't worry, samples are tiny bits)! After that, we ate at Blufftop Bistro for supper. In my opinion, Abigail's was better than the bistro. I had the pasta, which was tasty, but not out-of-this-world awesome. I think that the bistro's chefs have changed hands a lot over the past year or so, so I hope that this one has good luck with his menu!

Overall, the weekend was wonderful and I enjoyed the company as well as the town. I just cannot say enough about how fun the trip to Rocheport is---the town never disappoints!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy Belated Columbus Day!

I was off work yesterday for Columbus day, which was a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of work. The next holiday is Halloween, which means this:
Oh yes, I am going to be dressing my animals again this year. I know that it is wrong.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thursday, October 07, 2010

My biggest fashion essential

My very favorite clothing item I own is my jean jacket. A few years ago, my friend Julie told me to read The One Hundred, a fabulous book that advises girls on timeless fashion items.
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I loved reading it and then Julie bought herself a jean jacket and I copied her Julie and I decided that we should buy jean jackets together. Ever since then, I find multiple reasons to wear it and love it with my new work wardrobe.

My favorite thing to do is wear it with various fun skirts. Even though I am now an attorney and in general, attorneys dress very conservatively, my particular office is more casual. I love the jacket because it provides for a casual look while still seeming dressy.


What is your favorite clothing item in your closet?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Bar fun

I meant to post this a while ago, but I wanted to post the fun little gifts I received as a result of my passing the bar! Of course I did not expect anything at all, but I was surprised by some fun trinkets. First, I received this adorable picture from David:
And then the next day I received this cute balloon and office plant from my in-laws:and then these gorgeous flowers from my grandma and grandpa!
How pretty!

Thank you so much, everybody! I loved it all!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The Ice Bath

After my race on Sunday I decided to try an ice bath. As I said, I definitely did not plan on running 13.1 miles at once so I knew that I had to do something to ease the pain on Monday. I remembered reading this post from Chic Runner a year or so ago. (I love the video of her going through the ice bath because the sounds are exactly what I make when I dunk into mine.)

I tried it a year ago when training for our first half and thought that it worked. The point is that supposedly the ice helps your muscles repair and heal faster than if you take a warm bath. Last year, Julie took a cool bath and I took a hot bath (stupid, stupid) and I felt bad for days. So, this year, I decided to try the ice bath.

I called David from the road on my way home and asked him to pleaseeee draw a cold ice bath at his mom's house for me. I am sure they all thought that he was crazy when carrying ice cubes to the tub. Upon my arrival at their house, I eased into the tub. I wanted to scream SO much, but I restrained myself because my in-laws do not need to think I am crazier than they already do. I would say that I stayed in mayyybe 5 minutes--not very long.

But guess what? The pain yesterday was amazing because it was almost non-existent. My legs felt a little sore but were definitely manageable. I think the ice bath worked!

My real problem yesterday was my right foot. Unfortunately, I did not think ahead and I failed to lace my right shoe tightly before the race. Dumb, dumb. MAN it hurt yesterday. My mom is here and made me walk on it last night which really helped. I woke up this morning and it still hurts but is not nearly as bad as yesterday, so I am hoping it is on the mend.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Lewis and Clark Half Marathon 2010

This weekend I went to St. Louis to run the Lewis and Clark half marathon. I sighed up for it about three weeks ago. Last year we ran it and had a blast, and this year Julie and I decided to run it together again. Before we started, we were soooo laid back about the race. We both said that we would have to walk at least half of it, that we did not care what time we got, and we joked that we just did not want to have a shuttle pick us up at the end because we were too slow.

We got up wayyyyyyy early (4:45) and headed to the race site, which is in St. Charles. We both hung around, went to the port-o-potty (this is quite an ordeal---you have to wait in line for a very long time), got some water, and dropped off our race bags (the race lets you drop off your bags and pick them up at the finish).

Here we are before the race:
The race was so crowded that the start was at 7:15 but we did not actually cross the starting line until 7:30. We began with the 12-minute milers because we knew that we would take it slow and we did not want to overexert ourselves.

We ran the first few miles and I remember thinking, "I hope that Julie does not say she wants to walk until mile 6." We stopped and went to the bathroom on the course and got some water, and pretty soon we hit mile 6. We were still going strong and were very excited. The weather was simply gorgeous and perfect for race day.

Then, we hit Mile 8. At this point I realized how far we had gone, how good I still felt, and how little was actually remaining in the race. If you remember my race last year, I had to stop at around Mile 9-10 and walk because I did not feel good. This year was my redemption race because at Mile 8 I realized that I felt 100% better than last year at that point in the race and that I could possibly complete the entire thing running. I thought to myself at this point that if Julie wanted to stop and walk, I would tell her that I wanted to try to finish the entire race running and would leave her. This is a big decision when you are racing with a buddy: your buddy not only provides conversation but also gives you a reason to keep running. Last year I felt SO sad that I broke away from Julie and walked part of the race. I did not want to abandon her, but I knew that she would understand.

During Mile 7, we crossed the bridge over the Missouri river:

I love this part of the race because it provides for gorgeous views and distracts the runners. By the time I looked up again it was mile 9. During this entire race I had a smile on my face because I was so excited to finally finish a half while running the entire race. I kept thinking, "This is my race day, my day to finally finish! I am going to do it! Yay!!" I could not believe the amount of emotions that surfaced about last year. During miles 9-11 I kept feeling disappointment and sadness about last year coupled with happiness about the race I was actually running.

By mile 10 we were still going strong and Julie said, "We only have a 5k left!" At that point I knew that she wanted to finish running as well. I got really excited. Mile 10 was my wall point, though. As we passed walkers I thought, "Man, I really want to walk. I want to walk SO much." However, I had Julie with me and I kept saying, "You have GOT to stay with Julie. Do NOT do this to yourself again this year."

I stayed with her and we hit Mile 11, and for me it was smooth sailing until the end. Julie and I both finished strong and I still cannot believe that I ran the entire race. I am so proud of both of us for doing it--and for me, I could not have finished if it were not for Julie's being there. Having someone pushing me to finish was an immense help!!!

Friday, October 01, 2010

Fun Thing Friday: Sloppy Joe buns

This week I have been thinking about fall food a lot. Comfort food, to be more specific. One of my favorite comfort meals is this funny little recipe my dad created and used to make for us when we were little. I know that it looks unappetizing above, but I made it this week and wanted to show a picture. All you do to make the dish is buy a can of biscuits (gross, I know). Squish them in the bottoms of muffin pans. Then, add already cooked sloppy joe hamburger (I season my own but you can us manwich or something similar). This time, to add a semblance of healthiness, I added corn. Cook until the biscuits are finished, about 8-10 minutes or so at 350 (this probably is not actually correct so I would watch them in the oven).

Yum yum, I ate three of them last night and did no yoga. Fail .