Family Dinner

For my birthday, I wanted a family dinner full of laughs and enjoyment. I didnt get that but I did tonight! Barry’s mom asked if her and his dad could take up out to dinner to celebrate my graduation from nursing school. With my binge the other night, I almost didn’t want to go. Sammy, you are a human! You need to be able eat out with family like a normal person! I graciously acceptabed the invitation, and was even more excited to find out that Barry’s sister and husband were joining us, too, to celebrate her news of her first preganancy!

My morning began with a mild dispute between mom and me as she backed out of Zumba class. Again! I used that frustration in class and shook my booty. I thought this class would be a bit easier since it was half cardio and half toning. I was wrong! Wow! After class, my tush was sore! Sitting down was a task, but I felt great after class, covered in sweat!

I immediately downed a bottle of water to hold me over until I got home. Since I just got a new shipment of Herbalife in, I couldn’t wait to break into the Dutch Chocolate shake mix! I made a sort of PB&J-esque bowl:

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  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 Tbsp Chocolate PB2
  • 2 Tbsp SF blueberry syrup
  • xanthum, guar, and handful of spinach (optional)
  • water
  • ice

I topped the bowl with freeze-dried blueberries and some Kashi Go-Lean cereal. Awesome and filling!

Mom and I apologized for our harsh words from the morning and spent the afternoon together. After my shower, I headed to Barry’s to help put a desk together that my dad sold him! Its seriously nice! They are having a huge sale right now! Check them out and ask for Tom Bundo. Before (a hot mess)  and After (a big boy desk):

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My dad has ton of hook ups on computer chairs, which will be the next thing replaced! 25 bucks for a plush computer chair with lumbar support? Sign me up!

We then met his family at the  local Applebees. We ordered two trays of the Ultimate Trios for apps as we waited for our meals. I ordered the Grilled Jalapeno-Lime Shrimp and substituted a side of broccoli for the rice. Everything was yummy, as always, and since Barry’s parents don’t used the lettuce, tomato, and onions on their burgers, I snatched them up and made shrimp lettuce wraps. I asked the waitress to amp up the heat on the seasoning. I don’t know why they market it as spicy…

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I spent the next few hours with Barry before heading home. My eating was fantastic and I sat in bed and enjoyed the utter guiltless-ness of Arctic Zero!

I’m Done!

Wow! I seriously have to play catch up with you guys! It has been quite some time since I’ve blogged! I have been studying like a crazy woman for my finals! The good news? It all paid off! I am officially a Graduate Nurse!

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We Passed!

After one of my finals, Barry thought I could use some stress relief. You’ll never guess where he took me… SHOOTING! At first, I was really intimidated, since the first gun I was handed was a rifle. But once we went to the hand gun range, I felt in control and really started having fun. “If you hit the target, I’ll buy you dinner.” I hit the target! Woo Hoo!

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We went to Applebees where I enjoyed one of their new items, Napa Chicken and Portabellos. I substituted steamed vegetables for the potatoes. It was a winner, smothered in onions, mushrooms, and roasted peppers!

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Things have been going really well with Barry, which I’m happy about.

Last night, after  a couple dates of him treating, I took him to see Iron Man 3 in 3D IMAX. It was his first IMAX movie and Iron Man 3 was the perfect movies to see for him!

My eating was pretty spectacular last week, but last Thursday, I indulged on night shift. This past week was Nurse’s Week and every unit has a theme and a party. This year we went for a Pirate theme and I made a delicious tropical fruit salad!

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But the cookies and Heath bar topped brownies were staring me down. After indulging in the brownie and cookie, and developing a serious tummy ache, I headed home feeling overly anxious. For the rest of the day, I felt so guilty, I only ate a banana and mixed berry shake.

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Things regulated themselves out but ever since then, I have been feeling my anorexic mentality creeping back up. This is kind of freaking me out. It took me quite some time to get myself to eat dinner at work tonight. I’m glad I did because it was very good. My girlfriend told me her favorite Lean Cuisine was Shrimp Alfredo, so I gave it a shot. It already came with peas and broccoli, so I added about 3 oz of fresh broccoli florets, pepper and garlic to it and it was really tasty! I usually do not care for any frozen meals containing shrimp because it usually gets tough and rubbery, but this was an exception. WP_002342 Back tracking, breakfast was Sensato’s High Fiber Butter Pecan Hot Cereal. This stuff isn’t too great by itself, but I sprinkled a teaspoon of cocoa powder and a packet of Splenda, and it did the trick. I served it with a bowl strawberries on the side… YUM! WP_002340 In a nut shell, I’ve been loving not having to worry about school. I have never been so excited to clean my house or my car! I keep being asked why I’m so excited. I reply, “Because I have time now!”

Maggie’s 22nd!

I had an appointment this morning to get my eyebrows done, so I decided to got for a run to the salon, about half way home, I started getting this uncomfortable pain in my back and stopped running because it was so uncomfortable. What’s up with that?

I felt kinda crappy and lazy about not finishing my run. I find, that with running, its not the running thats the hump, although some runs I just feel beat, it getting started. Once I get running I just want to keep going. I love those days when I don’t have work, or homework, and I can just run and walk and wander all around city. That’s my favorite! And before I know it, I’ve been out for hours, walking for miles! I can’t wait until I get those days back!
I get a lot of grief from people because I go to so many stores to get my groceries. Today, I went to the store and two of the main things I went there for, they didn’t have. Grrr.

After an afternoon of working on a project for school, dad and I met up with a girlfriend of mine, that I have known since I was four years old, for her birthday, at Applebees. I got the bar tender to make me a skinny margarita,  while Maggie got a Raspberry Long Island Iced Tea. Happy Hour at Applebees just wouldn’t be complete without apps: Mozzarella sticks and Boneless Buffalo Wings. I also got a Chocolate Cake Shot for Maggie. Hello, chocolate cake… birthday… duh!

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After this, I headed to dads house for dinner. Dad really enjoys the ease of Lloyd’s BBQ containers. Tonight we had the BBQ beef that served with collard greens. I live green! I found that when I but them seasoned and in a can, they are really salty. I tried my hand at seasoning greens tonight and it was a success! I simply sprinkled frozen greens with minced garlic( its National Garlic Day, by the way) , season salt, and red proper flakes. Dad wanted a sandwich, but I created a bowl. I topped both with a bit of Cole slaw mix for added crunch.

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To finish our night we rented Taken 2 from the Redbox. ( I love Liam Neeson!) what I live about the second movie * spoiler* is that daughter kicks butt! I like to think that if I were in that situation, id be that bad ass daughter taking on the terrorists to save my family.

Speaking about bad ass and terrorists we finally have some closure from the Boston Bombings. They caught the the last suspect. Way to go Bad Ass Boston PD!