Because of the crazy busy weekends of most of July and the beginning of August, my last two weekends haven’t really been full of plans. That’s not to say I didn’t end up doing anything. Because I surely did. Things popped up, I went with it, and that is how things happen like meeting Johnny Drama…
I swear I’ll get to that in a minute.
First, I wanted to give a shout out to Monique at She’s Going the Distance. I won her giveaway a few weeks back and just now got to try out the running top she sent me.It worked well when it came to support, and it’s nice to have the little zip pocket. Monique left me a sweet little note with it, too- but commented about how she hopes I have better luck with it. It worked, but I think I’m in the same boat as you, Monique! As you can see in the pic, it’s a bit short and definitely would creep up on me mid-run. I’ll still wear it, I just wish it were a little longer!
Oh yeah, the run was 5.35 miles at an 8:20 pace. Nothing unusual.
After my workout, I got a little productive in the kitchen. Which is hard to do when my flourescent kitchen light it out. Maintenance has to replace it and according to my clubhouse, it’s not an emergency, so they won’t fix it until Monday. How is my inability to function in my kitchen not an emergency!?!?!
With the help of my pantry light and every other light in the house ON, I had enough light to see. Not without cursing the management company, but hey- I gotta go with the flow, right?This was my latest find at Trader Joe’s that I decided to be adventurous with. Sure frozen asparagus is disgusting, but why not try this out? They’ve been hanging out in the freezer waiting for their moment to shine- and this was it. I unthawed, sauteed, and threw them in with my chicken.Baked BBQ chicken! And yes, I always end up slicing up the chicken like this- no matter how I make it. I’m crazy about making sure it’s done and figure I might as well just slice it up because by the time I’m through with it, it looks this way anyways. Another thing I’m really weird (quirky?) about. Verdict? It was fantastic. The peppers worked really well with the chicken. That being said, they’re still not the same as fresh. And I would never just eat them by themselves, or in a salad. But mixed in like this? Fab. They’d probably do well in pasta, too… hmmm….
So back to my Johnny Drama story… My friend texted me yesterday morning about possibly going out. I was like, “uhhh… it’s 10:30… I really don’t know if I’ll do anything- it’s still a long time away for me to be making these decisions.” But as they day wore on, the idea of cocktails just got better and better. Why the hell not? It’s not like I’m doing anything. I haven’t seen my friend in ages. I’m just gonna go. I want to go. I really want to go! Let’s party!!!!
After sitting around and staring at each other for a while (we were completely indecisive about where to go), we decided to get a drink in her neighborhood and then head downtown from there. I knew someone bartending at this club called Enclave, so at midnight we decided to give it a whirl.
Our timing couldn’t have been more perfect. There was Kevin Dillon- right there!- posing for pictures. I knew he was going to be there for a little publicity tour, but as those things usually go, you don’t really plan on seeing the celeb right in front of your face. One of the bouncers asked us if we wanted to take pictures with Kevin. Why not? So yeah… I posed for pictures with Kevin Dillon aka Johnny Drama from Entourage. Not gonna lie- he’s way shorter than I imagined him to be. My friend and I both flirt with 5’8 before heels, so it was a bit funny when we made a Johnny Drama sandwich.
After our photo op, I made no hesitation in whipping out my cell phone and texting my brother about it. He’s a huge Entourage fan. He said it’d be cooler if I met Ari. There’s only so much I can do, my dear brother. Plus Jeremy Piven’s a super shorty (I still heart you, Jeremy!). And that would have just been out of control awkward.
We bounced around to another place or two before calling it a night around 3:30. I’m sitting back at home exhausted now, but am sooooo glad I spontaneously went. I usually don’t do that. And this was definitely worth it.
This was also worth it:I’ve always been that kid who wakes up thinking about food. It’s a rare occasion that I go longer than 30 minutes awake without eating. So the drive home was spent narrowing down my options. I wanted a burger. No… pancakes. No… something from Panera. No… what do I want?!?! AAAAHHHHH!
Then I remembered the bbq chicken hanging out. That’s good. And the chips I still had from the Healthy Living Summit (not a big chip person- so they usually hang out for a while in this household). Done and done. I did hit the drive through for the biggest iced tea I could find. Sonic opened up a few miles from my place- and their crushed ice is DA BOMB (Hi Retta! I’m stealing your phrase!).
This sandwich wasn’t nearly as “healthy” as the one I constructed the day before. But I wanted it. And I refuse to say I’m a “bad healthy living blogger” by eating it. There’s ranch and cheese on that baby. And after a late night out, I will have it if I want to. No guilt found here!
I’d stay and chat longer, but I really need to track down these photos I posed for. Clearly I wasn’t able to pull out my tiny little snapshot camera and go “can someone take a pic with mine?!?!” That would soooo not be very Hollywood of me…
*Be back later with cake pics!
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