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A Day Together

Because of Jason’s work schedule, we very rarely get to spend the entire day together. It normally only happens when he takes a weekend day off and that’s usually because we’re going somewhere or we have some sort of plans. We don’t really ever have a day to just bum around together very often. Mondays are his normal day off so we actually had the whole day yesterday to spend with one another.

We decided to go to brunch in the morning at Murphy’s. Neither one of us had been there before but it’s actually where Murphy the dog’s name came from. When we were thinking about getting a dog, we were literally driving around calling out names of places and streets to see if any of them were a good fit for a dog name. Murphy stuck.

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I had the Eggs San Francisco with no hollandaise sauce.

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Even though we heard great things, neither one of us were too impressed by this restaurant. I’m not very into Southern-style food, which is what this was, Jason realized he didn’t like poached eggs which is what he ordered and to top it off, our server kind of sucked.

Dinner, however, was much better! Because Memorial Day is somehow synonymous with barbecueing, we fired up the grill.

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On the menu were Black Bean Burgers from Daily Garnish, veggie kabobs with mushroom, onion, red pepper, cherry tomato and zucchini and grilled corn. Our eyes were a bit bigger than our stomachs and we were too full to eat the corn.

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(There are three burgers because dividing the recipe in half was easier than dividing it into thirds!)

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All washed down with a cold beer that I’ve had in my fridge for over a month!

I try to be mature about it on the blog and not constantly whine, but it’s really hard to only have rare days that you can spend with your husband. I try to tell myself that it makes us cherish them more.

Warriors Eat Golden Bowls

I was on Facebook last night and saw a status update from my friend Amy asking if anyone wanted to do the Warrior Dash with her. Oddly enough, I had been talking to Jason about it a few hours prior. I thought that it might be something we could do in 2012, but after I saw Amy’s facebook post, I decided that 2011 would be a fine year for me. Maybe Jason will join me next year!

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What really sealed the deal was that there was a Groupon. The race is held in Mountain City, Georgia, about two hours from Atlanta. It’s both Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th but the Groupon was only good for the Sunday race.

I have to admit; I’m a little nervous. It’s basically a 5K with 12 obstacles during the course. The obstacles differ depending on what city you’re racing in but in Georgia they are:

1. Road Rage (climbing over wrecked cars)
2. Slithering Swamp (run through muddy water)
3. Barricade Breakdown (climb over barriers and under barbed wire)
4. Great Warrior Wall (climb over a big wall)
5. Tire Tread (run through tires)
6. Chaotic Crossover (cargo nets)
7. Arachnophobia (go through tangled ropes)
8. Blackout (crawl through dark tunnels)
9. Cargo Climb (another cargo net)
10. Petrifying Plunge (slide down a mud hill)
11. Muddy Mayhem (crawl through mud under barbed wire)
12. Warrior Roast (jump over fires)

I looked up some Youtube videos and it really doesn’t look as scary as it sounds. The only one that sort of scares me is, oddly enough, the Great Warrior Wall. I don’t have that much upper body strength. Other than that, I think it sounds really fun!

And what do soon-to-be warriors eat for dinner? Golden Bowls! The Golden Bowl is my favorite thing to get at The Grit in Athens. My friend Jamie introduced me to it when I first moved to Georgia and although I’ve only been to Athens three or four times, I’ve gone to The Grit each time and always ordered the Golden Bowl.

I never really thought to recreate it at home until recently. While I cooked some basmati brown rice in the rice cooker, I pressed the tofu to get some of the moisture out.

I cooked the tofu, onion, yellow squash and green pepper according to this recipe from Vegetarian Times.

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I put some rice in a bowl and topped it with a secret ingredient: Mama Pea’s MMMM sauce. This stuff is like crack. So good!

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And then I put the tofu/veggie mixture on top.

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While it wasn’t quite as good as The Grit’s, it was still pretty damn good. Jason said it was one of the better tofu dishes that I’ve made.

I Ran Before I Crawled Before I Slept

Even though I know that I don’t need to carbo-load before a 5K, I like the tradition of eating pasta the night before. And I know that Jason likes it when I cook pasta, so I made Ellie Krieger’s Pasta Primavera on Friday night.

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I used zucchini instead of asparagus and penne instead of spaghetti. We ate it with some Alexia garlic bread while we watched the movie An Education, which was very good.

I was up at 6:45 am yesterday to drive down to East Atlanta to run the Run Before You Crawl 5K. I’m always paranoid about getting to races late, so we ended up being 45 minutes early. It was warm out though so it wasn’t a big deal.

My friends Joan and Randy were doing the race too, but walking because Joan hurt her foot, and my friend Darin had texted me earlier in the week saying he was going to run it also. The race was pretty small, maybe only a couple hundred people. It went through a bunch of neighborhoods in East Atlanta. Like most races in Atlanta, this was another pretty hilly course. And like most races that I run in general, I started off too fast.

By the time I got to mile 2, I made the decision to take some walk breaks. By 9am, when the race started, there was a good amount of humidity in the air and I just wasn’t feeling like pushing myself. I did a run/walk combination for the last mile and ended up finishing the race in 30:08. Not bad considering the walking.

The pub crawl was after that race, not part of it. All of the runners/crawlers were divided into five teams. (You could pick which team you were on.) All the teams would go to five different bars, but in a different order so the places didn’t get too crowded. You were supposed to stay at the bar for 45 minutes. Our team started out at So-Ba.

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From there, we went to the Midway Pub and met up with a friend of Darin’s. It was around 11:30 at this point so we all got some food. I had the veggie burger and some fruit.

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Then we went to Holy Taco.

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Then the Flat Iron.

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And finally, the Earl.

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Yes, I went to 5 bars during the day time. After the crawl was over, we went to Darin’s house which was nearby. I fell asleep on his couch.

Yesterday was fun, but it’s not something that I want to do again for a long time, maybe ever! I don’t really drink that much anymore. I rarely drink during the week at all and if I go out on the weekend, I’ll usually have two, maybe three drinks. While my 25 year old self loved to do drinking activities like this, my nearly 33 year old self really does not. I have the tendency to feel guilty about nights (in this case, days) like this and this time I’m not going to let myself feel that way. I once asked one of my friends, who is seven years older than me, if he feels guilty if he goes out and drinks a bunch. He said no because it doesn’t happen very often. So that’s how I’m choosing to feel now. Instead of worrying about the calories that I consumed (which is what I feel guilty about), I’m just going to say that in order to lead a healthy life, it’s okay to be unhealthy on occasion.

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