Eating through the Weekend

Guff, this weekend man. So much fun, and soooo much food. Which, you know, isn’t inherently a bad thing, but when you’re trying to make every calorie count, it can make things a little bit challenging. All things considered, though, I definitely think it was worth it.

On Saturday, I met up with the lovely Alicia, who was visiting DC from Florida! She was out in Northern VA for the day checking out the Air & Space Museum, so we met up at one of my favorite local restaurants, Chasin’ Tails, for some delicious seafood feasting.

Then, later that evening, Sean and I attended a pre-opening event for a new LongHorn Steakhouse opening up in the area. Despite the plethora of options available to me, I actually reigned myself in pretty well and went for salmon instead of steak (well, other than the bites of Sean’s steak that I snagged, heh.) Guess I’m just on kind of a seafood kick!

The portion of salmon was, as you can see, absolutely gargantuan (10 ounces!), so I ended up with a tasty lunch the next day as well. Well, truth be told, cutting myself off at just half the plate was actually more challenging than I like to admit, but I really wanted to save room for dessert, heh.

Totally worth it! This banana cream pie was bosssss! So, funny story, the banana cream pie was actually our second-choice for dessert, but our first choice (the “Chocolate Stampede”) was sold out for the evening. Turns out, that was a real blessing in disguise! When I was logging my meals in My Fitness Pal after dinner, I got a peek at what the Chocolate Stampede would have set us back. 2178 calories. FOR ONE DESSERT. Insane!

Meanwhile, that banana cream pie ended up being a mere 390 calories. Quite a bit more manageable as a splurge… especially when sharing. 🙂

Anyway, as if my Saturday eating adventures weren’t enough, on Sunday I got to attend the DC Lamb Jam with my coworker Kimberly. We ate our way through lamb dishes from many of the area’s hottest restaurants, and it was, obviously, delicious.

Kinda made it hard to track everything in MFP later though, ahaha. I had to do not a small amount of guestimating on that one.

Sooooo, yeah. Now you kind of understand my “guff” from above, no? Between my Yelp event from last week, the Pentatonix concert, and this weekend, I’ve been eating a lot of deliciousness that’s not exactly on-plan. But, you know me, a life without eating out would, well, not be my life. And since it’s literally unavoidable in my kind of work, I just need to get comfortable with making healthy choices on a more regular basis.

Even I need a break from the constant barrage of food prepared by others, though! So tonight I shall feast on a delicious, homemade something-or-other, depending on what looks good in my fridge. I’m thinking… short ribs, roasted broccoli, and cauliflower puree, maybe? Stay tuned.

Martha’s Table, PTX, and the BEST THING EVER

Whew! Yesterday wore me out. I was on my feet from morning til almost morning again, and I’m definitely feeling it. And yes, I realize there are many people in the world for whom this is a frequent occurrence, for my sedentary butt, it most definitely is not. On the bright side, I actually hit all of my fitness goals for once?

Also on the bright side, of course, are the reasons why I was out and about for the entire day. I met up with my wonderful Yelp DMV coworkers for lunch, after which we went to volunteer with Martha’s Table at an elementary school in Anacostia.

It was a really neat setup: Martha’s Table collected food donations which were then divvied up and set up in the school’s auditorium like a mini grocery store. After school, the kids and their parents came through with a little shopping list and filled up their shopping bar with fresh produce and healthy foods. There was also a station where a chef prepared a dish using several of the items the kids would be “shopping” for. That way, they could taste it, take home the recipe, and get an idea for how to cook with the items they were receiving. Pretty neat, huh?

I was really glad that my coworker Kimberly set up this volunteering opportunity — it was particularly awesome since, as you all know, cooking and eating well is already a long-standing interest of mine!

After we packed everything up, it was time for the other exciting component of my day:

Seeing Pentatonix in concert!

My friend Lara and I went up to Merriweather Post Pavilion to watch the sensational acapella quintet (maybe you remember them from The Sing-Off?) delight us with their delicious vocal magic.

Dude. Those harmonies. So on point. It was an awesome concert, made just slightly less awesome by the banshee PTX superfan sitting directly behind us, who vocalized her feelings of joy with the loudest, mostly highly pitched, shrillest screams EVER. My left eardrum truly may never recover.

Sigh, I think I’m getting old, you guys. First my teeth start falling apart, then I’m the crotchety old grandma at the rock concert. Plus the very fact that I began this very post complaining about how tired I am. AND I already like knitting… oy. The evidence is really starting to stack up.

I don’t know if this will make me seem even older, but I don’t even care because my last piece of news is the amazing, spectacular, incredible, life-changing fact that…


In case you didn’t already know, I am legitimately, inexorably, consumingly OBSESSED with the musical Hamilton. I watched the cast perform at the Grammys and it was just all over for me from that point on. Of course, my dreams of actually getting to see the show performed life seemed an ocean away, since tickets have been sold-out for, um, ever. Sure, you technically can purchase tickets…from “third party sellers” ::coughscalperscough:: for an outrageous upcharge. We’re talking prices like $600 – $1300 for ONE ticket.

Yeeeeeah. I mean, I’m a bonafide musical theatre buff with a serious crush on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lyrical magnificence, but even I wasn’t that thirsty. Until the day before yesterday, that is, when fate, providence, and fortune all came together to bless me with tickets, purchased at a regular price, in all their glory.

It went down like this: at 9:54 PM, I get a message on Facebook that Hamilton tickets just went on sale. Turns out, this new block of tickets were actually released at 9:00 PM, so already, I’m thinking they’re probably all gone. That said, hell if I was throwing away my shot!

I scurried over to the Hamilton website, and clicked on literally the first available date (November 1st). I waited with baited breath. It transferred me to Ticketmaster, and the angels chorus began: 2 tickets. Front mezzanine. Row C.

Before I knew it, my fast-flying fingers had proceeded all the way to the checkout page and the tickets were mine!

Of course, it wasn’t until after I had already purchased the tickets that I casually mentioned that I spent not a small amount of moolah on theatre tix. Heh. After all, even at regular price, Broadway tickets ain’t cheap. Heh. #goodwifeaward

Luckily, my husband A) doesn’t care about musicals and B) just wants me to be happy so the entire encounter went something like this:

Me: AUGUGHHGHEHRGHGHRHGEH!!!!!!!! ::flailing around the room::
Sean: What?!?! What happened?!?!?!
Me: I ::sob:: FINALLY ::sob:: GOT ::sob:: HAMILTON ::sob:: TICKETS!!!!!!
Sean: …yay?
Me: You don’t understand! I got tickets! For regular price! From the regular box office! Not for like triple the cost from a third-party seller! Hamilton! HAMILTON!!!!!
Sean: …yay?
Me: You don’t have to come with me.
Sean: YAY!

Anyway, so that’s pretty much the best thing that’s ever happened, ever, and come November I’mma tear UP in NYC!

Aaaaand there you have it! News that most certainly cannot be topped, so I might as well just peace out here. Today we’ve got an exciting trip to the vet on the books for Harry & Daxter, the wonder mutts, followed by a weekend of many adventures, so hopefully I’ll have some fun stuff to report back on come Monday. Have a great weekend!

Toothy Wisdom (Weigh-in Wednesday #2)

So my supposedly-innocuous dental appointment yesterday turned out to be even dreadful than I was expecting (and let’s be honest, going to the dentist for a filling is always something I dread.) Turns out, one of my cavities was kind of adjacent to an old filling, and when the old filling was removed, it revealed a horror show of toothy proportions underneath.

Turns out my poor ol’ tooth was suffering, and suffering bad, but the extent of the damage didn’t even show up on the x-ray because of how it was situated. So when my dentist opened up my tooth (already a weird image to wrap your head around, I know), it revealed a much larger cavity with decay and whatnot. (Gross, I know, sorry). So in order to remove it all, my dentist had to remove additional tooth, leaving me with less than two-thirds of the tooth I once had. Fare the well, enamel, I hardly knew yee.

Anyway, when that much tooth has been removed, you can put a regular filling in but they’re not really strong enough to be maintained in that quantity for a long period of time. Enter: me getting a (partial) crown. For those of you who don’t know, a crown (also known as a cap), is basically a heavy-duty hat for my tooth. I’ve got a temporary one in for now while they manufacture the real-deal at the lab, and they’re supposed to last anywhere from 7 to 40 years.

Sigh. Yep, I’ve now got a partially fake tooth in the upper right side of my mouth, and I basically feel like this:

Melisandre and I are going to start an old-crones-masquerading-as-young-people club.

I’m trying to see the silver lining here, which is that A) I still have (most of) my tooth, and B) it really puts the little things (like regular ol’ boring fillings) into perspective, haha. Like I said, this was all really unexpected, even to my dentist, who couldn’t see what was going on until he literally unearthed the issue from inside my tooth. So, I guess this just another example of how you really never can tell what’s going on under the surface (ooh, such deep, much wisdom.)

And speaking of things going on under the surface, let’s get on with the main attraction, shall we:

Starting Weight: 254.2 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 244.6 lbs
Current Weight: 241.6
Difference:  3 lbs

See, now that’s a weight loss amount that I don’t feel the need to justify (as opposed to last week’s dramatic drop-off, which I felt needed to be explained away as water weight, etc.) Almost back out of the 240s, which is going to feel awesome, and despite yet another week of events and dinners eaten out and tooth-pain driven Taco Bell pitstops, I’m feeling pretty good right now!

Tomorrow is going to be a long day of various awesomeness, so I’m hoping my mouth will be feeling back to normal soon. My tooth itself doesn’t really hurt (just a bit sensitive to cold), but my jaw was KILLING me once the numbing wore off yesterday — I’m guestting from being propped open for so long and, you know, all the drilling. (Hence the Hello Kitty ice pack pictured above.) My face still feels a little sore, but I’ve got some great things on the docket for tomorrow and want to be back at 100% — lunch with my coworkers, then a shift volunteering with Martha’s Table at an elementary school in SE DC, and then hitting up the PENTATONIX concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion! Whoop whoop!

So, with all that said: we out.

The Day Before Tuesday

Hey, look, it’s Monday! Hope everyone had a rad weekend. In true Gretchen fashion, mine was bookended with media consumption: I kicked off the weekend with Captain America: Civil War (it was awesomeeee) and ended it with last night’s episode of Game of Thrones (which, alas, left me… unsatisfied.)

Bran is literally every single person watching last night. What a tease.

Anyway… Happy belated Mother’s Day to all you mamas out there, by the way! I couldn’t spend Mother’s Day with my actual mama (she’s in Texas with my grandmother right now), but she was of course in my thoughts all day (along with my mother-in-law and my sister and all the other fantastic moms in my life!)

As for me, I traded in my own (fur)children for some new models this Mother’s Day:

Hehe. Grooming Day is always a good day in my house. They’re like brand new dogs! Well, physically. Personality-wise, they’re still the same old bratty, lovable, annoying, wonderful princesses they always are.

Tonight I’ve got an event that I’m hosting for work, which I’m going to relish, because tomorrow I get to wake up bright and early to go get a whooooole bunch of cavities filled! Huzzah! ::sad trombone:: I swear, I take good care of my teeth. Curse this soft enamel! Anyway, suffice it to say I’m looking forward to today’s activities far more than tomorrow’s.

If I’m not too numbed up, maybe I’ll be motivated to check in post-drilling tomorrow. You never know! Either way, see you when I see you!


Happy Friday from these three greenpawed beardfaces!

Sigh… guess that’s what I get for walking them on wet grass after it’s been mowed. I’ve got my brother’s dog Pixel with me for the week while Ben and Taylor are in Florida (I mean, I actually steal him pretty regularly, but this time it’s for a legit reason, ahaha) so it’s all schnauzers all the time at the Fox household right now. Heeee — oh man, it is fun to say “the Fox household” guys. I have an actual household! ::grin::

Aaaanyway, the rest of the week has been pretty chill. Yesterday I spent most of the day in my pajamas working (heh), and I went up to the Baltimore area on Wednesday to help out at my coworker’s rad 90s-themed Yelper Party. Oh man, best theme EVER. I was in Heaven: we’re talking Beanie Babies, slap bracelets, Doc Martens, and rocking out to Bell Biv Divoe… the only downside to the party was how acutely aware it made me of the fact that the 90s was TWENTY YEARS AGO. Which, of course, made me feel old. And also made me want to see if I have any Beanie Babies left.

As for this weekend, Sean and I have big plans to get our nerd on bright and early tomorrow. I cannot WAIT to see Avengers 2.5 Captain America: Civil War! We have tickets to see it tomorrow morning, and all the early buzz I’ve heard from critics as well as friends who have gotten sneak peeks of the film (lucky bastards) has been amaaaaazing! Are you #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan?

Unnngh, between Civil War this weekend and X-Men: Apocalypse at the end of the month, my comic nerd flag is waving hiiiiiiigh right now. And I am totally, 100% okay with it.

Hope everyone has a rockin’ weekend! See you on the flip.