Two Lives, One Lifestyle


Goodbye Gladys by Katie
March 29, 2010, 5:12 pm
Filed under: Beer, Breakfast, Dessert, Ice cream, Katie, Restaurant, Run

Saturday I woke up bright and early to tackle my longest run yet.  I fueled with 1/2 a banana and a granola bar (I just had one).  The old stomach was acting up a bit but thankfully it was feeling better before I left the house.

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I had great company and conversation during the run, which makes it SO much better.  The time goal was 2:30 and I ran a total of 15.6 miles.  The thought of running 10.6 more miles is a bit daunting, though we all agreed that stopping (for water or fuel) and starting is much harder than just going.  Instead of posting each split since that would be really long, the average pace was 9:36, including a few stops for traffic lights and water.

I’ve decided that gels aren’t the greatest fuel for me and that shot blocks are too big to chew while breathing, which is key for running.  Maybe sharkies? Or make my own concoction as Kath mentioned recently?

FYI- I didn’t take ANY food pictures for the rest of the day due to a Team in Training breakfast, running errands/ going out for lunch, and having dinner with my uncle :(.  Here’s my uncle’s cute dog, Violet, and a beer I had at his house instead.

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Delicious semi-sweet dark beer.

Sunday morning brought an amazing brunch with Dottie! I walked to Root Down since it was gorgeous outside. Getting in a nice stroll after a long-run day always feels nice too.

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Root Down was pretty busy but we were able to sit right away.  Neither of us had been before but the menu was mouth-watering.  We both ordered a benedict variation.  Here’s mine: a sliced croissant (it definitely wasn’t a full croissant but enough for the meal), thin Canadian bacon, poached eggs, and hollandaise. Everything was flavorful and rich.

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On the side, there was a light spinach salad and regular and sweet potato homefries. They were nice and crisp without being greasy.

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I would most definitely go back!  Dottie let me try the quinoa cake that came with her benedict and it was quite amazing. Someone with better culinary skills should try to recreate this ;).  The waitress was also helpful in explaining things and asking about allergies.  When they accidentally used tomato hollandaise on Dottie’s eggs (she is allergic to tomatoes), the waitress apologized and had it remade quickly.  Plus, she brought a complimentary yogurt and granola side dish.  Aside from the food, it was great to meet and chat with Dottie! We’ll be getting together again for sure.

Later in the day, John and I went for a long walk to enjoy the weather ending at Lola’s for salsa, chips, a drink, and live music.  Next door, there is a fun little ice cream shop so you know we stopped.  I finally remembered I had a blog.

Little Man Ice Cream.. It looks like a giant milk can!

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I love the retro feel.  They play old-fashioned music and have vintage touches all over.

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The little courtyard with picnic tables and strung lights is so cozy on a summer night.

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Another reason Little Man gains points in my book is their commitment to donate a scoop of rice to third world countries for every scoop of ice cream they sell.   Like I need another excuse to get ice cream.

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I had German the chocolate cake gelato.  This is the giant single scoop- creamy chocolate with some coconut flakes and chunks of cake.

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Do I need to say it? While delicious, this made me feel so sick. Worthless gall bladder (more on that later)!  I named her Gladys last week.

After laying in bed watching Law and Order until I didn’t feel sick, I eventually got hungry for dinner.  We kept it simple- pasta, jarred sauce, plus some added broccoli and artichokes for vegetables.  Classico Basil Sauce? Blech.  The taste of dried basil is not nearly as wonderful as fresh basil.

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More stomach aching ensued and I was so grateful that I had a surgeon consult scheduled for Monday!  That being said, I’m having Gladys the gall bladder removed on Thursday!  I debated when to do it but I think the sooner, the better so I can recovered in time for busy thesis finishing and the marathon.  The surgery is pretty fast and laparoscopic which means not too invasive and fast recovery.  I shouldn’t be out of work more than a few days and was actually encouraged to get up and walk in the days immediately after to prevent clotting.

Thank goodness for my supportive Team in Training coach who is going to make me a new schedule.  If I need to, I’ll walk half of it but I want to finish it!

I’ll be back in a few hours with another post tonight!

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Fruitful Days by Katie
March 24, 2010, 11:17 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dinner, Katie, Lunch, Pizza, Restaurant, Run, Snacks

I missed posting yesterday!  My breakfast was blueberry coconut oatmeal and I took advantage of Starbuck’s free pastry day for a snack.  I slowly savored the delicious cranberry orange scone.

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[Unpictured lunch of veggie stir fry FYI]

As I mentioned, there was a TNT fundraiser at California Pizza Kitchen last night. John’s parents and lots of family friends were going so I decided to head down.  I left Fort Collins and it was drizzling and when I arrived in Denver it was cloudy but no rain.  However, for about 20 minutes I drove through some of THE worst weather ever: my car was hydro- planing so badly.

Since there was no rain when I got there, I jumped on the chance to run my planned 50 minutes.  The weather forecast had me worried that I’d be forced inside on the treadmill.  Can you tell where snow/rain/whip started whipping me in the face?  Ow!

  • Mile 1- 9:20
  • Mile 2- 8:52
  • Mile 3- 8:52
  • Mile 4- 9:02
  • Mile 5- 9:29
  • Last 0.4- 10:00

Dinner was great and we had lots of laughs.  We watched the snow fall fast and the streets were fortunately pretty clear when we left.

I had leftover pizza this AM for my breakfast.

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I snapped this picture of a field when I stopped to get gas.  It’s hard to tell where the snowy field ends and the white clouds start.

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While the snow is annoying and makes travel a pain, CO needs all the spring precipitation it can get!

By the time I was hungry for lunch, it was really late (woke up late because I assumed driving would be tough and maybe I’d have a snow day ;)) and I had a big bowl of frozen cherries, Greek yogurt, and granola.

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Cherry on top!

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I love putting yogurt over frozen fruit- it freezes the yogurt as you can see on the right side of the picture.. maybe?  It’s the candycane looking piece sticking up.

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I snacked on some pineapple too.  So delicious.

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Before I left for the gym, half a banana and Justin’s almond butter fueled me.  Justin’s was on sale for half off today which was pretty exciting: it’s usually too expensive for my (wallet) tastes!

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My workout was a slower than usual 3 miles on the treadmill (and biceps and back day).  I didn’t push too hard because I’m getting a cold.  Unless I’m really sick, getting a good sweat session always makes me feel a little better. How about you? Work out or rest up when you feel a cold coming on?

For dinner, I used up leftover pasta from Monday and added tons of broccoli and artichokes.

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My stomach is growling again so I’m going to eat more delicious pineapple! Can someone teach me how to peel/core a pineapple!? 😀



Canyon Chop House by Katie
March 9, 2010, 11:28 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Eggs, Katie, Lunch, Restaurant, Run

I meant to mention last time that I was glad to hear we all have our crying moments.  Since being over-tired and stressed bring out the waterworks, I would basically be the worst mom. The kids would be crying, I’d be crying….

Anyway, breakfast today was a 2-egg and laughing cow breakfast sandwich.  If you haven’t bought any Great Harvest bread, I would suggest you Google a location near you.  Such good flavor and a nice simple ingredient list.  Oh, and that Minneola in the background.

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I scrounged around the fridge for a simple lunch of a sundried tomato hummus, avocado, and tomato wrap.  Simple but it was surprisingly substantial.

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Post-work, I had one of those runs that just happens with all the factors aligning- hit a pace right away, no sore spots, good music randomly popping onto my iPod, sunny weather.  My pace was spot on a nine-minute mile for all 5.6 miles (my training plan is based on time, so 50 minutes).  I don’t think I once saw anything outside of the range 8:45-9:15 on the Garmin.  Since pacing is a weak spot for me, naturally keeping in a tight range allowed me to enjoy the scenery and the run in general.  Anyway, now I feel like I’m bragging… but after 2 days of feeling lousy, this was a nice change of pace (pun intended) ;).

Dinner was my last feast out for Fort Collins Great Plates Restaurant week.   The Canyon Chop House had a cozy inside, which I didn’t expect for the exterior.  Our waitress seemed a bit annoyed with us from the get-go and the service wasn’t spectacular, although the company made up for it.

To start- frisse + yellow heirloom tomato + bacon crumbles + heart of palm in a green goddess dressing.  Once heirloom tomatoes are in season, I definitely want to repeat this at home.  Behind the salad is a warm and chewy piece of sourdough bread (served by a good looking young gentleman I might add).

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For an entree, I had a (very well) marinated flank steak with greens and fries.  The greens were garlicy and I think included chard and escarole, based on the taste and color.  Very much my style.  All of the food tasted just as expected or better, though I ran out of tummy space for all the fries.

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And when I say “ran out of tummy space” I mean that dessert was coming.  Vanilla bean crème Brule- which was as good as it sounds.  Creamy with bean flecks and a thin, crisp top.

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Thank my roommate for reminding me to even take pictures! I was all ready to dig into my salad when he yelled out “PICTURE!!”  The camera usually is the last thing on my mind when delicious food is set down in front of me, but with friends like Matt, this blog happens :).

Do you feel comfortable taking pictures in restaurants? I’m definitely getting better but at times it feels very unnatural.



Veggies to Beer by Katie
March 4, 2010, 10:35 pm
Filed under: Beer, Breakfast, Eggs, Ice cream, Katie, Lunch, Restaurant

It’s a good thing I started my day with vegetables, because it just went downhill nutrient-wise!

It’s a stir-fry! It’s pasta! No! It’s an omelet! [It’s a bird… it’s a plane….]

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Something happened at lunch that rarely happens.  I got so wrapped up in my work, I didn’t even think of food (!?) until Jorge asked me what I was doing for lunch.  Since un-glue-ing my eyes from the computer screen and walking around in 55* weather sounded like a fabulous idea, I went out for lunch again.  Does anyone have a good solution to this?! I love being social for a bit and getting outside and out of the office for a little, but going out 3/5 days a week adds up!

We walked to The Pickle Barrel and I had a “pulled turkey” buffalo sandwich.  Great Buffalo sauce, nice n spicy!!  There was avocado and tomato on it too, and I asked them to not butter the roll (a lot of sub shops do this).

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Other than the food, this is the best part about the Pickle Barrel.  The womens bathroom.  Who does this?!  After an initial “wtf!?” I thought about some of the times my friends and I have crammed into one stall at a bar/frat to continue convos.  This is a college town after all!

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Sometimes conveniently, and sometimes not-so-conveniently, Coldstone is right next door.  Today, I learned that anyone can order the kids size!  They give an actual 1/2 cup serving (possibly even less, it was small).  My mouth was on fire after the sammy and ice cream sounded perfect, so we went for it.

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Since I’m going skiing this weekend, my running schedule is a bit changed around and today was a rest day.  For the first time in months, I actually went to happy hour.  There happens to be a bar in the student union, and the windows face the mountains.  A beer while watching the sunset over the mountains? Yes please.

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Well, now happy hour is turning into friends coming over to continute happy “hour” so I’m going to get going! I’m not sure what I’m having for dinner yet but it’ll probably involve salsa and guac.

This weekend is going to include skiing and hanging out with friends I rarely see that live in Vail, so blogging might be spotty.  I’ll give it my best shot!



Hockey, Beer, and Sushi by Katie
March 2, 2010, 12:28 am
Filed under: Beer, Breakfast, Dinner, Eggs, Katie, Lift, Restaurant, Run

This morning seems ages and ages ago.  Friday night feels like it was weeks ago but the weekend flew by overall.  Isn’t time funny that way? Was your weekend slow and relaxing or did it go by way too fast?

Sunday afternoon involved hockey game watching of course!  And beers.  Because when you go to a bar at 1 PM, what else would you do?  Colorado bars always have an impressive beer selection on draught.

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I tried the newest New Belgium addition- an IPA.  An IPA is very hoppy (lots of floral/earthy smell and a distinct bitterness) and while I enjoy tasting them, they are not the type of beer you can drink all night- not that I ever do that ;).

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However, New Belgium is rarely disappointing so I decided to try the Ranger IPA.

Thought #1: WOW this smells so good, lots of hops though!

Thought #2: Hmm this isn’t overwhelming at all, well balanced.

Thought #3: Loving the lack of a really bitter aftertaste that most IPAs have!

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Overall impression- this was probably one of the most drinkable IPAs I have tried.

There were also some nachos split among us but no picture documentation.  My appetite has been so strange lately.  I’m either starving every single hour or I go for wayyyy longer than usual with no desire for food.

After the hockey game (congrats Canada), I fell asleep for a little.  Thanks, beer and nachos, thanks :-P.  John and I made a late dinner, I enjoyed an egg sammie with spinach.

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Yellow plate, yellow eggies, yellow lighting.  Sleep!

On the go this AM, I ate another eggy delight: WF breakkie burrito of the veggie sausage variety. SO GOOD.  This lasted as long as possible, I ate little bites.

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Lunch was also out and about, at Noodles & Co. but no picture!  I’ve been the worst at remembering my camera lately!!

Yet again, dinner was out too.  It was the kick-off of the local restaurant week AND a friend’s birthday.  How was I NOT to go out?  To start, I shared a vegetable roll + 1/2.

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For my main course, I had two sushi rolls: Philly and Scallion Yellowtail.  The tempura roll that looks insanely good was actually not mine, but I snagged a bite- ahhhhmazing.

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The Philly roll is hated on all too often but the cream cheese + avocado really balance well with the huge amounts of wasabi I add.

Last but not least, a chocolate martini.  For weeks, my roomie + boyfriend + me as the third wheel have been enjoying Monday martini night at the Chocolate Cafe.  Well guess what? They’ve been perfected in-apartment and are delish.

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Oh oh, back the bus up, there was a run and a lift sesh today!  Once upon a time, when I played soccer, I had the nickname “Speedy McMetzy”due to ridic mile paces and my love of sprinting (I still love sprints, this marathon pace is hard for me).  The first week running with Garmy was quite a shock, since I somehow I thought I was still running around an 8:00 minute mile pace.  Well today, something was going on in my legs (no ‘roids, I promise):

  • Mile 1- 8:30
  • Mile 2- 8:24
  • Mile 3- 8:20
  • Rest of the 30 minutes- 9:05 (up a hill)

It was shocking! The weirdest part was my heart rate barely differed from my heart rate on Saturday.  However, this was 3 miles versus 10 miles, and I would put money on the fact that after a few more miles at this pace, my hear rate would start to rise.  But hey, it was fun while it lasted.  AND negative splits.

Alright, that’s it from me!  Night bleople (blog people?).



Long Runs and Zengo by Katie
February 28, 2010, 2:02 pm
Filed under: Beer, Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Katie, Lunch, Pizza, Restaurant, Run, Snacks, Team in Training, Wine

This weekend went flying by!  I left off on Friday and didn’t post all yesterday.  It was a nice little mini break from the blog world.  I’ve been reading so many moving posts in honor of NEDA week and hope to post about all the thoughts going on in my head soon.  For now- the blog world is amazing.

Dinner Friday night was veggie pizza at John’s parents.  It was also lunch on Saturday, and possibly dinner tonight.  Over-order anyone?

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Early to bed and early to rise for an hour and a half run on Saturday morning.

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I’m really surprised that I am so comfortable at a 9:30 pace.  I can chat and my muscles aren’t sore the following day, which are two good signs!  The past two weeks, I’ve run with the same woman, who keeps an excellent consistent pace.  This run was on a mostly dirt trail (my knees say “YAYYYYY”) with some icy/snowy patches that slowed us down here and there.

  • Mile 1- 9:35
  • Mile 2- 9:25
  • Mile 3- 9:22
  • Mile 4- 9:29
  • Mile 5- 9:28
  • Mile 6- 9:37
  • Mile 7- 9:33
  • Mile 8- 9:23
  • Mile 9- 9:35
  • Last 0.75 miles- 9:36

During the last 15 minutes, I was ready to be done.  I’m thinking since my pre-run snack is small (toast and PB), around an hour might be where I need a boost- electrolytes, goo, raisins, something. I’ll be trying out some different brands to see what my stomach likes.

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Post-run, I iced and elevated and then wrapped my legs in an ace bandage a bit later.  They were feeling achy all over- no major pain, but I think having to get in the car for awhile after running caused a little swelling.

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After an hour of elevating and snoozing. I felt great! Just in time for dinner with friends.  Oh I sort of skipped most of the day there- I didn’t take pictures but had some leftover pizza, a bowl of granola, almonds, orange juice, a Kind bar… so running makes me hungry!

Before our 8:30 dinner reservations at Zengo, we all sampled this beer- wow, very espresso-y and oak-y! It would have been better as a dessert beer, but I liked it! It was super dark, almost black, with a foamy head that looked like hot chocolate.

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Some wine was also opened and sampled.  This had a very recognizable blackberry flavor but the general body wasn’t very sweet.  Everyone enjoyed it (more so than the beer I think).

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For dinner, we had reservations at Zengo, a Latin-Asian fusion restaurant featured for 5280 Restaurant Week.  I didn’t take any pictures (I left my batteries in the charger :()!   My first course was an Angry Zengo roll– I really need to eat sushi more, I love it so.  It was spicy and delicious.  My second course was salmon which had this warm bacon sauce over the potatoes and broccolini- the best part (the bacon sauce, not the broc)!!  Lastly, I had a chocolate mousse cake for dessert that was VERY rich.  It was good, but I probably wouldn’t order it again.

This morning, I slept in a little and then made a filling bowl of oats.  I’m going to get some things done and then meet-up with my uncle to watch the Canada vs. USA hockey game!

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Bas Bleu Mardi Gras by Katie
February 24, 2010, 8:10 pm
Filed under: Dessert, Dinner, Katie, Restaurant

As I mentioned in the past post, my roommate is general manager of a local theatre company, Bas Bleu, and they had their annual Mardi Gras event last night.

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Jorge (roommie’s boyfriend, my grad school friend- it works out well) and I grabbed some wine to start out.  It was pretty dark, so some flash happened.

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There were plenty of great items being bid on in a silent auction.  Jorge bid on the item below, which was from a local home store and included wine, a decorative pillow, 2 martini glasses, a picture frame, and a candle all in a gorgeous box/plant holder (?).

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I loved this bow!

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A pretty scarf and handmade cards.  I really liked this artists work, I can’t wait for spring flowers.

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The silent auction items were fun to look at but let’s be honest, we were looking forward to the food! A bunch of local restaurants donated great food for the fundraiser.  Each restaurant station serves up a small tasting portion, which was excellent since I was interested in trying just about everything ;).

First, we tried etouffee (like gumbo, with shellfish and sausage) and a small piece of white chocolate bread pudding from CooperSmith’s. All of the pictures of this turned out badly, but the etouffee was just so-so while the bread pudding was outstanding!

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The next sample came from The Canyon Chop house: pulled pork sliders, coleslaw, and gumbo.

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This gumbo was slightly spicy and more flavorful than the etouffee. The pulled pork was some of the best I’ve tasted (and I am a big pulled pork fan)- very smoky, not too saucy.  I skipped the bun, just because the meat was so great on it’s own! [The pictures are reddish hued due to the lighting].

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There was yet another etouffe (I missed a picture of the restaurant name!) which was more seafood tasting.  They served it over rice which turned into a sticky clump.  Between the strong seafood taste and rice issues, I only had a few tastes before moving on.

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Next, Enzios!  This is one of my favorite restaurants in Fort Collins.  They serve homemade pasta and interesting, flavorful dishes.  Expect a full review during the upcoming Fort Collins Restaurant Week!

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Unfortunately, the usually delicious chicken picatta was a bit cold.  It still tasted good enough to eat it up though. 😉  The tiramisu totally made up for it! My picture doesn’t do it justice at all.

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Another missing picture was Basil Fried Rice from Sri Thai. Oh. My. Goodness.  That was the best dish of the night!  There is probably no picture because I was gobbling it up.

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While we ate, drank wine, and chatted, a jazz/swing/big band style band played- so my style!

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There was lots of dancing.

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And festive decor.

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Though, the best festive decor was this guy’s jacket and his wife’s cape!!

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After a little too much wine and more than enough fun, I was very ready for bed.  Way more exciting than my typical Tuesday night!