Hit me with your best shot

Started off Sunday with my usual “at-home” Sunday routine.  Gym, groceries, errands, laundry.

But after lunch, we did something different.  Very different for me.

Dan recently got his CHL.  He’s been encouraging me to get mine.  While i’ve shot guns before, I have no experience with handguns.  So Sunday afternoon, we went to the range, so that he could teach me some basics.  I’d never been to a gun range.

I wasn’t bad.  Shot 5 different guns, 3 of which I was comfortable with.  1 of them was too big for my little hands, I could shoot it well, but couldn’t properly hold onto it after it fired (and scratched the crap out of myself trying to hold it).

The pump shotgun I did not like at all.  After I fired it twice, I was done.  I just don’t like that kick near my face.  I felt all bad-ass pumping it, but that’s where the fun stopped with that one.

I didn’t do too shabby.  This was my first target.  On the last 2 rounds, I got 19 of 20 on the target.

I have some accuracy to work on, but I am getting the hang of it.

After we played for several hours, we decided to go home, or so I thought…

Instead Dan said he wanted to show me something.  30 minutes later we were up toward Inks Lake, where he’d ridden his motorcycle the day before. He wanted to show me this:

And this…

I think you really have to be from Texas to appreciate bluebonnets.  They are one of the most beautiful things on earth to me.

Shooting guns in the 90 degree heat is exhausting

It also turned into be being a geo-geek and looking at rocks and minerals in the flowers.  I found some cool quartz.  NERD NERD NERD!

We got home super late.  I don’t think we ended up eating until 8:30!  But it was totally worth it!

SXSW 2012-Day 3

And day 3 is where is all fell apart for me 😦  I’d already been having issues standing Thursday and Friday, but Saturday it all went south.

I was supposed to be meeting AK for a run at the lake that morning.  That never happened.  I was so stiff and achy it was bad. It was so bad that I caved and took Alleve, which I rarely do.  Instead my day started before noon at Continental Club with Dan.

Got to see lots of good old friends, made my heart happy.

Saw Lucero for the 3rd time in that many days.  Don’t worry, I saw about 20 different bands total 😉

This made me laugh

I made it until about 7:30 before I called it quits and went back to our friend’s house.  I ate dinner and went to bed after that 😦  I was in bed before the main showcase at Cedar Street even started.  Not the way I wanted to end my SXSW 2012 😦

Thin Mint Sprint 5K

My BFF, her friend, and my mom came into town for the Thin Mint Sprint this past weekend from San Antonio.  I was so happy they came in.  I actually got to see my BFF 3 days in a row!  (one night for dinner in SA, and then Friday and Saturday!)

The race was put on by my Girl Scout’s Service Unit (group of troops in the area).  It was a fundraiser for one of the other troop’s big trips.  It was a smaller race, around 100 entrants for the 5K (which ended up being 3.5).

The race packets were cool.  One of the troops  (of older girls) took t-shirts and made them into re-usable bags!  I will post photos and directions soon.  Great idea!  If you are in the Austin area, they will custom make you reusable bags for FREE!

It was the first official 5K for my BFF and her friend.   They both did great!

I was exhausted from long hours from traveling and work training, but I did better than I expected.  2nd overall woman, 1st age group, 10th overall.  It was my first 5K in almost a year (not including relays).  No PR, but then again, the race was 3.5 miles, not 3.1.  My watch doesn’t match the photo or the chip time, nice.  I’ll go by my Garmin.

It was a good morning for all.  My mom and I both took home trophies.  My hair looks CRAZY!

Women’s age group winners

Love this photo of myself with one of the Brownies from my troop.  Showing off our awards.  All of the kiddos who did the Daisy Dash got medals.  I hope that next year all of my troop will participate in the fun!  

I was also the fastest troop leader 😉

And because I don’t always act my age, I decided I needed to get in the trunk of the Fiat they were raffling off.  I’m not even sure my suitcase would fit in there.  For the record, I do fit…barely.  Should have seen me trying to get out.  I had to get out hands first, haha!

Afterwards we went to Morelia Mexican Grill for lunch (tiny local chain).  It was a GORGEOUS day.  We chose to have some great patio time!  Lovely lunch with the gals and my mom.

After lunch my mom, sister, and I shopped until we dropped at the Round Rock outlets.  I was able to spend my Christmas giftcard at Ann Taylor and then some!  Yay for new clothes, I never go shopping.

Great way to spend a Saturday!  Good run, friends, weather, food, and girl time 🙂

Fun Facts Friday-ABCs

Today’s Fun Facts are a copy-cat from Lindsay

A is for age: older than I think I am
B is for breakfast today: bacon, eggs, fruit
C is for currently craving: fish
D is for dinner tonight: Bellini’s.  I was so excited to go again and it SUCKED
E is for favorite type of exercise: anything Dan will actually do with me
F is for an irrational fear: falling.  Especially since my balance has been iffy in the last year
G is for gross food: I love Parisa
H is for hometown: Born in San Antonio, TX, Raised in the “Ville”
I is for something important: Finding a new Dr.
J is for current favorite jam: raspberry
K is for kids: Not likely
L is for current location: In my living room chair with Missy lying on my feet
M is for the most recent way you spent money: On my crappy dinner
N is for something you need:  To find out what the heck is wrong with me
O is for occupation:  Program Specialist, whatever that means
P is for pet peeve: I have way too many to list, but Walmart and the airport are 2 places that drive me nuts.
Q is for a quote:  Love is a gift that is truely handmade ~Guy Clark
R is for random fact about you: I never paint my fingernails, I want to, but they looks weird when I do
S is for favorite healthy snack: berries
T is for favorite treat: chocolate and nuts
U is for something that makes you unique:  Just about everything about me!  I am a weirdo. 
V is for favorite vegetable: carrots or broccoli
W is for today’s workout: None, I stayed up super late studying and then test, then traveling all day.  planned DOR
X is for X-rays you’ve had: just my hand about 4 years ago with the drill-bit incident, unless MRIs and CT scans count
Y is for yesterday’s highlight: Seeing my BFF and enjoying SA’s new Corner Bakery
Z is for your time zone- Central, although I feel like i’m in the semi-twilight zone, this is the first time i’ve really been home since last week.

Short update

I’ve been in San Antonio for work since Monday.  I was visiting my parents when the tornadoes hit.  We were lucky and they went south, not everyone was lucky.  I did spend some time in their closet taking cover.  That was not fun.

Haven’t been feeling great for the last 2 weeks.  Eventually I will get my SXSW recap up.  I have to get past these classes and test, then travel home, then a busy weekend.

MD Anderson called yesterday and said my results were ok.  Which means i’m back to square one.  Will maybe be looking into alternative meds now.  I don’t know what else to do at this point?  I mean I had more than one Dr. state I had something very specific and majorly wrong with me.  Then the Dr. at MD Anderson didn’t deny that exists, but they don’t think that problem is the root of my health issues.

Right now it’s one day at a time.  Major test tomorrow for work, then a very hectic week next week, including 2 Girl Scout meetings and a trip to California.

Recipe Review: Herbed Artichoke Chicken

1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
14 ounces canned tomatoes, drained and diced
14 ounces artichoke hearts, canned in water, drained
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
1 cup nonfat chicken broth
1/4 cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon sweet basil, dried
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions
Combine all ingredients in the Crock-Pot. Mix thoroughly.
Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on High for 3 ½ to 4 hours or until done.

Source:  Crock-pot.  Serves 4.  5 WW P+

I mad this a while back, served mine over broccoli, Dan had his with garlic bread.  With the leftovers we had it over pasta.  I may try mine over another vegetable or quinoa in the future, although pasta was good.  I picked out all of the olives and let him have them 😉

Intergalactic

Until this weekend, I’d forgotten how much I LOVE Galaxy Cafe.  So much so, I ate there twice in two days.  There are three locations in Austin, none of which are near my office or house.  If I took a long lunch, I could possibly do the one at the Triangle.

I’d originally discovered Galaxy a few years back through Groupon.   My mom, sister and I have been several times.  I took Dan yesterday for breakfast and he loved it!  I was so happy, because he doesn’t usually like the kind of places I like that are local and that have many options for me.

Here is why I love them:

  • They are locally owned and operated
  • Large amount of Gluten-Free options
  • If I wanted a sandwich or wrap, I can get one, they have GF bread products
  • Large menu overall
  • Their food is always fresh
  • It’s fast but gourmet
  • The atmosphere is fun and friendly
  • They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Things we’ve tried and loved:  Denver Scramble, Gluten-Free Mediterranean breakfast, Turkey and Brie Sandwich, Gluten-Free Fish Wrap, Smoked Turkey sandwich, and the Grilled Chicken Sandwich.  Next time I want to try one of their burgers!

Saturday night dinner (takeout because I wasn’t feeling great) was the Gluten Free Fish Wrap, sounds weird, but it was so good.  I had them add avocado, because it makes everything taste even better 🙂

Grilled white fish, red & green cabbage, cheddar cheese, roma
tomato, & our jalapeno-lime sauce.

It was the first time i’d had a rice-wrap.  Not sure i’ll be running out to buy my own, but the filling of the wrap was spectacular, especially the sauce.

Sunday morning brunch was the Gluten-Free Mediterranean breakfast.  Dan had the Denver.  We were both big fans 🙂  I was torn between breakfast and lunch, but settled on breakfast.
Eggs scrambled with fresh roma tomato, feta cheese & fresh basil.
Served with rice bread & a cup of fruit.

This was a breakfast after my own heart.  I love fruit, fresh basil and feta 🙂

I brought a take-out menu to work to post in my “good-eats” binder that I made for our office.  Maybe I can talk someone into heading south to get us take-out one day soon 🙂

Oddities

I guess they were trying to be politically correct….

I still don’t get the connection between Hurley and western wear.  Apparently Cavendar’s does….

And apparently Cavendar’s also sell the classiest scents as well….I seriously laughed out loud at this one!

And the king of them all, if your cheetos aren’t cheesy enough, Valero has this….

Better yet, you can get a combo with a soft-drink for the bargain price of $3.

What’s the oddest thing you’ve seen lately?  SXSW is this week, I am sure I will have a follow-up post next week on the same topic 😉