Things I like Thursday: Island Time

Not a vacation of the physical kind, but of the musical kind ūüėČ ¬†Wednesday night was Jimmy Buffett at ACL Live at the Moody Theater with Dan and his parents. ¬†First time for all of us to see him in concert.

Dinner first at Austin Java. ¬†Still not blown away by their food, their menu may be better than the things I’ve tried, just don’t think is stellar. ¬†I did think the flamingo picks in the food were cute! ¬†Too bad that tuna was overcooked.

Of course the special reflected the evening, Cheeseburger in Paradise with a Landshark beer

Although Dan and his mom both got it ¬†and claimed it was good, ¬†it didn’t look all that “paradise” like to me. ¬†Something about a perfectly round burger¬†weirds¬†me out. ¬†I like fresh and hand-formed. ¬†I am a burger snob. ¬†It did have some pretty greens and tomatoes on it, which he promptly discarded. ¬†He usually eats lettuce and tomato, but I guess this type was too healthy. ¬†Weirdo.

This made me laugh out loud.

And so did the statue of Willie Nelson outside of the Moody Theater. Apparently some people were deeply offended by this.  Seriously?  You know Willie Nelson saw this and laughed his stoned ass off!

The show itself was interesting, i’ll have to post some of Dan’s photos when he uploads them. ¬†The tickets were his mom’s mother’s day gift. ¬†I know she¬†thoroughly enjoyed the show, although we were both worried about her¬†and some of the aggressive drunks (and the fact she was trying to push some people’s buttons). ¬†Not sure his dad enjoyed it, but he always does whatever she wants, which is SO cute. ¬†Luckily none of us got into any fights or got injured.

I will say that the floor crowd was very aggressive despite most of them being my parents age! ¬†1 really huge fight and people were very protective of their “spots”! ¬†You would have thought these were high school and college kids! ¬†Forget trying to go to and from the bathroom and bar.

Note of advice, if you do need to get through the crowd, if you put a stuffed parrot in your dress and walk to the bathroom, you will get a lot of attention and will make friends. ¬†This proves beneficial when trying to make your way back through to your group. ¬†People remember a girl with a parrot in her dress. ¬†I didn’t bring a parrot, I found him on the floor and made him mine.

Yes, I was that girl, and no I don’t drink. ¬†ūüėČ

Monotone Monday

I woke up feeling 100 times better on Monday morning. ¬†I woke up before the rest of the house, hit the gym, and then back home again. ¬†Dan’s dad and I had coffee and talked until Dan came downstairs and left at 8:20 am.

I’ve been on a dessert inspired breakfast kick lately, so dessert omelettes were on my menu all weekend long. ¬†Thanks HEB for awesome blackberries and strawberries!

The boys had a 9:15 tee time at the SunCity golf course, which was new to both of them. ¬†They’d planned to be gone until 2 or 2:30.

I worked on chores and other things until 10:30 when Dan’s mom woke up. ¬†We chatted for a few hours. ¬†She said she just wanted to stay at home and chill. I was¬†disappointed, I was really looking forward to getting out and doing something. ¬†I thought I was getting to go shopping or do something fun. ¬†Plus she said she needed to do her hair…which took from 12:15-2:30. ¬†I wasn’t sure how long hair took, so I sat around and waited.

When the boys got home at 2:30 I was already bored out of my mind. ¬†I spent 2 hours twiddling my thumbs waiting for her to come out of the bathroom. ¬†I did wash 2 loads of laundry in that time. ¬†I guess I could have read or went to the pool but like I said, I didn’t know how long hair took.

We ended up grilling that evening, which was nice.  

I hadn’t made a pot of beans in FOREVER. ¬†Had to make them really mild, Dan’s mom hates any spice at all. ¬†They still turned out really well, but I missed the heat!¬†

Beef and chicken fajitas, grilled veggies, guac, and all of the trimmings. ¬†Unfortunately Dan didn’t tell his parents to read the label on the marinade, so no beef for me ūüė¶ ¬†That’s ok though, I made up for that with guacamole and extra chicken!

It turned out well and everyone enjoyed the food.  The boys had fun being grill masters together.

I swiped some leftovers and made myself a plate for Tuesday night’s dinner, so I can eat as soon as I get home from LUNA, since it’ll be late.

The evening was low key.  His parents went for a short walk and I got my stuff ready for work.  We watched tv and I called it an early night.  Tuesdays are super busy for me and usually start at 4:15, so staying up late is a BAD idea!

I guess it was a good day overall.  Not working and  just relaxing.  I just had retail therapy in mind.

Sunday sunburn

I regret we took no camera with us on Sunday and even with our phones, we barely took any photos!

Sunday adventures took us to Fredericksburg. ¬†We left at 8 am, so there was none of my usual Sunday morning, which made me sad. ¬† ¬†We went to the Nimitz ¬†National Museum of the Pacific War. ¬†Dan and his dad are military history nuts and Dan’s dad is a veteran.

The museum was neat (I liked the artifacts mostly), but they recommended TWO days to tour it. We had 2 hours.  We got there at 10, then lunch at noon, then the re-enactment at 1.

Did lunch at the Peach Tree Tea room which is an old family favorite of mine. ¬†Dan and his parents loved it. ¬†(they had chicken salad, tuna, and pimento cheese sandwiches with the tomatillo soup). ¬†My food was just alright, which was disappointing to me (most of their stuff isn’t GF, so I had a salad). ¬†Plus I was hungry like 2 hours later, so I ended up with pistachios and spicy jerky later in the day. ¬†They liked the soup so much, Dan’s mom got the cookbook to make it when she gets home (I told her to buy tomatillos before they leave, not sure they sell those in AL).

The re-enactment was my favorite part, it was almost 2 hours but very interesting.  The first half was a history and demo on all of the guns and equipment, the second half was actual battle.

After that we went to Luckenbach to show his parents the town. ¬†We eventually talked his mom into a photo on the real longhorn they have there. ¬† ¬†I think Virgil got a kick out of Dan’s mom and he got to boost her up by her bottom which was a moment that really should have been caught on video. ¬†SO funny!

Then we headed home the long and scenic way.  And somehow I wound up sunburned.  Guess the back windshield of their rental car is not as tinted and more sloped than my car.

I wasn’t feeling great all day and in fact, I sent them on to dinner without me….except they didn’t go. ¬†I ate and went to bed super early. ¬†They decided to stay in and make appetizers/snacks to eat for dinner. ¬†I’d originally said I was just going to nap, which turned into me not getting out of bed until Monday morning!


That’s what the last 2 days have felt like!

Started off Friday morning with a massive Charlie horse on Friday morning.  It hurt so bad, that I rubbed it out and then just got up and got ready for work and went in early.  Lots of complicated stuff going on at work.  It was non-stop on Friday, but I HAD to leave on time.

Stopped at AK’s on the way home for a quick run/therapy. ¬†I think running and talking is great for the soul. ¬†She has the patience of a saint with me. ¬†I unloaded on her about work stuff and how I was nervous about the “inlaws” coming. ¬†I love them, but it’s always stressful for me.

Stop at the store, all hot and sweaty to pick up last minutes staples.  Dan calls and says they will be home in 30 minutes!  I then began running around like a chicken with no head.

Groceries put away, car unloaded from work and other stuff. ¬†Dishes were done in record time, guest room bed remade with clean linens. ¬†I was finishing the pillows on the bed when both Dan and his dad pulled up. ¬†Ran across the house for a shower. ¬†I hadn’t planned on dinner with them, so I was just going to eat at home. Change of plans. ¬†We’ll just say that it suddenly was an issue that I wasn’t going, so we went somewhere else (Rudy’s). ¬†I was reminded that I am NOT as picky as Dan says I am (his mom is far more, but not in the same way), although I know I am VERY picky and snobbish when it comes to food.

We visited after dinner and watched slideshows from our vacation.  I got to bed about 2 hours AFTER I should have.

Got up dark and early and went for my long with AK. ¬†She was going almost twice as far as me, but the company and the alone time were a good mix (we did out and back). ¬†For the first time since LUNA Summit in SF in April, I did 10 miles. ¬†The last mile, I was really tight, but i’d been wanting 10 for a while. ¬†I am not training for anything, but I just wanted to be able to do 10 again. (I’d done 8 every long run since April 1). ¬†I am pleased, ¬†Mission accomplished! ¬†ūüôā

It was super hot and humid and super challenging, but it felt good. ¬†Came back to the house and had coffee and chatted with Dan’s dad for a good two hours before Dan woke up.

Great weekend so far, although Dan is mad because Missy scratched his dad this morning. ¬†She just gets like that on the rare occasion when you don’t pet her right. I feel bad, but Dan is pretty furious with her.

Off to work on my Girl Scout sleepover planning homework and think about what to serve my guests for lunch!

Things I like Thursday: Feeling good

I stopped the estrogen on Saturday.

Started feeling better on Tuesday.

Doesn’t really solve the low estrogen issue, but it did solve some other things.

I don’t feel 100%, but at least I am not going to sleep at 7:30 pm and I was able to get back to a regular workout and extra-curricular routine! ¬† ¬†Sleep and waking my whole body up is still a huge issue, like it has been, but i’m improving in other areas.

I go back to the Endocrinologist in July (soonest I could get) to review labs i’ll do in a few weeks, plus another round of ultrasounds. ¬†This time maybe they’ll look more at the Hashimoto’s, since we aren’t looking at any tests for the adenoma.

On to other things….Gearing up for the weekend. ¬†Dan’s parents arrive Friday night and stay until Thursday morning. ¬†I really like them, although I am still nervous to be around them. ¬†I still get the impression every time I see Dan’s mom that she’s disappointed I didn’t make her son healthy. ¬†He is the only person who can do that. ¬†I learned a long time ago, that I can’t force anything on anyone and while he may eat what I eat at home, he eats 1-2 meals a day out and I do not influence his¬†decisions.

I am hoping for a fun weekend away from work and life’s stresses! ¬†I am sure we will have a great time catching up and taking them sight-seeing on Sunday.

What’s in/on your desk?

I’ve seen the what’s in your purse, wallet, drawer, gym bag, etc. ¬†What about your desk?

People find my desk amusing for some reason around my office.  To a normal person, I guess there are some odd things in/on my desk.

Yes. I try to be prepared for emergency snacks, food, etc.  Sometimes I forget to replace things.  Seeing this photo, reminds me, time for more pepper!  These two photos are just of one of my overhead bins (I have 3 large ones).  Only one has the food and food stuff in it.  The other 2 actually contain work items.

Olive oil, coasters, ¬†pepper grinder, snacks, utensils, toaster oven pan, drinkware, paper plates, teas, and in the blue bowl there are snacks, condiments, and other random things. Oh and sunscreen, that’s behind my food too, needed to be upright so it didn’t leak.

I also take my reusable stuff home at least once a week to wash in the dishwasher.  I wash things at work, but going through the dishwasher to me makes it seem way more clean!

And then there are my quirky desk-top items. ¬†My good luck 3 legged pig (blogged about him before). ¬† The flamingo is new. ¬†My coworker was trying to make people smile ūüôā

And my little cove of stuff I bring from home. ¬†It’s not unusual for me to carry a purse, lunchbox, and 2 bags in the am. ¬†I think half the building probably thinks I live at work. ¬†I have a fruit bowl, but I don’t keep fruit in it anymore, because we had a fly problem at one time. ¬†So now it holds random stuff.

What’s in your desk?


Recipe Review: Mexi-Potato

I made this up. ¬†I think it’s a hybrid between the Jamaican Sweet Potato and the Nacho Spuds.

Behold, the Mexi-Potato, aka Mexican Sweet Potato?  Nacho Sweet Potato?  Taco Potato?

You get the drift.

  • baked sweet potato-halved, break up insides
  • taco/nacho fixings (get creative beans, meat, veggies, etc)
  • cheese, sour cream-both optional

Dress the potato like you would nachos or a taco.  Broil in oven or nuke in microwave.

My little gem has green onions, green chilies, EVOO, bell peppers, mushrooms, lean and spicy taco meat (from venison this time), Nacho Momma’s Queso.

WW P+ would vary on the size and type of your potato, and the quantity and type of your toppings. ¬†My potato was about 10 P+ and worth every one ūüôā

Life’s little blessings

Great Saturday afternoon, celebrating the upcoming arrival of our friends Kristi and Devon’s little blessing! ¬†The little guy is scheduled to arrive at the end of June.

They are the first ones in our immediate Austin friends to have kids. ¬†Ironically enough, they are also the youngest in our group. ¬†That baby boy is going to be SO spoiled between all of our friends ūüôā

Their house is really coming along, you may remember we helped them move in a few months ago.  Momma has nested and the place looks great!

Kristi’s parents really overdid themselves on the food. ¬†BBQ galore. ¬†I wound up eating dinner at 4:30, because that’s when everyone else ate. ¬†Good thing lunch was early! ¬†

They are almost ready with the little guy’s room, just some odds and ends to go.

 We gave them a gift card to Target to finish up whatever they needed.

And a box of Thin Mints!  Kristi told me a few months ago how upset she was that cookie season was over.  I sought out and saved her a box!

Good times, met some new people, which was also fun.  Missed some of our friends that were out of town for graduations, weddings, etc.

Can’t wait for the little guy to be here! I need to get together with a few people to start planning ahead to stock mommy and daddy to be’s freezer with food, since they’ll have no time and energy to cook ūüôā ¬†Hayjay, Trisha, etc, I am talking to you here! 1 month to go.

What matters most

It’s been a rough month for some of my pet owner friends ūüė¶

At the beginning of the month, Terra lost her long time kitty friend.

Then last week, a few more people I know had bad pet news…

Yesterday, my friend and LUNA teammate Cindy had to put down their long-time dog-pal Murphy. ¬†Mike, Cindy, and their daughter love pets. ¬†They’d had to put down another pet last year and then again yesterday. ¬†They have 1 dog remaining, that isn’t taking the loss well either.

I sometimes think about how Missy and Chanel are older, and I burst into tears, especially if I am talking to Dan about them. ¬†I’ve had them both forever and love them dearly.

I’m a horrible mom. Yesterday¬†I forgot to get the cats food until they were completely out.¬†I was reminded of this when they scarfed the remaining food down so fast, that it caused “gifts” left all over my carpet because they ate too much too fast. ¬†I couldn’t even be upset. ¬†It was my fault and I am lucky to have 2 healthy and happy kitties.

Here is Missy helping me work on Monday morning during the “I have to work from home because we don’t have a front door fiasco.”

She was worn out by time we ate dinner, she worked way too hard!

I wasn’t feeling well yesterday after work. ¬†The muscle and joint fatigue has continued to be a huge issue this week, along with other issues. ¬†Last night I ate dinner and then watched crap tv with Missy. ¬†We cuddled on the couch for a few hours.

Happiness. ¬†I need to remind myself how lucky I am to have them in my life, even if it’s a short while.

Comfort Food at it’s finest

King Ranch chicken is one of the greatest things on earth. If you don’t like it, I am pretty sure you should be kicked out of Texas. I cannot believe my sister has always hated it. ¬†One of the favorite things my mom always made when I was a kid.

Recently featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives when Matthew McCoughney and Guy Fieri went to Monument Cafe in Georgetown (down the street from Dan’s office) and learned how to make King Ranch Chicken. ¬†Their recipe and method was very different! ¬†Sounded good, but not gluten free or waistline friendly.

King Ranch Chicken is legendary in Texas. ¬†I’ve blogged it before Here.

I’d been craving it for over a week (since I saw it on DDD on Food Network), but my schedule and other plans didn’t allow me to make it. ¬†I put it together on Sunday, to toss in the oven on Monday evening. ¬†Leftovers planned for Tuesday night, since I don’t have time to cook after LUNA.


Serves ‚Äď 6

10 oz. cooked, cubed chicken breast
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can Rotel tomatoes (I use extra spicy)
8 corn tortillas, cut into fourths
1 cup shredded cheddar (regular, sharp, or jack)
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup celery, chopped
salt and pepper to taste


Saute onion, garlic and celery in a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray until tender. Add soups, Rotel tomatoes and chicken; heat and mix thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Spray 9√ó13 baking dish with cooking spray. Layer 1/2 of tortillas in bottom of dish. Pour 1/2 of soup mixture over tortillas. Sprinkle 1/2 of shredded cheese over soup mixture. Repeat layers ending with cheese. Cover with foil.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Uncover and cook additional 10 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Tips, notes, suggestions

  • I use Pacific Naturals soups, because they are GF. Campbells, store brand, or others work fine if you don’t have food¬†intolerance.
  • You can certainly reduce the amount of cheese or use reduced fat. ¬†Or mix the cheese types. ¬†I used sharp cheddar and¬†Monterrey¬†jack this go-round.
  • Dan’s mom likes to use flour tortillas. ¬†I’m not a fan of that method, the traditional way is with corn. ¬†Some people even use tortilla chips. ¬†I like the oven to make the edges and tortillas sticking out crispy, so I don’t do the chips thing either.
  • I cooked a whole chicken in the crockpot on Sunday and used most of it for this.
  • You can put it together the day/night before and just cover with foil and bake when you want to eat it. ¬†I’d recommend baking a little longer if you do that, because the sauce will be cold before you bake it and it may need a little extra time to heat throughout. ¬†It you make it and bake it all at the same time, the sauce will be hot before you put it in the oven.
  • Good with mexican rice, salad, beans, or just about anything!
  • Weight Watchers Points will vary on the type/brand tortillas, soup, and cheese you use. ¬†As I made it, for 6 servings, it was 6 P+ each.