Monthly Archives: June 2011

Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my birthday.  I don’t feel like blogging so I won’t.  Just thought I would put in my 2 cents.

Did come back from Sioux Falls today, won $104.00 at the casino and came home to my yard being dug up by my neighbor without my permission.  Nothing like ruining my B-day.

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Appointment, Shopping and Eats

So this morning after I blogged I hopped in the shower and afterwards I went to do my hair and guess what I forgot.  My curling iron.

I did the best I could with what I had to work with.  Not the best but I guess it would have to do.  After I was ready (which took forever trying to work without a curling iron) it was off to my first appointment.

Love the gown?  As you know my mom was diagnosised with breast cancer and since my grandmother and aunt died from it I am required to obtain a mammogram every year.  If you are a woman over the age of 40 (or if you are at high risk for breast cancer), please, please get your mammogram every year.  Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls is the best.  I was in and out of mammogram within 20 minutes.  Which included me changing in and out of my gown.

So afterwards Hubby and I did some shopping.

Since my birthday is tomorrow, Kohl’s sent me a $10 gift card to use.  Well yes I will.  Thank you very much.

I got 2 pairs of shorts, 1 capri and 1 skort.  I spent a little more than $10 but oh well, it is my birthday.  We also hit up Scheels, Bed Bath & Beyond.  Then it was time for lunch.

We ate a restaurant called Mixed.  Hubby and I had not heard of it.  They go green which is quite appealing.  Not only in veggies but also in recycable.

I had the Fruit Salad.  It comes with Spring Mix, Grilled Chicken, Baby Mandarin Oranges, Fresh Grapes, Dried Cranberries, Feta Cheese & Toasted Almonds.  I left the chicken out and they added extra fresh grapes in place of the chicken.  I had fat-free raspberry vinegarette.  This was a fantastic salad.  I will definitely have to repeat this at home.  Hubby had Caesarized Salad.  He said his was fantastic as well.

After our tummies were full it was time for more shopping.  We got a few things for the kiddos and a few more things for me.  Then it was time to go to see the doctor about my mammorgram results.  Everything came out perfect.  I am good for another year.  YEAH!!

After all the running around and doctor appointments it was time for supper.

Granite City Food & Brewery.  This place sounded interesting and I was in the mood for a beer.

They had great outdoor seating and a great selection of beers that they brew themselves.  Hubby and I chose the Northern Light which was a smooth beer.  On top of that a pitcher was $6 tonight verses $5.35 per glass.  Yes we will take the pitcher.

Hubby and I started with the tomatoe and basil flatbread.  Which was fabulous.  I had the Mediterrian Chicken Salad and Hubby had the meatloaf.  Yes underneath all those onion rings is meatloaf.

The meatloaf was served with a side of garlic mashed potatoes.  Now I know I said I was going vegetarian for the week but I had to try this.  Look at it.  This was absolute amazing.  My salad was quite good too and the bread and had a cream sauce under the cheese.  This was a great, great meal.

Hubby and I then hit up Cold Stone Creamery.  I had Blueberry Promegrante Yogurt with Strawberries and Gummy Bears and mix ins.  Hubby had the Carmel Churros Ice Cream.  This was excellent.  So over all every place we ate at today (besides breakfast which doesn’t count because it was at the hotel) was fabulous.  I highly recommend all of them.

Now off to watch the season finale of The Voice.  Who is going to win?

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Gym Time and Breakfast

So last night I hit the gym at the hotel.

As you can see the gym had 1 treadmill and 2 bikes (which neither one of them were hooked up so you could not do any resistance on them) plus it has a weight machine and some free weights.  Since we had just eaten 30 minutes before I hit the gym I decided to hit the treadmill.

As you can see I did 1.5 miles in 21 minutes which was enough to bring on the sweat.  Not to bad considering I had a food baby.

So after a great nights sleep at the Ramada, the beds are great, the mattress and pillows are perfect.  I got up and hit the gym again this morning.  I did 20 minutes on the treadmill again and then 20 minutes of free weights.  It was enough to bring on the sweat and made my muscles quiver.

So then Hubby and I hit up the hotel for breakfast.

The breakfast wasn’t too bad.  The complaints I have is the hardboil eggs were frozen and there was no fruit and I got the last yogurt plus they didn’t have any cereal I liked.  So I opted for instant oatmeal with peanut butter and a yogurt and I had a couple bites of hubby’s waffle.  He also had the biscuit and gravy (because this is his favorite breakfast) and he said they were okay.

So now it’s time to hit the shower and some appointments and hopefully a little shopping.  Have a great day.

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Cuteness and Roadtrip

Here is some cuteness to get your night started.

GizzyTabby and Petey


Now on to lunch.  Before we left for our roadtrip I made a Vegan & Gluten-Free Broccoli Pasta Salad which I got the recipe from Daily Garnish.  Emily at Daily Garnish is just so darn cute.  She is going to have a baby this fall and you can follow her progress on her blog.  I wish her a happy and healthy pregnancy.  Anyway back to the salad (I actually got a picture of it.)

Mine wasn’t gluten free but boy oh boy did this taste good.  Even Hubby approved of this one and even had seconds.  I’m working on his to enjoy his veggies and actually, maybe, even like them.

So we were packed and hopped in the car after lunch.  I am not a good traveler at all.  I hate sitting in one spot for so long so I brought a few things to do.

First up, paint my nails.  Let me tell you, I have done this so many times in the car Hubby doesn’t even complain about the smell anymore plus I am really good at it that I actually keep on my nails rather than getting it on the skin all around it. 

After then nails were painted it was time for some drinks and little reading.  I needed the caffeine after the late night that we had last night.  After about 15 minutes it was time to move on to something else.

It was snack time.  Yes, I get bored and need something to eat to keep my mouth and my hands busy.  I only ate about 10 of these and then they gave me a sore on the tip of my tongue.  It must have been the sour on them, it does it to me every time.

By this time I was getting really bored (we’d only been on the road about 1 hour 20 minutes).  Need to snap a photo of the Hubby driving.  So it was time for a quick car coma.  Yes, this tends to happen to me a lot.  Unfortunately it was only about a 20 minute nap.  We stopped for gas and Hubby and I switched places and I drove (I think he knew I was awake and it is better if I drive rather than just sit in the passenger seat, I tend to drive him crazy).

As most of you have heard about all of the flooding along the Missouri River we ended up seeing some of it.

I know this flodding doesn’t seem that bad and there are places much, much worse but I thought maybe you would like to see pictures.  After having to bale last night, my heart truly goes out to everyone whose home has been flooded.  I cannot imagine all of the heartache that they are going through.  I thank my lucky stars that we have a dry basement.

After 3 1/2 hours in the car we finally we arrived at our destination:

We are staying at the Ramada in Sioux Falls.

Our room

The room is clean and bathroom is okay.  The room is nothing fantastic but it will work for the next couple of nights.  I am hoping they have a great breakfast here.

So after we had checked in and checked out our room, it was time for supper.  I was starving.  Sitting in a car for 3 1/2 hours apparently is a lot of work on the tummy.

We ate at Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant.  I have eaten here before but it was Hubby’s first time.

As you can see this is a cute restaurant.  It has an open kitchen plus a wood burning oven.

When the waiter first comes they bring you fresh baked bread and dipping sauce.  Oh my, died and gone to a very good place.  I absolutely love this dipping sauce.  It is roasted garlic and spices plus olive oil and the bread, let’s just say it tastes as good as it smells.

To start off the meal I had the house sangria.  I have never had one of these before and I have always wanted to try one because they look so good.  Let’s just say, this went down way too smooth.  It tasted as good as it looked.

Our waitress told us it was family night and so all of the family entrees (which serves 2 to 3 people) was 1/2 off.  Half off, yep, sign me up.  So they had 8 different entrees to decide from.  Way, way to many decisions for us.





I had a house salad with a raspberry vinegrette and then came the main course, Chicken Penne Gorgonzola.  Yes, there is chicken and no I did not eat it.  I am keeping with the vegetarian week.  But it did have mushrooms, tomatoes and the cheese, oh the cheese.  This was fantastic.  In fact it was so much, Hubby and I couldn’t even finish it.

Hubby enjoyed the meal

Now we are back at the hotel.  I am going to hit the gym to try to work off all of the carbs that I ate and then we are hitting the hay early.  Busy day tomorrow and we are tired from all of the baling we did last night.  Have a great night.

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