Dexter is not allowed on the balcony. Not in a million years after the stunt he pulled yesterday. Let me explain.
So, I just brought him up and was lugging in a huge box filled with kitchen supplies when he raced out the crack in the door and went RUNNING down the third floor outdoor walk. I freak out, drop the box and start sprinting after him yelling with no shoes on. Finally, I pretty much body slammed him to the ground and brought him safely back in.
Hi, I’m Jenna—I’m the new neighbor!
I was a little shaken up after the incident. I know he wants to play in the sunshine but Dexters just not a leash and harness kind of man. Amen.
The boy and I went to dinner here…I was so excited to try this place because they just opened and one of our friends is a chef there! Right when we walked in, I eyed a delicious looking cheese plate at the bar and pronounced it mine.
Be still my heart.
This had three different types of local goat cheese on it as well as salumi, apple, house-made mustard and some crazy delicious hot flatbread. It was all I could do to keep myself from burying my face in it….I was SO hungry!
What meal would be complete without wine? Loved this zin.
When these chipotle fries with tomatillo ketchup arrived at the table I knew I was a goner. Our friend sent them out to us to try and you know we can’t refuse delicious food!
They were spicy and hot. One bite…that’s all it took. Swoon.
Of course the fries were set down right next to me so naturally I kept picking and picking and…..picking. Finally, I moved them across the table to the boy and declared no more. I could have eaten every single one!
For my entree, I ordered the tuna salad and it was perfect. Very light and fresh with lots of greens, cranberries and pinenuts with a white balsamic vinegarette
I attack my lettuce like the manatee that I am!
We also had a lesson on correcting white balance in photos. It’s not as interesting as the level of crispness on my fries so I won’t go into great detail but I thought it was really cool that we could turn this photo (note deep pensive look):
Into this photo:
Just by taking a photo of the white menu and then resetting the custom white balance on the camera. It works great for when you are in a place with a lot of warm lights, like this restaurant.
I had a few bites of an unpictured chocolate cupcake for dessert and then called it a night.
From here on out till the Fondo next Sunday I’m going to be eating really, really cleanly and not drinking any alcohol. A few of you have asked about my training and what’s goin’ on with that. I’m going to be totally honest with you. I think I took on more than I could handle. Unfortunately this is a vice of mine because I want to be able to do it all, all the time. When I was asked to do a 100 mile bike ride, never even having sat on a road bike before, of course I said yes in a heartbeat without even pausing to think it over.
Training has been really, really hard on me. Caitlin has said this also, but its exhausting being on the bike for 3-4 hours at a time to train. I’ve had some issues with refueling because I’ve been burning like a million calories per bike ride and then it’s been hard for me to eat enough to make that up….which led to migraines and even more exhaustion. Couple that with moving, the month of April (which was a crazy emotional/draining month) and finishing the first draft of my book….it’s been very difficult.
I’ve also found out that while cycling is nice and a great way to see the country-side, it’s not really for me. I’ve found that I prefer running, yoga and strength training as my favorite forms of exercise. I’m just too much of a crazy spaz and still constantly worried I’ll get hit by a car or something. Sort of takes the joy out of the sport.
I decided last month that I was going to take it down a notch and do the 60 mile option instead of the 100 and that’s what I’m still planning on doing but I know ANY distance that I do will be a huge accomplishment, just for the sheer fact of raising thousands of dollars for cancer research and because biking is so incredibly out of my comfort zone and foreign to me. I hope you all will continue to support me and cheer on Caitlin next weekend….whatever happens, it’s going to be a blast and we have some fun “re-fueling” activities planned as well. I probably won’t get on the bike much this week because I feel like I’ve already sufficiently trained for the distance I want to do (and know I’m always able to go further on the day of the actual event). Instead, I’m going back to my comfort zone of working out at a gym (I’m gym shopping in my new neighborhood and have a seven day pass to one!) and going to yoga classes to calm my nerves before the big day next Sunday. As much as I love the idea of intense endurance events, I don’t think I’ll be doing anymore. I love the occasional 5 or 10K run but it’s just too much pressure and too hard on my body. If I’ve learned anything over the past couple months from cycling, it’s been to listen to your body above all else!