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MIMM: Date Night & An Honourary Fur Baby.

Yup, it’s Monday.

Might as well make it a marvelous one, shall we? Winking smile

Thanks to the lovely Diva herself for hosting such a positive linkup each and every week!

So, I’ve got some marvelous highlights from my weekend. It was definitely quiet (especially compared to the business of last weekend) but I find that I definitely appreciate that once in a while.

Friday Highlights

Friday morning soon after I got out of bed, this handsome devil got dropped off.

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This is Leon, who is staying with Eric and I this week. So, I get my very own toy poodle to play with for a little while! Smile with tongue out We’re definitely planning on getting a dog in the (hopefully near) future, so I’m always happy to get some practice in with Leon.

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He’s such a cutie. Although he is in desperate need of a trim. Boy’s looking pretty shaggy.

The other highlight from Friday was the dinner I put together.

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That would be Skinnytaste’s Cheeseburger Casserole. While I’m pretty sure it was the addition of pickles that sold me, that was a damn tasty dinner.

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It’s a cheeseburger. But it’s a casserole. This is like what Hamburger Helper wishes it could be (because it is delicious and Hamburger Helper is not). So yea. you should make this.

Saturday Highlights

Shoes!!!

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My old pair of Nike crosstrainers were about a year old and starting to hurt my feet, so I hit up Sport Chek on Saturday. I feel like many people are disappointed that I didn’t get Mizunos Smile with tongue out But I love Nike for my cross-training needs.

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Those would be Nike In-Season TR 2 cross-trainers. They have no actual tongue, which is a little weird. But they have memory foam on the inside, which kind of makes me feel like I’m walking on clouds.

Plus the back and purple combo pretty much gets me every time Smile with tongue out

Date Night

And of course, a weekend date night is marvelous!

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(Eric’s more excited than he looks, promise).

I had a gift card to The Piston Broke, which is an Irish pub down the street that I’ve frequented often. We’re both fans of the place, so we decided to use it up Saturday night.

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To drink, I ordered a Singapore Sling. This is not a Singapore Sling (they have grenadine, so they’re bright red). I realized later that this was actually a Tom Collins – which was actually my second choice, so I didn’t care. Tastes like lemonade!

The point of the story: apparently, I really like gin-based mixed drinks. Which is interesting, because for years I thought I hated gin.

For dinner, I ordered the special of the night:

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Salmon with veggies and udon noodles. This was just ok – the salmon was overcooked and the dish itself didn’t have a ton of flavour.

But…Eric ordered poutine.

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That would be the reason why Eric loves that restaurant: waffle fries with pulled pork, maple gravy, cheese, sour cream and green onions. I definitely stole bites Smile with tongue out Delicious, although the poutine purist in me is disappointed by shredded cheese. Real poutine requires cheese curds!

So, my meal wasn’t the most impressive I’ve ever had, but at least the company was good!

Sunday

So Sunday, the weather hit 15 degrees. Umm, that is amazing, considering that is snowed early in the week. Warm weather = yogurt bowl sort of breakfast.

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Plain Oikos with cinnamon, banana, blueberries, Leapin’ Lemurs, and almond butter. How very Running With Spoons of me Smile with tongue out

And marvelous weather = I actually got the running itch. So I headed out for my first outdoor run since last September.

While I enjoyed it, it definitely served as an important reminder: you can’t not run long distances for almost 7 months and expect to be able to pick up right where you were again. I did 3 miles in 29:35 and that left me feeling like death. Right, running is difficult. And running 15 minutes of intervals on the treadmill is not the same as 30 minutes outside. Not.at.all.

And PS: for whatever reason I cannot get my computer import data from my Garmin. I’ve had it for almost two years so I imagine it’s past warranty, but it would be really awesome if that would fix itself.

And today shall also be marvelous: undergrad classes are finished for the semester, so that means I have today off Open-mouthed smile But, I also have two oral presentations to do this week that I haven’t even remotely starting prepping for so…it’ll be busy.

Have a good one!

<— What did you get up to this weekend?

<— Favourite dog breed (assuming you’re a dog person) I have my heart set on getting a pug. One day.

<— Ever taken a lot of time off from a particular exercise? Did it take a while to get back into it?


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And Then I Ate More Sushi.

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Yup, I sure did.

But first…

 

When I woke in the morning, I found myself absolutely waddling to the bathroom – Friday’s leg workout definitely took a toll on me! I knew an intense workout was not going to be happening, so I did a 20 minute hip opening flow from Yoga Download. I love starting a Saturday with yoga – it starts the day on a relaxing, casual note.

 

Breakfast

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Protein cottage cheese (1/2 cup cottage cheese with 1/2 cup protein powder), a sliced banana, almond butter and maple pumpkin butter.

Delicious, but I have to admit, a tad boring.  I’m thinking I need a creative breakfast of sorts – I’m in a bit of a breakfast rut.

 

All You Can Eat, Round 2

When Nadine (Eric’s mom) showed up, she mentioned that she had seen my sushi post from Friday and suggested we go back to Sushi Eight for lunch. While I had loved it, it’s my goal to try a bunch of different restaurants Brantford has to offer. Chiba Sushi is just up the street about half a block, so I suggested we try there.

You’d think I’d be sick of sushi, but no – I love the stuff. And Eric, well…I thought I was a sushi lover until I met the guy. He puts my sushi love to shame. He hadn’t had it for a few months so of course, he was all for it.

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I was definitely a fan of the interior of this place. Clean and organized, plus I absolutely adored the little bulbs hanging from the ceiling. So cute!

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Ok, let’s do this.

I started off with my favourite sushi appetizers.

Seaweed salad – 

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And miso soup.

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I was hesitant to try seaweed salad for the first time, but now it’s one of my favourite things to order. It tastes awesome and it allows to get a little bit of green into my meal.

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The tempura basket – shrimp and veggies. I helped myself to the sweet potato – of course.

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The first round of sushi. We’ve got a B.C. roll (salmon, avocado and fish roe), a California roll, and a spicy crispy roll. I had a piece of each from the spicy crispy and the California, and probably about half the B.C. roll. Loved that roll – give me salmon and I am a happy girl.

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A chicken teriyaki roll. I had never seen one of these offered on a menu before, so I had to get one. It was delicious – and look at that presentation! Almost too pretty to eat (almost).

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Chicken fried rice. I only had a few spoonfuls of this. Chicken fried rice had never really done it for me.

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Deep fried scallops. Definitely helped myself to one of these – it’s seafood, so it’s healthy, right?

The final round:

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Going out with a crispy bang, apparently. Crispy crab roll and a tempura shrimp. I had one of the shrimp and I think 2 of the crab – crab is any form is amazing.

I left full, but not overstuffed like I was on Thursday. Showing a little bit of restraint, I suppose. Smile with tongue out

Well the sushi was amazing, I thought that the lunch selection wasn’t as extensive as it had been at Sushi Eight. Chiba didn’t really offer any of their specialty rolls (no dragon rolls, no dynamite, ect), while Sushi Eight at least gave you a few. But, Chiba seemed to have an awesome takeout menu, so I’d like to try that next time.

 

Date Night

After Nadine headed home, Eric and I went to check out the movie theatre in Brantford.

The fact that this movie had been out for an entire 8 days and I hadn’t seen it yet was amazing.

I am a Resident Evil freak. I played all the video games growing up and I have all the movies. Part of my nerdiness, I suppose. Smile

Overall, I loved this movie (not surprising, considering how I feel about all the other ones). I thought the plotline was interesting, they brought back a lot of characters from the previous movies and video games in a way that made sense, and they were able to integrate plotlines from the 4th movie in a seamless way – something I did not think they would be able to do.

And, seeing Milla Jovovich kicking ass and taking names is always fun in my book.

And the guy (Johann Urb) they have playing Leon Kennedy – I’ve never seen him before, but I would be happy to see him again. Winking smile

Yup, definitely cool with that. Smile

 

And one more thing (just one, I promise. This post is getting looong!)

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We’ve got this little guy for the week!

Eric and I want are seriously considering getting a dog soon, so we’re taking Nadine’s dog Leon for the week. Getting in a bit of practice and making sure we’re ready to take the puppy plunge!

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Eric is more excited than this picture suggests. Smile

Enjoy the last day of the weekend!

 

<— Are there any movie franchises that you follow religiously? I’m expecting at least one person to admit to Twilight. Smile

<— Do you have a dog? What’s your favourite breed? I have a pug obsession. Second choice would be a daschund. I like my dogs small and cute. Smile

<— What do you eat when you get in a breakfast rut?

 


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I Promise I’m Not 65.

Lunch

When there are taco leftovers from dinner, there is a taco salad for lunch the next day.

Mixed greens, leftover chicken cooked in taco seasoning, frozen corn, salsa, a dollop of real sour cream and a sprinkling of crushed Food Should Taste Good Multigrain chips.

I had a small bowl of (dying) cherries on the side to bring a sweet component into my meal.

It was a beautiful day out today – warm and sunny but no humidity whatsoever. So Eric and I decided it was a good day for a dog walk.

In the neighbourhood where we currently live, we have a perfect 1 1/4 mile loop – perfect for walking Leon. He gets a good walk on, but it’s not so long that his short little legs get too tired.

(Kinda blurry, but so damn cute I couldn’t resist)

One thing I would love to get when Eric and I can afford one – a dog. I’m a huge dog person; more specifically, pugs. There are no words to describe how cute pugs are. It’s the whole “looks-like-they-ran-into-a-wall-and-flattened-their-faces” thing. Adorable. 🙂

Priorities

This afternoon, I focused a lot on the move. 

The practical part? I worked on what we have versus what we still need to buy/find/beg relatives for – that list is surprisingly long. Who knew you needed so much stuff for a kitchen?

Fortunately, we have most of the large furniture figured out – a bed, dressers, tv, ect. It’s just a lot of little stuff now.

And then I spent an hour or two researching restaurants in Brantford. Because clearly, my dinner options when I don’t feel like cooking and where we can go for dates is at the forefront of my mind. 🙂

I managed to pick out 20 (yes, 20) local restaurants that look good and that I want to try. That should last us a little while, don’t you think? 😉

Dinner

Friday night = pizza.

More specifically, a Hawaiian pizza I picked up at the market last weekend. My favourite kind of pizza is Hawaiian, no questions asked. Although, BBQ chicken can give it a run for its money.

And I love the crust – so thin it’s almost cracker-like. The best way for pizza to be, in my opinion.

I had 1/3 of the pizza with a big salad on the side.

Mixed greens, cucumber, bell pepper, feta and balsamic vinaigrette.

So simple but so tasty – and so many salads in the last few days! Yay nutrients!

We have plans to go out tomorrow night for a friend’s birthday, so tonight is definitely a relaxing night in. (I’m such an old lady, I can’t handle more than one exciting night in a row).

My plan for the next little while? Searching online for coupons on apartment stuff.

Yea, I might just be old.

Night!

<– Favourite kind of pizza?

<– Do you coupon at all? In Canada, we can’t “stack” coupons like you can in the States. If we could, I’d be all over it, Extreme Couponing style.