Monday, March 30, 2009

Weird? Who Me?

So today I went to Cosi for lunch, only to discover that they have unveiled their "spring" specials. One of the specials was an edamame salad with a wasabi dressing...I hate wasabi so this was out of the question, however, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE edamame -- I can go through bowls of the shelled edamame with sea salt in a matter of minutes. Thus, I figured I'd have some added to my otherwise boring salad.

BIG MISTAKE. First, they do not taste the same. I am not sure if it is the shell that makes the difference or if Cosi just bought bad edamame, but these are gross. Second, Cosi normally skimps on the toppings. You are lucky to get five chopped pieces of tomatoes in your salad. Not the case with edamame. They are everywhere. Seriously more little beans than pieces of lettuce. So much fun to dig through my salad to try and avoid them! I will never get them again! I'll stick with the shelled, frozen kind of edamame...speaking, of Costco was out of the big bulk bags yesterday. Major bummer!

Anyways, aside from the mass quantities of edamame beans in my salad, everything going really well. Shane and I had a pretty relaxing weekend -- date night in Georgetown on Friday night(dinner at a bbq restaurant, followed by the movie "I love you, Man") and then, eye doctor, bikram, bumming on the couch and girls night (boys night for Shane) on Saturday. Regardless of how laid back the weekend still went way too fast. If anyone has the secret to slowing weekends down, please let us know ASAP.

Alright, better get back to avoiding beans and getting some work done!

Miss you all tons!


Stephanie & Shane

PS -- Keep Toni in your thoughts today as she is undergoing surgery to fix her ACL. No fun!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ooops...its been almost 20 days!

Since I last posted I blog! I promised myself that I would be better about posting, but look where that has gotten me. Since the last post, we've been busy, well as normal! Just working, school, hitting the gym (but no running for me) and going to bikram yoga. We've even turned others on to this activity! Seriously, if you are looking for a challenge, try it. I really want to do the 60 day challenge (going every day for 60 days)...we'll first I thought cost would be a the deciding factor, but given that its $16 a class to drop in, or $120 a might make more sense to do the monthly. And then my one argument for not doing the 60 day challenge is out the window...

But back to running...I can't run for 3 -6 weeks. Boo. I either have a torn meniscus or IT Band issues. I am hoping that its just my IT Band and that bikram will help stretch me out as I really want to do the Virginia Beach half marathon in September (we've already registered if anyone is interested!) Speaking of half marathons though, Florida and the Disney Princess run were fabulous! Disney truly puts on a wonderfully organized race. However, my only complaint were miles 7 - 10...arguably the toughest mental miles and it was a straight stretch of highway with virtually no fans or entertainment. Not cool at all. Hopefully they can address this.

On the flip side, it was AWESOME to get to run THROUGH Cinderella's castle!! (which we later learned is closed off to the general public during normal hours of operations) More importantly, the fact that it was a Disney Princess run made it truly a remarkable weekend. It was very inspiring to see that many women, gathered in one place, all with the same goal and determination to achieve that goal. The women that I ran with were nonetheless inspiring -- Toni ran with a torn ACL, her mom ran with numerous injuries, and my mom ran her first ever half marathon! I am so proud of each of them! Thanks for a wonderful weekend! Currently all of the pictures are on snapfish (Shane took our camera to Philly for boys weekend, which makes NO sense to me!), but as soon as I get the actual files, I'll post some for all to see!
Well, I really should get back to work...not that much work will get done today or tomorrow as its March Madness! I cannot wait! Such a great time of the year...and it leads to another great time of season! Nothing much planned this weekend for Shane and I other than watching games and hanging out at a local watering hole with some friends...oh and probably some bikram!
Talk soon, love and miss everyone!
Stephanie & Shane

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Heat Wave

In an attempt to (a) get in a weekend workout and (b) escape the supposed 4 - 8 inches of snow expected for Virginia, Shane and I went to Bikram Yoga this morning. For those of you who do not know, Bikram yoga is a series of 26 moves done concurrently in a 105 degree room. Yes, 105 degrees...I think that is hotter than Chicago got in all of 2008!

Needless, to say Shane felt right at home when we first got in the room. It seriously took him a solid 10 minutes to sweat. Not this Chicago girl. I walk in the room, and the sweat starts pouring out. This endured for the next 90 minutes. Shane was sweating within 15 minutes of class starting. By the end of class, nothing is dry. Not even a single hair on your head. For example, and honestly one of the grossest things every, the man next to me sweat so much that his entire towel (that you stand and lay on) was soaking wet, his shorts were soaking wet, and every time he moved you would hear the "squishing". It was gross. Albeit, afterwards, partially because you sweat out every toxin in your body, and partially because the sequence of events is just plain hard, you are exhausted, but relaxed. It is such a great feeling...and thus, lead to such a great Sunday!

We are going to try and do Bikram at least twice a month. The place we went to actually has a 60 day challenge...not sure what it entails, but I am intrigued. I might have to ask about it next time I go. Not sure I could handle 90 minutes of sheer sweat downpour for 60 straight days (nor do I think that I could afford it @ $16/class. Although you can buy packages and save some $$), but we'll see. If I do ask and or take on the challenge, I'll let you all know!

Anyways, back to the rest of our great Sunday, which was really pretty uneventful! After we showered and cooled down, we headed to Pei Wei for lunch, ran some errands, and then watched the Illini (boo on the loss) while doing homework for grad school. For the first time in weeks, we weren't stressed on a Sunday! Yay!

Alright, back to work. Hope all is well with everyone! This week is pretty uneventful, but not next weekend. Shane and I will be going our separate ways :( He'll be in Philly for a boys weekend and I'll be in Orlando for a girls weekend and running another half marathon (best part of which is that I get to RUN THROUGH Cinderella's castle!). We'll post after the weekend...or maybe before! In the meantime, miss everyone a ton!


Steph & Shane