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Well, after half applying to school, I rushed to get the other half in the mail. And though I haven’t received anything back yet. I sent some nosy emails to admissions and found out . . .

I’ve been accepted to Natural Gourmet Institute!

Of course, this is assuming that everything goes peachy with the student loan. The good thing is, not only did I get accepted, I was lucky enough to somehow slip into the Fall part time semester of this year!! I for sure thought I wouldn’t make it.

There are SO many things running through my head right now . . . More on that later in the week.

Chris and I decided to go to LongHorn Steakhouse for an impromptu celebration dinner.

They were having a special for $29.99 which gets you an entree, salad and either a dessert or appetizer to split. We went with the appetizer. They only had 3 choices so we decided on the Texas Tonion.

I had the AWESOME Sam Adams Octoberfest beer. I’m falling in love with Sam Adams . . . Chris said I’m lucky he’s dead šŸ˜‰

The entrees weren’t impressive. I ordered a filet crusted with fontina cheese. I will never order a steak crusted with cheese again. The fontina cheese was just so bitter and totally clashed with the steak. I scraped it right off!

I had a great time though. One of my favorite things to do is go out to eat with Chris. We always have a great conversation and were always giddy about the prospect of food.

By the time the entrees came, we were actually stuffed! We each took half our steak and potato home with the intention of making steak quesadillas tonight, but he went golfing so I made a salad instead.

I’d just like to mention that I took that picture BEFORE I put the rest of my chopped up baked potato in there. Laugh all you want. It had substance! šŸ™‚


I know a lot of people do one mile in half the time or less, but this was the average pace of our 5 mile workout at the reservoir this afternoon!

Marie and I did 2min jogging and 3min walking the whole time. We usually start out good and finish walking the last mile and a half, but we were determined to keep our pace and we did!

We had a long warm up with Mom and Jill who also went but walked the whole way. We plan to do this once a week and shave a bit of time off each workout. I’m sure it will help us for our first ever 5k in November! šŸ˜‰

I feel awesome, and hungry!

We are taking Jill out to lunch for her birthday now at Surf Taco
. . . Even though her real birthday is today, we doing the whole cake and dinner thang tomorrow. But for now . . . .

Happy 24th Jill!


Teriyaki chicken wrap with pineapple chunks. Didn’t rock my socks but cured the hunger.

Not sure what’s in store for the rest of the night, yay šŸ™‚

A few weeks ago, I took a little family road trip to Harold’s Deli in Edison NJ. If i could describe this place in one word, it would be well . . . MONSTER. This restaurant offers typical deli fare and desserts but at monster portions. I guess it goes without saying that the prices could be described as monster too, but for good reason.

Before our food came, we went up to the pickle bar which offered different flavors of pickles, rye & pumpernickel bread and my new favorite coleslaw known as “health salad”. This is basically coleslaw with the addition of tomatoes, peppers, onions and cucumber which are marinated in a sugar, vinegar and spice marinade overnite. I plan to replicate this very soon. Lil’ sis and I decided to split a corned beef sandwich while mom got an eggplant Parmesan hero and dad got a meatloaf parm hero.

Again, the amount of food given was ridiculous. So much so that we all shared each others food and all took some home. But it didn’t stop there . . . We also ordered some cheesecake and bread pudding. The bread pudding was nothing special . . . But the cheesecake as we joked about was “to die for”. We even came up with explainations about how to literally die for cheesecake but . . . Not the point.

All in all it was a great time and a good new experience. I, to my great surprise did not walk out of there stuffed to the max. I remember telling my dad about the first little sigh I take when I am starting to reach my comfortable limit. Once that sigh came out, i knew i only had a few more bites left before i hit uncomfortable territory. Hunger and fullness were both honored and believe me, it wasn’t easy to do this time . . . . Take a look!


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  • Ayla: My easiest dinner recipe? PB + banana sandwich. Takes 2 minutes which makes me a very happy girl.
  • kristisn: Yum! That looks like a great dinner.
  • Kate D: After two scarring experiences stuck in big city rush hour traffic (facing the wrong direction) while on vacation with my parents I totally understand

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