142.0…Still alive!

I survived my friend’s birthday party all-nighter (almost!) and a birthday party with 20 four year olds. Props to me.

Saturday afternoon I drove over to The Grand Del Mar to celebrate my friend Lisa’s birthday. We sat by the pool for a couple of hours and had some drinks.

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After going back to the room and popping some birthday bubbly, we headed down to the restaurant Amaya for dinner.

Wine, of course!

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I ordered the Tomato Flat Bread with Pesto and Mozzarella for my appetizer:

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I did share a couple of pieces and annihilated the rest.

My entree rocked my world:

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Lobster Pappardelle with Tarragon, Mushrooms and Parmigiano-Reggiano. I asked them to make it spicy and it came out perfectly mind-blowing. The lobster chunks were HUGE! I will dream of this dish.

After dinner we went to the club at the hotel: Club M. I didn’t take any pictures. All I did was dance, dance, dance. I had a blast! The music was awesome and dancing with my friends was even better. I did steal a couple pictures that other people sent me:


Dina, Me and the birthday girl Lisa


The group of ladies.

We finally went to bed around 2:30am. Huh? That is completely ridiculous for me. Especially when I had to leave the hotel by 7:30Am to get home to get ready for my daughter’s birthday party.

When I got home, all I wanted was coffee (duh!) and an egg beater sandwich. No fruit, just the sandwich.

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I ended up dipping each bite in ketchup after this photo was taken. :)

After getting myself and the kids ready, we were off to the party. Everyone had a blast and it worked out well. I had a couple of slices of pizza and a tiny piece of birthday cake at the party.

Our family came back to my house and I put out some dips that I had bought at Costco: hummus, salsa, guacamole, onion dip and this amazing artichoke and jalapeno dip that I warmed up in the microwave. I snacked on a little bit of everything.

We ordered Pei Wei for dinner. My plate:

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Pei Wei Spicy Chicken, Mongolian Chicken, Chicken Lo Mein, Vegetable Spring Rolls and brown rice. I went back for another spring roll. :)

And then there was this:

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Leftover birthday cake. Yeah, I had a piece (or two). I was fast asleep by 8:45pm. More like it! :)

Breakfast was a repeat of Saturday’s breakfast: Special K Cinnamon Pecan cereal with almond milk and an orange:

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Hubby took the kids to school and I went to Cardio Muscle class. Afterwards, it was a quick trip to the grocery store.

Lunch was a repeat of Saturday’s lunch too!

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GIANT salad with mixed greens, cucumber, red onion, red bell pepper, tomatoes and a sprinkling of leftover couscous. Of course I used my favorite new salad dressing: hummus mixed with balsamic vinegar. This is the best food discovery I’ve had in a long time!

After picking up the kids, I had an apple and a Laughing Cow Babybel cheese for a snack:

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Tonight I’m making another Great News Cooking School recipe! Stay tuned for that tomorrow.

Announcement: I’ve signed up to run the San Diego Rock N Roll half marathon in June. I’ve never run a race in my life. I start training this Saturday with Team in Training and I’m a wee bit nervous. You may have noticed the Team in Training box over to the right under the “About Me” section. I need to raise $1700 to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. My father in law died of Leukemia so it’s a cause that is very near and dear to my heart.

Have you ever run a half/full marathon before?


  1. First off -- you look fabulous! Just had to throw that out there =)

    Second -- that lobster dish is calling my name! It looks AMAZING! =) so jealous!


    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  2. MAJOR props to you and that flatbread looks amazing! I've never run a half or a full - or a race of any kind really! Many congrats on sign up though!! And I hear you on making stuff - I left the cupcakes to the experts but made all of the pastas, salads, etc. for the shower - not too bad but I definitely don't want to host another event for a while!!

  3. lobster papardelle, be still my heart!! good luck on the race cannot WAIT to hear about your training!!

  4. What a fabulous party night on Sat! Sounds like you had a great weekend. Is it bad that I want to go lick the frosting off the rest of that cake? OMG!

    I have run 5 half marathons, but I think I'm done with races now.

  5. Sat looked like a blast! You look amazing...and congrats on signing up for the half! I've done a few and you will LOVE it! (and then become addicted and want to do more!)

  6. Kristina....I hope I do LOVE it. Right now I'm nervous as all get out!

  7. I'm so hungry after seeing all that yummy food. = )))

  8. Awww looks like a lot of fun!
    Good for you for signing up - I've always wanted to do that! Good luck! :)


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