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In the past, I’ve always either gone out to a fancy meal for my birthday or gone to a bar with a group of friends.  Life with a three-month old doesn’t really allow for either so this year, my birthday was much more low key.  Originally, we were going to go to Jason’s parents house for the weekend but then Jason realized he was on-call for work so we couldn’t go.

Since we were in town, I cashed in a Groupon for a massage that Jason bought for me.

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For dinner, we wanted to check out this new bar – The Imperial – in Decatur.  But when we got there, there was no place to park and it looked pretty crowded and not baby friendly.  (I realize that baby-friendly bar sort of sounds like an oxymoron, but the bars in Decatur generally are baby-friendly and all non-smoking.)  So instead, we went across the street to Thinking Man Tavern.

The sign on the door said kids were allowed until 9pm and there were some empty booths so we went inside.

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We started out with some hummus.

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And for my entree, I had the tofu torta with mashed sweet potatoes.  I kind of was thinking it was going to be a tostada (torta sounds like tostada, I guess) but it was a sandwich.

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It was good but the sweet potatoes really stole the show.

Before we went out, I was all like, “It’s my birthday, you be the designated driver.” to Jason and then I ended up drinking a whopping one glass of wine.  Don’t know if that has to do with being old or parenthood.  Maybe both.

My actual birthday was Monday and honestly, it sort of sucked.  It was a Monday, for one, but also I came down with a cold.  I did, however, enjoy a huge bowl of kale for my birthday dinner.  Exciting, no?  Happy Birthday to me?


I’m trying to be funny but I actually really do like kale.  So trendy, I know.  This was this recipe, by the way.  I spent the rest of my birthday trying not to breathe on my son, though I think he’s the one that gave me the cold.  And he spent the day trying to prevent me from getting a good picture of him.




The Weekend in Photos

Also known as  “I haven’t updated the blog in a while but typing with one hand is hard.”

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I found him!  Where’s my prize?

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Grandma came to visit.

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Smiley baby!  He started smiling like a week ago. And this is my mother’s phone with 159 pictures.  My phone has like 2500 photos on it.  2499 of which are Alexander.  I’m only slightly exaggerating.

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Someone has his eyes on my food.  Someone would be disappointed if he ate solid food because it was bland.

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California roll with a side of baby.

And now it’s almost Monday and it’s my last week before I go back to work.  Gulp.

Return to Healthy Living

Call me naive, but before I had a baby, I kind of thought that my life would be exactly the same only I’d have a little buddy to hang out with.  You can stop laughing now.

While working out and eating healthy are still important to me (especially because I’d like to wear regular clothes one of these days), finding the time to fit them in is much more difficult than I anticipated.  I used to work out five days a week.   Now, not so much.  Though I have been slowly getting back into it.

Unlike everyone who had a #fitpregnancy, I had a #everytimeigotothedoctorsomethingelseiswrong pregnancy.  Until the weekend before last, I hadn’t exercised in any capacity other than walking since November.  And I hadn’t run since who knows when.  But I laced up my running shoes and headed out to see what I could do.

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My iPod was dead and I couldn’t find my armband for my phone, so I went out without music.  I set out to run to CVS, which is a mile from my house.  Miraculously, I actually ran the entire thing.  Not fast, but I ran it.  I took a bunch of walk breaks on the way back, but I did the whole two miles, which was pretty good for not working out in so long, I thought.

In addition to that run, I went to the gym once and did some weights and I started doing the Insanity workouts with my neighbor, who has a baby who is two weeks younger than Alexander.  So, I guess slowly but surely, I’m getting back into it, but the days of working out five days a week are pretty much gone, at least for now.

It’s actually been easier to fit in a workout here and there than to cook.  I think I just need to be more organized about it and do a lot of the prep work either on the weekends or in the mornings when Jason watches Alexander.  Of course, in two weeks when I go back to work (what?) that morning prep time will be gone, but I guess I can take advantage of it while I can.

I managed to cook a few times over the past couple of weeks.  I made Vegan Red Cabbage Bowls with Peanut-Sriracha Sauce.

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As you might have noticed, my cabbage was not red.  I just used bagged coleslaw.  Still tasted good.  Jason liked it too which is always a huge plus when I make something vegetarian.

I bought some frozen tilapia at Target and I’ve been eating that too.  I spread a filet with dijon mustard and coated it in almond meal and pan fried it.  Pretty good.

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With it, I made Momofuku’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

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While these were good, I didn’t really like the mint in them.  If I made them again, I’d make them without mint.

So that’s my triumphant return to healthy living.  Not quite as triumphant as I’d imagined, but it’s a start.

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