We had such a great weekend.  Saturday instead of our normal grocery store day, we decided to have lunch and see Hangover II.  My cell phone wasn’t working right – I couldn’t reply to any emails for a while and it was driving me nuts – just so happens the U.S. Cell store was near a bunch of restaurants to choose from.

Believe it or not, Tony and I have never been to Red Robin.  But the thought of unlimited fries made me choose Nozumi in South Barrington (in the Arboretum).   Tony hadn’t had sushi since before his colon cancer surgery!  The first thing that caught my eye on the appetizer menu was calamari fries.  I typically don’t like calamari because its usually overcooked and chewy and hard to swallow.

Holy shizz, these were good.  It came with a mustard dipping sauce and this vinegary Asian slaw on the side – put all together – it was amazingly delicious – the calamari were tender, the breading was light, and then the mustard/vinegar combo put it over the top.  Mara and Angie – next time you are in that area – you have to try this place!

Then I got a package in the mail – I love packages!  (that’s what she said!).  My friend Shelley sent me a happy summer package – so thoughtful!!

I love this hat – not only the color, but that it fits – most hats are so big on me but this one fits perfect.  Can’t wait to use it on my bike ride at lunch – thanks Shelley! šŸ˜€

We invited my SIL over for Sunday dinner yesterday.  She just started Weight Watchers last week and I thought – I can make lunches for her just like I did my old co-workers!   So she is all set – not only with two lunches of leftovers from dinner yesterday, but I also made her an Asian Quinoa salad with grilled chicken, Rocco di Spirito’s chile con carne over spaghetti squash and a giant grilled chicken romaine salad with carrots, cucumbers and strawberries – all she’ll have to do is add diced apple and salad dressing.  Go Jody! 

So I decided to make kabobs two ways.  First was chicken that I marinated in a bottled teryikai sesame sauce.  The second was beef that I marinated in 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup balsamic dressing, 2 tablespoons minced garlic and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary.

These were just the chicken kabobs.  Um, did I tell you that I was only cooking for four people??!!

These were the beef kabobs – I added fingerling potatoes to these kabobs that I parboiled – so good!  Look at the mound of food I made!

Tony made his famous fried rice on the side.  I’ve seen him do it, I’ve tried to replicate it, but his turns out perfect every time.  Thanks Tony, it was delicious!  My plate – a beef kabob and Tony’s fried rice, 9 PointsPlus.

It was actually nice to have a Sunday dinner – we ate about 3:30, I think my SIL left around 5:15 and then Hannah and I went on an hour long walk.  Even with cleaning up the kitchen it was only 6:30!  But Tony and I did get hungry around 9:00 – so I made us half grilled roast beef and swiss sammies and some veggie chips to take the edge off.  Tony remarked that probably people who had Sunday dinner at 3:3o usually were in bed by 8!

And I went clothes shopping!  In my basement.  Yep, there has been a giant black garbage bag full of clothes in the corner of our basement labeled “clothes my Mom can’t fit into yet.”  I love Hannah’s positive labeling. šŸ˜€

I found a ton of clothes I probably haven’t worn in three years – so there will definitely be a fashion Friday this week!

Did you catch up on the 101 days of summer update?  We are strong going into week three.  My goal this week is to swim at least twice, run a 5k (outside!) and no wine M-Thurs.  I want that damn 10% at WW! šŸ˜€

Make it a great Monday! šŸ˜€