I needed yesterday.  Like big time.  After last Monday’s wine tasting, food tasting Tuesday, Wednesday AND Thursday night, the working Friday and Saturday night, I was pooped!  But I have to say – the strength training I’ve been doing helped me ten fold.  Since I have a desk job, I wasn’t sure how my legs and feet were going to feel standing up for 8-10 hours, but it hasn’t been too bad.  And as the restaurants gets more efficient, I won’t have to go in as early and will just be able to work a 4-5 hour shift and call it a night.

But so far, so good.  I made $260 between Friday and Saturday night – my average tab per person was $55 – nice!  And all the servers, the management and Chef could not be nicer.  There is only one douche bag, and he’s already says he is, and isn’t apologetic about it at all.  Here’s another strange fact – I was talking to this 26 year old server Zach.  Super nice, he’s getting married in the spring and is working a second job to pay for his wedding.  I don’t know how we got on the subject, but I said something about my twin sister and he said “are you identical?”  I answered yes, and he said “I have an identical twin brother!  And the bartender Rick has an identical brother too!” 

And just like me and my sister – they both were different from their brothers.  I’ll never forget in high school my sisters boyfriend would pick us up from school.  I shared a room with my sister and she would literally get up two hours early, change clothes six times, hair, makeup, the whole 9 yards.  Me?  I’d be buried under the covers in sweats and a t-shirt.  I wouldn’t even get out of bed until he honked the horn, and then I’d stand up, deem my sweats school worthy, throw on a bra, different t-shirt, washed my face and brushed my teeth and would be ready in 5 minutes.  So when people would pass by my sister and accidentally call her Beth I am sure she was like “what the fuck – do you see me wearing a stained t-shirt and flip flops!”  Ha!

I will show you another cake the restaurant offers – an 8 layer cannoli cake!  It’s the same fresh homemade ricotta filling they use for the small cannoli’s and that’s crushed pistachios all around the outside.  Wow!

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Tony and I slept in yesterday – I don’t think we even got out of bed until past ten.  We did a quick Sam’s Club run, got my car filled up when Tony said “let’s do lunch!”  Yes please!  While in the back of my head I thought of all the things I should be doing (mopping kitchen floor, laundry) I welcomed the opportunity to sit down and relax.

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I enjoyed a Boddington’s on tap, we split a meat lovers pizza, and it was the perfect way to start a Sunday.

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That hit the spot!  I really hadn’t had a true “meal” per se in a while.  Tuesday – Thursday were just tastes, and Friday I had two soft beef tacos from Taco Bell for lunch, a small Chicken Parm slider the Chef prepared and then ate some Flaming Hot Funyun’s Tony bought for me earlier in the week.  Saturday I ate some nachos around 1:30, had about 3/4 of a lobster salad the Chef prepared (with red onion!) and then again ate some Funyuns.  I am sure if I did a calorie count on my days this past week, I am sure I haven’t hit 1300 all day.   Oh, and for the record?  These Flaming Hot Funyun’s are amazeballs!


And I know I’ll probably get shit for eating onion flavored rings, there is really nothing oniony about these!

So last night I was more than happy to cook a decent meal.  Tony went grocery shopping on Friday and bought a whole chicken.  I ended up brining it Saturday overnight, then patted it dry, salt and peppered it and then did 2 tablespoons of mayo mixed with 2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary, juice of half a lemon and zest of one lemon and spread that all over the chicken.  We did that with our turkey this year at Thanksgiving and it made the best crispy skin and it held in the juices really well.

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With mashed potatoes and green beans on the side – perfect Sunday dinner.  And that would be my sriracha honey mustard sauce drizzled over my chicken breast.

So I am off at the restaurant until Thursday this week.  I did notice that Friday night I have a “B” next to my name – not sure if that means I am working the bar tables or it probably just means that I am the “B”est server already – ha! Open-mouthed smile

So I am back to the routine – week 12 of the strength training program and tonight I hope to catch up on more of my blog reading while Tony watches the Bears game.  He gets a tad bit emotional during those games so its best if I just leave him alone.   I have my food packed – breakfast tacos with egg whites, 1 ounce taco meat and baby spinach with Chobani for breakfast, Lasagna Soup (no noodles) for lunch with baby spinach and I am not sure what’s for dinner yet – there’s still time to figure something out!

Oh, and Kyle the Squirrel stopped by yesterday.  She now barks at me when she wants to eat!  I gave her some of my granola and she loved it.  She ate about half of that piece and then hid the other half on the shelf of our gazebo!

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What was the highlight of your weekend?  Make it a great day!

Oh, and before I forget – if you have runners in your family and need some good gift ideas – check out Lisa’s picks for this year