Date Night and a long run

This weekend I not only went out one but both Friday and Saturday night. After the most horrendous week at work, I really needed that. Emily, who I work with and who blogs over at Paisley and Porter, joined me for drinks and appetizers at Bar Louie in Orlando. We ordered a bunch of appetizers that were humongous and very tasty. It was a great way to shake off the work week and have some girl talk which I rarely get because I live in rural Polk County and work in Orlando. 

Saturday morning I went over to my favorite park, Lake Eva in Haines City, and ran a very slow 6.5 miles on a one mile loop. I learned two lessons during this run. The first being it’s getting hot in Florida and I need to get my butt out of bed earlier than 11 to do my long runs and the second being that I need to bring some kind of fuel for runs longer than five miles and/or an hour. I picked up one Luna Protein bar for my run next Saturday but want to experiment with different fuels to see what works best for me. What is your fuel of choice?    

J is a first year law student and is super busy most of the time. I consider myself lucky when he can take a break from studying to take me out on a date. This Saturday he took me to J. Alexander’s, which is ironically in the same plaza as Bar Louie. The meal was very good and the conversation was scintillating. I’m not going to lie, I wore some wedges and may have been walking a bit funny from my run earlier in the day. In my own defense, I can barely walk in shoes that are not sneakers on the best of days.          

My Guinness.


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J, his super dirty martini, and jumbo salad.


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Veggie burger and fries.
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My jumbo salad.

It was very tasty and fun. Did you do anything special this weekend?

Another Saturday Night…

Last week was my first week with double digit mileage of ten miles! It feels momentous to have reached that point. Does that make me a real runner?

J. Isn’t he cute?

My husband J is on spring break, he goes to Florida A&M Law School, and he wanted to take me out on a real date. Law school is so demanding that we rarely go out anymore because he is knee deep in studying. After my long run in beautiful Lake Eva Park (5.3 miles), I prettied myself up and we drove into Orlando for dinner.

We decided on Fleming’s, in Dr. Phillips, which was a great choice. We’ve eaten there once before but sat in the bar and had food off their bar menu. J ordered a steak and I had the Fleming’s Burger, both were very good.

Sourdough bread with yummy spreads.
Fleming’s salad.

I was craving frozen yogurt and had heard such great things about Menchie’s that we decided to hit up the one on Sand Lake. For close to closing on a Saturday night, that place was packed. It was overwhelming all of the flavor’s and toppings. I went with strawberry with fruit and granola on top. J had the red velvet cake with pretty much every topping they offered and most importantly the hot peanut butter sauce.

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We decided to take these home and eat while watching Dinner for Schmucks which was funny but mostly uncomfortable funny like an episode of The Office. I had a lot of fun and hope we can do it again when J graduates in two more years.

I will leave you with one cute cat picture, so Tail is not jealous of all the food love received in this post. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Tail playing his new game. Meow, pull down towels in the bathroom, and sleep/play in them.