Stick a fork in me…….

30 Jun

Today has been the longest day-oi! Let’s start at the beginning, I woke up at 4A due to nerves. I’ve had so much on my mind with NYC, moving and other random stuff that I have been a tad on edge lately and my sleep issues are starting to come back. But on the flip side (get in flip…..can’t sleep…..tossing and turning? Ha!) none of my sleep issues are coming from stress at work so I guess that’s good. I was tossing and turning all night and decided to get out of bed at 4A (yeah, you read that right) and be somewhat productive. It was definitely a dance party kind of morning when I put on some old school music, make a pot of strong coffee and dance the morning away.  I popped in a rap cd from college and started jamming, dancing and drinking coffee (not simultaneously, I am not looking to get burned). “Bling Bling” by BG came on and I kept dancing and after the 8th time it played, I finally took notice. I like Bling Bling but even I have a limit. Yes, I know your pinky ring is worth about 50 and that you have Lorinsers on Yokahama tires. Oh BG, why do you do me like you do?

By the time I got to work, I was a tad delirious from the combination of lack of sleep, major coffee consumption and dancing. I had a bowl of Chobani Greek Yogurt Honey style with Kashi Go Lean Crunch!

This did nothing for me. Plus, I didn’t have any fruit on me so that was a major bummer. I did get another free coffee at Just Fresh but did I really need it? You tell me, it’s 11P, I woke up at 4A, have had no nap and am still going strong. Suck on that, Energizer Bunny.

It was a pretty quiet morning even by quarter end standards. Quarter end is absolute madness in my world however there were few issues today which was great. I was also trying to get through the day without letting people I work with know I would be off until next Wednesday. When they find out I am leaving, they try to throw everything on me last-minute and I am just not a fan of that.

It was another day of free food! We had Olive Garden for lunch, I normally despise Olive Garden (since I think it’s fake Italian food) but hell, I will eat Fazoli’s if it was free. Sooooooo many things wrong with the concept of fast food Italian but that is for another time. Let’s talk food, I had a slice of the lasagne, two bread sticks and a side salad.

This was half a slice! When I was getting a slice from the pan, I could barely lift it up because it was so heavy! And I like to think I have some pretty strong forearms but something is wrong with that picture. I cut it half and it was still huge! This right here is why I make my own lasagne at home.

I may talk smack on Olive Garden but I will never talk smack on their salad and breadsticks.

Work ended soon enough, I set up my voicemail and email out of office for the next week and I was outta there! I was sketchy and snuck out with only saying bye to people because I knew if I ran into others, something would happen and I would have to stay later which I was not all about. Plus, I had to get home to take the doggies out and then meet up for a Charlotte  Blogger Meetup!

Lauren from Clean Eats in The Dirty South   sent out an email this past wknd about meeting up for dinner this wk and got a pretty good response from other bloggers in the area. I didn’t even know there were that many!  I love the name of her blog. Oddly enough, it makes me think of Ludacris which then makes me think of chicken and waffles. Oh the irony! Regardless, it makes me smile.

We met up at Big Daddy’s Burger Bar for some great food and we sat outside which was nice b/c this was the first day in two weeks it hasn’t been in the 90’s!!

The ladies

Kelly, Me, Brittney, Jen, Jessie, Lauren and Katie

I love how our server got all creative with BURGERS streaming across in the background. Nice job dude!

I had the Cantina 1511 Burger (Cantina 1511 is a fabulous, local Mexican restaurant)—a black bean burger topped with green chiles, avocado, Monterrey and Cheddar Cheese with a Chipotle Ranch. You can also substitute a salad as your side for only $2 more and you can create a side salad—how awesome is that? I got a side salad with baby spinach, red peppers, feta, strawberries, jalapenos and walnuts with Balsamic vinaigrette

 Two words—GOOD LORD!  This was one fantastic meal! The black bean burger was great and not dry at all plus the green chile and avocado added a rich, punch to the flavor. The salad was great as well, as I said before, I love that you can create your own salad and I love the combination of feta, strawberries and balsamic with the spicy jalapenos. When I move next week, I will be by their other location and you can bet your bottom dollar I will be going there again! And yes, I just threw out some Annie tunes right there!! It was great to meet other bloggers in the area and I had a fabulous time—thanks again Lauren for organizing this!

Looks like North Carolina tied the spot for 10th fattest state with Mississippi still coming in first for the sixth year in a row—where does your state rank?

Yay for vacation officially starting! I am doing absolutely nothing but running around tomorrow doing some last-minute shopping, returning some things, pool time, doing my nails and brows (instead of going to get them done, it will save me $25 which is about two drinks in NY haha) and sadly, taking Lincoln to get boarded.

I promised myself I am not going to be the girl who cries when she drops him off for his first time being boarded but don’t know if I can keep that promise. They have a webcam which I can check but I am just nervous. He has always stayed with someone when I go out-of-town and just get sad when I think of him alone in a crate. Sigh.

That being said, I’m borderline delirious right now from my lack of sleep. I was doing well but am going to crash in a few minutes after I take the pups out.

Night night!

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23 Responses to “Stick a fork in me…….”

  1. Monique@She's Going The Distance July 1, 2010 at 12:29 am #

    OMG that burger place??!?!?!? Looks awesome!!!!!! Such a fun night 🙂 I wish more bloggers lived in my neck of the woods, haha.

    Secondly, I TOTALLY know how you feel about the puppy. I HATE dropping mine off at the vet for the day. We took him to get fixed this week and I was almost on the verge of tears. Nothing wrong with being a concerned momma 🙂

    Finally, I hope you get some more sleep tonight!!

    • simplyshaka July 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm #

      I am glad to hear I’m not the only one 🙂 I had to run out when I dropped him off today because it all hit me at once!

  2. terrid July 1, 2010 at 7:17 am #

    me lovie a good burger….ALWAYS!

    i love that you got to meet up with bloggers in your area….i dont know any cleveland bloggers, but i would love to do this….did she just post it on her blog?

    so excited for your upcoming trip~i have never been to NYC….AND your big move….girl, you have lots o fun stuff going on in your LIFE!

    sorry your sleep was DEPRIVED! i am a tosser and turner a lot of nights and i get so freaking frustrated. what’s a girl gotta do, to get some GOOD SLEEP??? yeesh.

    enjoy ur day! xoxo

    • simplyshaka July 1, 2010 at 7:12 pm #

      Yep, she just posted something about it in a post of hers!

      I believe this girl lives in Cleveland–http://www.thedailybalance.com/ so you may want to check her out 🙂

      Too much going on and not enough of time as usual—have a great rest of your wk!

  3. Karla July 1, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    I love Olive Garden’s bread sticks! That’s reason enough for me to go!

    I’ve never been to a blogger meet up! Sounds super fun!!

  4. Jessie July 1, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    It was so great to meet you last night. I love meeting Charlotte bloggers!

    • simplyshaka July 1, 2010 at 7:08 pm #

      Great to meet you as well 🙂 You will have to let me know where the good places are in my new neighborhood!

  5. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl July 1, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    Olive Garden’s salad and breadsticks are amazing…like eat until I am stuffed and can’t move again amazing!!!

    What a fun meet-up! Your food looks amazing!

    I can’t wait to hear about your trip to NYC…sounds like such a blast!

  6. dianacheung July 1, 2010 at 9:12 am #

    what a fun blogger meet up!! That’s a ton of bloggers in your city!! I’m all loner here 😦 BTW I can not SAY NO to those olive garden breadsticks! I end up having to tell the server to take them away by the 3rd one…and about your sleeping? make a check list to organize your thoughts..that helps me out at work!

    • simplyshaka July 1, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

      Thats a fabulous idea-I will definitely try that out sometime-thanks!

      I keep thinking you’re in Austin and always want to be like there are tons of people there but then I remember you’re in a small town 😦

  7. thehungryscholar July 1, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Ah, this is a post worth licking the computer screen for! Yum. I’ve been craving bread sticks and dip recently!

    What a fun blog meet up!

  8. runnerstrials July 1, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    It was so nice to meet you last night! Of course after looking at your pictures, I now want another burger 🙂

  9. Monique July 1, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    Link totally knows somethings up. hes looked worried in almost every photo of him this week. Poor baby! im sorry. im not helping. Im worried about my dog being left alone with my dog tolerant (note i did not say loving) parents. But i think she will be happier in delware for the weekend with 4 other doggies than with my roommate (who is never home)
    You work like a maniac,i’d sneak out of work too!
    I want to go to this burger place!

  10. Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) July 1, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    Last night was so fun! 🙂 now i want another black bean burger….

  11. Amy @ Second City Randomness July 1, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    I despise Olive Garden. But the hypocrite in me would chow on their salad all day long…

    I used to jam out to the hip hop station on my cable every morning. Then I feared my neighbors would rebel against me, so I’ve slowed it down (and turned down the volume) a bit.

    • simplyshaka July 1, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

      I’m happy to hear I’m not the only one out there…..

  12. Kelly July 1, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    That burger looks flipping awesome…I want to quote Mike Meyes: “GET IN MY BELLY!”

  13. lisaou11 July 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

    I’m not gonna lie. I love me some Fazoli’s Baked Spaghetti Parmesan. Cheesiness galore. Love it.

  14. foodiefresh July 1, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    It was nice to meet you last night Tiffany! We should definitely meet up again since you work so close to where I live. 🙂

    Your pup is so cute. I love his shagginess and his sweet face.

    • Tiffany @ Simply Shaka July 1, 2010 at 7:03 pm #

      It was nice to meet you as well and we definitely need to get together since I am near you!

  15. Brittney July 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Great meeting you last night Tiffany! Let me know if you want to meet for lunch in uptown sometime. We can meet in the middle 🙂

    • Tiffany @ Simply Shaka July 1, 2010 at 7:04 pm #

      You as well and I would love to do lunch sometime! None of my friends work Uptown so it gets a tad depressing not going to lunch ever but we will definitely work something out 🙂

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