22 Nov

And no, not talking about the magazine. Highlights of this weekend! Cowfish was the main highlight of my weekend but I had some other fun things going on:

1) My first trip to Total Wine & More

I don’t know how I’ve never ventured in there before but when I walked in, I felt with one at the world. Wine, beer and other goodies? Again, I don’t know how I’ve never been. I went with one of my friends who had to pick up some booze for Turkey Day and after buying six bottles recently, I was just along for the ride. I stumbled upon some new items (new to me at least)

Hello Kitty bubbly. Now one of my childhood faves will get me drunk, I love it.

Saranac makes soda pop? New to me. I was tempted to buy the Shirley Temple but couldn’t justify spending $6.99 on a six-pack that won’t get me feeling good. I don’t know how I went into Total Wine and swooned over the non alcoholic beverages.

2) Phoenix Suns-Charlotte Bobcats game.

 I haven’t been to a game in two years and although it’s a gorgeous arena, nothing is really driving me to go. Charlotte is in last place in their conference and to be blunt, just suck. Not a lot of people go to the games and I am puzzled by how they are staying afloat (until I found out Michael Jordan is one of their owners). I went with a group of friends and we scored four seats together in the nosebleed section for $8 a person. Not too shabby at all! Even if they play horribly, it’s entertainment for a Saturday night. I wasn’t sure who to root for so I wore orange since both teams are orange and since I lived in Phoenix for two and a half years. And the Bobcats actually won–I am so proud of them! 

3) Yelp sponsored brunch at Bistro La Bon.

I’ve heard rave reviews about this restaurant and it’s been on my must-try list for some time. They are a small establishment that offers small, unique plates and use food that is grown/raised locally and they try to make most things from scratch. It’s located in a sketchtastic strip mall along with a kidney dialysis center, Family Dollar, beauty supply story along with vacant areas but when I first walked up to the restaurant, the aroma of eggs and bacon hit me and I knew I was in the right place for a filling Sunday brunch. They have a wonderful selection of brunch goodies such as the standard eggs, bacon and pastries but also some other random bites like swedish meatballs, pot roast, pasta salad (with a kick!), homemade mozzarella with tomato and basil and more. Unlike some other establishments, the selection isn’t overwhelming which is a nice change of pace since I like to go to the buffet line with a plan of attack. Along with the buffet you can order their chocolate waffles, which were fantastic but too savory to eat on my own or their french toast—-this was my favorite. It was in a pool of syrup and melted in my mouth, I like that. My only complaint was that the sweet potatoes and au gratin potatoes seemed a little under cooked and being a carboholic, that brought me down. 

What I didn’t appreciate? When sitting with two couples our waiter started splitting up her bills he said with a raised voice “Oh, so it’s just you, alone?” WTF? After my Papi Chulo Pedro experience, is there something I’m missing? Why is everyone wanting to confirm that I am alone and without man? Seriously, am I missing something here?

4) Good strength training workouts along with cheap workout finds.

I got two resistance bands for $5.50 each at Marshalls, one for me and one for my dad for Christmas 🙂

Saturday-lower body workout with kettlebell (20 lbs)

Plie Squats ( 13 reps, 4 sets)

Squats (13 reps, 4 sets)

One Legged Deadlifts (13 reps, 2 sets)

Donkey Kicks (13 reps, 2 sets)

Leg Lifts (13 reps, 2 sets)

Side Bends (20 reps, 2 sets)

A few sets of planks

Sunday-upper body workout with kettlebell, 15 lb dumbbell and resistance band

Kettlebell-20 lbs

Upright Deltoid Rows (13 reps, 3 sets)

Halos (13 reps, 4 sets)

Shrugs (13 reps, 3 sets)

Lateral Bench Press (13 reps, 3 sets)

Dumbbell-15 lbs

Curls (13 reps, 3 sets)

Tricep Extensions (13 reps, 3 sets)

Shoulder Press (13 reps, 2 sets)

Seated Rear Deltoid Raise (13 reps, 2 sets)

Resistance Band

Curls (13 reps, 3 sets)

Tricep Kickbacks (13 reps, 3 sets)

Lateral Raise (13 reps, 2 sets)

Front Lateral Raise (15 reps, 2 sets)

Shoulder Press (13 reps, 2 sets)

So now both my arms and legs hurt. I didn’t know the resistance bands worked so well. I thought they would be pretty easy to work with and it was a pleasant surprise when I could actually feel it. If anyone has more exercises for resistance bands-please let me know!

5) Simple things that make me happy….like Bravo, Dunkin Donuts and curling up with the new issue of Food Network magazine all at once

6) Trader Joe’s dinner.

 I used my favorite item from TJ’s-Mandarin Orange Chicken along with broccoli, red onions, mushrooms and cauliflower to make an easy meal that will also be one of my lunches this week

7) Discovering Party Down

Sadly, it was canceled after the second season. Hilarious show though, I recommend.

8 ) Lincoln…..but he’s a highlight every day

What was the highlight of your weekend?

25 Responses to “Highlights”

  1. genesis November 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    for some reason i cannot stand basketball. i prefer football. maybe it has to deal with all the pushing and tackling and all the hotter guys in the nfl 😉

    i love my FNM. the different gingerbread outfits were so cute.

    • simplyshaka November 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

      I LOVED the gingerbread outfits! So cute.

      I used to love bball anymore but now it really doesn’t hold my attention. I love the grunty sweaty game of football. Maybe b.c its so animalistic? 🙂

  2. Amy @ Second City Randomness November 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    yea for resistance bands! I love mine. But I think I’m ready to step it up to a stronger resistance soon… which makes you feel really bad ass! :p

    And if Joe Camel is outlawed, I feel like Hello Kitty should raise concern…

  3. spabettie November 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    Linx is cute as ever… 😉

    I *LOVE* Party Down… hilarious show!

  4. Lily's Health Pad November 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    I’ve never heard of Party Down, but I’m obsessed with television series. It’s going in my Netflix queue ASAP. I have about 6 more seasons of One Tree Hill to complete before I get to it though…

    • simplyshaka November 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

      Its great! However I don’t think the second season is out yet. I’ve still nwver seen One Tree Hill….is it likd a glorified Dawsons Creek?

  5. jen November 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    One Tree Hill is awesome! I put season 1 in my netflix queue on a whim and LOVED it! I’ve watched every season since then.

    Resistance Bands kick some major booty! When I bought ChaLEAN Extreme, they came with bands up to 20lbs and they are a** whipper for sure.


    • simplyshaka November 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

      I definitely have to check out this One Tree Hill!

  6. erica @ fashionmeetsfood November 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    Hello Kitty wine… could it possibly get any cuter! Love it!


  7. Ashleigh November 22, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    Wow it looks like you had a fun weekend!! I love that Hello Kitty champagne!
    The highlight of my weekend was eating dinner at my new favorite veggie cafe!

    • simplyshaka November 22, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

      Ohhh sounds fun! I wanna hear more…..

  8. Diana@mymarblerye November 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    Yummy and lazy weekend!! That’s my fave!! Highlight of my weekend was eating sweets galore!!!

  9. zenlizzie November 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    The highlight of my weekend… a few hours without thinking about school!

    Lincoln looks so sweet!

    • simplyshaka November 22, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

      Sigh, I want to be back in school 😦

  10. Kace November 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    Just got that magazine too, very much looking forward to reading it later!

  11. Mari November 22, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    Hey sweetie!!!!! Dude I would have brought that Orange Cream! I heart Orange cream so much….

    You have been doing so great with your workouts…I can’t wait to go on a run with you when you get here!!!! and lounging watching bravo tv too haha

    • simplyshaka November 22, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

      If I could only take some on a plane, you would’ve had a present!!

      I am good with run and Bravo, we’ll see how it goes—less than a month woo hoo!

  12. Laury @thefitnessdish November 22, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

    I am not a basketball fan…I love baseball though!!! My hubby is obsessed with every sport, including basketball so I like cringe when he watches, lol.

    It’s so funny how you do 13 reps of everything…I never heard of anyone doing 13..it’s usually 12 or 15. I am so superstitious, haha, I am a freak…I’d never stop on 13.

    Never heard of party down??? Looks interesting!!!!

    PS–Your puppy is the CUTEST!!! I wanna smoosh and kiss that little face!!!

    • simplyshaka November 22, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

      Hahah, I didn’t even realize that–how do you like that? I was born on the 13th and one of my tattoos is of a 13 so I consider it a lucky # 🙂

      I definitely recommend Party Down and I can’t go to basketball games unless I have a few drinks beforehand. Maybe if the Bobcats were good that would change? Probably!

      I’ll send Lincoln your love, he is currently napping on my leg and I think drooling lol. I like to think he is having a happy puppy dream.

  13. Katie H. November 23, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    hahaha. Highlights used to be the highlight of my dental visits when I was a kid. Lincoln is adorable!! I think the highlights of my weekend were Trader Joes 🙂 and spectating the marathon. I’m excited to relax this weekend!

  14. emily (a nutritionist eats) November 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    Your weekend sounds lovely! 🙂
    The best part of my weekend? Thanksgiving party + brother visiting!!


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