What gives?

2 Jul

I’m staying with one of my friends until tomorrow and I am in love her house. Houses like these make me want to settle down someone and buy something that I can call my own but we all know that’s not happening any time soon. My old place was right outside the city and her place is the opposite-in the country. Ok, not really, but country to me. It’s in civilization but there is tons of land, trees and nature all around me. And you know what, I kinda dig it!

Bonus points because I get to play with her cute pup (Lincoln’s girlfriend Monet)

I met up with some of my sorority sisters for dinner on Friday night. We went to Chili’s and I honestly can’t tell you the last time I’ve been to a Chili’s since I’m not a huge chain food person. However, while perusing their menu ahead of time, I saw they have a 2 for $20 deal where you can get an appetizer and two entrees for only $20. Works for me! We got the guacamole and I ordered the Grilled Margarita Chicken with beans and rice

After a few bites, I was done. I had a margarita (house margaritas only $3.49—wha what???!) and was full from the chips, salsa and guacamole.


I’m gonna miss my friends but I know this isn’t goodbye.

This morning I woke up semi early and found the nearest YMCA to go to. I did 35 minutes of HIIT on the Precor Crossramp. I went in not wanting to do a damn thing but I hadn’t been to the gym in a few days and wanted to do something to up my heart rate. The ones where I plan on doing nothing usually turn out to be the best ones for me. This time after 20 minutes on the elliptical, I didn’t want to stop. Then the 30 minute mark hit which gave me a five minute cool down and then I had to stop since there’s a 30 minutes time limit when people are waiting.

The Y facility I went to was really nice but I wasn’t quite sure about the whole wiping of the machine system there. A few of the machines had a spray bottle on them but with no towels. The Y I normally go to has machines and towels on all the machines so you know that’s what you’re supposed to wipe with. I tried to watch people as I was working out to see what I was supposed to do but some of them wiped with a paper towel while others with their own towels-what gives?

After reading Stephanie’s post on Dunkin Donuts coffee  (which you should totally go over to her site a wish her an early happy birthday!), I was in the mood for an iced coffee from the DD.

I went to a DD location I’ve never been to before and it was pretty gross inside. It was early but crawling with unruly ankle biters. When I got to the cashier to order, the girl looked at me like I was an alien. I looked at her for a few seconds then I said “Hi” and again, she just looked at me. I followed up “How are you??” and then she finally caught on to the whole let’s have a conversation and get my order concept.  To quote Principal Rooney in Ferris Buellers Day Off “I weep for the future” What gives?

Once I was clean and looking like a lady again, my friend and I went out to run errands and go to lunch. Of course I had a Groupon because that’s how I roll. I am not leaving this town without going through every single one I can! It was for Topz , dubbed “The Healthier Burger Grill”

My pet peeve with going to new places is if I don’t know the deal is. Meaning, is it sit down, waiter service, do you get a number or just wait around for your food? What gives?  At Topz you order but my friend and I didn’t know if we should just stand there or what so we sat and hoped that someone would bring us out our food. Our magic worked and we soon got our food. I got their turkey burger with a side salad.

Nothing like a burger hot off the grill! This was so juicy and the grilled onions added even more flavor to it. They offer all of their burgers with pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions and 1000 Island dressing but I went without the the dressing because that just sounded nasty. Plus, on their condiment bar they had garlic ketchup—I’ve never heard of such thing! So I grabbed a mini cup of that and topped my burger with that and it was delicious. I love how they offer turkey burgers, veggie burgers and a few salad options in addition to angus burgers, hot dogs and fries.

We some errands afterwards and I finally picked up a reusable cup for my cold bevvies I enjoy in the summertime

We all know a Saturday afternoon isn’t complete without a trip to Target!

Um, when did these books come out??? I MUST FIND!!

As I’m a firm believer in “no coupon left behind”, we had one last stop to make

Free cupcake? Why the hell not?? SAS Cupcakes is right across the street from Target and absolutely adorable inside

It was like a magical. sugar laced candy land full of cupcakes and other goodies! I was torn between the Cookies N Cream and Chocolate S’more cupcake but once the employee told me that the S’more was filled with marshmallow crème, game was on!

Well, until they made a major cupcake faux pas….a cupcake to go served in a bag? Really SAS-what gives?

I handled the cupcake with extra care on the right home so it would be almost pristine condition when I got to enjoy it but one side was a little smushed.

The frosting was a graham cracker crust frosting and absolutely delightful. The actual cupcake, even though filled with marshmallow crème, fell flat. It was dry with not a lot of taste to it. After eating one half of it, I gave up for someone else to enjoy it.

Sigh, at least it was free.

Have you had any “What gives?” lately?

32 Responses to “What gives?”

  1. Amy at TheSceneFromMe July 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    That is silly that they give “to-go” cupcakes in a sack. Really?!
    Monet is a cute doggie 🙂

    Have a fantastic holiday weekend!

  2. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 2, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    Okay, I have to correct you– it wasn’t Principal Rooney; it was the snotty maitre d. “You’re Ed Froman? The sausage KING of Chicago?” 🙂

    Once, my sister and I watched that movie six times in a row. I’m not sure where my parents were for those 12 hours of my life, but I’m glad they weren’t there to stop us.

    • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

      Okay, and now I have to correct myself– ABE Froman. Not Ed. What was I thinking?!? 🙂

      • simplyshaka July 5, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

        Touche friend…I’m too lazy to correct 🙂

  3. actorsdiet July 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    i don’t think i’ve ever been to chili’s? but i’m very familiar with their babyback song…

  4. giancarlo ♥ cinnamoroll;] July 3, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    Don’t you think it’s cool to live with nature around you? serenity. peace. calmness and all that?

  5. Amy @ Second City Randomness July 3, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    I’m not a huge fan of chains, either. But yet I find myself with lunch plans to go to Cali Pizza Kitchen on the 4th of July for lunch tomorrow. How American of me… lol

    Have a great weekend!!!

  6. Kace July 3, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    I slept for, like, 16 hours yesterday. That was a major “what gives?” I’m not big on being that tired. I think a trip to the docs for a full blood panel is in order….here’s hoping it’s just monthly issues.

    Also I know! I saw those SATC books at Target, too! They’re now on the bottom of my ever-growing books to read list.

    • simplyshaka July 5, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

      When I get too much sleep I worry also. Hope everything is ok with you!

  7. Katie H. July 3, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    Oh I want those books! Perfect summer reads (or anytime reads IMO). Cupcakes in a bag- that totally ruins the feng shui of the cupcake!

    My what gives- I got an egg and cheese bagel to go from my favorite coffee shop today. I assumed egg and cheese was easy- but when I got home there was only cheese. No egg. Wtfff. I went out in the rain for that shiz! Lesson learned- check order before leaving.

    • simplyshaka July 5, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

      ALWAYS check before leaving. Which I never do but always say I’m going to!

  8. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl July 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    A cupcake in a bag? Really? That makes zero sense to me at all. Ugh.

  9. leashieloo July 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    There’s nothing more disappointing than a cruddy cupcake. Especially when you know you could have made one from Betty Crocker at home and it would have been way better. S’mores is one of my favorite cupcakes, though I haven’t had it with marshmallow injected into the cake. Maybe that’s where it went wrong?

    • simplyshaka July 5, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

      I know its like hi, I could buy an entire box for HALF the price of one cupcake!

  10. Amanda July 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    I like living in the “country.” Okay I’ll only 30 minutes away from L.A. but it feels so different than the city. Nature rules.

    Monet is adorable!

    I love that rule “no coupon left behind” smart lady.

  11. Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy July 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    I am always disappointed when I eat at chain restaurants, so for the most part I avoid them all together.
    And my what gives this weekend is I have been a human garbage disposal and cannot stop EATING JUNK! I’m going to have to go on like an all-salad diet for a week, but for now, bring on the burgers 😉

    • simplyshaka July 5, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

      Hey it was a holiday wknd, that’s an excuse right there!!

  12. MelissaNibbles July 3, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    I used to eat at Chili’s a lot at my old job. We would have lunch meetings there. Just think of it makes me want to hurl. Not a fan. That is a good deal for a margarita.

    What kind of jerkhole puts a cupcake in a bag? Big mistake. HUGE!

  13. terri July 3, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    the cupcake looked heavenly….but i have to tell you, i absolutely HATE dry overbaked cuppies. ugh…
    the burger place looks amazing….even tho it’s 10 at night, i could still eat one right now!!! lol…
    enjoy your holiday! xo

    • simplyshaka July 5, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

      Me too, you would think they would know by now, thumbs down!!

  14. Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice July 3, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    I can’t think of my own what gives on the top of my head (but I do have them regularly…), but I will say – what the heck with the cupcake in the bag! It looks like its a *good* cupcakery took, so….you’d think they’d have gotten the *little box* memo by now. Sigh.

    As for DDs – omg…..I had the exact same experience as you while I was in Boston! I then wondered what all the hype was with the place…I mean, Id much rather go to Sbux, but…that may just be me.

    • simplyshaka July 5, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

      I’m still pissed off about it….cupcakes and DD, sigh.

  15. Diana@mymarblerye July 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    Are you losing weight? You look glowing and fabulous!! What gives with assholes I’ve met coming to the pharmacy always wanting to speak with the manager? Go away!

  16. Alyssa @ Life of bLyss July 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    YOU, my lady, are a coupon queen. teach me.

    p.s. monet is a dollbaby.

  17. OliePants July 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Is it sad that I can’t even think about my ‘what gives’ moment because I’m focused on all those cupcakes!?!

  18. Juju July 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    My what gives moment these days are not being able to wake up for the damn gym! Like today, I finally woke up at 6 a.m. and got ready and hubby said give him 10 more mins. Then I fell asleep next to him, and you guessed it, didn’t get my ass to the gym, once again! COME ON… I sleep way too much…

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