Sweltering Hot Weekend in Photos

Is it just me, or does Monday always feel like one giant hangover? Like, not an alcohol hangover…but a weekend hangover. I had too much weekend this weekend, and now I’m going through weekend withdrawals.

That’s totally a thing, right?

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On Friday evening, it got up to a sweltering 105 degrees. I went out to dinner with my parents, my great aunt Emmy visiting from New Jersey, and Emmy’s friend Karen to celebrate my mom’s birthday (which was the day before) and Emmy’s birthday (which was that day!)…we went to Ten22 in Old Sacramento. I had been there before about a year ago and was a little shocked because the menu had changed quite a bit and had a lot of super strange sounding stuff: lamb, elk, duck, you name it! Not one to order the “safe” item on the menu, I chose the Osso Bucco (lamb) with chorizo, dates & roasted tomatoes. My mom, however, scored the winning dish, which was housemade gnocchi with spring vegetables. And of course no birthday dinner is complete without cake! Chocolate mousse, ohhh my god.

Everyone found something that they liked and our dinner definitely solidified my love for this place!

Ten 22 on Urbanspoon

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It had cooled down to a modest 98 degrees by the time we finished, so walked around Old Sac and had a little family photo op by the river.

Karen’s daughter, who lives in SF, had visited Dive Bar on a trip to Sacramento and told Karen and Emmy they had to see the mermaids. Dive Bar has an aquarium above the bar and every hour or so, a mermaid plops into the tank and entertains the crowd. This was my first time ever frequenting a bar with my parents, and I had a great time watching them people watch and react to the scenery!

On Saturday morning, I found myself awake at 9am because my apartment was already so. damn. hot! I figured since I was already awake I might as well finally check out the Saturday morning Midtown Farmers Market. I picked up some mushrooms, beets, summer squash, amaaazing avocado-cilantro hummus, and this green juice from Peel’d. I actually have a friend who just did their 5-day juice cleanse, sounds interesting! Juice cleanses…so in right now…

After my little outing, I promptly sat in my apartment in the A/C the rest of the day, checking various things off my To-Do list (and watching sappy TV shows and crying my face off). The high on Saturday was 108 degrees. I eventually had to leave because:

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I had a surprise dinner to attend! My friend Alex is in town from New York and his birthday is tomorrow, so we strung together an elaborate chain of lies to get him to show up at his favorite restaurant, Chicago Fire, where we were all waiting for him with a cake. Good pizza and old friends…lovely!

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On Sunday, part of that same group of friends caravanned to Berkeley for another high school friend Ian’s birthday BBQ. We taught his 10 year old brother how to play flip cup with Pepsi…he was totally a pro. I arrived back to my apartment in the evening to find that my roomie had already planned an impromptu Wine & Snacks night with a couple of girlfriends! There was chips, dip, and girl-talk galore.

We get one day of respite before it jumps back into the 90s: the high temp is only 75 today. That’s a 30 degree difference, people!

Enjoy your week! I have something very cool to share with you all later this week, which I am very excited about!

PS. Don’t forget to RE-PIN my Muesli Protein Bars! I totally had one for breakfast this morning…mmm, chocolatey.

Hows the weather in your part of the world?

Have you ever been surprised or planned a surprise party? I think I prefer being the one who’s surprised…planning is not nearly as fun 😛

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Superbowl Weekend in Photos

So many photos….so little time.

Another busy Monday at the office! Even if I feel like my head is spinning out of control, at least I’ve got this nice view to calm me down:

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I’ve also got memories of a sunny weekend to tide me over for the next 5 days. Chiggedy check ’em out:

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Friday Happy Hour at Dive Bar (um, I didn’t know they served free food with a HH drink purchase…score!) — Watching Downton Abbey — My new squirrel buddy. This lil guy was sunbathing for a good 40 minutes on our balcony!

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The aftermath of a snacky picnic in the park with Carly. She brought homemade Larabars, omg — went to Target for 3 things, left with…..6. I think that’s a pretty good show of self control. — dinner at Joe’s Crab Shack. What an experience! I was the only one without a huge crab bucket in front of me, but it was fun watching the others!

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We finally tasted T-Man’s beer! Expect a full report later this week 🙂

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Went on an awesome bike ride on the American River Bike Trail with Mikhail and Matt on Sunday pre-Super Bowl. We rode for over an hour (Matt and I on our cruisers, ha) and it was so gorgeous outside! The high temperature was actually more like 65 degrees by the time we finished.

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Aaaand of course, the Super Bowl. I am not big on football, and I usually have no interest in either team competing in the Super Bowl so I don’t feel much attachment to the actual game play…but the fact that the 49ers were in the Super Bowl this year had everyone in Northern California pretty excited! Except for the Raiders fans of course, haha.

Highlight for me was definitely Beyonce’s halftime show. It was short, but AWESOME. Our host Scott’s puppy, Scout, made an appearance, and the game got super close in the 3rd quarter. Unfortunately, the Niners couldn’t pull it out, but it was still an exciting game!

Who were you rooting for?

And how did you burn off your Super Bowl calories??