Weekend recap – Shabu Shabu, Mama Dip’s, basketball and the runs

Well, I didn’t actually get the runs. But I did run!

Happy Monday!

This weekend was a really awesome weekend – it was full of fun activities, quality time with family and friends, tasty food, and beautiful weather. The weather has been so pleasant here I am actually convinced that North Carolina slipped down to Florida overnight.

Friday night Joe and I went to Shabu Shabu for dinner. If you’ve never had Shabu-style cooking (I hadn’t; Joe had once before), it’s really fun. Basically, you get a bunch of different platters of raw foods (we got paper-thin slices of beef, lobster, shrimp, scallops, mussels, broccoli, baby corn, cabbage, rice, and three different dipping sauces) that you cook for yourself at your table in big pots of boiling broth. Below is a picture (not mine…I was too busy “swish swish”-ing to take a picture, which is what “shabu shabu” translates to) to give you an idea of what it looks like:

Everything was tasty! Joe and I always really enjoy “interactive” food experiences that involve kind of “playing” with the food instead of just shoveling it in your mouth (of course, we do enjoy the shoveling part…we just like to make a mess before we shovel). Some of our favorite “experiential foods” include:

  • Pistachios
  • Crab legs
  • Artichokes (including the leaves; not just the hearts prepared for you ahead of time)
  • Korean barbecue-style cooking (similar to Shabu shabu, where you cook your own raw ingredients on a grill at your table)
  • Joe loves mussels and oysters (I’d rather chew my toenails. Oh wait…I did that when I was a kid. I don’t.)
  • Chasing down wild coyotes to cook in our fireplace

Just kidding on that last one. We don’t usually have to chase them; we just pick them up as roadkill…

The rest of Friday night was spent re-stocking our wine collection at Trader Joe’s and hanging out at home with our son. Here he is with his favorite toy, the tree that he is slowly destroying:

Saturday morning we both hit the gym – Joe lifted and I ellipticized for 40 minutes and did a circuit of strength-training (<–over an hour spent there. STILL sore.) We bombed around Raleigh in the afternoon, trying to find me a new red shirt to wear to the NC State game we were going to that night, getting Joe a haircut (normally I cut his hair, but we were at the mall and he decided that since he hadn’t had a “real” haircut in a while that he should get a clean-up…what? I don’t cut cleanly enough for you?!), and laying in a field at a local park for two glorious, sunny hours.

Even though we didn’t find me a new red shirt, life had to go on, so we spent the evening at the NC State vs. UVA game. We weren’t really supposed to win, but we were SO close to winning at the end that it was kind of bittersweet.

Sunday morning we were up bright and early to head to Chapel Hill, where one of our best friend’s parents had organized a brunch at the locally famous Mama Dip’s (I got the Sweet Potato Pancake Sandwich for breakfast – two sweet potato pancakes served with one egg and your choice of bacon or sausage – and housed it all with no problem) to celebrate one of our friend’s graduation from nursing school and our jump rope coach’s wife’s retirement.

There were about 10 of our closest friends and it was SO great to spend time with everyone!

After brunch, Joe, Ted and I stopped over at Joe’s grandma’s house to celebrate her 85th birthday with some cake and wine (at 2 in the afternoon…that’s how she rolls). For her birthday present, she requested that they come over and gather a bunch of firewood to replenish her wood-burning stove supply, so they hauled and chopped and spent about an hour thinking they were being manly in general.

As soon as Joe and I got home on around 4pm, I attempted my first run outside (during my training for this half marathon). I love running outside, but since it’s been chilly or too dark when I get home from work to run outside, I’ve been doing all of my running on the treadmill at the gym. I want to make sure to run outside as much as possible when I can, though, so I get used to hills and other factors.

Surprisingly, I was a super speedy gonzalez, finishing 5 miles in 40 minutes! I know I was running slower than that going up some of the hills, which means that I had some sub-8-minute miles going downhill or on flat stretches, which is INSANE for me to think about! Big confidence booster!

Now that you have a minute-by-minute breakdown of my weekend, tell me about yours! Claire and Alex, I’ve already talked to both of you, but feel free to be the only commenters again.

Please.

What is your favorite style of food to eat when you eat out? How old is your grandma? What’s the weather like where you are? On a scale of 1-10, how much do you wish it was Friday? How much do you love teacup pomeranians?