Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Fitness (and funny)

I've been letting Jillian Michael's kick my butt this week doing her Yoga Inferno dvd.  I figured I owed it to myself after taking time off last week.  I also did an hour of Rodney Yee's intermediate yoga Wednesday just to mix it up.  After that, I feel like T-Rex below.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

#godirtygirl Getting Dirty and Loving it

It all started as a pretty day and I was all clean.  Even though I knew it would be warm, I knew the mud obstacles would be cold.  So I wore my shirt from last year's Dirty Girl.

Then we started the race and I crawled through the first mud pit.  Of course, I wiped my hands..

The obstacles kept coming.. and I kept conquering.

After 3.1 miles (5K) of course and obstacles (some with mud, some without), I'd had a wonderful time with my friends and came out looking like this..

I love the challenge of the Dirty Girl.  I don't run it (last year, it was too muddy to safely run), so I'm not speedy by any means.   I'm very tired at the end, but it's a great feeling.   It's fun to run with a group (yay Mud Puppies!), though I think next year we need our own shirt (and maybe a better name).

Monday, April 14, 2014

Grand Opening Preview @TheCabanaGrill

A great new restaurant is opening today in Snellville.  The Cabana Grill is a new concept in Mexican restaurants.  It's a hybrid between your fast food restaurant and a casual seating experience.  After walking in, you place your order at the counter and then are given a number to have a seat.  Your meal is made from scratch and brought out to your table.  You can actually observe the kitchen through a window by the counter as they make their tortillas by hand.

The restaurant is a concept extension from a chain out of San Antonio, TX.  Taco Cabana has been successful in it's areas for more than 35 years.  After wanting to expand and studying the markets that would best receive their idea for expansion, Atlanta & Jacksonville, FL were determined to be the best match.  They then decided to place the Atlanta store in Snellville.  The Jacksonville store will open at the end of summer 2014.

I was given the opportunity to sample some of their menu items.  Top left is chips with a queso dip.  My daughter was more than happy to fill herself up with several servings.  The dip has bits of peppers in it, giving it a wonderful flavor and texture.  Below that to the left is a potato dish.  Grilled, cubed potato combined with peppers, onions, and more and then topped with a wonderful Mexican cheese.  The quesadilla and the tostadas were wonderfully cooked.  My son noticed a smokey taste to the meat that he really liked.  The desert came with the option of a honey or a dulce drizzle.  I opted for honey where my kids loved the dulce.

The restaurant will have a fresh salsa bar that you can choose which salsa you want to go with your meal.

There is also a separate enclosed room with a very large TV.  I would call it a "party room" or a "sports watching" room.  A small patio with tables finishes the seating.  The pictures on the wall are street art from Mexico, with other traditional Mexican decorations around the dining area.  All together it makes the setting more of the casual dining experience.

For those that enjoy Margaritas, they do have a frozen margarita machine (as well as Mexican beer).  From 4p-7p you can enjoy a 10oz margarita for $1.50.

If you can, I suggest checking out their grand opening today from 11a to 11p.  Otherwise, definitely worth the side trip to the area.  Their address is 1635 Scenic Hwy, Snellville. They're in front of the Lowes.

I was offered food in exchange for my honest review and opinion.  All thoughts are my own unless otherwise stated.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fitness Friday

I'll admit it, I've been slack this week.  Hubs took us out to Tallulah Gorge last Saturday and we did the stairs down to the bridge and back.  I was fine after, but the next few days my calves really felt it.  Since I have the Dirty Girl tomorrow, I decided I'd just take it easy this week.  Doesn't help that my kids are on spring break, so my schedule is pretty well confused.

I haven't lost any weight and I don't see any changes to my measurements, so I've hit another plateau.  Really, I'm not working to lose weight so much as I am at toning up.  I'd really like to be able to do more of the kicks and moves in Choi more easily.  Guess it's time to change up my workout again.  Gonna see if I have enough weights to simulate a kettle bell and start working that in, I think.  I do love my yoga, though.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's Farmer's Market Time! (and gardening)

I so look forward to this each year.  Tucker's Farmer's Market got started last Thursday. I plan to head out there this evening in search of fresh eggs and whatever other goodies I find.  Lilburn's doesn't start until June (bummer). 

In the meantime, I'm attempting (again) to grow some of my own veggies.  Nothing to show for it yet.  I'm reusing my recycled containers from last year.  Most have something different in them, though.  I'm trying for lettuce again, beans, cucumbers, squash, cantalope and onions.  I've also put some garlic in with my roses (supposed to be a good companion plant).  LOVE my garlic.  I'm not doing so much with the tomatoes.  Most of those went to waste last year.  Oh, and my strawberry plants have reseeded themselves and are quite happy currently.  I'm adding some more strawberry plants to the mix.  I've also got two muscadine vines I'm going to try growing as well.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

#WW Nap on mom's bed

Mom's bed is so much more comfortable than the floor.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Tech Tuesday @Waze

Most of you have likely seen Fox5 use this in the mornings.  It's an app called WAZE.  A community sourced application that will give you the status of traffic and a lot more.  I've been playing with it since around January.  I still haven't figured it all out, but if you have a smart phone it's worth checking out.

I've used it while driving on 85 to see where the back ups are so that I can go around and I've used it on the surface streets in downtown Atlanta.  It does a great job of warning me (verbally!) when there's something ahead.   It will tell me there are police ahead (whether waiting for speeders or otherwise), construction, lane closures, etc.  All information provided by other drivers.  When I first started using the app, I was concerned about taking my attention away from the road long enough to file a report.  I've since learned that it has a voice interface that allows you to speak to the app instead.  Makes sense when you think of it, it just took me a while to think of it.

Another cool feature I found was that since I use google calendar, it will talk to my calendar and pull up the addresses for appointments.  Assuming, of course, that I've put the address in to my calendar as well.  It can then be told to navigate there, helping me figure out where I'm going.  It's just as accurate as my gps, with a lot less hassle of typing the address in.

It has a cute interface that as you drive more with it running, it gives you points.  The more points you earn, the more cute little icons you can use for your car.  Right now I'm "driving" around as a duck.  You can compete against friends, as well as navigate with friends so that you can see where they are if you're meeting up.

The big downside that I've found is that it kills the battery on my phone the more I run it, so I generally have my phone plugged in while using it.  I haven't got it all figured out yet, though.  However, that's my tech tip (or tech app) for today.