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We had high hopes for restaurants last night when we arrived in Dothan… but unfortunately all we could find was a mass lump of chains. The only recommendation that we had was a place that was shut down recently, so we only had our Garmin to tell us what was around. Our hopes got really high when it told us about a restaurant called the “Oyster Bar”, until we pulled up to find that it was a true dump. At least we got a good laugh about it. So, out of all of the chains, for some reason Hooters sounded like the best (how is that possible?). Our meal was mediocre, and our Bloody Mary’s were terrible. Note to self: next time when asking for a Bloody, and they say “we don’t have it on the menu but we can make you one”… it’s probably not a good sign.
So instead of finding a hip joint to hang out in to have a few beers, we opted to go to Gold’s Gym for a nice workout. I was super impressed with the machines & inspirational findings sprinkled all throughout. It was pretty busy for a Friday night, probably b/c there isn’t much else to do around here but workout. It was a better gym than anywhere I’ve seen in Birmingham, actually (minus the fact that they didn’t have a pool). We came back last night and got about 10 hours of much-needed sleep.
Today we are heading to Panama City Beach since it is only about an hour away so I can get a good swim session in with my wetsuit rental. It will be good practice to be in moving water with waves… something that you can’t really find in a pool. We also hope our luck with food improves while being near the ocean!!!
If you mix chocolate (especially lavender chocolate), red wine, cruelty-free rooster feathers & friends, then you are destined to have a fabulous night!! :D Thank you Vero for inviting me to the “Every Drop Counts” fundraiser event benefiting the Cahaba River Society. I even left with a little bird in my hair. :)
Today’s post will be short, as I am getting ready to head out-of-town to Dothan with my coworker & friend Misty. We may even drive the extra hour tomorrow to visit the beach (YES!!) if we have the time. I got my wetsuit in the mail yesterday so that would be a great time to test it out in some open water. Though, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t completely terrified of the thought of a shark eating me while swimming. :/ I guess I will just have to suck it up and face my fear! I will be posting lots of photos over the weekend, so stay tuned.
P.S. – If you would like your own rooster feathers, you can go to the Richard Joseph Salon Spa and have one put in for only $10. Or if you want more, you can do 3 for $20 and a bundle for $50. Pretty cool! They last for up to 5 weeks, and you can wash, dry & curl them just like regular hair. Most importantly, they are cruelty-free. Ask for Jonathan Fowler!
Why do some bananas turn grey as they get older, while others retain their “yellow” while just developing the usual brown spots? I’ve been pondering this very question over the past few days while staring at my parent’s kitchen counter covered in grey bananas. Well, I’ve googled it… and turns out if they are ever stored at below room temperature then it stalls their ability to ripe. So, these must have been refrigerated at some point. Isn’t that interesting? Well, maybe not that interesting. All I know is that there isn’t anything more unappealing than a grey banana.
Speaking of grey, that’s also the description I’d use to describe the weather for the past few days. I guess spring just came long enough to give us a little tease. That’s OK, I know the warm & sunny weather will return soon enough. And when it does, I know happy times will come with it!!
Another benefit of staying with my parents are my mom’s delicious smoothies. She blends together (grey) bananas, frozen blueberries, greek yogurt, ice, walnuts (I know, right?), ground flax-seed, ice and fat-free milk for a “healthy way to start your day”. I’ve started to cut my cereal portions in half just so I can have some. I’m always in for anything made with greek yogurt.
I am really looking forward to heading out-of-town with my coworker Misty to Dothan this weekend for the TriStates 100. Looks like I’m just going to do the shorter distance as to not overdo it with my knee. But, if I feel good after those 25 miles, I may keep going as long as I’m pain-free. Woooooooooooooooooooooohoo!!!!!!! I can’t WAIT to started training again.