Sep 072011

20% OFF P.F. Chang's

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is kicking of the football season right by offering an additional 20% off all online orders arranged for pick up any time between Thursday, September 8th and Monday, September 12th.

Log on to P.F. Chang’s online ordering and choose September 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 as your pick up date. After you have completed your order, use the promotion code FOOTBALL at checkout to receive the 20% discount.

This promotion is Spicy Tuna HOT and will not last beyond September 12 and P.F. Chang’s will not offer the discount in store - so please remember to use the code at check out.

The code is not available for use in conjunction with other discounts or for purchases of gift cards and large party take-out orders.

 Posted by at 3:45 pm
Aug 312011

It has been a minute since we went to Chicago and I thought it would [finally] be fun to post some of our pictures and some stories about the trip!

FridayWe arrived in Chicago around lunch time and Brent’s buddy, Johnny, took us to eat at Revolution Brewing Company in Oak Park. They had the BEST sandwiches and the BESSSST pretzel bread known to man, seriously. I learned something new, anytime a menu says “crunchy” or “crispy”, they mean it has uncooked cabbage slaw on top, Yum. C ordered a caesar side salad with her “crunchy” pulled pork sandwich and it came with a full out anchovy on top… needless to say, she did not eat the salad. I even tried it… Umm yea, not a fan of that either! I ordered the Hombre Burger, I’m from Texas, what can I say? It consisted of smoked poblano pepper,  avocado, Chihuahua cheese, red pepper crema & tortilla strips – aka. Heaven on a Heavenly Pretzel Roll bun. Once we arrived at our final destination – Congress Plaza Hotel [who has still not sent me a like to review their room/service{which is probably better for them because the "suite" was pretty much unacceptable (email me for details)}] we… I decided we should take a little walk to Navy Pier. I wonder why nobody stopped me, it was like 10,000 miles away from our hotel and we were pretty grumpy by the time we all got there. HAha!

B and Mike went out with the Chicago friends while C and I hit the streets to find dinner. C and I went down Michigan Avenue to hear the free concerts and look at Cloud Gate and the Crown Fountains. C has a radar for super fun, cool things, and this night was no different. We made our way to the Magnificent Mile Macy’s and Chicago Theater where there just happened to be a CLo concert and Glamorama fashion show taking place. C and I got to walk on the fashionistas red carpet and take in all of the glittlery and amazing fashion choices of the actual attendees. It was amazing! We caught some people making glances at us, like, “I can’t believe they wore that”, we were sporting the all fashionable shorts, t-shirt and Tom’s. We finally headed to dinner at about 11 pm; C chose, what we thought was, a quaint little place in downtown Chicago called Mercat a la planxa. Wow! Once again, we were totally under dressed and a little out of the diners target market, but we have money to pay for a delicious meal, so who cares about the target market. The meal was a total debacle and out waiter was really pretty poo-pooey on us, but we enjoyed ourselves and our meal. C decided to try the pintxos muranos Colorado Lamb Brochettes wrapped in Bacon and Lamb Jus and I had the Conill Amb castanyes Braised Rabbit Agnolotti, Roasted Chestnut Purée, Brandied Cherries and Rosemary Brown Butter. Our meals were divine and the experience will last a lifetime!

Chicago Theater

Saturday Was our chill day, we pretty much spent the day walking, relaxing and eating. I got to meet on of my co-workers, at my big girl job, who lives just a couple minutes from the hotel. My company is big on the virtual/global environment – nobody on my team lives within 6oo miles of Houston, it is pretty amazing when you think about how connected we are, but are so far apart. We took a cab ride to the Expo to pick up our race packets [there was no way the guys were going to go for another walk with me]. We ate lunch around our hotel and on our way to pick up bananas and water for the mornings race, the rain came down, BIG time. We were still about 3 blocks from the hotel. After we watched all of the Segway tours rush into their homes, which we were huddled close to, we decided to book it to the next available awning and make a game plan. We were like frogs who didn’t like the wet – hopping from one awning to the next between pours of rain. We just kind of chilled the rest of the day, watching bad hotel tv and C’s outstanding fashion show [she was still feeling the vibe from last night] with the hotel’s bedding; have I told you, lately, how amazing she is? Well… she is! By the way, this is how we dry wet Tom’s:

C's Shoe Dryer

Sunday There was a little race, you can read about it here. Our friends took us to another amazing eatery, Big Star, before we headed out to the airport.  They had delicious pork and fish tacos and their salsa was pretty much spectacular because it was not chilled. C happened upon the lovely bacon wrapped hot dog below – the Sonoran Hot Dog crispy, bacon wrapped, all beef hot dog, pinto beans, lime mayo, mustard, onions, hot sauce, on a bolillo roll = Amazing! We had to wipe off the sauces because the hot sauce was just WAY hot for her, but she went to town, she said it was pretty delicious and recommend it, most definitely.

C's giant Bacon-wrapped hot Dog

We hit up the train to take us to our destination before our final destination – it was pretty fun, except for when the guy sitting in front of us decided to get up and pry open the doors with this bare hands and jump out on the landing dock while the train was still moving… Not Smart dude, not smart. My face was stuck in the “OMG! Did that REALLY just happen” fashion for a minute or three. We made it to the airport in the nick of time… to see that our flight would be delayed for 5 hours. [Shameless Plug ~~>]It’s really too bad that we don’t have a smarty phone that received emails to tell us we were delayed; we could have totally stayed at the taco place for another 4 hours, which would have been fine by me!

Leaving Chicago on a Train

 Goodbye Chicago… until Next time!

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Aug 182011

 RnR Chicago Finisher

We made it!

Our race in Chicago was truly amazing; not including the “wave start” and the GPS issues, the run was a success.

We woke up bright and early at 5am on Sunday and were out the door by 5:30 to make our way to warm up and the start line. Here are my running buddy and me at 5:30, if the picture were any closer you could see my baggy eyes… I believe I stayed up a little too late with C watching Seventeen Again, HaH!

Chicago PreRun

Continue reading »

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Aug 132011

Rock N Roll Chicago Or Bust

It’s finally here - the Rock N Roll Chicago 1/2 Marathon! Please keep Mike and me in your prayers as we take it to the streets on Sunday at 6:30am.

B lived in Chicago for a year when C was younger, so we are going to be able to meet up with old friends and enjoy the scenery. I also get to meet one of my co-workers who lives just a mile from our hotel – working from home with people all over this great country has it’s perks, but I only know what 5 people actually look like in person.

Keep your eyes peeled for #15047, I Run Like A Mother.

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Aug 092011

A sniper got me this morning.

There I was, minding my business at 5:30am, jogging along to Toby Mac and Group 1 Crew. Then the sidewalk jumped up, out of nowhere, and tackled me to the ground. I got a nice big scrape on my left knee that just keeps oozing and my palms are really tender. I had a really tough time finding my water bottle [I tossed it to be able to catch myself] because it was still dark out and I was underneath trees that blocked the street lights. I was at Mile 1 of 5.5.

Sniper Knee

I ended up completing the 5.5 miles in 1:05, 10 minutes more than I would like. I think I will take it easy on Thursday with a quick 2 miler; I’m not going to take the chance of the sniper getting me again before we head out on Friday for the Rock ‘N Roll Chicago 1/2 Marathon.

For those of you who complain that runners need to keep it on the sidewalks, this is precisely why we try to stay off of them. They are tilted for water run-off and are sometimes very uneven from one pad to the next. Even when you pay $900 in neighborhood fees per year, the sidewalks are never perfect and will catch you when you least expect it.

PS – Keep your eyes peeled for #15047 this weekend, I Run Like A Mother.

 Posted by at 9:00 am
May 212011

Copperfield Bowl Groupon

Yes! I love a good bowling deal – especially with summer coming up and kids get “boooored” [you know the tone I'm using].

This deal includes three games for two bowlers, shoe rental for two and a $10 snack credit! All for only $20!

You know you want to get on this deal, and quick, because it ends at midnight, Sunday, May 22.

PS – Shop through eBates and receive 3% cash back.

The fine print: Expires Nov 23, 2011. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Non-transferable.

Finally, remember to sign up with AMF for AMF Funner Summer deals, emails start flying out next weekend!

 Posted by at 9:15 am
May 112011

AMF Funner Summer

Head over to AMF Funner Summer to register for your weekly [summer] discount coupon. The registration form asks for your name, email address, state and zip code, then you will be able chose your local AMF where you will use the coupon(s).

Every Sunday [beginning May 29] you will receive an email from AMF with a coupon, valid Monday through Friday, for shoes + two hours of bowling for only $8.99 per person.

Before heading out for your bowling trip, check the AMF website or call ahead for lane availability – some days they are packed with day-care centers or morning practices and other days they are completely empty.

Happy ALMOST summer friends!

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Apr 082011


Today is the Houston Astros 2011 Home Opener – can you take a guess at where I am right now?

This morning started out with delicious chirozo and egg tacos at Laredo Taqueria. This place is a.m.a.zing, if you haven’t been here, you haven’t lived.

Now, we are hanging out, waiting for Fan Fest to start. I am enjoying the company of my favorite second-family members and quite possibly enjoying and adult beverage. HEY, it’s Friday and its 5 o’clock somewhere, right? Don’t judge ;)

Here are a few pics from last year of my fam and me enjoying ourselves.

Happy Friday Peeps and LET’S GO ASTROS!

 Posted by at 10:00 am
Feb 112011

My 2010 BCS Winnings!

Look what I just got in the mail! I was SHOCKED, and Dak barked her head of, as usual.

It’s an Igloo rolling cooler stuffed with chips and salsa!

Back in October (approximately) Frito Lay:Be Snack Readypost a 2010 TOSTITOS BCS National Championship Game Photos contest in which the top to winners were to claim tickets to the 2010 Tostitos BCS National Championship. So, I entered and then I became a finalist but I did not receive the most votes, bummer but it was still really cool to be a finalist!

Well, I am QUITE happy with these delicious chips and salsa! If I hadn’t already had lunch by the time this present got to me, I probably wouldn’t have made this post, since i <3 chips… big time.

I know, you are dying to see my finalist photo, here goes:

Rock'n the University of Oklahoma Cheerleader gear, HOT!

Thanks Tostitos! Hopefully I will put on a better game face this year and be one of the top two finalists to win the game day tickets. Until then, happy chipping my friends!

 Posted by at 1:58 pm
Jan 272011

Remember hearing about the Shape magazine Diva Dash in this post? Well, January 24, 2011 has past and the Shape Diva Dash site is live!

The Crazy Fun Adventure run is on Saturday, April 9, 2011 in beautiful Austin, Texas on Walter E Long Park. The course approximately three miles and is comprised of various obstacles based on the themes of: water, strength, speed, ropes, maze and balance.

Participants will receive:

  •  2011 Finishers Necklace (a sweet and petite custom pewter pendant on a leather cord)
  • SHAPE Diva Dash custom socks
  • Drawstring back pack filled with great products from our sponsors
  • LUNA bars and other snacks
  • Beer
  • Participant photo
  • Chance to win many prizes at our sponsors’ after party contests
  • Donation to our non-profit GENaustin


  • $35(February 1st – March 8th)
  • $40(March 9th – March 25th)
  • $45(March 26 – April 7th)
  • $50(at packet pick up April 8th or on race day April 9th)

I really want to participate, it sounds like so much fun and it is for a great cause, but this race happens to be the day after the Houston Astros 2011 home opener… so I will not be in attendance because we all know how much B and I LOVE supporting the Houston Astros.

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