Sunday, May 1, 2016

Life Lately

Didn't meant to take off from blogging last week, but we did a long weekend in Tulsa, and I just hit the ground running on my week.  It was a fun weekend, though, and I'll tell you more about it.  The above picture is from a USGBC banquet I got to go to at the Clinton Library a few weeks ago.  My firm won "Firm of the Year," so we got to have a fancy dinner and get our award.  I wish I'd taken a picture of my dinner, because it was yummy!  The chef made roasted carrots on a bed of puree and a really nice sauce.  There was also a chickpea and carrot salad that was quite tasty.  I've gotten out of the habit of snapping pictures of my food, so I'm trying to be better.

So, our trip to Tulsa was ultimately to see Puscifer on Sunday night at the Brady Theater.  We went early Saturday morning, though, to meet up with Josh's cousin and his family.  We had lunch, then headed to the Tulsa Zoo.  I'm a bit back and forth on zoos in general.  I refuse to go to the one here in Little Rock, because it's tiny and expensive and seems really sad.  I have had good experiences with large ones, though.  Lots of the animal habitats at Tulsa are rescue operations, where they take in animals that have been harmed in the wild.  Most of the exhibits felt well managed and large, which was nice.  We had a blast with the kids, which was the main goal.  I was pooped, though.  Being pregnant, on my feet, and in the sun was rough.  By the end of the day, I wanted to crash.

Sunday morning, Josh and I walked over to the Brady Block District in downtown Tulsa for brunch.  We were on a mission for Chimera Cafe, but we missed their breakfast and really wanted some brunch type foods.  So, we walked down the street to The Tavern.  Brunch was always a little difficult when I was eating strictly vegan, because menus are usually limited.  I'm sure I could have made something work, but this time I went for eggs.  I also split some tomato soup with Josh that was stellar.  I couldn't finish my breakfast, but it was still tasty.

I find I eat way less when eating things like eggs or cheese.  I think a lot of it is that I'm not used to how rich the foods are, and I'm also filling up on a lot more protein than I'm used to.  Those potatoes were out of this world.

After brunch we took a nap then met up with my sister, her fiance, and some of his friends.  We hung out all afternoon in the Brady Block District.  Before the concert, we ended up at Valkyrie, a GORGEOUS bar near the concert venue.  The staff were super nice, and they made me this delicious mocktail.  I had been sipping water and sprite all day, but I wanted to feel fancy, especially since everyone else had been drinking all day.

The concert was great, although I did get a little tired from standing the whole time.  We were about a mile from the hotel, and we'd walked back and forth several times.  So, by the time we got back to the room, I was POOPED.  I took this pic, because I never get this many steps in a day.  On a bad day, I get about 5000, although I try to get 10,000 a day.  This was a long day of walking, though, and I crashed hard again.

We got up the next day, took Josh's mom to lunch in Fort Smith, then made it home around 6 on Monday night.  Work was really busy for the rest of the week, but I did manage to make it to yoga on Thursday.

Since I walked so much in Tulsa, I didn't get in many workouts last week.  After yoga, though, I did get in a nice walk with my friend Erin.  We've been going to Big Dam Bridge, lately, which is a really pretty place to walk.

Overall, though, it's been a good week!

We hit 19 weeks pregnant on Saturday.  Come back on Wednesday for a blog giveaway!


  1. Ah, that's so cool that they made you a mocktail! Tulsa sounds fun, and you're looking so lovely in that last pic with the hat and cute dress. :-)

    1. Aw thanks! I got the hat at Whole Foods for the Tulsa trip, and I'm loving it! The mocktail was so good. I felt very fancy. :)

    2. where is that dress from? In your new profile pic? I loooove it.

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