Last night I had another book club, but this was a special one: it was my month to choose the book and venue, make up the questions, and host. I chose a lighter book than this group typically reads, The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It’s a really wonderful read, all about women in Jackson, MS in the 1960s and how they deal with the changing world. The focus of the story is on the disparity between the upperclass women and “the help,” and the strange relationships between the two. Highly recommended!
For the restaurant, I picked Delta Grill, a southern/soul food restaurant in Midtown West. When I got there, I opted for a happy hour special ($4 frozen margarita), and then enjoyed a Blue Point Blueberry Beer with my meal. The drinks weren’t too bad; it was the meal where I overindulged. First, I overate the delicious cornbread and jalapeno bread – 1.5 muffins of the former, 1 big hunk of the latter. I ordered the shrimp etoufee as my entree, not realizing it would be just a few shrimps, a lot of sauce, and a huge pile of (white) rice that I had to use to eat the sauce – not the healthiest choice (though perhaps a bit better than the fried chicken and macaroni and cheese that some people ordered).
I also ordered a side of hush puppies, which I assumed I could get other people to share – no such luck. There were a ton, and I ended up eating most of them myself (partly because they were delicious, and partly because I didn’t want them to go to waste). I left the restaurant completely stuffed, and decided to walk the mile home because it was a gorgeous night and I could use a little extra calorie burn (though I realize that 60 or so calories is basically nothing compared to the binge I had just went on).
Upon arriving home, I knew I should work out, but I was pretty tipsy and very exhausted and just not really feeling it… so instead I cozied up in bed (I love my new comforter!) to watch the trainwreck that was The Bachelor: Jason and Molly’s Wedding. I thought it was hilarious that ABC wouldn’t allow the wedding planner to have a backup plan in case of rain. Who cares if it’s someone’s wedding; they need drama for ratings! I fell asleep soon after.
This morning, I planned to get up and go for a run (especially since yesterday morning was such a gorgeous day), but overslept and didn’t have time to do anything active. Ugh, I just felt so heavy! While the good news is that in February I discovered I’ve lost 20 pounds since the year before, the bad news is that in the week or two, I’ve gained back 5 of those pounds. This cannot continue! No more gorging myself at events… I’m starting to go out too many weeknights to just indulge whenever I want. AND I need to start working out. My spring marathon season is here, but I think it’s going to take more than just one long run a week to keep me in shape. I really need to stop being such a sloth on weekdays. I just feel so gross and bloated and weighted down right now! Just call me “The Marathoning Cow.”
Tonight I’m meeting up with friends for dinner and a goodbye party – my friend Sarah is moving to London in two weeks 🙁 However, I got to pick the restaurant, so I chose Poco. Their Wednesday night special: all-you-can-eat steamed mussels and all-you-can-drink wine, for the dirt cheap price of $25. I love mussels (and they’re healthy!), and I love wine (okay, maybe not so much on the healthy side, particularly when the quantity is all-you-can-drink). But this is my kind of deal!
Now let’s see if I can make it up tomorrow morning with time to work out…