Most of our weekends so far this year have consisted of us sitting on the couch reading books, me cooking Whole30 foods, and going to church only to come home and sit some more. They've been incredibly relaxing, don't get me wrong, but they haven't been anything worth writing about. But this past weekend, we actually got out of the house and had a little fun! Not having the Whole30 leash around me felt like freedom! Even though we weren't 100% compliant in January and we're still eating paleo now... (I'll have a full results post for our Whole30 sometime this week, I hope, along with answers to a bunch of questions I've gotten about it.)
Friday, I spent the day at a continuing education seminar bored out of my mind. It never ceases to amaze me how lawyers can take fascinating topics and make them so tedious and boring. It makes me wish that trial lawyers taught continuing ed-- those folks know how to entertain captive audiences. But the good part of the CLE was that I was done for the day around 3:30. So, I went shopping for a bit before coming home. Our receptionist recently brought in some of the Love Spell scented lotion, and it's quite possibly the best scent ever created. So, I had to go buy some for myself-- and lucky for me, they were running a sale of 5 products for $30, so I stocked up. And took a nice, long bath later that night. Heaven.
Saturday, I had a lot of grocery shopping to do for our Super Bowl feast, so I ran my errands early in hopes of avoiding the crowds. My plan failed-- Trader Joe's, Harris Teeter, and Whole Foods were all packed! Sephora at the mall, however, was virtually empty. And thanks to some gift cards, I picked up some fantastic new products: Soap & Glory Hand Food, which is seriously the best hand cream I've ever used; Fresh Sugar Advanced Lip Therapy Treatment, because this winter has been brutal on my skin and lips, and Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Lovelight, just because it was pretty.
I did still get in some reading Saturday afternoon. I started reading Monuments Men this weekend in preparation for the movie, but I was having trouble getting into it. So, I decided to take a break to read Catching the Wolf of Wall Street, hoping that it would quickly suck me in so I could read it quickly. Alas, it has managed not to capture my attention very well either, despite me not being able to put down his first book.
Perhaps the problem was that my grandmother bought us the Season 4 DVD of Downton Abbey! So, we spent quite a bit of time watching the rest of the show. And now we have to wait for a YEAR to see Season 5! :(
Sunday after church, we went with some friends to our favorite pre-paleo restaurant, where I had my first bread in over a month in the form of a bacon cheeseburger. And it was delicious! It was so nice to be able to go out again and hang out with friends over a good meal.
But that dip isn't my favorite thing, so I made some other paleo-friendly foods, including chicken nuggets with buffalo ranch dipping sauce and paleo "queso". It was all very, very good. I was really shocked at how well the queso turned out!
Of course, being the sugar lover that I am, I could NOT pass up the opportunity to try a Gigi's Stuffed Cookie when I saw the advertisement. O.M.G. This was maybe the best thing I've ever eaten in my life. Two chocolate chip cookies filled with the Gigi's cupcake icing? HEAVEN. It was only by a miracle of God that I didn't eat the whole thing last night.
I didn't particularly care about the football game itself, although I did enjoy watching people who think Peyton Manning is god-like being put in their place. I saw this circulating around twitter and laughed for quite a while!
I wasn't incredibly impressed with most of the commercials this year. The sexy cows and Stephen Colbert were funny, the soldier coming home made me teary, but I agree with just about everyone that Budweiser won the night with the Puppy Love commercial.