April 27, 2013

Nutella Skillet Cookie

So relieved to report that my throat was feeling better when I got up today! I think this cold is finally passing. Normally, I wouldn't have run today, but since I knew I'd probably be splurging this weekend on food, I decided to do a short and easy three-mile run to burn a few extra calories.

I watched Season 4 Episode 7 of Sons of Anarchy and ran nice and easy, then walked for about 15 minutes until it was over. I was SHOCKED by the ending of that episode, and really wished I had more time so that I could keep watching (and walking).

My little cousin Kaitlin was getting married this morning at 10:00, and the ceremony was 45 minutes away, so I had a busy morning getting ready for the wedding AND my overnight trip tonight AND getting my kids ready for a day with Aunt Jeanie (my sister watched them while I was at the wedding). Jerry worked all night, so he had to sleep during the day, and didn't go to the wedding.

Kaitlin's wedding was beautiful, and she looked amazing. I'm usually not one to get emotional at weddings, and I didn't shed a single tear at my own wedding; but today, I must have cried about 50 times! My first cousin, Kim (Kaitlin's mom), died of cancer several years ago, leaving behind Kaitlin, her two sisters, and their father. It was really heartbreaking, because Kim was so young and SUCH a special person.

Anyway, I think everybody was thinking of Kim quite a bit today (I know I was). Kaitlin even used some lace from her mom's wedding dress to wrap her bouquet in.
Usually I'm the short one in pictures!
After the ceremony, we went to Ann Arbor for the lunch reception at noon. I sat at a table with my cousins (Kim's brothers and sister) and their spouses. I was a little uncomfortable going by myself, but I had a lot of fun--my cousins are hilarious, and I laughed quite a bit. I wasn't planning to have any drinks, but everyone else was, and wine sounded so yummy. I had a glass of pinot grigio.

After lunch (and a piece of cake), I didn't stay much longer, because I had to get home to go with my sister to Toledo. Ty headed down there early to get our packets, and the rest of us headed down when Debbie got out of work at 5:30.

Our dinner reservations were at 7:00 at Biaggi's. Let me start by saying I had really good intentions when I went there, but all of those intentions kind of took a back seat when I was in the moment. I wish I could say I don't regret it, but I know this will come back to haunt me when I get on the scale! I had bread before dinner, then margherita pizza for dinner, and then dessert afterward. Oh, and let's not forget, more wine. I feel like I need to run the entire marathon tomorrow to burn off all the calories I ate today!

I ended up getting the Nutella Skillet Cookie for dessert. It was very yummy, but I don't think I'd order it again. It tasted exactly like a very underbaked chocolate chip cookie (I couldn't taste any Nutella flavor, despite the name). It was scalding hot though, so I burned my mouth. I'm glad I got it, so I could taste it and not obsess over it, and I'm even gladder that it wasn't SO amazing that I just had to come back for more ;)

We just got to the hotel, and I took half a Xanax to hopefully sleep a little bit tonight. The race starts bright and early at 7:00 tomorrow morning. I'm excited!


  1. Good luck tomorrow!

  2. Have fun tomorrow. I have my first relay in a few weeks and I'm so excited to be a part of a team. I love that your cousin used a part of her mother's dress in her bouquet. What a great idea!

  3. That dessert looks really yummy! Good luck at the race tomorrow, can't wait to hear how it goes. Have a blast!

  4. Can't wait to hear about the rest of your weekend!

  5. At 5'4" (and shrinking...doctor measured me at 5' 3 3/4" last time, but I refuse to acknowledge that last 1/4 inch), I too am usually the short one everywhere, especially in my family of men and 5'9" daughters-in-laws. When we visited my sister-in-law and her husband (my Du's brother) in DC recently I was standing next to her as she was showing off her beautiful walk-in CEDAR closet and I realized I was absolutely towering over her. I stepped away and said (quite rudely) "HOW SHORT are you?" She laughed and said "4'11". That's SHORT. I think I had shoes on and she was barefoot, making the difference even more pronounced. Turns out she wasn't insulted by my 'short' comment and is (as I've found most short people are) quite proud of her shortness. WHEW! At least it wasn't a major faux pas while staying at their house!!!

    LOVE that red dress you wore to the wedding, it's so form fitting and your form is so tiny....it just looks great. My stomach flab would not allow for that style unless I had on a major Spanx-type garment.

    Good luck running this morning. It's to be very warm here today, and I know you prefer cool weather for running, so I hope it is much cooler up north and that all goes okay!!!


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