My man is back where he belongs…in the kitchen!

Getting home to make dinner tonight was going to be tight (I had to run to the market to buy a lottery ticket – on Wednesday, I won baseball tickets from HK’s winter fitness incentive program and yesterday I won a personal cooler and insulated cup at a raffle at the HK health fair, so I figured I really ought to see if my streak holds out tonight for the MegaMillions lottery), so Drew volunteered to make dinner for us. It really is nice having someone cook for you (and he even loaded the dishwasher when he was done – what a good boyfriend!) on busy evenings like this.

And it doesn’t hurt that he’s quite the whiz in the kitchen! He made us these delicious tacos with catfish nuggets and kale – lovely and spicy and tasty!

Bachelorette nails, of course!

And what does any self-respecting bachelorette party attendee need? Sparkly nails!

That’s Sally Hansen’s Rockstar Pink – which is one of my favorites! Unfortunately it doesn’t last too long and after just a couple of days peels right off. But I still love it!

And then, so as not to be too healthy…

…that evening a bunch of us threw a bachelorette party for Rachel, who will be getting married later in April!

We started off with pizza, presents, cookies, and drinks at Kate’s house before heading downtown for drinks and then off to a dance club to round out the evening! As per the usual bachelorette party rules, there were plenty of penis-themed items: a (very tasteful) penis tiara, gummy penises (in honor of a recent Parks and Recreation episode), and penis cookies (along with some non-penis cookies for some variety). I was trying to make the penis cookies more silly than anatomically correct, so when I was at Michael’s looking for flesh-colored food coloring and noticed candy googly eyes, a lightbulb went off!

The green ones ended up looking like they were wearing grass skirts – even sillier! I used my go-to sugar cookie recipe and the royal icing recipe on the meringue powder can – the only problem was that I had to let the cookies sit out plenty long while the icing dried and it resulted in them being a little on the stale side…

The non-penis ones were pretty cute, too! (R+S is for Rachel and Scott…)

It was a really fun night even though I was pretty tired out by the end of the evening, having run a 10K earlier that morning – great to have a girls’ night out and to celebrate for Rachel and Scott’s impending wedding!

RUUUUUNNNNN!

Last Saturday, my mom and I ran our first 10K! Crazy, you say? Yeah, I know, it really was. But we’ll do pretty much anything for a special sweatshirt – this year, Monticello is hosting a Triple Crown of races and if you participate in all three, you get a special sweatshirt. So, we’re running!

This first race was a 10K and a half marathon (we are not ready for that, but we’re vaguely thinking about maybe training for the Disney Princess Half Marathon one day) that took place at Allerton Park. It was actually really nice! It was a bit chilly while we were waiting for the race to begin, but once we got going, the sun came out, it started to warm up, and the trees really blocked the wind (we were running on the trails for most of the route).

We finished!

Our goal was to do it in under 2 hours, figuring that even if we walked the whole route, we could do it by then. We ended coming in at around one hour and 24 minutes! I think it works out to about a 13:30 mile pace which is slower than we were hoping for – a 12:00 mile is really our goal. Mom could totally have gone faster and run the whole thing – I was the one slowing us down the whole time. In fact, she came second in her age group and won a little Fu Dog statue!

I’m pretty proud of us! And we’ve signed up for four 5K’s this summer already to be followed by another 10K in the fall which will finish up the Triple Crown and get us our sweatshirt.