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And Then They Brought Out Pizza (Weekend Recap)

Ah, best laid plans oft go awry when people bring out the pizza. Or chips. Or anything carby, really. Weekend recap time!

First things first….

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And now, weekend recap time.

Work at the restaurant this week was a roller coaster. I had some GREAT services, and some pretty terrible (monetarily) services. I worked a ton of hours: I am not kidding in the least when I say YES, you CAN get horrifically sore feet–where it legitimately hurts to walk barefoot–even while wearing supportive shoes the entire time. My feet ached and screamed at me each morning this weekend! 

Friday was a bit of a crazy day, a reprise of the previous week’s workout schedule, but this time I learned my lesson and a) didn’t workout on Thursday (where I pulled another double) and b) didn’t work a double on Friday. So my run Saturday went much better, and my legs didn’t give out! But Friday service was a little patience-trying because of one table. Not really their fault, honestly, but just a Lemony Snickett’s situation where nothing could go right for them, and we kept me on to make sure that their experience was, at the very least, consistent. I didn’t make much from the table, but I feel good about how I went above and beyond for them. 

Alex and I decided to try a new (to us) Mexican restaurant that has a cool outdoors and that we walk Ridley by on the way to the dog park nearly every day–Las Fluentes. IT WAS TERRIBLE. The chips were stale, service was meh, our entrees were like a 6 out of 10 on the tastiness scale. Oh, and don’t get a margarita unless you get the “Especial” one–the house marg tastes like it came from a grocery store mix. Actually, the grocery store mix might be more tasty. (per Alex)

Even so, we both ate too much. Because that is what we do, lol. And, well, carbs.

Saturday was a great day, but I will fully admit that I had a piss poor attitude for much of the first portion of it. I think I was just overtired from working so much this week. Alex and I had a decent run, but I had a scary cramp in the middle of it so we walked for a little bit and then dialed it back for the rest of the way. Alex had an awesome run, though, and his longest in a while (we dropped me off at home and he continued on). He came back to me having majorly refueled and already taking a nap. 

We feasted at Sultan’s, then even got a little froyo and hung outside just chatting as I tried to get out of my funk (a full belly and sunshine post nap did the trick). Unfortunately, before I knew it (and after another mini nap) it was time for work. 

But here is where it gets fun. 

Basically the restaurant was a sh*tshow when I arrived. Nobody had gone on break, nothing was prepped, we were short two servers, and there were tables coming in. 

So, refreshed and ready for action, I got to work. And I #killedit. It was probably one of my favorite nights in the restaurant so far. Sure, one table stiffed me hard, but I had so many great tables, I felt so useful, I was so active and engaged, and I was just on it. It was crazy, hectic, insane… and I LOVED IT.

And I was doing really well not eating everything in sight… Until our managers got us pizza. And they had thin crust bbq chicken pizza. 

So… there goes that. #sorrynotsorry

Sunday was a rest day for me and a park day for Ridley, after which we met our friends (and my former Team Challenge runners) Katie and Ben for brunch! We tried to go to perennial brunch favorite Batter and Berries, but upon finding out that the wait was TWO HOURS we laughed and headed to S&G Kitchen, a place Katie had seen and wanted to try. It’s a diner specializing in a bajillion skillets and all the other things, and it was a delicious choice! I got a veggie egg white omelet, Alex got eggs over medium, bacon and hashbrowns, and we shared their pancakes, which were awesome. Katie and Ben got skillets, which looked amazing! 

When we got home, I read and took a series of naps. I was just exhausted from the crazy week and not sleeping late enough. And there is nothing better than a sunny day nap! We polished off the day with a delicious al fresco dinner at a nearby bistro (sweet potato friiiiies) before coming home for Star Wars Rogue One and an early bed time!

It was a great weekend full of naps, carbs, satisfying work, and time with Alex. What more could I ask for??

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As a heads up, tomorrow I will be discussing my Subchorionic Hemorrhage, the bleeding that has been my biggest pregnancy scare to date. I’ve gotten so many questions about it that I wanted to lead with that!

Have a great week, my friends!


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  • Reply Carla

    That is my favorite phrase. I don’t even know why but I swear I was just thinking so much about that yesterday: shit show. So freaking descriptive. Although perhaps not as lovely a mental image as we would like when used in reference to a restaurant 🙂 i’m still shocked anyone steps. But I guess if you’ve never worked any sort of a service industry job you don’t get it??

    July 31, 2017 at 5:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that everyone should work a tipped service industry job, just once. You learn a lot about human nature!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:33 am
  • Reply Christina @

    That’s awesome that you had such a great night at the restaurant! Sounds like a very full, but fun weekend 🙂

    July 31, 2017 at 6:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Just the way that I like them! (except for the bad Mexican food, lol!)

      August 6, 2017 at 8:31 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I’m glad you are finding so much satisfaction from your job. It’s tough working with the public and there are those people that you can’t make happy no matter what you do. I had a slew of them last week at work–it’s no wonder my RA started to flare. Obviously we don’t work for tips, but we do get rated by patients.

    July 31, 2017 at 6:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      When things are bad, it doesn’t matter how much money you are making–you feel like you are letting everyone down and it is frustrating. But those good days… they are just the best!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:30 am
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups

    It’s such a satisfying feeling when you know you are killing it at work. Sounds like a good weekend.

    July 31, 2017 at 7:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was a great one!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:29 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Naps, carbs and family time doesn’t get better than that!

    July 31, 2017 at 7:07 am
  • Reply Gretchen

    Happy birthday to your mom!! And that pic of the dog is hilarious…wish Selma had that much patience 😉

    July 31, 2017 at 7:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish Ridley knew what patience was…

      August 6, 2017 at 8:29 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Happy Birthday Mama Suz!!!
    Glad you had a good weekend. I’ve had all sorts of weird food too as the Hubs has been in charge of the kitchen- lol!

    July 31, 2017 at 7:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh I bet! Certainly not the most composed dishes!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:28 am
  • Reply Cora

    I had a shift just like that last night!! The good one, I mean. Its weird, I often find when everything is crazy and everyone else is angry and stressed, I am usually at my prime. I always go against the communal energy. Last night I had one of those shifts where I was just ‘on.’ I was efficient, multitasking like a fiend, doing everything for everyone all at the same time and ontop of it all, was in an awesome mood and loved conversing with people. Wish they could all be like that eh,? The other shifts this week weren’t exactly as nice. #fatigued = crappy shift.

    Boo to a crappy crappy meal. But I guess even you guys can’t always have winners.

    July 31, 2017 at 7:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YAS to us both having ROCKstar shifts! BOOM!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:29 am
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry HObby

    That sounds like my ideal weekend, only replace the crap Mexican food with Arizona Mexican food. I swear I’ve never been to a Mexican food restaurant here that wasn’t freaking amazing but every time I try to go to get Mexican food outside of Arizona it is sub par. Like that time I went to a Mexican food restaurant in Iowa ha ha

    July 31, 2017 at 9:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I need to come back to AZ!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:24 am
  • Reply Emily

    Sunny day naps are AMAZING; they are a gift from God. I learned that yesterday while taking a nap … It was kind of a half sunnyish/half rainy day. 🙂 And I LOVE thin crust pizza, especially one with bbq sauce. I understand your excitement and enthusiasm for it.

    Also aren’t rest days/step back days so amazing? They really refresh my legs especially for long run days.

    July 31, 2017 at 9:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They refresh my LIFE. My legs are still toast, lol!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:24 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Ahhh I’m so glad you had such a good day at work that day! That always feels amazing. Crappy about the abdominal pain though. Do you think it could be round ligament pain?

    July 31, 2017 at 10:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was thinking that, but I think it was a combo of not going to the bathroom and running just a titch too hard. Maybe some round ligament thrown in for good measure.

      August 6, 2017 at 8:23 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Happy birthday to your mom! All those naps sound amazing, but that’s a huge bummer about the not-so-good Mexican food. Like, it’s fun to try new places, but there’s always that fear of it being underwhelming and just a waste of cash and calories.

    July 31, 2017 at 11:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Total waste of everything. At least Alex and I got some time together!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:23 am
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    Thin crust BBQ pizza?! Yeah, I’d have devoured it as well. NOMS

    July 31, 2017 at 11:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have such a weakness for bbq pizza. CPK you ruined me

      August 6, 2017 at 8:22 am
  • Reply jen

    sounds like a great weekend, take it easy mama!

    July 31, 2017 at 4:31 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Excuse me while I nap and snack

      August 6, 2017 at 8:22 am
  • Reply Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy

    We always overeat when we go out too, and yes carbs always. That’s too bad that the mexican was just meh. I’m jealous of your napping ability!

    July 31, 2017 at 6:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Get pregnant, you won’t have a choice!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:21 am
  • Reply Hannah

    I also had a crappy attitude much of Saturday. Was there something in the air?? I finally dragged myself (and the dog) out for a hike and then we felt better.

    July 31, 2017 at 7:53 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Maybe it was just that we were tired from the week? Or something in the air. Whatever it was, it wasn’t our fault ;D

      August 6, 2017 at 8:21 am
  • Reply

    Ugh, the Mexican that you were at sounds awful. Hopefully with you shaming how bad it was here, they’ll read this and take note! (And hopefully give you both a terrific FREE meal!)

    August 1, 2017 at 6:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Or just promise us that we never have to go back… I would take that!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:20 am
  • Reply Alyssa

    bummer about the Mexican food. All thumbs up for the naps tho. And HBD to your mama!! xoxo

    August 1, 2017 at 8:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She says thank you!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Kat

    Sorry to hear about all the work chaos! And as someone who has stayed at disneyland from open to close, I can attest to some sore freaking feet. Hope you things have settled down for you!
    And my hubby and I went to a horrible Mexican restaurant not too long ago too! While the service was good, the food was seriously lacking. I honestly preferred my homemade tacos though according to my husband, they DID have good chips. How on earth can a restaurant even mess up chips?!

    August 1, 2017 at 3:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Everything about this place was meh. Including the service. If you are a Mexican restaurant, you gotta make those chips fresh!

      August 6, 2017 at 8:20 am
  • Reply San

    Ugh, how frustrating when a Mexican place turns out to be terrible I hate that.

    August 2, 2017 at 2:39 pm
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      August 6, 2017 at 8:19 am
  • Reply heather @Lunging Through Life

    Glad you slowed down your run. When I first started reading you tried a new Mexican restaurant, I was already shaking my head that it would be bad, ha. Gotta stick to the good you know! I hear ya on sore feet! I used to feel like that teaching in heels. Yikes!

    August 3, 2017 at 6:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Tarascas is so good. WE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN

      August 6, 2017 at 8:19 am

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