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Thanks, Katie!

Thanks, Katie!

Thank you so much to all who responded to my downer of post yesterday. I know that we all go through these times, and I had dealt with the hamstring thing so well, but I just wasn’t prepared for this. I really wasn’t. My marvelous Monday post this week will be a bit briefer, but not any less important.

Again, best part of my weekend? This.

I freaked out.

I freaked out.

The close second most-marvelous–the great responses to Thursday’s and Friday’s posts (and yesterday’s, obviously). It was a great collection of yoga poses, ice cream hankerings, and other randomness. And I hope that those of you who were running/racing this weekend had stellar outings!


The sun was shining on Saturday, and I ventured out to enjoy it by sitting in out in front of the Aon Center to do my NASM reading. It felt great in the sun, if a little windy. Afterwards, I went and toured around the hidden Mariano’s in East Benton Place, and then obviously ate all the samples that weren’t nailed down (so.many) and did some shopping for home. And made a fun mixed 6-pack. Obv.

inappropriate, but SO ADORABLE

inappropriate, but SO ADORABLE

Alex got off earlier than he had anticipated on Saturday, so even though I was in a crappy mood, I decided that we should venture out, and I am glad that we did. We went to local Italian eatery Coco Pazzo Cafe, the little sibling to the much more expensive and super fine dining Coco Pazzo. We managed to snag the last available table for walk-in, and immediately got involved in some of the best rosemary foccacia. And a glass of Chianti. I got the Beef Carpaccio and the Sette Vegetali (Seven Vegetables) Salad, and I convinced Alex to get the Tagiatelle Verde, which had house braised beef brisket and house made green tagiatelle noodles.cocopazzo_tagiatelle

It was absolutely stellar. Exemplary, really. The beef tasted of pure beefyness, in that way that beef stew does–just the essence of what it is. And the noodles were rough cut, so obviously handmade. The beef carpaccio was also superb–when you folded it around the arugula, which was dressed with just lemon, and took a bit of the freshly shaved parm…whoa.

And for the record, I didn't play with the color in either of these pictures--all I did was brighten them a bit.

And for the record, I didn’t play with the color in either of these pictures–all I did was brighten them a bit.

Just a magnificent bite. Our meal was all about quality, and simplicity. And you know that is a recipe for greatness right there. I followed it up with some more greatness: ice cream, nut butter, and 479 popcorn, enjoyed under a blanket with Alex on the couch.

Sunday dawned beautifully, but quickly turned chilly and cloudy. I had a crappy morning, mentally, but a walk outside with Alex to take pictures and scout locations for Ramblen (including a stop, shop, and nosh at an amazing new grocery) drastically helped. So did pouring out to you guys what has been weighing heavy on my mind. And a little Southern Charm. That Kathryn is really something, huh? And by something, I think Craig has it dead on when he points out her history of sleeping around the main cast. Also? She takes some of the hugest bites of food, and goes to the drunk-sounding end of the spectrum very quickly. Just sayin. I did like her green sparkly dress though. Shep is not much better. Pretty much Craig and JD are the only 2 males on that show that I can stand, but I love Cameron. Jenna doesn’t participate enough for me to know how I feel about her yet.



We are now a mere 2 days away from my birthday, which, as I mentioned yesterday, I will be spending with my closepersonalfriend Bart Yasso

It never gets old.

It never gets old.

for the documentary “Finding Strong” by Brian Vernor. I am hoping to not feel like a dead weight by then, otherwise they might kick me out. Normally, I try to do fun things for my birthday–last year my mom came up for the Cville half (that I was sick for), all of us went to Atlanta, I got my hair cut and Alex and I did our engagement pictures, and we met up with my brother and his roommate for a fun dinner. And then went and tasted our wedding menu the next day. Right now? I would just like to run. Or maybe I will treat myself to yoga. Who knows what I will feel up for. i doubt that I will be getting to crazy yet. Maybe closer to the weekend.

Oh, and Marvelous is the fact that Alex is no longer on an ICU rotation. He’ll still be on a pretty intense service, but nowhere near as bad. This makes me happy for all of our sakes.

I hope you have a great week! Check in tomorrow to see what all I picked up at the Athleta store on Friday! Mom treated me to a little birthday fun, made all the better by 25% off.

What is your favorite Bravo TV show? 

How do you take your coffee? Your tea? What type of tea or coffee?

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  • Reply Audrey

    I take my coffee (dark roast-always) and black. No cream or sugar! I loveeeee coffee!
    I dpn’t watch Bravo much but i loved the Toned Up season back in January about the Tone it Up Girls! Love them!

    April 7, 2014 at 6:42 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      I love how hardcore you are! I take my coffee black with 1-2 sweeteners. Bravo is the extent of my trash tv. I like to revel in my “superiority” by watching Flipping Out and the Real Housewives over the Bachelor lol

      April 7, 2014 at 7:01 am
      • Reply Audrey

        Haha! You’re awesome

        April 7, 2014 at 7:07 am
  • Reply chasingchels

    Aww thanks love 🙂 Lots of other marvelous things in here! Yay for alex being off icu and mama treats and good food and warmerish weather 🙂 Cannot wait to celebrate someone’s bday on wednesday 😀

    April 7, 2014 at 6:51 am
    • Reply chasingchels

      Ugh and you just reminded me i never finished watching s charm from last monday. Caitlin fail

      April 7, 2014 at 6:53 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      I can wait to celebrate someone’s engagement!!!!

      April 7, 2014 at 6:58 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      And by can I obv meant can’t Suzfail

      April 7, 2014 at 6:59 am
  • Reply courtruns4cupcakes

    Eek I just squeeled with excitment!! Caitlin if you see this Congratulations!! I can’t wait to hear how he popped the question!

    I haven’t watched Bravo in forever but I used to love The Real Housewives of the OC. It was crazy to me how catty and immature grown women could be, but it was so entertaining I couldn’t stop watching!!

    April 7, 2014 at 7:01 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      I know right? It amazes me that people are so dumb and ridiculous–can you says rubbernecking at a car wreck?? And I am going to leave alllll of that to C, but there was no way I couldn’t put the pressure on!

      April 7, 2014 at 7:06 am
  • Reply Laura

    Yay for Caitlin, and then you with the birthday. It’s like a celebration week! I like my coffee with a little chocolate soy milk + blog reading.

    April 7, 2014 at 7:40 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Mmmmmmm coffee, chocolate and blogs–just the way to start the day!

      April 8, 2014 at 7:34 am
  • Reply Baking in Yoga Pants

    I am all about Iced Chai Tea. And Hot Chocolate. I know that isn’t coffee, but they’re sold at the same places. So, it’s basically the same 🙂

    April 7, 2014 at 8:27 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      I agree–Hot Cocoa and Coffee are basically the same–you can get a similar high off of both! I love Chai tea–I drink it black, but I’m not going to lie, the full monty with the sugar etc is pretty delicious, and iced Chai sounds amazeballs

      April 8, 2014 at 7:34 am
  • Reply ranchcookie

    I am a huge millionaire matchmaker fan.
    I love my coffee flavored and with some drops of stevia! Nothing can beat that in my books!

    April 7, 2014 at 9:23 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      I’m big on the flavored stevia in coffee–I like Hazelnut, Dark Chocolate, or Coconut best. But I use flavored coffees, so I try to enhance things. I was a huge MM fan for the first few seasons, then she got really out of hand. I miss the early days…

      April 8, 2014 at 7:32 am
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    Happy early birthday!!
    I don’t have Bravo – I have plain old boring cable, which meant no GoT for me last night. Sad 🙁
    Bart Yasso is coming to the Calgary Marathon (with Dean Karnazes) and I am so pumped!!

    April 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Ooooooooo that is quite the power couple! You have to try to get in to see him. BY is one of the nicest people ever. And HBO did a free preview weekend! You could have watched!

      April 8, 2014 at 7:31 am
  • Reply BakeNBurn

    Finally someone else who watches Southern Charm! I saw T-Rav in the Jetblue Terminal of the Ft. Lauderdale Airport yesterday! I’m addicted to all Bravo shows except Flipping Out. I can’t get into it.
    I take my coffee with a bit of skim milk and my tea with nothing (usually).

    April 7, 2014 at 1:31 pm
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      That’s so funny that you’re not into Flipping Out–it’s one of my faves. The early seasons were really great, and focused more on his OCD-ness, even though he was way more of a b*stard. I love the houses, though, and I love love Jenni.

      April 8, 2014 at 7:30 am
  • Reply runningsouthern

    I am LOVING Southern Charm! As a fellow southern lady, they unfortunately hit the nail on the head with some of the southern ridiculousness. Your evaluation of the characters is spot on.

    I only drink tea every so often (unless it is ice cold Splenda-sweetened tea, which I drink all the time). I take my coffee either black or with a splash of coconut milk.

    April 7, 2014 at 2:15 pm
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      I love that you are a splenda-sweetened iced tea drinker 😀 soooo southern, and I am the same way! I have heard great things about coconut milk in coffee–I will have to try it 😀
      And how much do you love the scenery in Southern Charm! I swoon over that, not the people.

      April 8, 2014 at 7:27 am
  • Reply I wanted the Giant Pink Lawn Flamingo #MIMM | SuzLyfe

    […] the day), I met up with Alex (post nap) and his parents for a chat at Panera, then I took them to Coco Pazzo, and after we went to visit my sister in law’s twin sister at her apartment. I came home, ice […]

    April 28, 2014 at 6:03 am
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