Long weekend over + another midterm completed this morning = time for a long post. I promise it’ll be exciting though! Well, at least a little bit because it includes Oktoberfest! And will be a bit picture-heavy. But who doesn’t like pictures right?
Anyway, where do I even begin?
How about Friday night? Dinner. A couscous dish inspired by Erica, and a delicious dish it was.
Tomato couscous mixed with salsa and red peppers, topped with balsamic wilted spinach, spicy hummus, baba ghanoush and sundried tomatoes. Every bite was grand.
I opted to stay in Friday night because I knew I would be going out both Saturday and Sunday and also had quite a bit of studying to do, so while in the midst of that I made myself a nice little treat:
Microwave-heated apple slices with cinnamon, topped with apple vanilla yogurt, light whipped cream and a crumbled chocolate chip meringue.
Tasty but it didn’t satisfy the sweet tooth because I had more a chocolate-y hankering, so I made some light hot chocolate after this.
Now let’s move on into the weekend.
Then off to work. I had a typical boring and light lunch of a salad and an apple. I wanted to keep it extra clean today because I knew there would be some drinking later on considering this was the night of Oktoberfest celebrations.
But before the lunch I had a snack of a new bar: Dr. Weil by Nature’s Path Chia Razz pure fruit and nut bar.
I ate half before lunch and half after. This tasted pretty much like a thick fruit leather. It was good but I honestly don’t know if I would buy it again. Maybe if they were on sale and I’d probably get a different flavour. It did alright for my hunger levels too but it wasn’t overly high in protein or fibre so it really didn’t hold me over for that long.
When I got home I was starving so I snacked on some rye bread and carrots I believe before dinner.
I was in a rush to get ready because I had to head over to my friend’s house for some pre-Oktoberfest getting ready, so I quickly microwaved a sweet potato for dinner and topped it with salsa, FF sour cream, spicy hummus and baba ghanoush. I know, totally weird and hardly appealing, but it was delicious. And the perfect quick pre-drinking meal. It held me over all night.
Then ON TO the show! The night started off a little rushed. I was supposed to go to my friend’s by 7, didn’t make it there until 7:30. But apparently that wasn’t an issue considering she wasn’t even home yet. Nor did she get home until almost 8 from grocery shopping. So me and the three others who were supposed to meet there before stood in the street for nearly half an hour wondering where the hell she was. That was fun.
Then she arrived, and we enjoyed a couple glasses of wine while getting ready.
Then we drove to the stadium where the festivities were taking places.
We obviously got a little camera happy and obviously had to take pictures while on the way there.
Since I don’t post pics much, I’m the blondie for your reference.
Those two wine glasses might have been pretty heavily poured…
When we got to the stadium we had to wait in a big lineup for beer tickets. The entrance ticket alone was 15.50. And that included no free food and NO FREE BEER. I was unimpressed by this. What the heck did I spend my 15.50 on, to dance the polka? I guess so.
Overall the night was pretty fun. We enjoyed many a cup of beer and busted some pretty hardcore moves on the dance floor. Plus we took plenty of pictures.
They’ve got quite the variety in their expressions here…
The night started pretty early. I think we got there at about 9. Thus the night ended pretty early for us as well. I don’t even know what time we took off but pretty sure it was before midnight. We went out to a pub for some eats. I think we were the only ones in there. The rest of the city must have still been out celebrating.
Clearly I’m hardly amused by the antics of my friends. I was definitely ready for bed by this point.
The night was fun but I don’t know if I completely understand the hype associated with Oktoberfest. It’s pricey and beer-y. I hardly even drink beer. But it was one of those must-do things, at least once. And heck,who am I kidding, I’m sure I’ll join in the festivities again next year.
Now, since this is already pretty darn long, I’ll throw the rest of the weekend eats at you pretty quickly.
Then Sunday night was another night out. Phil’s retro. Phil’s on a Sunday long weekend night always gets CRAZY busy. And is always crazy fun. We went to the bar by 10. Usually we go at least an hour later than that. But we had to go early because we’re savvy. The place had already hit capacity by 11 and there was a crazy lineup of disillusioned hopefuls just waiting to get in. They probably waited hours. It’s a small place and once people are in they don’t typically leave til towards the end of the night so if the place is at capacity, the odds of anyone else getting in are pretty slim.
I had a great time. It was a ton of fun. Two nights of drinking in a row though is quite a bit for me… and it was heavy drinking at that… But it was a long weekend full of celebration-y stuff so it just had to happen. Plus I probably won’t be going out much again for a while since school is now getting crazy busy. Boo.
Yesterday was Thanksgiving day so no school.
When I got home that morning from sleeping at a friend’s I binged on random foods in my fridge. Crap.
Then I went back to bed and slept for a couple more hours.
Then I crammed all day for my midterm that was today.
Then we had a Thanksgiving-y dinner of turkey, gravy, stuffing, and mashed cauliflower. I know this is pretty much hideous but boy was it ever delicious. And I don’t usually even like this kind of meal. I wasn’t looking forward to it at all but I devoured every bite plus more.
And then I crammed and crammed and slept.
And now I just spent the precious little time I had available that I was supposed to be working out in writing this post instead. Oops. Guess I’ll have to push the workout until later? Or try to do something quick now before heading off to class again.
Hope you guys survived this ginormous post ;)