Today is another high fire danger day, which means that the wind is blowing about a hundred miles per hour (exaggeration). So, like a baby I skipped my run, opting to have my cross training today instead of tomorrow. I’m already kind of regretting that because my body is itching for a run, but there’s always tomorrow I suppose. I’m going to try to start pushing through even on bad weather days because as I learned 2 years ago, it’s good to be prepared for bad weather on race day.
Anyway, this week marks 14 weeks in the countdown until we (are supposed) to get into our house. We’ve had our meeting to finalize our plans, they cleared our lot, and as of yesterday they’ve put plumbing in! I was so excited when we pulled up. I always tell myself that there’s probably not going to be anything done because then there’s less disappointment if nothing has been…and it’s all the more exciting when it has! Last week I went by and they had cleared the lot and marked off the perimeter of the house. So excited to see the footprint of where we’re going to live, I took a little video. Oddly, you have to click the link for the video to pop up in a different window. Oh, and I get really awkward when I talk on camera.
It obviously looked a little different yesterday. I can’t believe those are our very own pipes! heh.
So that’s the progress on our house. We should be getting an appointment at the design center soon, so we can go pick out fixtures, carpet etc. I’m so excited about that part of it, but also nervous because I’m not really known for being a good decision maker.
As I mentioned yesterday, we have been spending a lot of time in OKC the last couple of weeks. Which means that we’ve been eating out A LOT. I’ve been around here more for lunches, mostly keeping it simple and vegan with some soup, a piece of fruit, some hummus and either pita bread or a few crackers. This meal isn’t the most cost efficient lunch I could have, but it’s been nice during this phase of transition. And it’s so good. You guys know I’m a fan of simple meals.
Amy’s black bean soup, Flackers, hummus, apple
For dinner we’ve been eating at home some – mexican pasta, spaghetti – but we’ve also been trying out every new (to us) restaurant under the sun! The other day we hit up a place called Lotsa Noodles that we’d heard a lot about from our favorite Stillwater barista. The husband found a Groupon for it, and we got $16 worth of food for $8. Lotsa Noodles is exactly what it claims to be – nearly every dish is a noodle dish, and there is every type of food you can imagine from Thai to Cajun to Italian. The inside has a pretty good vibe, but the menu is a little overwhelming for a first timer. There are so many options, and the menu itself is electronic and kind of hard to read as it scrolls and flashes periodically.
After much debate, I ended up getting a Thai dish, which consisted of rice noodles, red bell peppers, green onions and sprouts all doused in a slightly spicy and ultra creamy peanut sauce. The flavor was palate pleasing, but I was a little disappointed in the veggies – I could barely find them! I guess maybe I should have expected that, but I’d rather have a lot of veggies and fewer noodles rather than the other way around. Guess that’s why it’s called Lotsa Noodles instead of Lotsa Veggies. It was also a pretty heavy dish, which was okay because I was able to take leftovers home. But even so, I just felt kind of weighed down when I left. While I liked what I got, I probably would try something different next time. And if I crave Thai food in the future, I’ll probably hit up a Thai restaurant.
The husband spontaneously went with a Cajun flare by ordering fettuchini noodles with a spicy cajun sauce. Only after eating a few bites did he realize that on the menu it had two peppers next to his dish, touting it to be the spiciest thing on the menu. Oops! He still enjoyed it but downed more water in that 20 minutes than he probably has in the past week! That dish was not messing around.
All in all we enjoyed Lotsa Noodles and probably would go back again someday to try something different, especially if we found another Groupon. With such an epically large selection of places to eat in OKC (in comparison with little Stillwater), it probably won’t be anytime soon. But you never know.
Let’s be honest, though, the best part of any restaurant that serves Asian food is the fortune cookie. Especially with a fortune like this:)
I’m off now to speed walk against the wind for a couple of miles, and then I’m going to – you guessed it – head to the city. Yesterday I went to Gap to try and exchange two pairs of underwear for different sizes, but somehow ended up with only one pair in my bag when I got home last night. How do these things happen? It’s rather embarrassing calling Gap at 8:45 last night to try and explain the how and why of my underwear being left on their checkout counter. But hey, underwear aren’t cheap! So, this afternoon you can find me explaining the story to yet another sales associate while trying not to make too big a fool out of myself.
Hope you all have a fantastic day!
What’s your favorite simple, healthy lunch?