Blues Fest, class reunion and Applebee’s

You’re probably wondering what the title of my blog means, right? Well, it’s a combination of what I did this past weekend.

On Friday night, my husband and I had the pleasure of going to the Fargo Blues Fest. It was awesome. The music was great and so was people-watching. I’m not sure about you, but I love to watch people. It is amazing how different we all are. 

Because we got to the blues fest early and knew we would be having supper there, my husband and I did the smart and cheap route…we packed a picnic. You can’t bring food into the venue because they sell food there and might I add, not the most healthy stuff. Seriously, it was ridiculous. But, whatever. I will admit, we did have to buy some kettle corn and it was so worth it. Every single kernel. I just love that stuff.

Our picnic, which we ate in the parking lot out of the trunk of my car, consisted of turkey sandwiches, pickles, raw bell peppers (red, yellow and orange), strawberries, grapes, cherries, string cheese and pretzels. My husband had some beer, while I sipped on water! The picture below shows my trunk:

Here I am enjoying my supper! It was so much fun.

 

The next day, we headed back to Alexandria, unpacked from Friday night and then repacked, got ready and headed to Willmar for my 20th year class reunion. What a hoot! Seriously, it was so much fun. Here are a few pictures from the evening. Enjoy!

My husband and I before the reunion.

My three bestest friends from high school and myself. These were our name tags for the evening. From left, Jen, Trena, Tracy and then, yep, that’s me. I can’t believe we had that big of hair! 

Here we are today. This was taken before the reunion started. From left: me, Tracy, Jen and Trena. I have to say we all look better today!

Another one of my husband and I. We were looking at the reunion book. I just love this photo!

 

The day after the reunion, after my husband and I finally woke up (we had an extremely late night…didn’t get to bed until almost 3:30 a.m.!!! That’s the latest I have stayed up in a really, really long time), we decided to go to Applebee’s. Despite going out to eat at Perkin’s after the reunion was over…yes, at around 12:30 a.m., we were starving the next morning. I was not hungover, mind you, because I only had three glasses of wine throughout the whole entire evening, but I sure felt like I was. I think it was lack of sleep. Oh, when we went to Perkins, I ate a bowl of oatmeal with sugar-free maple syrup. My friends didn’t even really pick on me for eating it! Which, I have to admit, I half expected them to.

Anyway, back to Applebee’s. Because I was starving and have been so good lately with my eating habits, I decided to treat myself. My husband and I ordered the menu item where you get an appetizer and then two entrees. We chose the boneless buffalo wings for the appetizer, he opted for the bacon cheeseburger for his meal and I decided to have the cheesy chicken penne pasta. I have not ordered pasta in a restaurant for a very long time. Well, because I was "starving," I also ordered the spinach and artichoke dip appetizer.

Yep, you probably guessed it, my eyes were way bigger than my stomach. We did eat all the buffalo wing things, which were really, really good. We ate half of the spinach and artichoke dip, which came with really good salty chips. Then, when my meal came, I think I ate maybe six bites of it. Maybe. I was so full, it was ridiculous. 

Now, here is the fun part. Or at least I think it is. Prior to beginning my healthy living journey, my husband and I would have had no problem going into Applebee’s, eating all of our appetizers, all of our main dishes AND, I know for a fact, we would have ordered, and scarfed down, one if not two desserts. 

Not this time, however. We had half of one appetizer left, my husband ate his burger, but barely touched his fries and I barely touched my meal. And, there was no way in heck we could have ordered dessert. No way.

So, for that, I was happy. Yes, I did splurge, but it wasn’t overkill. It was nice. And you want to know what the best part was? I didn’t feel one ounce of guilt. Not one.

After we got home from Willmar, we didn’t even have a chance to unpack and then we headed to the lake. We were celebrating an 80th birthday. We didn’t spend much time at the lake, however, because it was raining. Instead, we headed into Alexandria and all went out to eat at Angelina’s Restaurant. There was 10 of us. 

I ate two pieces of garlic toast, which is my favorite stuff in the whole world. Then, my husband and I shared a small green olive pizza, which is our favorite kind of pizza. He ate way more than I did. Way more. I was saving myself for, yep, you guessed it, dessert! 

I may not have had dessert at Applebee’s earlier in the day, but I had it at Angelina’s. In fact, I ate not only my dessert, which was a piece of turtle cheesecake, but I ate half of the birthday girl’s dessert, too. She didn’t want all of it. Her dessert was cheesecake, too!

And you want to know the best part, I didn’t feel guilt at all. Not one bit. 

But I did feel just a little sick!

Oh, and by the way, I didn’t figure out my Weight Watchers points the entire weekend! Sometimes, I think it might be better not knowing! : – )

4 thoughts on “Blues Fest, class reunion and Applebee’s

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