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The Last Supper

I made it back to Orlando in one piece but I have one more Texas post for you. It’s hard to believe, but I did not eat all the things while I was there per usual. This made the buttons on my jeans happy, but it made me sad. Very, very sad. So on the second to last day, I had dinner with all five of my co-workers at Johnny’s Steaks and BBQ.

Johnny’s is in Salado (about a half hour from Killeen) and everyone and their brother recommended this place. It was nice to finally eat somewhere local. And by local, I mean it was in the middle of nowhere, all the parking was on dirt or grass, and there were deer heads mounted all over the walls. The place was super busy, so I didn’t want to take all sorts of pictures of the restaurant like a tourist, so just picture those deer staring straight at you while you eat. Watching. Judging.

My co-workers who had been to Johnny’s before told me they served life-changing steaks. Obviously, I wanted my life to change. So I ordered steak. But first came the side salad served on top of 20 packages of Saltines.

They served the salad on top of a basket of saltines. Is this a thing? I’ve never had Saltines served with a salad before. Croutons, sure. Saltines, no. So this made me laugh. It made me laugh hard. My co-worker – we’ll just call him “Ron” – said that I laughed so hard that I made the poor, hot, waitress feel uncomfortable (his words). I disagree. But whatever, “Ron,” if that is your real name.

Anyway, the salad wasn’t nearly as funny as the dressing I asked to be served on the side.

They gave me the entire bottle of ranch. This was the point in which I knew I loved Johnny’s.

To get my steak on, I ordered the 8oz sirloin with a side of green beans. I’m pretty sure that is more than 8oz. I mean, I’m not measurement expert, but that’s a large ass steak.

The green beans were ok. I wouldn’t get them again. But, the steak was juicy and delicious and it only cost something like, $12.00. I asked for it to be cooked medium and it was more medium rare (I don’t like my meat mooing) but it was still really good so that says something. I got sad that I’ve been to Killeen so many times and haven’t been there yet and then I was sad I was leaving the next day because I wanted to go back. So basically, next time I’m in Killeen, I plan to sleep there instead of in a hotel.

The food didn’t stop at the giant steak. Oh no. They had blackberry cobbler. Paula does not say no to blackberry cobbler.

I dominated that thing. So, so good. More importantly, it didn’t have the annoying seeds that get stuck in your teeth so that dessert only brought me happiness. They also had peach cobbler and pecan cobbler, which I’m imagining tastes like pecan pie (the only way I’ll eat pecans) so now I have to try it next time I’m in town. Eat all the cobblers!

So even though I brought my lunch to work every day like a good girl and only ate out four times in the two weeks I was there, I made the last time worth it. 🙂

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Hi from Texas. Again.

Welp, I’m back. Let’s just call Killeen “Home Two.” I’ve been here so much, I actually know my way around town and that’s a pretty big deal because I have the worst sense of direction ever. I still can’t find places in Orlando and I’ve lived there for 11 years.

The flight into Austin was uneventful except for the purchase of my new neck unicorn pillow.

Those pillows do not stop your head from falling forward and jerking you awake on a plane, by the way. Or maybe they do if you buy one that was created for a person over eight.

I flew in with a couple of co-workers on Sunday. I had to get their help lifting my luggage since I’m still on a 10lb weight restriction for two more weeks and mine weighed 50lbs. I felt bad watching one of them pull my behemoth purple monster off the conveyor belt and then felt even worse when he grabbed his own luggage. W.T.F?

We’re here for two weeks. How the hell is it possible for anyone to pack that lightly? That little suitcase might fit my things for an over-nighter and even that’s debatable.

This time we’re in a different hotel, which is a nice change of scenery. I even scored a partially obstructed pool view! That’s the kind of sweet treatment I get from Marriott’s silver elite club.

Here’s where I’ll be spending the next two weeks.

This is my favorite part of the room.

You can never have too many exposed wires, that’s what I always say.

After we checked into the hotel, we made a trip to my grocery store lover, HEB. I bought food for the next two weeks (eggs, frozen dinners, peanut butter, and Diet Coke – keepin’ it healthy). HEB is the Wal-Mart of grocery stores, so it has tons of useless stuff that I want to buy. I went back yesterday and spent an hour in the makeup section, so obviously I’m making quality use of my time.

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Off topic, but did anyone see True Blood this week? Is Sookie crunching boulders or something? Those abs are ridiculous for having twins not long ago.

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Almost Home

Only one more day left in Killeen. I’m so ready to go home. Three weeks is a long time to be away and now I’m really appreciating my two week work trips. Never thought those words would come out of my mouth. Or in this case, be typed.

I’m pretty sure I’ve done a city-wide tour of fast food and chain restaurants since I’ve been here. It’s ridiculous. I don’t even want to talk about how I migrated from Whataburger to Sonic. Did you know Sonic has 25 flavors of milkshakes? I mean, that’s just a dare waiting to happen.

Some days drag on forever and others aren’t so bad. Minimal access to internet and my beloved phone for three weeks – not fun. Meeting a new friend – fun. Having the gold crown pop off my tooth on Wednesday – not so fun. Getting to see this little lady again – super fun.

I can’t come to Killeen without seeing her. ❤

Speaking of days that are better than others, Monday night was one of those. Monday officially made the third week of this trip totally worth it. My co-worker, Ron, and I drove to Austin to see one of my favorite bands that no one’s heard of – IAMX. (By the way, Ron is one of the writers for this blog. Apparently it’s a big deal. So yeah, I know a superstar.) Anyway, the show was at a little venue on 6th street called The Parish.

IAMX is from England and they only have a handful of American tour dates – none of which were in Florida. I even posted about the bands I love that no one’s heard of back in 2011 and they were on the list. So I’ve been waiting for them to get their sweet asses to the states for a long time. When I found out I would be in Killeen when they were in Austin, I begged Ron to go with me, snapped up some tickets, and tried to forget the show was on a Monday night. (Who does that? Honestly.)

The show was amazing. They sound so good live. Though, I saw them back when they were called Sneaker Pimps, so I kinda new that. The whole show was really dark, so this is the best I could do for a picture.

I had such a fun time. I kept telling Ron how heavenly the lead singer’s voice is the whole concert and I think that only partially had to do with the drinks. Maybe. I’m sure he loved me professing my love for the lead singer all night. And being the DD. And taking me to Whataburger at 1:00am. Then there was the part where we still had to go to work the next morning. Actually, he might have gotten the short end of this stick.

So that’s what’s been happening in these parts. Now I’m looking forward to going home and getting back to Crossfit. I’ve kinda been slacking on that front because, well, Crossfit is hard and food is awesome. I’m going to miss wearing my eating pants.

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All the Texas Things

I opened up Windows Live Writer to write a new blog post and couldn’t figure out for the life of me what the hell I’ve been doing the past two weeks in Texas. It’s becoming kind of a blur, so I turned to my cell phone pictures for a reminder…

1.  I found heaven.

Heaven is actually located in H.E.B. It’s true. I’m so glad we don’t have this grocery store in Florida because I would be in trouble. My co-worker, Marisa, and I were oogling these cupcakes and giant strawberries for a good five minutes, passed them up (unprecedented), and went to check out only to find another cupcake station set up in the front. So we caved. Well played, H.E.B. Well played.

2. We bought two cupcakes (Oreo and white chocolate raspberry) and a red velvet strawberry that I’m sure will cause some life threatening illness later in life.

I don’t even want to know what was used to grow that thing but I’m fairly certain it wasn’t natural.

3. The Killeen Mall has a pet store with bunnies!

Look at that sweet bunny face! I just want to snuggle the crap out of him.

4. At my co-workers insistence, I tried Whataburger for the first time.

Now I need to make a public apology to Whataburger for dissing you all these years. I thought you were the ugly step-sister of Hardees. I laughed when your location closed in Orlando. But I was wrong, you are delicious.

I pretty much haven’t stopped talking about that burger since last week because I was so surprised it didn’t suck. When you order, you get a number to place on your table so they can bring the food out to you. When they bring the food, they offer an actual platter of different ketchups. A platter! So fanci I have to spell it with an i.

5. New favorite drink alert!

Texas has given me a gift and this is it. That’s Fireball and Angry Orchard cider. Amazing. Drinking two of those really fast not recommended, though.

6. I tried Freebirds for the first time.

Melissa told me to try Freebirds because it’s “10x better than Chipotle.” She was right. That place is delicious, although their service is 10x slower. My co-workers liked it as well but they weren’t sold on the better than Chipotle part. Although, I think some of their disappointment had to do with the fact that Freebird wasn’t playing on a continuous loop inside. (So hard to please, some people.)

7. I went to see Pain and Gain.

If you’re into watching two hours of bewbs and muscles (which I am, of course), this movie is for you. It’s based on a true story that I read about before seeing the movie and I didn’t know how it would be possible to make it into a dark comedy…but they did. I liked it but it’s probably hard to take if you’re a little squeamish, especially knowing it’s true. Sort of related, The Rock has really nice, white teeth.

8. I made a new friend. Say Hi to Megan. Smile

Megan lives in Killeen and asked me if I wanted to get together when she read that I would be here for three weeks. So of course I took her up on that offer. I was extremely happy to find out that she wasn’t a crazed lunatic and she didn’t want to harvest my kidneys.

We had dinner at Texas Land and Cattle where she witnessed first hand my immense capacity for ingesting food. Then we hit up a frozen yogurt place and closed.it.down. That’s right. We know how to party in Killeen on a Friday night.

By the way, Megan lost 150lbs when she was 16 by exercising, eating better, and not eliminating anything specific from her diet. She’s kept it off for TWELVE years. Inspiring? I think so.

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Back to Real Life

I made it back to Orlando safely. And now I get to hang out with these two cuties again.

That might be my favorite picture ever. Hubs loves his bunny snuggles. So sweet. ❤

I have today off because of all the hours we put in on travel. I’ve been killing time by catching up on MasterChef, not showering, taking gratuitious pictures of Pants, and rearranging the magnets on the fridge. And by rearranging, I mean just putting a new one up there.

Whenever I visit a new place, I have to buy a magnet that has the name of the place I visited. I like the reminder of where I’ve been and I think as the years go by, I’ll like looking back and remembering all the trips I’ve taken. I get pretty upset if I forget to buy one too. I forgot to buy one in Savannah and Jacksonville last year, which still bums me out that I don’t have a reminder of my first and second marathons. I also couldn’t find one in Austin, so I had to beg my co-worker, Lee, to pick one up for me. I realize I am ridiculous. But it’s my thing.

Anyway, Killeen was pretty sparse in the magnet department. What? No one wants a reminder of Killeen out there? Unthinkable! I found exactly one at the airport, so I had to buy it. It’s not pretty.

That deer looks pissed to be in Killeen.

I just found out today that in three weeks, I might be going on another two week work trip (to Maryland this time). I’m not thrilled about it since I was trying to get vacation time approved next month. Plus, the last thing you want to hear right when you get home is when you’re leaving again. I guess I’ll see if the trip actually gets approved. It’s just in the planning stages now but it’s kinda killing my mood.

Not killing my mood? That I get to go to Crossfit tonight after 2 weeks of doing workouts on my own. And, I’m officially back on my running plan! I’m following one from Smart Coach, which is free from Runner’s World. The easy run paces are a little on the slow side for me, so I may have to tweak those as I get into it.

My ultimate goal is a sub 2-hour half marathon. I have a 10 miler coming up at the end of September and I’ll have a little more time after that to train for my half marathon in November. I’ll be running the half alone, which I think will really help my motivation during the race because I won’t be thinking of who is running ahead of me. At least, that’s how it worked for my last marathon. So my fingers are crossed for this one.

In an unrelated note, I decided to take back to school pictures of Pants today. Almost everyone I know is posting first day of school pictures of their kids on Facebook and I’m feeling a little left out. So, please enjoy Pant’s first day of school pics.

She’s packed and ready to go.

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Five for Friday (Texas Edition)

I’m only here in Killeen for one more day and I can’t wait to get home. I miss my hubs and my bunny. I need to see that sweet bunny butt again.

I’m also in desperate need of a long run. I haven’t run longer than 5 miles in a month and I have some races coming up that I’d like to actually be prepared for. I’m also considering signing up for a race in January (ahem) so I need to keep my endurance up. If I don’t run with my group next weekend, it might get ugly.

So here’s what you’ve been missing in Killeen because I’m too busy blabbing about how much I love Austin:

1.  It’s burning hot outside but any establishment has the A/C jacked so high (low?) that I’m either hotter than hell or freezing my ass off. The classroom I work in happens to be of the freezing variety. I threw a jacket in my suitcase just in case, and I’ve worn it every single day. I didn’t try the jacket on before I packed it, so let’s just say it’s a size too small. And my arms only lift half way up.

2.  Yesterday, a bunch of us went to lunch at noon. I thought it was kinda chilly outside, which I found super weird. I checked the temperature on my weather app and it was 92 degrees with a “feels like” temperature of 98.  Ninety-eight is my new cold. It only took two weeks in Texas for this to happen. I might have to bring out the ear muffs if it gets down to 80.

3.  I’m working in a classroom on a military base and the badge I wear requires an escort. That means, I can’t go anywhere in the building without someone who has a no escort required badge. So, I have to ask random dudes (with the correct badge) anytime I want to go to the bathroom. And then they have to wait outside the bathroom door for me to finish so they can walk me back. That’s fun.

So I’ve basically been living on Diet Coke and barely drinking water so I’m not running to the bathroom every 30 minutes. And I’m worried that I’ll take more than 2 minutes in there and they’ll know what I’m doing.

4. The other day, one of the ladies that hands out badges when we enter the building asked me if I thought it was hot enough outside. I told her I could go for it being 110 instead of 104, and that it wasn’t quite hot enough. And then she was all…

Texas has not taken kindly to my weather jokes.

5.  The hotel doesn’t get the AMC channel, so I’m two weeks behind on Breaking Bad. It’s killing me! The internet connection at the hotel is so slow that it’s too annoying to watch through my SlingBox, so I have to wait till I get home. They do have HBO, which may not be a good thing. I’ve managed to see In Time again (< — click that if you haven’t seen it – it’s a public service warning), part of Something Borrowed (ugh),  the same episode of Newsroom four times, and some movie with Chris Evans where he’s naked a lot.

Ok, that last part isn’t so bad.

This pretty much sums up my last two weeks in Killeen. Exciting, right? Next time I talk to you, I’ll be back in Orlando. I’m so ready to be home. Have a great weekend!

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