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Sunday, February 09, 2014

Today as a family the three of us went to a city about an hour's drive away, one of the cities where my son has been accepted to college. (In two weeks we are taking a campus tour in another city which is a four-hour drive away, where he has also been accepted.) We did not go to the college itself, since his program is in a new building right in the heart of downtown, while the main campus is more on the outskirts. We did pass by the new college building, since it was coincidentally near to the restaurant we had picked out to go to for lunch.

OMG, lunch! I had the most decadent shake with my meal. Luckily the restaurant offered their signature shakes in several sizes, one of which was 8 oz. Anyway, it was a real, thick, vanilla ice cream shake with gooey salted caramel drizzle all through it, and then -- the piece de resistance -- it had chunks of candied bacon mixed in. It was so good. I treated it as a dessert/snack all in one. I'm glad they offered the small size, because IF it was only offered in a 12 or 16 oz. size I could NOT have had it, not even to share since the guys have their own favourite drinks that they ordered.

After lunch we checked out one of the two big malls in the city, walking around so that we could get our steps in. It was more of a window-shopping expedition, since there was nothing there that we needed that we couldn't get locally.

Aside: You'd think with this weather that stores would still carry winter gloves, but no. You can't find them anywhere! Bikinis and sandals, shorts and beachwear, yes. Warm winter gloves to protect your hands in this cold, cold weather that we still have to endure for many more weeks? Not a sausage. (Though hats and scarves are still available.)

Anyway, it was fun to explore. There were a few stores that we don't have available locally, and there was a full-service Starbucks right in the mall, so we appreciated the ability to stop for refreshment after getting our steps in. I found out a tall skinny cafe misto has only 60 calories for a similar tasting drink to my usual tall skinny latte, which has 100 calories. So... bonus! (Especially after that decadent milkshake.)

Since I had such a big lunch, I have only had a salad for dinner. A great big bowl of lettuce and veggies with a little bit of cheese. I just have to check my nutrition numbers for the day. I have some calories left in case I still need to augment my protein.

So that was my Sunday. I am just waiting now to watch the mid-season return of "The Walking Dead."

Yay for the zombie apocalypse. Heh.
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    So glad that they had the small size shake so you could indulge! Window-shopping can be a fun way to get in steps; especially in a new town with your family!

    Sounds like you had a fun day!

    Mary Lynne
    2447 days ago
    Your description of that shake is making my mouth water! Glad they offered a reasonable size option!
    2449 days ago
    Congrats on getting in your steps! I, too, have noticed the summer wear in the stores. I know that now is the best time to get a bathingsuit because of the selection but I'm not sure what size I will actually be come summer. So I will wait again this year and hope something turns up that I can wear.
    And that shake does sound good. It is nice to splurge once in a while. I have learned that that little 1/2 cup of ice cream tastes just as wonderful as a whole bowl used to. Better even because now I appreciate every bite.
    2450 days ago
    Congratulations to your son. It's always nice to be able to take your pick of schools.
    That shake sounds wonderful. Decadent, but I'll bet it was worth every calorie.

    2451 days ago
    The shake sound so yummy! Glad it came in a small size for you. I know what you mean about spring and summer clothes already showing up and we still have lots of snow and ice on the ground and more to come. I did some mall walking today too to et my steps in. Blessings on your journey! emoticon
    2451 days ago
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