Somebody Take This Biscoff Spread Away from Me… and Other Weekend Tales

This weekend was full of fun, a little sadness, a birthday dinner, and studying. I also managed to fit in working out and sleeping. Wow, it sounds like a lot when I write out like that!

Friday night started with dinner at Outback (yay for giftcards!). We tried to live it up and order expensive meals (mine included the lobster tail!) and we still ended up an entire giftcard to use. And we somehow manage to get coupons for money off of our next meal and a free appetizer coupon.

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After dinner, we headed out to the House of Blues. For those not in Orlando, HOB is located in Downtown Disney, which is about 40 minutes from where we live.  It’s also super packed with tourists who for the most part, have no idea where they are going or how to drive (this is in general – I know there are many of you who visit Disney and are the exception). So that was fun. It only took 20 minutes to find parking.

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Dan was stressing a little about our timing, but we ended up getting to the show by 9:15. When we got there, their 2nd opening act (Atlas Genuis) was still playing – so obviously we made it in plenty of time. We found a place in the back left that guaranteed that I wouldn’t get smushed by drunk people. Or annoyed by them. Atlas Genius was good – and the crowd seemed VERY excited about them – but I admit  I hadn’t heard a single song beforehand. I imagine this is how Dan felt the whole night. So I took pictures.

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Being silly before the show.

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Around 10, Imagine Dragons (apparently there name is an anagram — anyone?) came on and pretty much played their entire album. I knew the majority of the songs, but it was evident that I was not a die hard fan — as there were people there who knew EVERY SINGLE WORD. I was impressed. I was also sober, so maybe I would have pretended I knew every word if I were drinking?

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This is the band’s first headlining tour and I have a feeling they will be playing in bigger venues very soon. They sounded great and definitely had a lot of fun engaging the crowd. At one point there was crowd surfing (OK, at many points). I was very happy to be in the back.

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I obviously failed to bring my real camera.

As for HOB, it was a really nice venue and managed to fit a decent sized crowd (the show was sold out) without it being too insane. I did find it weird that there a lot of people just standing by the back bar talking. LOUDLY.  I guess I didn’t get why you would pay $20-30 for tickets and then not watch the show? Maybe that’s just me though.

Saturday morning came waaaaaay too early (we got home around 12:30) — but I managed to get up and going. After L’s dance class and the gym, I picked up food and then ran around like a crazy person. Ok, maybe I WAS a crazy person. I spent the rest of the afternoon at the memorial of a colleague. It was really touching and nicely done. When Dan got home, we headed across town.

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My brother and sister-in-law were visiting from Tampa, and we got to spend dinner celebrating his 33rd birthday at The Cheesecake Factory (along with my my and her boyfriend!).

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It was a fun night, but I have to admit I was exhausted! I’m pretty sure we were all asleep by 10:30!

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Today was more low key. We spent the morning lounging and then went to our Sunday spin class. I was extraordinarily cranky when I got out of bed this morning (I blame this on it being PERFECT running weather — and not being able to run), and I needed that spin class.

The rest of this afternoon I spent online — getting my Weight Loss Specialist Certificate!

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I completed the the course modules last week and decided I was ready to take the exam today. I will have an in-depth review of the course later this week – but I will say it was a really interesting and I learned a lot more than I expected!

I finished up the day doing a little food shopping and making the best.salad.ever. (it had salmon in it)…and now I’m sitting in front of the TV with this in hand:

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Everything in moderation, right?

How was your weekend? Have you tried Biscoff Spread? Someone might need to come over and take it away from me.

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  1. This could very well be a stupid question, but what is Biscoff spread?

    Congratulations on getting your Weight Loss Specialist certificate. Can anybody take the course & become certified as a weight loss specialist?

    • Biscoff spread is basically a Biscoff cookie (like a shortbread) that is turned into a butter. So it’s kinda like cookie butter. Lol. SUPER healthy!

      As for the course – I’m pretty sure it’s open to anyone. I think they are offering it right now for $99. That’s a good question though – I’ll check with my contact and get some details before my post this week!

  2. HOB pro tip: pass by the HOB and take a right at the last light where you can get into Downtown Disney (right before the I4 exits) and park in front of Cirque Du Soleil. NO ONE ever goes that far down so there’s always tons of parking and it’s no further of a walk unless you happen to get a money spot in the regular parking area. That’s the only place I’ll park when I go down there.
    Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run recently posted..The Post Where I Whine

    • That would have been the first light (the way we came in – since we took 417) and I told Dan to go that way! We actually got an insanely close spot in the end, so I can’t complain too much. It was just a cluster.