I feel like I’ve been on the move all day! It feels good to finally be at home. 🙂


After a nice, long shower following this morning’s 10k race, my tummy started rumblin’ again.

I boiled some water to make pasta while roasting asparagus in the oven and steaming broccoli in the microwave. I had all the appliances in use!

I knew I needed a lunch with staying power since we were going to be bowling from 1 to 4 p.m. Pasta with veggies seemed like a great option.


Noodles + Broccoli + Sauce + Cheese


Afternoon Bowling

After inhaling lunch, Ryan and I headed to Boardwalk Bowl for an afternoon of bowling to raise money for Junior Achievement with his coworkers.

Couple o' Bowlers

Our team was a fun one! Ryan and his buddy Rob were quite the bowlers and were neck-in-neck throughout the first game.

Ryan got three strikes in a row (a turkey!) and just barely nudged him out for the win. It was a lot of fun to watch!

Ryan, Me, Katie & Rob


Top Notch Bowlers

Bowl Baby Bowl

Ryan and His Winning Score

Our friend Katie was also a big winner… She won the top pirze for the worst score in the first round (a 43 in case you were wondering). As a former winner of this prize, I was especially proud of her.

Katie the Big Winner & Me

A little after 4 p.m., greasy bowling alley food was brought out for us to snack on.

Bowling Alley Food

I was pretty hungry but knew Ryan and I had plans to head out for a date night right after bowling, so I limited my snacking to a couple of pigs in a blanket and a chicken finger.

Date Night

We left about 30 minutes later and headed right to Paco’s, a small Mexican restaurant we’ve heard great things about.

Da Suuun!

Whenever we’ve driven by Paco’s, the parking lot is packed and now we know why!


What to get... What to get...

Within five minutes of our waiter bringing chips and homemade salsa to our table, they were gooone!

Chips and Salsa

Our food was delivered to our table very quickly, which was wonderful because I was hungry!


Chicken Tacos

I downed the chicken tacos like it was my job and had several bites of Ryan’s enchiladas. Tasty!


After dinner, we headed home to our energetic puppy.

Since it wasn’t quite dark outside yet, we took her on a 40 minute walk around the lake by our apartment to let our dinner digest a bit before heading out for dessert.

Dessert = McDonald’s shamrock shakes!!!

Shamrock Shake

I love milkhakes and McDonald’s makes a mean shake!

My McDonald’s shake flavor rankings are as follows:

  1. Strawberry shake
  2. Shamrock shake
  3. Chocolate
  4. Pumpkin shake
  5. Eggnog shake

I drank a big diet coke while we were bowling today and I think it triggered my sweet tooth so the shamrock shake hit the spot! 

I’ve read a lot of articles about diet soda and I don’t drink it often. I definitely think it makes me want sugary foods… Something about the sweetness of the soda sets me off!

Do you drink diet soda?

17 Responses

  1. What does a shamrock shake taste like? I’ve never heard of it!

    It sounds like you had a fun-filled, exciting day! Just reading about it makes me worn out! heh 😉

    • oh they’re awesome! they taste minty – like mint choc. chip ice cream w/o the choc. chips. 🙂

  2. What a busy day! But it does sound like a great one 🙂

    And I rarely drink diet soda. Maybe once a month. Tonight was the night I REALLY wanted one though…but no go. We don’t buy any for the house and we weren’t going out for dinner.

  3. Looks like a really fun, and busy, day! I used to drink diet soda everyday, all day long. I was constantly dehydrated and always had headaches. I always knew it was bad for me and it was hard to stop drinking it, but now I don’t really like it anymore. It never really made me crave sweets though, probably because I was always drinking it and that was sweet enough!

  4. Ryan’s enchiladas look divine! I dont drink diet soda, I’ll have a sip here and there of my boyfriends but I dont ever order one of my own. You’re right, it totally triggers my sweet tooth. I drink Zevia but for some reason, that doesnt make me crave candy and cake like reg diet soda does.

  5. i MUST try that shamrock shake! what does it taste like?!
    yall are so freaking cute on your date nights! YAY! makes me SMILE!

    • oooh it’s delish! it reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream w/o the chocolate chips. so tasty!

  6. If I drink soda I usually drink diet and only one glass of it a day. I try to drink water and tea most of the day. If I drink soda I won’t want anything else but that.

  7. No diet soda here. I was just telling someone about the Shamrock shake yesterday. I miss those, I didn’t know they did a strawberry shake, is that seasonal?

  8. I try and limit my diet soda, but when I do indulge, I love Coke Zero! My hubs is a diet coke addict. It’s like crack to him. lol. I’ve been drinking a lot more tea lately.

    Heatehr @

  9. I love all the pictures!
    And, not to brag, but I once bowled a 1!! It was my first time bowling and i even slipped on the isle. Nobody told me it was slippery! Fun times…. 🙂

  10. You are like the McDonalds Shake Connoseur! Love it!

    Looks like you have tons of fun.

    I drink diet soda maybe about 3 times a week. I figure I could have many vices that were a lot worse.

  11. Oh man! If you ever visit Cali, you gotta try an InNout Milkshake 😀 it’s super cheap and delicious! beats mcdonalds by a million 😉

    your hair is always so gorgeous by the way!

  12. I love milkshakes, though I’ve never had a McDonalds one! I love enchiladas, that restaurant looks fab!

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