I can Move! And Restaurants Galore

Today’s  Happy Note: My dad and my sister are here!  They came to visit me because they were so worried.  I still don’t feel sick but I know I am on the inside.  Kind of an odd feeling.

I inadvertently walked about five miles today — I wasn’t trying to go that far.  It was never more than one to two miles at a time.  It wasn’t a struggle at all.  I wasn’t short of breath and had almost zero chest pain.  I could actually walk quickly without having to gasp for air!  I am NOT pushing myself or anything, it’s just nice to feel like I can move a bit.  I went to a yoga class yesterday and might do a yoga video tomorrow.

I kinda miss  serious cardio — running, stair-climbing, kickboxing, swimming, dancing.  But at the same time.  It is nice to have a break from the gym or the running path.  Not for too long though.  Another week of this and I’ll be bored.  My doctors said I could start exercising as soon as I felt better/within about a week.  Which means I might go for a run this weekend; maybe three or four miles, nothing intense, I promise!  And I’ll stop if I get tired.  I am NOT doing it because I feel like I have to exercise.  I like running: it clears my head and calms me down and gets all my nervous energy out!

In other health news: my INR is not high enough yet which means that my Coumadin dosage is not right.  Grrrr.  It is a very delicate drug that has to be carefully tweaked.  This just means I have to continue on the Lovenox injections a little longer.  I have another blood test on Monday.  I have had so many needles and IVs and shots in my body in the past week that it honestly doesn’t hurt any more.  I used to be quite squeamish and hated needles and now it’s just like “eh, whatever.”  Weird.

I have been able to go to several wonderful restaurants since being out of the hospital!  Which is good.  I need to make up for all that inedible hospital food.  On Saturday I was still feeling quite tired and a little out of it, but I had  already made plans with Joanne and reaaaalllllllyyyy wanted to go.  So I went.  And had one of the best evenings I have had in a while.

We went to The Meatball Shop, a most interesting place.  I was in the mood for some serious red meat, and this satisfied that craving in about two milliseconds.  I loved how the menu was simple and straightforward.  I think single-concept restaurants (i.e., peanut butter  or sliders or squid…well not squid, but you get the point) do well in NYC.  You get to choose your ‘balls, your sauce, a side dish, etc.  The only problem with this type of menu is that if you don’t like one component of the meal, the whole thing could be thrown off.  Good thing I liked it all.  Joanne and I practically licked our plates clean while gossiping about boys (why oh why can’t there be any good ones at our schools?) and other very important things.

I went for the beef meatballs with parmesan cream sauce and a simple salad on the side.  You get to write your order directly onto the laminated menu!  I love fun touches like this.

Delicious  delicious meatballs.  We couldn’t possibly pass on dessert when we saw our options.  Ice cream sandwiches. In which you could choose a cookie  flavor and an ice cream flavor.  We were instantly sold.

Peanut butter cookie and caramel ice cream.  There are no words.  So I’ll stop now, before I turn into a rambling, spewing, meaningless, incoherent…

Next up in my restaurant adventure-ing: Russian Tea Room for restaurant week!  One of the best parts about having my parents around is having my parents pay for things.  I  would never go somewhere for restaurant week on my own.

A real live samovar.  Awesome.

And the food.  Also awesome.

I need more salmon in my life.  I was about to say “I need more chocolate in my life” too, but if I added any more chocolate to my diet, I would pretty much be subsisting on it.  No judgment.

It was a wonderful (albeit expensive) meal.

Have you gone anywhere for restaurant week? It’s pretty fun, I must admit.  Other cool restaurants in the city you’ve been to (and want to tell me about, hint hint)?

Goodnight my friends! Again, thank you for all the love and caring.  You are wonderful. 🙂


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 00:11:40

    Yay for more movement! You’ll be fit as a fiddle in no time 😉 Those meatballs look divine, as does the dessert. Alas I don’t eat out much due to lack of money at the moment, but I am having my lunch today out, and paid for, which I’m looking forward to 🙂

    Right I need to get a little something ready to post this morning 😉 hehe

    Sarah x


  2. therabbitrunner
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 07:51:38

    wow a five mile walk is great! glad to hear that your not pushing yourself 🙂

    mmm the Russian Tea Room sounds & looks so good! I have only heard great things about that place. haha im sure everyone would be happier with more chocolate in their diet 😉


  3. Lori
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 10:33:27

    Can I just say that the food at the restaurants look GREAT! And a Meatball Shop? Seriously? That’s awesome!

    Congrats on the 5 mile walk without pain or effort! That is definitely something to brag about. And you’re taking care of your body at the same time, which is even better. 😉

    Happy Friday!


  4. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 11:31:49

    I’m glad you’re feeling so much better! The Russian Tea Room sounds amazing, I’m bummed I won’t be in the city this weekend because I’d love to try out some RW menus!! Last restaurant week I went to One If By Land, Two If By Sea and loved it. It’s such an old-world restaurant, and an incredible dining experience. I definitely recommend it!


  5. kaztronomic
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 13:06:14

    I’m glad you’re able to spend time with your family and enjoy delicious meals with them! I took a glimpse at the menu for the Russian Tea Room and let’s just say that my eyes got seriously big. xD I’m glad you were able to enjoy it with your family!

    I wish we had something like Restaurant Week out here! Sounds fun. 😀


  6. Joanne
    Jul 24, 2010 @ 07:01:41

    Movement is GOOD. And walking is the perfect way to get it in your life without seriously stressing your body out. I love realizing I’ve inadvertently walked five miles. It’s a good feeling. I’m so glad to hear you’re feeling better!

    Ugh Coumadin. I hope they get it right soon!

    Going out with you was one of my best nights in a while as well! I love just clicking with people 😛

    The Russian Tea Room sounds AWESOME. Isn’t restaurant week the best?


  7. Kate
    Jul 24, 2010 @ 08:35:40

    have fun with your fam and keep enjoying all those restaurants! i love reading about NY foodie adventures 😉


  8. shesarunner
    Jul 24, 2010 @ 16:26:49

    So glad to hear that you are feeling a bit better! I know how hard it is to be sick, and to not be able to move around, and to be stuck in the hospital or at home. It is pretty depressing. I’m happy that you are out and enjoying your food and able to move more. I think it is good that you aren’t pushing yourself and being kind to yourself. You just had a big health scare and it wouldn’t be a good time to push your body to the limit. Just listen to your body and hopefully you can run again soon if you want to. I’m thinking of you!


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