So sorry for the lack of posts these past couple days. I may be in Omaha aka “The Big O,” but that doesn’t mean life has slowed down one bit for this Sometimes Healthy Girl.
I’ve had quite a bit on the agenda since arriving in town yesterday at 2:00. Priority tasks included a trip to my favorite grocery store to “window shop,”
An emergency pedicure (my mother was beside herself when she saw my feet),
Some quality time laying out by my best friend’s pool (since pools in NYC are far and few between),
A sweaty run by the tiny man-made lake near my house (It’s not Central Park, but I love it!)
And last, but certainly not least, a night out with my bff’s for my Nebraska b-day celebration (Not to self: always plan a trip to The Big O right before or after my bday so I can celebrate twice without feeling self-indulgent.)
I’m sure you’re very curious about what a night out in The Big O looks like, so let’s discuss.
You Drive Cars Here?!
The first part of the night involved doing something I hadn’t done in 8 months…driving a car.
It felt strange. I’m sure it’s supposed to come back to me quickly, but I definitely felt a bit “out of my comfort zone” operating a vehicle. We have cars in NYC, but this Nebraska girl will never get behind the wheel in the Big Apple. I picked up my bff, Emily from her house (they have HOUSES here, not just apartments – can you believe it?). She was quite excited to see me, clearly!
After about 2 minutes, Emily informed me that I’m “the worst driver she’s ever seen” and forced me to drive within 5 miles under the speed limit. I relented but refused to go above 50 mph…we were passed quite a bit because Grandma Sometimes Healthy Girl doesn’t like to put the pedal to the metal.
Presents for the Birthday Girl
When we arrived at my friend, Jamie’s apartment, I was immediately greeted with presents and cupcakes. Now that’s my kind of welcome wagon! Emily gave me an iTunes gift card, so I could purchase some songs for Theme Song Thursdays and Jamie gave me nail polish in fall colors, so I could be prepared for the upcoming season. They also gave me a “Birthday Girl” certificate pin. I told them I “might” wear it after a couple beers.
While at Jamie’s apartment, I had a lot of fun looking through old pictures of us!
Jamie found this old poem that I wrote for her before we went to college. Back in the day, I used to write cheesy poems for my friends. What can I say? I’m a sap!
Let the Festivities Begin!
From there, we hit an adorable part of The Big O known as the Old Market. There are lots of fun bars and restaurants in this downtown area, and some of the roads are cobblestone, which gives it a very old-school vibe.
Because I can’t celebrate a bday without Mexican food, we hit up a local Mexican restaurant called Roja (My best friends said Chilis was NOT an option, and teased me relentlessly for including it on my Birthday Menu Dream Team.)
The food was delicious! I enjoyed a taco salad, with pulled chicken, along with chips and salsa and of course, beer.
No margaritas for this girl – they hit me too quickly – it’s a marathon, not a sprint!
And a birthday meal for me would not be complete without cupcakes, so my amazing friends of course brought along some yummy cupcakes. Jamie got mini cupcakes, because, as we all know, when things are mini, they don’t have calories ;-).
A Night on the O-Town
From Roja, we walked to Sake Bombers, a bar that sits above a sushi restaurant. We enjoyed a couple of drinks here, but the bar was sadly relatively empty. I thought I had enough “celeb status” to draw a crowd here in The Big O, but apparently not. haha 😉
So we took the opportunity to take a really cool picture (for the blog, obviously).
And of course, being at Sake Bombers, we had to take a Sake Bomb.
From Sake Bombers, we headed to a local piano bar. On the way, I noticed a few girls walking together and one that wasn’t wearing any shoes. I couldn’t help but find this humorous, so I snapped a photo.
I also captured the “Omaha Skyline” for all of you. Just a tad bit different than NYC, wouldn’t ya say?
The piano bar had quite an interesting crowd. Omaha bars are just like any other bar scene – sometimes they’re happening and sometimes they’re not.
We did enjoy some entertainment from a bachelor party full of guys wearing M&M tshirts…only in Nebraska. 😉
They tried to get us to play along, but we really weren’t very interested.
Instead, we concentrated on finishing our rather large drinks.
From there, we hit up one more bar before calling it a night.
It was so nice catching up with my close friends and hearing about all of the exciting things going on in their lives! I can’t believe that Becca’s son, Brody, is now speaking FULL sentences, considering the last time I saw him, he only knew 1 or 2 words. It’s amazing how things change so quickly. As I mentioned before, I’m really looking forward to seeing how much he’s grown up.
More than anything, I’m just glad to have a whole week at home, because it’s nice knowing I have lots more time to spend with my friends and family. Short trips home are always hard because there are so many people to see in such a short amount of time.
Oh Hello PB2
Yesterday was spent at the pool, grocery shopping and going to dinner with my parents. By far, the highlight of the day was seeing this baby at the local grocery store.
PB2! I’ve always wanted to try it, but in NYC, it’s not easy to find! In fact, in NYC, you pretty much have to go to 4 different grocery stores to try to get everything on your grocery list. I’m always amazed at the size of grocery stores here and how I can get everything I want in one trip! It’s the little things for this Sometimes Healthy Girl 😉
I used the PB2 to make some overnight oats, which I’m going to enjoy right now before heading to the gym…in my air-conditioned car. Definitely not missing that 15 minute sweat-filled walk to the subway during a heat wave in NYC. After that, I’m headed to the pool to get in some QT with Becca, who took the day off from work. Now, this is what I call a vacation!
Back later with a “Top 10 Things I Love About Nebraska” list.
What’s something you’ve been trying to find at the grocery store lately but haven’t been able to?
Are you a fan of PB2?