El Potro Mexican Bar & Grill!

About a month ago one of our good friends came to visit us. We had tickets for the Patriots vs. Broncos game that Sunday, so we decided to start the weekend early with a nice dinner out.

Our friend, Tom, wanted a mexican restaurant and I had recently been to El Potro with my friend Casey for a weeknight dinner. The food was delicious and authentic and the drinks were strong, so I thought it would be a great place for our dinner.

When we got there the tiny dining room was PACKED, it was a bit surprising since the last time I was there, there was only one other table with guests. We took the last table and as soon as I sat down I noticed that there was a mariachi band playing, it was awesome. They took requests, and of course Nick (always the musician) asks about the different instruments and then requests something upbeat. It was pretty awesome, albeit a bit loud.

We started with a round of house margaritas, and they were strong, I was driving and could barely drink a 1/3 of it.

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We also had chips and salsa, the salsa came in these cute little carafes so that you could refill the ramekin on your table.

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note: the salsa was also delicious and tasted extremely fresh

We decided to get an appetizer, one to balance out the extremely strong margarita and two because I wanted to try a variety of things.

We started with the Nachos with shredded beef ($9.00)
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The also had lettuce, tomato, beans, shredded cheese and sour cream drizzle. Now I am not one to usually pass up nachos, but these were beyond your average nachos.

Whenever I usually get nachos the meat is usually dry and I will add salsa to make it taste better. The beef on these nachos was shredded and perfectly succulent and juicy. How you think nachos should be. I also really loved the sour cream drizzle, I hate when the sour cream (and salsa for that matter) are in a huge lump on top ant its hard to dig the chip in.

For my meal I decided to give the grilled chicken fajitas a try.

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Um, holy cow, look at all that food. For $14.95 I got grilled chicken in the secret marinade over a huge bed of sautéed peppers and onions (I am pretty sure they were still cooking when they brought my plate to me). I also received, lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream, rice, beans and guacamole on the side and obviously tortillas.

I made two fajitas while there, and had the leftovers for lunches for 2 more days.

Nick had the Tacos Chipotle with peppers & onions, I had that the first time I visited and it was so delicious but so spicy, and I can’t handle spicy that well, but I would get this 1000x over.

Tom had the Carne Asada and also raved about it.

Sorry for the no pictures, the boys dug in before I could get photos

Hodge Podge

This post is a hodgepodge of things that have been going on my brain lately, but first, check out my post on the FitFluential blog today, Five pieces for at home workouts. Perfect timing since I am not at my home for a few weeks and I could use these tips myself!

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let’s get our workout on Reeboks

*Obviously not everyone can be pleased with the outcome of the election – from the town to the national level. I wish we’d leave all the hate and the sayings that the wrong person was elected for those offices. While I may not personally agree with some of the elected officials, that doesn’t change that they were elected. We just need to move forward and work together, and not attack each other.

*I appreciate that I have the right to vote, but all the facebook posts, twitter status, etc… telling people to go vote make me angry. I want you to vote, BUT I want you to vote intelligently. That doesn’t mean vote for who I am voting for, that means vote after you’ve informed yourself of all parties platforms. This means more than the democrat and republican nominee and it means more than the social issues. BE INFORMED AND VOTE. And for the love, vote more than just during national elections, those local town votes, they affect you way more than the presidential one.

*It is waaaay to cold already. There was frost on my windshield yesterday morning and we are supposed to get our first Nor’easter tonight… which severely hinders me getting back to MA for my Team In Training dinner. At least B can participate in the snow this year. Let’s look at last year shall we?

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not a fan mom

*I have been eating a lot of bread since it is one of the foods that I can stomach and that doesn’t affect my ulcer, but I haven’t been working out because the ulcer has been painful and I have been napping with the baby. Not good.

*Maybe it’s all the carbs, but I have the itch to run another half…uh oh. Or maybe I really want a PR and NWM redemption.

What’s going on in your brain today?

Tough Girl

Before I move on to today’s post, I want to share Ashley’s post. I met Jen at the Healthy Living Summit in August, she and I had breakfast at the same table and I remember thinking what a running inspiration she is. She and her husband lost everything and she almost lost her husband. Ashley has put together a post where you can donate items for their family.

I have been MIA for a few days, largely in part of our move from our condo to our temporary home until our new house is ready. Partly because, apparently, I have been stressed.

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Empty House

I actually thought I was handling it well, I certainly didn’t feel stressed. Yes, our movers cancelled our move without notifying us, yes, we had to make a few unnecessary trips that were 2+ hours, but I thought I was doing fine.

Monday night as we finished dinner I started to get a pain in my lower stomach, I ignored it and went to bed when I usually do, woke up on Tuesday and was still in a bit of pain, but we had a lot of scrambling to do so I sort of just forgot about it. Tuesday evening the pain was getting worse, I tried a bunch of home remedies but eventually I went to bed and woke up Wednesday, again in pain but I had a trip to make in order to get the movers all set, so I just sort of forgot about it.

Wednesday night we were at our temporary home and I started getting really terrible stomach pains, I was able to go to bed but when I woke up I still felt bad. I called my doctor, but I assumed that it was some GI problems so I went and got a coffee from Starbucks, some Colace from CVS and hoped that would move things along.

Friday it was fine during the day, but I was in terrible pain in the morning and the evening. Saturday was a very busy day, I woke up in pain but needed to get moving so I tried to forget about it. Nick and I made a 2 hour drive to a friends baby shower/housewarming party, we hadn’t eaten more than breakfast before we left and only nibbled on some appetizers during the party. I was getting a headache so on the way back I grabbed 2 Advil and a soda because I had no caffeine at all during the day.

Nick and I went straight from the party to a dinner & drinks date with Caitlin

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stolen from Caitlin.

We had an awesome time as well as some great food and drinks. Nick and I went home around 9 and my stomach started feeling terrible again, I even told Nick, if it still hurts in the morning I needed to go to Urgent Care because this is not normal and not GI anymore.

I woke up on Sunday at 1 am, in excruciating pain. I tried ginger ale, pepto bismol, tried going to the bathroom and it just kept getting worse. Nick stayed home in case B woke up and my mother-in-law ended up taking me to the ER.

After 30 minutes of registering, I sat in the waiting room for 30 minutes. They brought me back into a room and had me change into a gown. Two and half hours later, after my MIL went to the nurses station, I finally had a nurse come in to check me out. He asked me a lot of questions repeatedly and then left. About 30 minutes later a doctor came in and started asking me questions, she told me that she thought I had a stress ulcer, and she wanted the doctor who was in charge to double check and make sure it wasn’t gall stones or anything more serious. She was pressing on my stomach and asked if I was a tough girl. Even though I was in excruciating pain I was silent, seemingly calm. Side note: I was the same way when I was in labor. I think it shocked most people, I am loud and curse like a sailor, but when it comes to severe pain I just go to this place where I am completely quiet.

The doctor came in and she agreed that it was pretty textbook stress ulcer and told me what meds to take and that the following things need to be abstained from until it goes away: alcohol, Advil/ibuprofen, caffeine, spicy foods, fast foods, etc… Now I know why it hurt so bad, I had caffeine, alcohol and Advil within three hours and it probably really irritated the ulcer.

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I got home around 7 am on Sunday and immediately took a nap, I am still in some pain but the pain is starting to lessen. I have to see my doctor tomorrow to make sure things are going okay, and where to go from here.

I just want to say thank you to those who sent me messages, texts, emails etc… I really appreciate the love!