Thinking Out Loud #23

It’s been a hot second since my last rambling post, so I thought it was time to link up again with Amanda from Running with Spoons for Thinking out Loud. (Well, to be honest, the link-up hasn’t been posted in a couple of months and I am not sure what’s going on, but I hope all is well with Amanda and in the meantime, I will keep this posting format going!)

+ J and I have been craving Thai food a lot lately (it’s my favorite Asian cuisine, what’s yours?) and I think I embarrassed myself this weekend (just a tad). We often go through the whole menu, just to end up ordering the same things again: Tom Kha soup with chicken (yum), Thai fried rice and an order of vegetable red curry. Our local Thai place makes a kick-ass vegetable curry with lots and lots of vegetable, including one that I love but couldn’t quite figure out what it was. When I finally asked the waitress, she (looked at me a little bit incredulously, because I think she thought I should have known) and told me it was bamboo. OF COURSE. Well, thing is, do YOU know what bamboo shoots actually look like when they don’t come cut up in little strips in a can? I didn’t (until I googled it last weekend). If I just saved you from a potentially embarrassing situation, you’re welcome. If you are way smarter than me when it comes to bamboo shoots, carry on. Nothing to see here.

+ I am working up my courage to actually try a cycling class at my gym. I am trying to get some other forms of exercise (besides running) into my workout schedule and I recently switched from the lateral trainer for warmup to a stationary bike. Now one of the girls at the gym that I regularly run into encouraged me to try the cycling class on Tuesday mornings. I know, my friend Tanja would approve. So, hold me accountable?

+ I was sad to hear about John McCain’s passing last weekend. You can disagree with the guy politically and personally all you want, but he was an honorable man and you don’t make your response to his death a political statement like a certain someone. [insert major eyeroll here] Just don’t.

+ The Google snooze button is saving my life right now.

+ My cousin B and his girlfriend just arrived in Seattle and they’ll be traveling up to and throughout Canada over the next couple of weeks. I wish I could have joined them on yet another adventure.  It was so much fun to travel with them last fall. Also, how is it possible that I haven’t been to Seattle yet?

+ We went down to the waterfront last weekend and it was actually quite nice. There was a light breeze, there were boats on the river and everything was lit up nicely. I sometimes forget that while Sacramento is a “small town” compared to other big cities in California, we do have some landmarks that are pretty. We don’t go down to Old Town often because it feels kinda touristy sometimes, but every once in a while it’s fun, and the Tower Bridge really looks golden at night, am I right?

What have you been thinking about today?

  1. YES, I approve :) Can’t wait to hear if you like the cycling class (hopefully more than I like running….)!
    I haven’t tried Thai food yet but love Chinese and Sushi …..
    Jon McCain’s passing made me sad, it kinda came so sudden. The day before we were told he will not have any more treatments and the next day……
    I’ve never been to Sacramento but what I see makes me wanna go – the Tower Bridge looks really nice!

    1. You gotta come visit sometime!!

  2. I’ve been craving Thai food like crazy, too. Don’t know what it is. My favorite, though, is the crispy ginger beef. I can’t get enough of it!

    So I guess I only know what bamboo shoots look like because I used to watch the panda cams at the Atlanta Zoo and they were often munching on the shoots. :) They look a lot like the asparagus, but not, you know?

    Anyways, catching up on a TON of blog posts. XO

    1. Ha, I thought the same…. bamboo shoots look like BIG asparagus! :)

  3. I was so disappointed by Trump’s response to McCain’s passing, but not surprised. But he’ll just get away with that behavior with no repercussions because his lemmings don’t want to rock the boat and risk losing his support. He is such a horrible person.

    I’m thinking about the upcoming 3-day weekend! We are going to my parents lake cabin for Sat/Sun but will come back on Sunday night so we can have Monday to get ready for the week/grocery shop/etc.

    I also love Thai food! We went to a Thai place for book club this week and I had the most delicious yellow curry! Yum!!

    1. I know, I can’t say that I was surprised by Trump’s response. He’s such an egomaniac.

      Thai food is just sooo good.

  4. I love Thai food! It is one of my favorites! We haven’t gone out for any in a long time though, so I should remedy that soon! I agree so much on Senator McCain. I definitely didn’t agree always with his politics but he really was a man of honor. I loved the video of him defending President Obama to someone who was making racist remarks. His passing is very sad.

    1. What’s your favorite Thai dish?

  5. If you decide to travel to Seattle come to Portland too. Maybe consider a destination run? ;)
    Thai and Vietnamese food are the best. Spring rolls and green Thai Curry are our favorites.

    1. Oh, a destination run sounds like a great idea! :)

  6. I’m with you on John McCain. It’s horrible how people are using his death to just be AWFUL. I’m not surprised, but it’s still horrible.

    I’d love to go to Seattle someday. I hope you can make it there someday too.

    I really want to try a cycling class too. Is there is a beginner class near you? That’s what I want to try!


    1. My gym has a cycling class that is open to anyone. It’s not a beginner class per se but I just want to go and see what it’s all about.

  7. I can’t wait for the day you finally come up to Seattle. :-)

    It’s hard to say what my favorite Asian food is, but Thai food is definitely at the top of my list! Green curry and Pad See Ew are my go-to dishes, but I’m always up for trying new ones.

    One of the good things to come out of the death of John McCain was the unification of so many people, regardless of their political party affiliation. I think that speaks volumes to his integrity and legacy, and I love that he gave a big f-you to our current president even after his passing.

    1. I know. I gotta get on that Seattle-trip planning, man!

      I have to try the green curry… so many have recommended it now. I always go for the red curry.

  8. I was honestly devastated when I heard that John McCain had died. He was a true patriot and someone actually willing to work across the aisle. There aren’t many Republicans like him, unfortunately.

    I hope you try a cycling class! They are my favorite. I’m trying to figure out a way to fit in membership at a cycling studio near me into my budget. It’s such a great workout!

    1. I am planning to try the cycling class at my gym. I know there are cycling studios but at this point, I don’t really want to pay extra for it.

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