Dairy and I haven’t had such a good relationship since I finished my Whole 30 last week. My beloved Starbucks skinny vanilla latte has started to cause backflips in my stomach. So when I heard a new icecream shop opened in Clarksville, I wasn’t all that excited until I found out they had coconut milk! What? Yes. First we got a Whole Foods style grocery store called Tree of Life, then a grain-free, soy-free, dairy-free bakery called Nerdy Birdy Cookie Company and now an icecream shop that has not only coconut milk but almond as well? Yes, please Clarksville. You’re growing on me.
I’d heard great things so a friend and I went to check it out Sunday and were not disappointed. Look at this happy, friendly staff. Freeze Pleeze makes everything from scratch. You choose a dairy, coconut or almond base, then sweetener and flavoring. You can choose from suggestions like rose pistachio or Rocky Road or stick to vanilla or plain fruit. They freeze it with liquid nitrogen as you watch. This is the magic happening: My friend got Rocky Road and gave it a thumbs up. And I got vanilla coconut milk with pineapple. Highly recommend.
Freeze Pleeze is located in the Two Rivers Shopping Plaza in between Hooters and Bargain Hunt/Harbor Freight. Check them out Tuesday or Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays from Noon to 11 p.m. and Sundays from Noon to 8 p.m. at 700 N. Riverside Drive, Clarksville.
J and I went to our first military ball a few weeks ago and it was wonderful. I wish J would smile in pictures.
The night was short but well planned. Food was fantastic and the drinks were even better. I used Rent the Runway for the first time and it went well. Got a $2,000 dress I didn’t actually have to pay retail for. Always a good thing. You don’t get to keep the dress but how likely would I be to wear a ballgown again in the first place?
My concerns about what I was wearing went away after the first couple of compliments. Apparently I did good. I was worried that I’d be overdressed after hearing some people mention short, cocktail dresses. Negative. Lots of ball gowns, although some chose not to leave enough to the imagination. To each their own.
Our only bad experience was checking in to the hotel for the night. I work full-time and didn’t have hours and hours to get ready, so we rushed over after I got off from work and got dressed in the car. My hair probably explains that one pretty well. We went to the reception before checking in and went to the front desk after dinner.
Even though I booked the room months in advance.
Even though I called to confirm we’d have an atrium view king (which I would have gladly paid more for instead of using the block rate).
Even though they took my reservation.
Apparently they didn’t know how to keep it. Neither the king or the atrium room we booked was available so instead of viewing this from our reserved balcony:Source: Gaylord Opryland Resort
We had a window to nowhere. Literally. There was a window and six inches away from that there was a beige wall. I really wanted to like this hotel despite all of the bad reviews because the resort itself is lovely, but if it wasn’t one thing it was another. Just another thing to add to the list of reasons why I love Hyatt and dislike Marriott properties but lesson relearned, I guess.
Have you ever been to a military ball? What’d you wear?
Earlier this month (or last) I talked about how it’s totally doable to work and workout at the same time. I still stand by that. My workouts have been in check, my eating has been better but what’s been really hard for me is the blogging.
I’m not quitting. I enjoy blog conventions and talking about healthy living too much to do that. I do need to make a more conscious effort to schedule posts and get stuff done on the weekend.
I don’t know how other healthy living bloggers with desk jobs get home and spend the night on their computers because it’s the last thing I want to do when I get home.
Last week, I did my first race of the year. Originally I signed up for the 5K with a friend who’s heading with me to Orlando this weekend to do the Best Damn Race 10K. We met up with a group of other lovely ladies thinking they were only going for 3.1. Oops.It’s really difficult for me to get J to agree to run races with me because he doesn’t believe in “paying for something you can do for free” so I left him in bed. The weather was perfect so we switched to the 10K the morning of. Good choice.
At 1:07, it wasn’t a PR, but I had lots of fun with some great women, paced a friend and had an all-around great morning. Yay, races. There’s nothing like running with a crowd of like-minded people who already feel like family. And that, my friends, is why I pay to do something I can do for free.
P.S. I also put up my 2014 race schedule. Are we running any of the same races? What do you all have planned for the year?