• Zombie Preparedness: Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse

    January 16, 2013

    Last night Mal and I had our first date night of 2013. It’s a goal of ours to take turns each month and plan a special night out together. Mal was supposed to take January, but when I stumbled upon a really fun activity that I knew he would love, I asked to switch months and, thankfully, he agreed. I’ll tell ya about it in a minute—dinner first!

    Dinner

    Last night’s dinner was pork cutlets with pesto, spinach, and artichokes on top of white rice, and it was SO GOOD! I love meals like this that don’t require a ton of ingredients (just 5 for this one) and turn out well without much effort. This meal came together in no time at all— the rice is what took the longest to cook. This recipe would also work really well with chicken— next time!

    Pesto, Spinach & Artichoke Pork (or Chicken)

    Ingredients:

    • 16 ounces pork cutlet or chicken breast
    • 2 cups frozen chopped spinach
    • 1 14-ounce can quartered artichoke hearts (or approximately 14 ounces of frozen artichokes)
    • 3/4 cup store-bought (or homemade) pesto
    • 1 cup uncooked rice
    • Salt + pepper

    Directions:

    1. Cook rice and pork/chicken as directed. (I seasoned the cutlets with salt and pepper and cooked them in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil.)
    2. In a large skillet, combine spinach, artichokes, and pesto; cook for 5-7 minutes, mix frequently.
    3. Once everything is cooked, top rice with spinach-artichoke mixture and the meat.
    Makes 4 servings 

    Date Night: January

    Our first date night of the year was at REI in Hingham. How romantic, right?

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    When I was looking for places to go rock climbing, I stumbled upon a special class on the REI website called “Zombie Preparedness: Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse.” Check out the description:

    Imagine a viral outbreak has occurred wiping out a majority of the local population and other major cities throughout the globe. The fatal virus is to be considered highly contagious and dangerous. Nicknamed the “Zombie Disease,” because those killed by the disease seem to be returning to life and prey upon the living. We are now facing a full fledged attack. Those of us left alive must now ask ourselves, “Where do we go from here? How will we survive and maintain the existence of the human race?” You are invited to attend the Zombie Preparedness Class at REI, where you will learn valuable survival techniques that could save your life. These same techniques could be invaluable in the event of any natural disaster in an urban environment.

    Zombies are a hot topic in our house. Mal and I have watched pretty much every Zombie movie ever made and we’re currently obsessed with The Walking Dead television show on AMC. We also have frequent debates and discussions about the best way to kill a zombie, strategies for surviving a zombie apocalypse (i.e. would it make more sense to go North or South?), and other related geekiness topics, so I immediately registered us for the class.

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    The class was really great—informal, fun, and even a little bit silly at times. Obviously, the class was based on fictional circumstances, so we had some good laughs over the course of the night about things that could possibly happen during a zombie apocalypse.

    I’m sure the purpose of the class was to sell REI gear, but it was actually more of a discussion/brainstorm than a sales pitch. The instructor really focused on the strategies needed for surviving a potential zombie apocalypse and only highlighted products when necessary, like when he suggested sharpening certain bike tools that REI sells to use in a zombie attack to break skulls in order to get to the brain.

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    Mal really enjoyed the class (hooray!) and we spent the rest of the night strategizing and discussing what we had learned. We both agreed that we are definitely more prepared for a zombie apocalypse after attending the class at REI.

    After the zombie class, we headed over to Pinkberry for some froyo.

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    I got salted caramel with almond roco and raspberries, which was amazing! I highly recommend this combo.

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    Zombies and Pinkberry. Obviously, our first date night of the year was a success!

    Question of the Day

    During the Zombie Preparedness class, the instructor asked each of us to identify some of our skills that would be especially helpful during a zombie apocalypse, so I ask you…

    If there was a zombie apocalypse, what would your special skill(s) be?

    Mine: cooking (I’m not afraid to touch bloody meat if we need to eat squirrels or something), sewing and knitting (we might need scarves… or scrunchies?), and chopping wood (I used to help my dad as a kid).

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    Sally January 16, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Haha that would be hilarious. We love watching The Walking Dead too, but I do have a tiny/huge crush on Andrew Lincoln. I think my skill would be putting the zombie flesh on my body and getting through the hot zones without being noticed. My zombie acting skills are pretty good, especially at 6am.

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    Sally January 16, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Oh and I wish we had Pinkberry in Australia. I keep hearing how great it is.

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    Rachel E. January 16, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Yum I love Pinkberry and the salted Carmel froyo! Don’t even get me started on the almond roco–it’s delicious!

    You and Mal need to see this movie when it comes out: http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=07s-cNFffDM&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D07s-cNFffDM

    It’s called Warm Bodies and it kind of focuses more on the perspective of the zombie rather the victim. It seems cute/funny/scary !

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    Audrey Adams January 16, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Okay so you got to look at this hilarious idea someone sent me via email.
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1mbM_tqW49E/Tqm_iq_lx2I/AAAAAAAAFK8/H48ZeBIf9tk/s1600/funny-house-zombie-apocalypse-treadmills.jpg

    Its pretty funny. It would be hilarious to see zombies walking forever and ever and ever and ever.

    My special skill would probably be cooking. I think i can shoot, but i don’t know if that would stop the zombies.

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    Tina January 17, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Haha! That’s awesome!!

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    Khushboo January 16, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I’m tempted to call Pinkberry fro yo the best around!

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    Melissa January 16, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    My husband would LOVE a class about surviving a zombie apocalypse. In fact I just told him abut it and he said, and I quote, “that would be a lot of fun!”

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    Deb January 17, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Sewing and taking care of/breeding/birthing animals. I grew up on a farm and while we didn’t kill anything ourselves save for some chickens one year when I was like 7, I’m pretty sure I could learn slaughtering techniques in a pinch.

    I wish I was along on your date! Sounds like so much fun! And froyo is always a win!

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    Mark @ fullhalfglass.com January 17, 2013 at 3:09 am

    My special skill would be as a Zombie double agent. I wouldn’t need to train according to some who profess to love me. Hey if it doesn’t work out and it goes all pear shape at least I’ll be at the front of the Brain eating line. ;)

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    Brittney January 17, 2013 at 9:02 am

    That’s so funny REI had a zombie class! My husband is really into zombie stuff too. He loves Resident Evil, Shaun of the Dead, etc… We are currently watching all the seasons of Breaking Bad, but I think Walking Dead is next on our list, because it sounds right up his alley.

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    Kelly@BalancedDaily January 17, 2013 at 11:24 am

    That salted caramel froyo looks unreal. This class looks like a lot of fun! I think its interesting how much of our culture is obsessed/interested in the idea of the zombie apocalypse. I haven’t gotten into any of those shows or anything so its kind of foreign to me. Great idea for a date night though.

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    Kaitlin Welch January 17, 2013 at 11:40 am

    That zombie class sounds hysterical!

    xx Kait

    http://ChickadeeSays.blogspot.com

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    Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt January 17, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I am laughing so hard right now, because me and my husband are also obsessed with the Zombie Apocalypse, and talk about it like it really could happen (well it could)! I am counting the days until the Walking Dead 1/2 season half returns on February 10th. I think I’d be a good inventory keeper, I love organizing and I’d be great at keeping track of food, clothing and weapons! I think I’d still be OCD even at the end of the world. Zombies Rule

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    lynn @ the actor's diet January 17, 2013 at 11:55 am

    all the pinkberrys are disappearing in los angeles! i love their pb flavor.

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    Kelly H-Y January 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Oh my goodness, that video is beyond sweet! Loved it!

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    Kelly H-Y January 17, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Ha! I was referring to the puppy video … which wasn’t in this post! Ooops! :-)

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    Hannah January 17, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Walking dead is AMAZING. Also counting down the days until FEb 10

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