Dallas and Long Weekends

Nearly two years ago, my best friend moved out to Dallas from the Midwest.  She moved, like most of us do at this age, for work.  She’s a Physician’s Assistant at a Children’s hospital, working in the ER.  And, of course, the move was perfectly timed so as she moved to Dallas right before J and I moved back to the US from the NL.  Because that’s how we roll.

In the time she’s been in Texas, I’ve not had a chance to go see her, which has been super disappointing for me!  I mean…she’s my BFF, and I can’t even go see her new apartment!  The major problem is we have wildly different schedules, and we’re both workaholics, so free time to get in travel is difficult.  Plus, every time I could get away here, she would have already made plans to come back to the Midwest to see her family.  So, I’d get to see her, but it would be back in our hometown.

But last weekend, I finally was able to make it for a visit.  I left after work on Thursday, and didn’t get home until super late Sunday night.  It was an AMAZING trip!  We hardly did anything other than hang out, watch movies, relax, and eat.  We managed to hit up some fabulous restaurants, hang out with one of L’s work friends, and sleep late every morning.  It was exactly what I needed, as the past month or so has been monstrous with work.  I plan on going into detail about restaurants on my other blog, but for here, suffice it to say, it was a fabulous weekend!

Much love,

On why my housewifery skills need work.

Normally, I am on top of things.  Ok…let’s be honest…SOMETIMES I am on top of things.  But lately?  Lately, I have sucked.  The house hasn’t been getting clean, the laundry is piling up, and I can’t remember the last time I cooked a proper meal.  Work has been rough, but that’s no excuse.  In reality, I’ve been lazy.  I’ve let things slip and it’s become harder to get going.

But…I’m trying to turn over a new leaf.  This past weekend, I deep cleaned the entire house (including the basement…woohoo!), and managed to get all the laundry finished.  I would like to eat the majority of our meals at home this week…and I’ve even managed to eat both breakfast and lunch from home today (this is actually a big deal for me…don’t judge).  Dinner tonight is being cooked by J, so that’ll be nice.  I’ve been trying to work out ways to be more organized at home, and I’ve broken up the house into “zones” in order to focus my cleaning.  I figure, a little bit each day is far better than hours spent on the weekend, so I’m going to work on that.

Then, this weekend, is our anniversary dinner!  On Friday, J and I will have been married for six years.  I have planned a dinner for us at Fogo de Chao on Saturday.  As many of you know, I am primarily vegetarian, but every now and then I’ll eat meat.  I’d say 97% of the time I eat a vegetarian diet, and even when I eat meat, it’s sparingly.  However, J has been wanting to go to this restaurant for ages, and I’d like to try it out too, so I figure…what the hell…let’s do it!

After that, next week we leave for Seattle for vacation!  I am so excited to see a new city and spend time with R and her fiancé, S.  We’re also going to meet up with some friends that moved out to Seattle from our little slice of Midwest heaven, whom we haven’t seen in nearly five years.  It’ll be great!  Plus…a wedding being held at a spa…can anyone say massage??  Super excited there!

So, that’s about it.  Life continues to be busy, and I’m struggling to play “catch-up”, but I’ll get there eventually.  I think, overall, I just need a break.  Hopefully after our vacation, I’ll come back rejuvenated and ready to tackle the house again (including the massive bathroom remodel).  For the most part, I’m just holding out until next week!

Much love,

A much needed respite.

With last week being Thanksgiving, J and I decided to take off the full week from work and really use it to relax and do some things around the house.  Initially, we were going to spend the entire week working on the bathroom remodel, but after some talking, we decided that we’d try to have a small getaway with just the two of us, first…just to spend some time together and to really de-stress.  Work has been insane for both of us lately, and we were really feeling the effects, so we thought a night away would be really nice.

So, J decided to take me to a casino/resort in Indiana, down in French Lick.  He booked us a room at the West Baden Springs Hotel, and we headed down early Monday afternoon so that I’d be there in time for the massage he set up for me!  Even though it’s not too far from where we live, because you take back-roads to get there, it took us a few hours.  I love car rides with J…we always have great conversations and lots of really weird insights that make us think.  It’s a great way for us to reconnect.  We got there just in time for my massage, so off I went!  If there is one thing guaranteed to relax me, it’s a good massage.  J knows this, so he usually makes it a point to schedule me one or urge me to get one for myself whenever we go somewhere.  Hot stone are my favorite!

Two hours later, refreshed, I walked through the giant atrium and up to our room.  We had a few hours prior to dinner reservations, and I wanted to check out the room and get settled a bit.  Walked into the room (which was gorgeous) and immediately noticed our view into the atrium!  The atrium was all decorated for Christmas, with an enormous Christmas Tree in the middle!  It was so pretty, but ignore the glare from my iPhone in the top right corner…apparently I’m not stealth-y when taking photos out the window.

atrium tree

After getting settled and getting ready for dinner (we did a dress-up dinner, which was SO nice), we headed down to explore a bit prior to heading to the restaurant.  Because it was a Monday, the place was empty, which was nice because it definitely felt intimate.  We stuffed ourselves full with amazing food!  Luckily, we didn’t order any appetizers, because dinner was insane!  I had the blacked trout stuffed with crab, with a side of garlic chive mashed potatoes.  Jamie had a rack of lamb, with the same mashed potatoes, then we split an order of grilled asparagus.  Along with a few different wine pairings, it was absolutely delicious!

After dinner, we explored a bit more, then headed back to our room to relax.  The next morning, we decided to head over to the other resort hotel that had a casino in it, the French Lick Springs Hotel, in order to check out the casino and have breakfast.  The hotel was also decorated for Christmas, and had a very 1870s New England feel to it.  Lots of old-fashioned decorations, very classy and well done.  Lots of gorgeous Christmas trees as well.  Breakfast was a buffet, with the chef making made-to-order omelets and made-to-order French toasts/waffles/pancakes.  Another very tasty meal!  I love French toast, and I was able to get an amazing omelet.  Plus, another Christmas tree!

FL Casino Tree

Finally, before heading home, we headed over to the casino to play a bit.  Spent some money, hung out and played a few games.  Nothing major, but still a good time!  After a bit of time there, we headed back on the road.  Ran a few errands, then got back home in time to start prepping for Thanksgiving!

Overall, it was a very much-needed break.  Even thought it was short, it was well worth it and a great time!  I love when we are able to get away and just relax with each other, because it reminds us of how much fun we have together and allows us to let go of work and life stress for a while.

How was your Thanksgiving?  Any fun stories?

Much love,