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Jul 102017
 

Hello there! Did you have a nice weekend? Fabio was out of town for his grandfather’s funeral all weekend, so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to take Jack with me for some quality time with my family.

On Friday after work, I packed up our stuff and drove over to my mom’s house. She and my stepdad have been working really hard on their garden this year, and it really is coming along nicely! Apparently they hardly ever need to go to the grocery store anymore. #LifeGoals

This also means they’ve been cooking up lots of delicious veggie-based meals, one of which is the always delicious squash blossoms! I first tried squash blossoms on a trip with my mom and stepdad to Italy, and I think we’ve all been hooked ever since.

This time my mom showed me how to make the blossoms in case I ever want to try making them myself. Not likely, but hey, I like learning to cook new things! To start, you first have to pick the blossoms from the squash plant early in the morning (they close up if you pick them later in the afternoon).

You also have to make sure to pick the male flowers instead of the female ones, since the female ones produce the squash.

Once you have the flowers, you stuff them with about a tablespoon of cheese. (Oh yes.) I know my mom uses ricotta and I think some mozzarella, but you could get creative with it. Then you make a batter that’s equal parts flower and seltzer water, batter them up, and fry them!

Again, this is probably more work than I would ever feel like doing (and deep frying is not really my thing anyway) but I will definitely not complain whenever my mom feels like making these – they’re delicious! We had the squash blossoms with a salad made with other produce fresh from the garden. 🙂

My mom also made my favorite cake for dessert – hot milk cake with the most decadent, amazing chocolate icing. Ahhh!! It was worth going over to my mom’s just for this. 🙂

On Saturday, I slept in a little and then parked myself pool-side for the day! My mom and I spent hours soaking up the sun with a mix of chatting, book-reading (I’m reading Beneath A Scarlet Sky and it’s really good!), and lounging on the pool floaties. In other words, all my favorite summer activities!

Eventually we broke for lunch, and my mom made us another delicious meal: fried green tomatoes with homemade basil mayo (the mayo was even homemade!) and corn salad. YUM! Having all these fresh veggies is such a luxury for me.

Later in the afternoon, my stepdad made me a refreshingly cold mint julep cocktail. 🙂

Eventually I hopped in the shower, said goodbye to my mom and stepdad, and headed over to my dad’s house for a cookout. We sat outside enjoying the perfect evening and enjoyed a meal of burgers, salad, macaroni, and baked beans. Plus some of my dad’s sangria!

I sat around talking with my family for a while, before heading home around 10:00 p.m. I made it home 45 minutes later and instantly fell asleep. A fun day in the sun will do that to you!

Sunday was a much more productive day: I meal-planned, went to the grocery store, cleaned the whole house, did a ton of laundry, and put away lots of wedding-related decorations and gifts. I hadn’t done a big house cleaning since before the wedding, and it definitely needed it. I was happy to see a full fridge again too!

At around 8:00 p.m. I was debating whether or not to head upstairs to watch TV in bed and fall asleep early, but I decided it was too nice out and I wanted to get outside. I wound up leashing up Jack and taking him for an extra evening walk, and we had a fun time hanging out in the park and playing with a big stick he found. I guess neither one of us was ready to say goodbye to such a beautiful summer weekend!

And now I’m typing up this post and looking forward to midnight tonight when Fabio will get home! I’m sure I’ll be fast asleep by then, but I can’t wait to see him!

Question of the day: What’s your favorite kind of cake?

 Posted by on July 10, 2017
Jul 072017
 

Hi friends! Today I’m back with part 2 of my honeymoon recap, which included visiting lots of beautiful wats (temples) in Chiang Mai! We even hiked up a really cool monk’s trail to get to two of the temples, which I’ll get to in a minute. First, if you missed my Bangkok recap you can find that here! And, just a warning, this is a looooong post, so get comfy. Here we go!

After spending just over a day in Bangkok, Fabio and I hopped on a flight north to the second largest city in Thailand, Chiang Mai. We flew through Nok Air and it was very comfortable and quick!

When we arrived at around 10:30 a.m., we got in a cab to take us to our hotel which was inside the old city near the East Gate (Tha Phae Gate). We were staying at The 3 Sis, a boutique hotel/bed and breakfast right in the heart of the city. When we pulled up, we were in awe of the massive mango tree out front. Wow!

The lobby was peaceful and inviting, and we were greeted with the most amazing Thai iced tea. Ahh! I could use a glass of that right now.

Our room was comfortable and spacious (we stayed for four nights total), but my favorite part of the hotel was the view of Wat Phan Tao (one of the temples) right across the street. This was what we saw when we ate breakfast every day!

Amazing!

After we checked in and dropped off our bags (our room was ready early, thank goodness), we decided to walk around the old city of Chiang Mai. On our maps this part of the city had appeared to be pretty small, but we soon found out it was much bigger than we thought. We spent quite a while walking around the streets and still didn’t cover everything.

The first thing I saw that piqued my interest was all the monks! They were everywhere, much more so than in Bangkok. We knew there were lots of wats in Chiang Mai so this wasn’t surprising, but it was still really cool to see. There were even lots of monks shopping in our local 7-11!

After getting our bearings, Fabio and I decided it was time to see some of the wats! The dress code for these was definitely enforced more than in Bangkok, and I made sure to wear pants and a top with sleeves whenever we were exploring the temples. It was super hot, but I didn’t want to be disrespectful!

There were ornate decorations everywhere – on statues, walls, the roof, and even the ceiling – and everything had so many beautiful details.

Like with Christianity, Buddhists believe that making beautiful temples to worship God is a way to get into Heaven. It sure was beautiful!

It was cool seeing some of the older wats too – this one is part of Wat Phan Tao, which was the one that was just steps away from our hotel. Check out the monks! (Obsessed.)

As we were wandering around admiring the beautiful temples, we saw a sign in English that said “Come Meet a Monk.” We noticed a bunch of other Westerners sitting at tables talking to young monks, so we decided to see what it was all about.

When we sat down, we started talking to a 16-year-old monk who was interested in interviewing us for his English homework. Cool! He asked us where we were from, what our jobs were, and what we thought of Thailand so far, among other things.

In turn, we asked about his life and found out that he’s from a very small village in northern Thailand and that he decided to come to monk school to help out his family. He said his father passed away a few years ago, and he has many brothers and sisters. His mom works multiple jobs – all of which are about two hours from their home – and she can’t afford to pay for high school for all the kids (it’s not free in Thailand, apparently).

This monk (I forget his name!) was really dedicated to his studies and has a dream to go to college, so he decided to become a monk for a while so he can get his education for free. Though he doesn’t want to stay a monk forever, he said that once you learn the Buddhist monk values, you’re always a monk at heart. This was one of the highlights of our trip for me, and I loved hearing his story! Also, his English was great! What a smart kid.

Side note: He wasn’t allowed to sit or stand next to me since I’m a woman. Interesting. He also was amazed at how tall Fabio is. Ha!

After that, we checked out a few more wats inside the old city before calling it a day. (I’ll write another post highlighting all the other stuff we did in Chiang Mai like restaurants, bars, and massage places, but today’s post is about the wats!)

The next day, we had plans to hike up to see two more wats: the quiet, remote Wat Pha Lat and the busy, touristy Doi Suthep. This hike was recommended to me by a friend, and I was excited to get to the two wats by climbing up an old monk trail instead of riding in a car or tuk-tuk.

We relied heavily on this blog post with step-by-step instructions for following the hike, so if this is ever something you’re interested in doing, definitely check out that post!

Anyway, after taking a tuk-tuk out of the old city one morning and walking uphill a ways from our drop-off point, we arrived at the entrance to the trail.

There we met a fellow American (who took this picture), who has been living in Thailand for a few years. She warned us that the hike was not easy at all and asked how much water we had with us. *Gulp* What did we just get ourselves into?

We aren’t quitters though, so we forged ahead with her word of warning swarming in our heads.

The trail itself was made by monks who needed to climb up the mountains to get to the different wats. They still use it today, and do the whole climb in sandals! The path is marked by pieces of their customary orange cloth, which served as reminders that we were in a serene and sacred place.

Some areas of the trail were absolutely covered in cloth, and other times we would walk for a while without seeing any.

One tip for this hike is to put on lots of bug spray! The hike takes you through some really dense woods and there were lots and lots of bugs. Sometimes the bugs would also be super loud, and all you could hear were bug noises and the rushing water of some small waterfalls along the way.

After hiking for about 45 minutes and seeing a couple of other hikers along our path, we crossed a somewhat rickety bridge and then arrived at Wat Pha Lat.

Wat Pha Lat is a very quiet temple that was built next to a waterfall. Apparently it used to be a resting point for travelers on their way to Doi Suthep, but when they built the road to Doi Suthep this place became a quiet retreat accessed only by monks and hikers.

The only real way to get to Wat Pha Lat is by hiking to it since it’s located deep in the forest. This, of course, limits the number of tourists who go there which allows you to really soak up the beauty and serenity of the place.

Since it was pretty hot and humid during our hike, I packed some light-weight pants and a shirt in our backpack and just put them on as we walked around the temple. Again, I wanted to be respectful, but it was too hot to wear those kinds of clothes during the whole hike.

Wat Pha Lat was beautiful and so peaceful! Fabio and I really enjoyed our time walking around and taking in the calm atmosphere. It felt like we were in a movie!

Then it was on to part two of our hike, which was the much steeper and much longer climb up to Doi Suthep!

This is the part of the hike we were most worried about and although we were fine, it definitely was a little challenging at times. At one point it started to drizzle and the clay trail got wet, making it super slippery to walk up. We were able to find some walking sticks though which really helped us keep our balance! Better hiking shoes would have been helpful here, but we only had our sneakers.

We also met a really nice Swiss girl at this point and spent lots of time getting to know her during the hike. It made the time fly by, and before we knew it we were close to the top! (Not before we made a wrong turn and Fabio had to climb a waterfall in search of the trail. Oops. Wrong way!)

We also spotted this crazy blue Lion King-esque bug when we were almost at the top. Gross! Its body was probably four inches long.

Right after the giant bug sighting, we arrived at the end of the trail! Woohoo! The second half of the climb took us about an hour and fifteen minutes and was definitely more challenging than the first half, but not as impossible as that other American woman had made it sound. Thank goodness!

At the top, we rewarded ourselves with fresh mango smoothies and then headed in to visit the famous Doi Suthep. (There were lots of tourists and carts selling things here. Very different from Wat Pha Lat!)

Doi Suthep is pretty famous for its dragon stairs, which are intricately decorated all the way up to the top.

It was a pretty long climb to the top, but nothing compared to the hike we had just done!

The view from the top was definitely beautiful, but it was pretty crowded and made me appreciate the peacefulness at Wat Pha Lat all the more.

Still, it’s worth a visit when you’re in Chiang Mai!

Once we were done at the temple, we hopped in a songthaew (a red pick-up truck that acts much like Thailand’s version of Uber pool) back to the old city. During our ride, we met some interesting tourists from Los Angeles and the UK, and it was nice to hear about their respective trips.

When we arrived back at the hotel, we took some much-needed showers since we were coated in bug spray and mud. Yuck!

All in all, I would absolutely recommend checking out the wats in Chiang Mai, and would especially recommend doing the hike and trying out the “Meet a Monk” program!

Question of the day: What would you ask a monk?

 Posted by on July 7, 2017
Jul 052017
 

Fabio and I spent an amazing weekend with my Aunt CC and Uncle Steve at their house in Otis, Massachusetts, but unfortunately we found out some sad news on Sunday night which definitely put a damper on the trip. Fabio’s grandfather, who we call Abuelo, passed away on Sunday at the age of 93.

Fabio’s grandfather lives in Bolivia, and I am so incredibly thankful that we were able to make a trip down there in 2014 to meet him. Though he’s lived in Bolivia for quite some time now, he lived with Fabio and his family for a while when Fabio was growing up, so they had a pretty close relationship.

I am so sad for Fabio and his family right now, but I know that Abuelo lived a long, happy life surrounded by people who love him. He wasn’t sick and didn’t suffer much – he was only in the hospital for two days before passing. Fabio is on his way down to Bolivia right now for the funeral (I wasn’t able to take more time off work since we just returned from the honeymoon), and I am sending all of my love down there with him. Rest in peace, Abuelo!

Despite the sad news about Abuelo, we still had a really nice weekend in Massachusetts. Here’s my recap!

Friday

Fabio and I drove up to Massachusetts after work on Friday evening. We had a few pit stops to make first, so we didn’t really get on the highway until around 8:30 p.m.

At that point, we had a scary driving incident about 10 minutes into our drive – we narrowly avoided hitting a small deer, only to have car next to us clip it and send it flying into my passenger door, which left a nice dent, made a loud boom, and scared the crap out of us. Thank goodness it didn’t have antlers or it would have shattered the window for sure. It was definitely scary!

After that, the rest of our 6.5-hour drive was uneventful, and we arrived at 3:00 in the morning. We spent a few minutes chatting with CC and Steve over wine and late-night snacks before crawling into bed. The birds were chirping and the sun was starting to rise when we fell asleep!

Saturday

We slept in until about 10 a.m. on Saturday, and then enjoyed a nice breakfast at CC and Steve’s house. I just love it here!

The weather wasn’t looking too great on Saturday and we had afternoon plans to attend a concert at Tanglewood, so we stayed close to home during the day. The boys played a bunch of lawn games (kan jam, horseshoes, and a golf chipping game they made up) while CC and I lounged on the deck enjoying the intermittent sunshine, and crossing our fingers that the rain would stay away for just a little longer.

Eventually, it was time to head out for the concert! We drove over to the town of Lenox, MA, for some dinner before the concert, and then headed to the venue, Tanglewood. This concert venue is super popular for the Berkshires, so we’d been dying to check it out ever since CC and Steve bought a house here a few years ago.

It was drizzling when we arrived, so we were glad we had tickets under the “shed” area, which is the covered section of the venue.

There were plenty of people with lawn seats who were stuck out in the elements, but most of them looked pretty prepared with lots of umbrellas! The good thing about Tanglewood is that you can bring in your own coolers with alcohol and snacks, so it was really cool to see some of the elaborate set-ups. Some people even had tables, chairs, and candelabras!

We didn’t bring a cooler ourselves because we knew you weren’t allowed to bring them into the shed area, so we enjoyed some beers in a designated area of the concert venue. Cheers!

We also walked over to see the beautiful Stockbridge Bowl, which is a big lake with some beautiful rolling hills around it. It was pretty hard to see through the mist, but you could tell it was beautiful!

Then it was concert time! We wound up seeing John Mellencamp on Saturday evening, and I really enjoyed hearing his classic hits like Jack and Diane, Hurts So Good, and Pink Houses.

He did an amazing job and was a really great performer! His band really killed it too, especially the female violinist. Wow!

When we got home, we had some late-night dessert of homemade peanut butter pie courtesy of CC.

Yum!!

Then the boys played a bunch of games downstairs (per usual) before we all called it a night.

Sunday

CC and Steve had two friends coming down on Sunday, so we went to the nearby diner for a quick breakfast and then spent some time getting the house ready for the day ahead.

When their friends arrived at a little past noon, we got the kayaks and paddleboards ready for an afternoon on the lake!

CC and Steve’s friends brought their adorable lab Ellie along for the trip (we sadly left Jack with my mom this time) and she even went on the kayak!

It was SUCH a beautiful afternoon on the lake with perfect temperatures and plenty of sunshine, and we wore ourselves out paddling around for a couple of hours.

When we got back to the house, we enjoyed a lovely happy hour on the deck!

It was around this time that Fabio got the call about his grandfather, so we stepped away from the festivities for a while so he could talk to his family members and coordinate his trip to Bolivia. It was a much more subdued night for us after that, but when we were ready to rejoin the group we enjoyed a delicious dinner of BBQ chicken, ribs, corn, and squash salad. Everyone was very understanding and sympathetic to Fabio, and I’m glad we had them there for extra support.

Monday

Monday morning was another beautiful day in Otis!

We all decided we wanted to go on an early morning bike ride, so we got ourselves ready to go and hit the road! I borrowed CC’s mountain bike, and though it was pretty challenging to keep up with the rest of the group who were all on road bikes, I think I did a pretty good job!

The views were gorgeous as well, and I enjoyed checking out all the lakes and ponds that we passed.

This was my first time riding a bike while being clipped in (other than on a stationary bike), so it took me some time to practice clipping out before stopping, but eventually I got the hang of it. I’m sure I’ll get better with practice too!

We wound up covering 20 miles (well, 19.9, which drove CC and me crazy) before heading back to the house.

At this point I did some work for a while, and then later in the afternoon we headed out for some more stand up paddle-boarding and kayaking!

We took it easier on Monday and spent more time relaxing and soaking up the sun on our boards compared to the more strenuous paddling from the day before. Ellie came again, and rode in the car with us on the way back.

In the afternoon, we had another concert at Tanglewood on the agenda (like I said, it’s a big summertime thing to do out in the Berkshires!), this time to see James Taylor. We stopped for dinner in Lenox again and enjoyed a nice meal outside at Firefly.

CC and I both ordered the white peach sangria, which was quite delicious.

And we got a bunch of appetizers to share for the table. Yum!

For my entree, I got a salad made with arugula, goat cheese, blueberries, strawberries, pistachios, and lobster, with a side order of truffle fries for good measure. 🙂 It was such a fun way to kick off the evening!

Then it was concert time! The Stockbridge Bowl was looking much prettier than it did on Saturday, now that the skies were clear.

We also brought a cooler and a picnic blanket this time, which meant we could enjoy our beverages right on the lawn.

The whole group of us!

The vibe for this concert at Tanglewood was really fun with lots of families picnicking, drinking, and playing lawn games. James Taylor performs every July 4 weekend at Tanglewood, and, according to Steve, it’s basically a Berkshires right of passage to go see him. There were tons of families who clearly come to the concert every year, and Fabio and I thought this would make a really fun tradition. We hope we can go back next year!

When it was time for the concert, we moved our cooler over to a spot near our seats (which were under the shed again) and we picked a spot that was also close to the bathrooms and the exit. Excellent game plan!

Though we couldn’t take our cooler or our drinks into the shed, we chose a spot under a tree that was pretty inconspicuous, and no one wound up stealing it or anything while we were at our seats. During the intermission we all came out to enjoy another drink, which worked out perfectly!

Truthfully James Taylor is not my favorite performer – I think his music is a little slow – but we had such a fun time at the concert anyway! I would absolutely go back next year; the atmosphere is just so fun!!

Tuesday

On Tuesday morning we left Otis by 7:30 a.m. since we had a long drive ahead of us. We made it home in the early afternoon and then I dropped Fabio off at the airport. Now I’m working on this post and trying to decide if I feel like venturing out amidst the crowds to watch any fireworks. I’m thinking watching them at home on TV in my PJs is sounding like a better option after this busy weekend! 🙂

Question(s) of the day: How often do you go to concerts? Do you like watching fireworks?

 Posted by on July 5, 2017
Jun 282017
 

Hello there! Today I’m coming at you with the first recap of our amazing two-week honeymoon vacation in Thailand! Our first stop was Bangkok, where we only stayed for one day. We were told by friends who had visited Bangkok previously that we probably didn’t need to allocate more than a day or two to seeing Bangkok’s sights before moving on to the rest of the country, so we took that advice to heart!

Our trip began with a 9:50 p.m. flight out of Dulles the day after our wedding. That day was such a whirlwind – we woke up as husband and wife, enjoyed breakfast with our wedding guests, packed up everything at the hotel, came home to do some laundry and swap suitcases, and then headed to the airport. Phew!

When we arrived at Dulles airport, we realized we were able to access the airport lounges through a travel credit card that Fabio has (I think it’s Chase Sapphire Preferred, but I’m only like 80% sure about that). Anyway, we got into the lounge and took advantage of free champagne! Woohoo! Kicking off our honeymoon in style. 🙂

Cheers!

We then embarked on a 12.5-hour flight to Qatar via Qatar Airways. In case you’re wondering where Qatar is, it’s here:

The country is actually having some diplomatic issues right now so we weren’t sure if our flight would be affected, but luckily it wasn’t. By the way, Qatar Airways is very nice (it is usually ranked either the best or second-best airline) and we had a very comfortable flight. We were pretty tired from the wedding, so we slept the whole way!

As our flight was landing, the flight attendants came around serving breakfast to everyone (although it was early afternoon in Qatar and they called it lunch – it felt like breakfast to us). Fabio and I had read that the Doha airport in Qatar had tons of nice restaurants, so we decided to skip the airplane meal thinking that we’d get something to eat at the airport. Then of

Then of course we landed and the flight attendant made an announcement reminding us that since it was Ramadan, eating in public in Qatar is prohibited until 6:30 p.m. Um, what?? Noooo!!! We definitely were not planning for this, and I was wondering if I was going to have to smuggle one of the protein bars I had in my carry-on into a bathroom stall or something.

Once we got off the plane we asked more about Ramadan customs at the airport information desk, and we were told that while the restaurants remain open, it would be pretty disrespectful to eat at them, but ultimately the choice was up to us. I asked if drinking water at the gate was ok, and again was told that it was up to us. Well ok then.

Luckily we found another one of those airport lounges that we were allowed to access through Fabio’s credit card perks, and I was SO happy to see that everyone inside (who was also a tourist) was eating and drinking. THANK GOODNESS! I don’t know what we would have done otherwise, since we still had another 7-hour flight ahead of us to Bangkok. Phew.

There were some other interesting sights at the Doha airport, including this weird teddy bear art installation and some cool middle-Eastern/deserty things. 🙂

Then after a pretty uneventful flight, we arrived in Bangkok! We took the Bangkok airport skytrain (also called the Link) out to the very last stop on the red/blue line, Phaya Thai, and from there got in a taxi headed to our hotel near Khao San Road. Todo, we are not in Kansas anymore!

Quick note for anyone looking to book a stay in Bangkok: We chose to stay close to Khao San Road, which is a really fun/popular area with lots of night markets, clubs, bars, restaurants, etc., but we didn’t stay on Khao San Road because we’d read it can be kind of loud and noisy. Our hotel, Casa Nithra, was about a 10-minute walk to the really popular area, which wound up being perfect for us!

When we checked in to Casa Nithra, we were greeted with the most amazing chilled Thai tea drinks (something we found all throughout our Thailand travels!) and were thrilled to find out our room was ready early. Thank goodness, as we really needed to shower after all that time spent on planes! After freshening up, we headed up to the hotel roof to check out the view of Bangkok.

The area where we stayed is also much more “old city” compared to the neighborhoods with lots of modern high-rises, which I was ok with. I like seeing the old culture much more!

Then we headed out to begin our adventures! (BTW – Thailand is 11 hours ahead of D.C., so it was around 8:00 a.m. Tuesday morning by this point. Mind-boggling for sure!)

Our planned agenda for the day was to walk to the Grand Palace to visit the Emerald Buddha and see our first temple, Wat Pho, to check out the reclining Buddha, but a super sweet pedestrian stopped us in the middle of the sidewalk to ask us where we were going, and told us that there was a special ceremony for the King happening at the Grand Palace that day and that if we wanted to go, we’d need to be dressed in black with long sleeves and pants, and would have to wait about four hours to get in. Ok then, back to the drawing board. She helpfully told us about a few other tourist stops we could see nearby, and even told us how much we should pay for a tuk-tuk (basically little open-air, three-wheeled taxis) to take us to all the places.

Fabio and I were both waiting for her to sell us a tour or something, but with a friendly wave, she went on her way. This was our very first insight into the Thai culture and gave us a preview for the kind of generosity and hospitality we’d discover throughout the rest of our two-week Thailand trip. The people here are just genuinely kind (I think the Buddhist religion is a big reason for this) and so helpful!

Here we are in our first tuk-tuk!

Our first stop was Wat Intharawihan, a temple with a huge standing Buddha. The temple itself was really lovely, with lots of gold, ornate details (which we came to find is typical for almost all temples, or wats, in Thailand).

Then we saw the big standing Buddha! It was…big. Lol.

Then we hopped back in our tuk-tuk (the driver waited for us outside of each stop) and headed off to the Golden Mount, or Wat Saket. You had to climb 344 steps to get to the top of the Golden Mount, but there were lots of interesting little sculptures along the way to keep you entertained.

And there was even some “wildlife.” Yuck.

Halfway to the top, there was a little coffee shop (we came to find out coffee shops are EVERYWHERE in Thailand), so we stopped for iced cappuccinos. Yes please! It was hot in Bangkok!

We made it to the top!

And we looked like total tourists once we got there. 🙂

The wat was really interesting because there were lots of people praying and making offerings to Buddha, so Fabio and I just kind of quietly walked around and tried to be respectful. You are also supposed to cover your shoulders and thighs in wats out of respect, but since our plans had changed in the morning I didn’t bring anything with me for this, and it didn’t seem to be a big deal in these particular wats (there were others, especially in Chiang Mai, where I definitely had to wear extra clothing to cover myself).

After the Golden Mount, our tuk-tuk driver took us to a suit-maker! The Thais make excellent custom suits, so it’s a popular stop for tourists. Fabio wound up getting a couple suits and shirts, and spent tons of time haggling down the price. I always think this is so awkward, but it’s worth it if you don’t want to get ripped off.

The suits actually should be arriving at our house this week – they are quick!

After this stop we decided we were hungry, so we asked our driver to take us somewhere for lunch. I have no idea where he took us, but it was a cute little spot right on the river and we had fun watching some big fish and lizards jumping around in the water. Note to all: Do not swim in that river. Ever.

For our meal, we got some Tom Yum soup (with chicken since Fabio is allergic to shrimp, which is more traditional in this soup) and Pad Thai. Everything was phenomenal!! Sigh. I miss Thai food already. The flavors are so unique!

And even though we were full, we had to get mango sticky rice for dessert. It’s our absolute favorite, and this one did not disappoint! YUM!

After lunch, it was time for our final stop of the day: a boat tour along the canals! Our tuk-tuk driver dropped us off at the docks, and we couldn’t believe how cheap our day with him had been. For the whole day’s worth of stops, he charged us just 70 baht per person. This comes out to $4 total!! All of the other tuk-tuk rides we took during our trip were slightly more expensive than this, so it goes to show how much they increase their prices for tourists versus when we had the helpful Thai lady tell us how much to pay. Our tuk-tuk driver had also been really friendly, so we gave him a nice tip before saying goodbye.

Then it was onto the boat!

This was such a cool way to explore Bangkok, especially since so much of it relies on the canals and waterways. We got to see lots of cool houses, shops, and wats!

At one point we slowed down so a woman on a small wooden boat could offer us souvenirs and snacks. Ice cold beers? Don’t mind if we do!

The local Thai beer brands – Chang and Singha – are both delicious too!

At one point we stopped along a little set of concrete steps that led down to the water (these are everywhere, and seem to be like docks for the locals to access the river) and saw a little boy throwing bread into the water. Remember how I said don’t swim in this water? Yeah. There’s about a million big fish in there, and even some alligator-sized lizards. Yeesh! Fabio and I were both wondering how safe we were in our wooden boat. LOL!

Soon enough, our tour concluded at the Grand Palace!

Once again we thought about visiting the palace, but were told by a few other helpful people that we’d have to be wearing all black and would have to wait a long time because of the King’s special ceremony. Darn. Next time, Bangkok!

After this, we strolled around for a while, looked into some shops, got quick 30-minute foot massages (this is very common in Thailand and massage places are everywhere), and then headed back to the hotel for a much-needed nap. The jet-lag was catching up to us!

When we were ready to resurface, we got changed and ready for dinner at the famous Sky Bar! We had heard that Sky Bar was ridiculously overpriced (it was) but that the views were worth it (they were). Plus we received money from our wedding to use for the honeymoon, and we figured our friends and family would want us to have a nice, romantic dinner out!

We hopped in another tuk-tuk (about 100 baht this time) and made our way across town!

When we arrived around 9:00 p.m., we saw that it (thankfully) wasn’t too crowded and we were able to really enjoy the view!

Hello, Bangkok! You are beautiful!

A table was ready for us in no time, and we enjoyed some delicious cocktails while we waited for our food. We weren’t too hungry after the big lunch, and since the menu was pretty pricy we decided to share a steak dish. It was pretty tasty, but nothing crazy, especially considering the price. Clearly, you are paying for the atmosphere here.

Despite the relatively expensive bill, we had an amazing time! I’m so glad we decided to trust our gut and go to this beautiful spot.

Me and my husband!! <3

After Sky Bar, we took a tuk-tuk down to Khao San Road and walked around for a while ogling at the crazy bar scene. Most of the parties were in full swing when we arrived, so we had fun walking around and watching lots of rowdy and drunk tourists. We weren’t really in the mood to try to catch up with them, so we decided people-watching was good enough for us. We also passed a number of vendors selling all kinds of delicious-smelling street food, and even some trays of bugs for tourists to try! Eek! No thank you.

When we’d had enough, we walked back to our hotel and fell asleep instantly. What a fun day in Bangkok!

The next morning, we headed off to Chiang Mai! More adventures to come!

Question(s) of the day: Would you try eating a bug? Would you have gone to the expensive restaurant or skipped it?

 Posted by on June 28, 2017
Jun 072017
 

Hi friends! Sorry for not getting to the weekend recap until now – things have been understandably pretty busy for me this week! At any rate, it was a beautiful couple of days filled with Fabio’s sister, Diane’s, baby shower, and lots of wedding-related crafting with family by the pool at my mom’s house.

The glowing mom to-be!

I haven’t had much time to blog because Fabio’s two cousins and his mom have been staying with us (in our small, two-bedroom house…thank goodness we have two bathrooms!) since Sunday night. It’s been really nice having them, but it does make it a bit difficult to get other stuff done like blogging and last-minute wedding planning!

Luckily we are mostly finished with our wedding stuff, which means I’m able to relax (sorta….) and just enjoy this time!

Today is my last day in the office, and then tomorrow we head out for the venue. Eek! I can’t wait! I probably won’t be able to check back in again until after we get back from our honeymoon on June 26. I’ll see you guys on the other side!

🙂

Question of the day: What do you love most about weddings?

 Posted by on June 7, 2017
May 302017
 

Helloooo! How was your weekend? For those who celebrated Memorial Day, I hope you had a nice day off from work! My weekend was spent in Ocean City, MD, with some of my best friends, and it could not have been better! Here’s a look back. 🙂

Friday

I was allowed to leave work at 2 p.m. on Friday, so you better believe I was walking out of there right when the clock struck two (or 2:05 according to my snapchat – lol). Fabio was downstairs waiting for me in the car so we could hit the road right away!

Traffic wasn’t bad at all, and we were able to make it across the Bay Bridge without any backups. Woohoo!

After crossing the bridge, we dropped Jack off with my grandparents who were kind enough to watch him for us over the weekend, and after another hour and half or so of driving we arrived!

We stayed at Bianca’s (my Maid of Honor!) aunt’s condo on the bay side of Ocean City, and as soon as I got there I swooned over the view from the balcony.

So beautiful!

Upon arriving and having a celebratory glass of prosecco, we changed into some nicer clothes and prepared to head out for dinner. Of course we had to take some photos on the balcony first!

How pretty is this sunset behind us?

Only two more weeks until this guy is my husband! Eek!

Then we also got some pictures with the girls! Here I am with Hana, another one of my besties and bridesmaids!

We’ve all been friends since high school, and I’m so lucky that through group texts and technology we still talk every day.

Bianca’s boyfriend, Squalls (real name = Pasquale) was there too! Group selfie!

After we were done with pictures, we headed over to Macky’s for dinner. We snagged a table outside and were treated to this awesome view.

Seriously, how pretty is that?! I especially love the couple taking a selfie in the bottom left corner (upon zooming in after taking this picture, I realized it was Bianca and Squalls. 😉 Ha!). But then again, we took a selfie like that too, you just can’t see the sunset as much.

But then again, we took a selfie like that too, you just can’t see the sunset as much.

It was too pretty not to!

For dinner, I got a Caesar salad with a crab cake on top and it was quite delicious! I was also super impressed with the service at Macky’s, which I expected to be very slow since it was so crowded, but that wasn’t the case at all. Our server Chase took great care of us!

After dinner, it was time for dancing! We spent the rest of the evening navigating a very crowded dance floor but I loved every second of it. 🙂 Love these girls!

Saturday

Saturday was Seacrets day! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Seacrets, it’s a gigantic bar (well, technically 16 bars or something like that) that’s half in the bay and half in the sand. Memorial Day is always their busiest day of the year, so even though we knew the line would be long we decided to brave it anyway.

Well, after two hours of standing in line we finally made it in! At least standing in line is actually kind of fun when a) there’s some amazing people-watching and b) you’re with your best friends. We weren’t in any rush, so it was actually not bad!

As soon as we made it inside we immediately ordered a round of orange crushes. Woohoo!

There was one concert area that was absolutely mobbed with people, so we decided to bypass them with a secret (seacret? Lol. ) sky bridge. 🙂

It was a cute opportunity for a photo opp too!

Eventually we made our way over to the water – which is always my favorite area of Seacrets – and nabbed a table on the sand.

Success!

We spent the next few hours drinking orange crushes and “pain in the ass” drinks, and dancing/talking/snapchatting/enjoying each other’s company.

Apparently I took the most pictures with Hana since she was sitting right next to me, but I promise the others were there too! 🙂 It was such a fun day and waiting in the line was definitely worth it.

We wound up taking it easy Saturday night and ordered pizza and watched Split from Redbox. It was a pretty weird movie, and although I’m not sure I would recommend it, it still kept me engaged and entertained. It was a fun night in!

Sunday

On Sunday morning, I headed out for a solo run! I wound up making my way to the boardwalk and back, and covered about four miles.

It was a beautiful morning for it!

Then I walked another mile or so with Bianca and Hana to Dunkin Donuts for some iced coffee and breakfast before we ladies headed to the beach! (The boys were golfing, which suited everyone just fine. 🙂 We love girl time!)

It was a nice and sunny morning, and we actually wound up getting a decent amount of color! At one point the clouds came out and Hana and I decided to do a little yoga. 😉 Haha!

Soon rain clouds rolled in and it started drizzling so we headed back to the condo. We decided to clean up the house a bit and when the boys arrived back at 3 p.m. we decided to hit the road to get a head start on traffic.

We stopped by my grandparents’ house on the way back to pick up Jack, and they convinced us to join them for dinner and then spend the night since we were already tired of driving. We had a fun evening catching up with them and I felt so happy that we decided to spend some extra time with them. 🙂

Monday

We came home on Monday morning (avoiding any traffic – hooray!) and spent the entire rest of the day doing wedding planning stuff. Oof.

At least we got a lot accomplished!

Question of the day: How did you celebrate Memorial Day? Have you ever been to Seacrets?

 Posted by on May 30, 2017
May 242017
 

Hi friends! How is your week going so far? Sorry for the delay in posting my weekend recap; things have been extremely busy on the wedding front (and work-wise, if I’m being honest), so it’s been hard to find the time to sit down and write.

On Sunday evening for example, which is normally when I would write my weekend recap post, I was busy planning out which hotel rooms each of our guests will be staying in. It was like planning a seating chart, only with hotel rooms. It was kind of fun, but also a lot of work!

Anyway, I did have a really nice weekend that included a mini bachelorette party with some girlfriends, so I wanted to make sure to still get a recap in. Here’s a look back!

Friday

Our Friday night began with a few errands to pick up supplies for the wedding, including welcome bag items, alcohol for the after party, etc. I think we finally have everything we need, though we are seriously lacking space to store it all in. Yikes.

We also kicked off our Friday evening with some tequila from my wedding basket! This one was supposed to be for the seating chart, but that night we started working on the hotel room assignments which we figured was pretty similar. Plus there’s still plenty of tequila left for when we actually do tackle the seating chart and escort cards, which will be in our very near future. Gulp. We need to get on that.

Fabio used the tequila to make us each a margarita, and they turned out great!

To go with our margaritas, I made us some Caesar salads with salmon.

I even made homemade croutons by toasting a random hamburger bun we had on hand and sprinkling it with salt, pepper, and garlic salt – I guess the margarita had me feeling creative. Ha!

After dinner, we hung out on the couch watching Netflix, which was my definition of a perfect Friday night. Our favorite furry companion joined us.

He has absolutely no sense of personal space – these are my legs he’s laying on. 🙂

Haha!

Saturday

On Saturday morning, I met up with some friends for a mini bachelorette party! I had invited these ladies to come on my March bachelorette party in Florida, but due to tight budgets/limited vacation time/other obligations they weren’t able to come. Luckily, they are awesome friends and decided to plan a mini, local bachelorette party for me instead! This group of ladies includes friends that I used to work with ages ago, and my stepsister Maggie even joined us as well! Woohoo! They’re the best. 🙂

We started off our day with breakfast at Northside Social, my absolute favorite Arlington cafe/breakfast spot. I got the smoked salmon (yep, more salmon) and poached egg sandwich and it was delicious!

Then we headed off to a couple of vineyards for a fun day of wine-tasting! We started at Hillsborough Vineyard, which featured some beautiful views! 

My favorite wine at this vineyard was Ruby’s Blush, a delicious rosé. Yum! Claire was a sweetheart and bought me a bottle to go. Thanks, Claire!!

After our tasting, we moved outside where we enjoyed some snacks that the girls brought (goat cheese brie, hummus, crackers, carrots, and chocolates – perfection!) and enjoyed the views.

Eventually, it was time to move on to vineyard number two: 868 Estate Vineyards! This vineyard was pretty crowded and we wound up doing our tasting standing up at the bar, which was fine but not as nice as the ambiance at Hillsborough.

One of the options for this wine tasting was the “truffle tasting” which came with different chocolate truffles for each wine. Yum! We got one of these to share and wound up cutting the truffles into little pieces so we could all try some. The wine was good, but I mostly remember loving the truffles. 🙂

On our way out, we randomly bumped into my cousins Yasi and Niloo, who were also vineyard hopping! It was so nice to see them, even if it was only for a minute.

Then we headed over to Breaux vineyards, which was definitely the biggest vineyard we went to that day. The grounds were so beautiful!

It was a little chilly by this point so we all huddled together, but it was so pretty out that we didn’t want to move inside. We were having too much fun!

After this vineyard, we decided it was time to call it quits, and my friends came back home with me where we ate dinner and eventually said our goodbyes.

I can’t thank my friends and stepsister enough for taking the time to plan this special day for me! They really are so thoughtful, and I had a blast with all of them.

Thank you also to Shriya and Maggie for being our designated drivers and not minding when the rest of us had too much wine. 🙂

If you’re ever looking for vineyards to visit in the Loudoun County area of Virginia, I definitely recommend these three! They were all about three minutes from each other, which made popping from one to the other so easy. What a fun day!

Sunday

On Sunday, we made a quick drive out to Bethesda to watch my favorite little person’s playoff lacrosse game!

Though Nicole’s team didn’t win, I’m so glad we went and were able to watch her running around in her element. Now that she’s getting older (12!!) it’s really fun to watch her interact with her friends and get more involved in sports!

Go Nicole!

And, as you already saw, our Sunday afternoon/evening was spent working on wedding stuff. I really hope to be able to keep up with regular blog updates throughout the next two weeks before the wedding (!!!), but it’s definitely getting more and more difficult. I’ll do my best though because I really want to document this fun time in our lives!

Question of the day: Have you been to any good vineyards in Virginia? If so, which ones?

 Posted by on May 24, 2017
May 152017
 

Hi friends! How was your weekend? For all the mamas out there, did you have a nice Mother’s Day?

Fabio and I spent pretty much the entire weekend running errands for the wedding, and while I’m not sure it could be called “fun” exactly, I tried to stay present in the moment and remember that I’m going to miss all this wedding planning once it’s over. Here’s a look back!

Friday

Our Friday evening began with a few errands – we stopped by Michael’s to pick up some mason jars, a flower girl basket, and a couple of other little craft supplies for the wedding, and then we stopped by Ross where we purchased some new suitcases for our honeymoon. 🙂

Fabio’s is Nautica and mine is Samsonite (both are carry-on size), and both of them were a real steal at less than $75. Woohoo!

When we got back home, we dug into some dinner that I threw together: chicken parm burgers and roasted veggies. Dinner = done.

It was delicious too!

We spent the rest of the evening watching The Last Kingdom on Netflix, which is SO good. If you’re looking for a new show to binge-watch, try that one!

Saturday

Saturday was a cold and dreary day, and Fabio and I got to sleep in until around 8:30 before eventually crawling out from under the covers. We were dog-sitting our neighbor’s dog Cassie over the weekend, so we took her and Jack for an extra wet walk outside.

She’s such a cutie!

Jack was happy to have her there too. 🙂

Then Fabio made us some breakfast of Colombian arepas with ogado (a sort of tomato/onion sauce) and coffee. Yum!

After we ate, it was time to tackle some crafting activities, namely tieing ribbons around our mason jars so they can hang from shepherd’s hooks during the wedding ceremony, and decorating the flower girl basket.

As soon as we were done, Fabio and I cleaned ourselves up and headed out for an appointment with our wedding coordinator.

I can’t remember if I mentioned this on the blog or not, but our old wedding coordinator left on medical leave at the beginning of March, and it now looks like she won’t be coming back. After talking to the new coordinator on the phone last week for more than an hour, we thought a face-to-face meeting might be helpful. It turns out it was – we wound up talking with her for more than two hours to go over everything! We literally had to start at square one which was exhausting and frustrating, since our old coordinator already had all of that knowledge. Hopefully things are where they need to be now.

After that, we drove another 45 minutes away to drop off the mason jars and flower girl basket at our florist’s shop, before heading back toward home to meet up with my family at the Outback in Annapolis for dinner. Phew!

The dinner was to celebrate my sister’s 12th birthday and Mother’s Day, and it was so nice to spend time with family after a somewhat stressful day.

I got the steakhouse salad for my meal, which was delicious despite some giant chunks of onion that could have been sliced a little smaller.

After we ate, the birthday girl got a slice of cheesecake! 🙂

I can’t believe how big she is these days. Where did my little sister go?!

Sunday

Sunday was another day full of wedding-related activities! Fabio played golf in the morning while I worked on some thank you cards from our shower, and when he got home we spent the rest of the afternoon shopping for items for the hotel welcome bags, after party, etc. etc. etc.

We also hit up the grocery store, and by the time we were done with all our errands it was after 7 p.m. *sigh*

We did stop for some ice cream during the day though, and it honestly was kind of fun spending so much one-on-one time with Fabio. Even the most annoying tasks are better when we’re together!

Anyway, that’s about it for my weekend – lots of wedding tasks that I can now cross off the to-do list. I wish I could say I’m feeling relieved after doing all that, but there’s still so much more to get done!

To all the mothers out there, I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Question of the day: Did you celebrate Mother’s Day?

 Posted by on May 15, 2017
May 082017
 

Well hello there! Did you have a good weekend? Ours was spent in New York City! Our good friend Hayden (also Fabio’s best man) recently passed the CPA exam to become a certified accountant, and his parents threw him a party in NYC (where he lives) to celebrate. Obviously, this meant we had to go up to join him!

Friday

On Friday evening, Fabio and I took the bus up to New York right after work. We took a 6:00 bus out of Rosslyn, and even had time to grab dinner from Panera beforehand. Sadly, I finished all my food really quickly, and then was wishing I had some extra road trip snacks to munch on (mostly out of boredom).

Our bus ride was super easy though, and we made it into the city in record time!

Saturday

On Saturday morning, we headed downtown (we were staying at Aunt CC and Uncle Steve’s apartment on the Upper West Side) for a birthday celebration! Fabio’s cousin Nick happened to be turning 21 this weekend, so we joined him, his sister, and a bunch of their friends for brunch at Sons of Essex.

I got the breakfast tacos, which were delicious and came with eggs, spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms. Yum! Plus some delicious home fries on the side.

After brunch we weren’t quite ready to say goodbye yet, so we all walked over to one of my favorite bars, Hair of the Dog. It was pretty empty when we arrived, but I knew it would get crowded soon! And I was right – by the time we left around 4:00 p.m. you could barely walk in there!

Anyway, we had a lot of fun hanging out with Fabio’s cousins and getting to know their friends. I’m so glad we happened to be in town for the celebration!

Fabio’s cousin Ligia even bought her little brother – the birthday boy – some shots, which he was not too thrilled about. Lol!

But that’s what big sisters are for, right? And it was his 21st birthday. 🙂

Since Fabio and I knew we still had a long night of drinking ahead of us, we took it easy during all of this and drank our beers slowly and sipped lots of water. We aren’t as young as we used to be – we had to pace ourselves!

Eventually, we decided we better head back uptown, but not before stopping for a late lunch at the famous Katz’s Deli.

Fabio and I shared a delicious pastrami sandwich with mustard and some house-made pickles. Everything was delicious, as always!

After eating, we headed back to Aunt CC’s place and took a quick nap. Like I said, we can’t hang like we used to, and we knew we had a long night ahead of us!

At around 8:30, it was time for us to head out to the main event of the trip: Hayden’s CPA party! How cute are these two? 🙂

There were lots of fellow Sigma Nu brothers there, which of course made Fabio happy. It was so great seeing everyone!!

And their respective significant others. 🙂

We had a great time catching up with old friends, and celebrating with Hayden!

Lol – my face after the bartender gave me a gigantic glass of rose. 😉

We stayed at the bar until around 12:30, at which point a couple of us moved on to another bar where we danced for a while. We wound up heading back to Aunt CC’s at around 2:30 a.m., which makes three weekends in a row of super late Saturday nights. Oof. I’m definitely getting too old for this.

Sunday

Fabio and I caught the early bus home on Sunday, and arrived back in Rosslyn by 2:30 p.m. We immediately headed over to my mom’s to pick up Jack, and she and my stepdad had an early dinner waiting for us.

We started off with these amazing fried cheese rosemary bread things that my mom has been making lately, which are insanely delicious.

Then we had homemade coleslaw, grilled chicken, and cheesy potato casserole. Yum!!

Plus my mom’s cheesecake for dessert, which was phenomenal and even better than I remembered. Holy cow.

After dinner we came back home, unloaded our bags, and finished opening up gifts from our bridal shower that arrived last week. As I write this (on Sunday night), I am surrounded by tons of cardboard boxes and packaging and trying to figure out how we will break all of the boxes down so they will fit in the recycling bin. Yes, #humblebrag but also, not an easy task. I’m hoping that Fabio will take care of it for us…which, I guess, is partly why I sat down to write this post right now isntead of dealing with it. 😉 Ha!

The end.

Question of the day: Pie, cheesecake, or cake?

 Posted by on May 8, 2017
Apr 242017
 

Hi friends! How was your weekend? Ours super fun, and was spent mostly in Philadelphia! One of Fabio’s good friends/fraternity brothers, Jake, works at his family’s jewelry store called Sydney & Rosen in Philadelphia, which has been in business for more than 70 years! Fabio got my engagement ring from Sydney & Rosen back before he proposed, and we always knew we’d be back to buy our wedding bands there too. Way back in January we coordinated with Jake to figure out when we should come up to buy our bands, and the weekend sort of snuck up on us!

More on that in a minute though – let’s stick with the order of events and talk about Friday first.

Friday

It was a beautiful evening on Friday, so after walking Jack, Fabio and I decided to walk to get something to eat for dinner. We decided on one of our local favorites, Taylor Gourmet, since Fabio could get a breaded chicken sandwich and I could get something a little on the healthier side. 😉 I got “the parker” salad, which came with chicken, dried apricots, barley, and watermelon radishes, among other things. It was delicious!

We took our food home to eat because we are right in the middle of binge-watching the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. Is anyone else watching?? It’s so, so good.

A little later in the evening we took a break from our binge to pick up some sweet treats from the grocery store: enlightened ice cream for me and Snickers ice cream for Fabio. Plus wine. 🙂

The englightened ice cream was just ok – it’s supposed to be lower calorie/lower sugar/higher protein, but I thought it also tasted like it was all of those things, so I’m not sure I’d buy it again. It’s still ice cream though, so I was happy. With ice cream in hand, we watched another episode of the show before calling it a night around 10:30.

Saturday

On Saturday morning it was time to head up to Philly! Our amazing friends Jojo and Jadd agreed to watch Jack for us and, after dropping him off and then sitting in loads of traffic due to some rainy weather, we eventually arrived at Jake’s jewelry store in Philly.

After saying hi to Jake and his fiance Greg (another one of Fabio’s fraternity brothers), it was time to get to business. I had sent Jake some pictures of wedding bands I liked, and he had a couple picked out for me that he thought I might like. He nailed it, unsurprisingly. I decided to go with something similar to the ring in the photo below, only with slightly smaller diamonds.

It should be arriving in a few weeks, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Fabio also picked out a really nice ring, with lots of help from Jake. 😉

After ring shopping, we drove over to my good friend Kristen’s house where we’d be staying for the evening! We sat around chatting with her for a while before deciding to head over to Kraftwork for a late lunch. Kristen and I shared a tasty chicken sandwich. Yum!

After chatting for many more hours (it was SO nice to catch up with her one-on-one) it was time for dinner! Our friend Greg is one of the managers for the restaurant Double Knot, and since he couldn’t get off work for our visit we decided to come to him instead! He made a reservation for us in the lounge area of the restaurant, and I was honestly surprised when I saw how trendy it was. It was like a Japanese speakeasy!

The lighting was pretty dark, and we wound up having to use the candles on the table to read the drinks menu. It definitely had a fun ambiance!

My friend Sam, who also lives in Philly, joined us for dinner too. Love these ladies! 🙂

All of the food we tried at Double Knot was incredible, and Greg took such good care of us for the evening. It was so nice to see him and Jake! I love these college buddies. 🙂

After dinner, we walked over to McGillin’s for an evening of dancing. Kristen’s boyfriend Mark was there too! (He was supposed to be away on a business trip but wound up getting an earlier flight home and surprised her at dinner. So sweet!)

It was such a fun night, and Kristen I got a big kick out of the songs that were being played at the bar from artists like Celine Dion (My Heart Will Go On and It’s All Coming Back to Me Now) and Vanessa Carlton. Lol! There was lots of signing happening on our end, before the bar closed at 2 a.m. and it was time to go home. Phew!

Sunday

On Sunday morning, Kristen, Mark, Fabio and I met up with Jake and Sam for brunch at For Pete’s Sake, where I enjoyed some delicious chicken and waffles. After that, we stopped by Sam’s house for a minute since it was close by, and then Fabio and I hit the road!

Our drive home wasn’t too bad, and now we are relaxing for a bit before I’m sure we will continue watching 13 Reasons Why. I’m not sure a grocery trip is in the cards for us today, so we will see how we make it through the week without any fresh produce. Eek! Maybe we will go on Monday after work?

Question of the day: Are you watching (or did you watch) 13 Reasons Why? What did you think?

Edited to add: Ahh we wound up finishing it late tonight (Sunday)!! It was so good and now I’m so sad it’s over.

 Posted by on April 24, 2017