Friday, May 17, 2019

Date Your Spouse

OK, I love to go out to eat.  You all know this.  
And May is my Month.  
I mentioned to Eric last month as May approached, that sometime in May I'd like to go have Sushi and Fogo de Chao. Unfortunately, birthday week barely went according to plan.  
So it wasn't until this week we got to go where we wanted.  


On Wednesday, Eric took me downtown for lunch.  
As we were going down Washington Street towards Fogo, I got a view of the tops of these buildings. I'm pretty sure our night at the Conrad down the street, we had views of their roofs from our room.  
I like this view too.  Sometimes when I'm downtown, I think how neat it would be to live down here. 
Expensive though. 


But oh the eats! 
I love Fogo - some days I just crave a pile of meat.  
Though their salad bar is good. 
I was so moved by the yummies since it had been a while since we'd been (maybe Rio Olympics, maybe Easter a couple years back, not sure), too long.   I tucked in, so did Eric. 
We went to town. I found myself wanting to only eat the beef.  
My favorite was the picanha, top sirloin.  
And this fella.  He and I both enjoy some good beast.  
It was so good.  
It's hard not to stuff yourself!


So we make sure, that after every time we go to Fogo, we get this Papaya Creme for dessert. 
It's like fruity ice cream, if we're good they'll top it with a little Cream de Cassis. 
 The story goes that inside papaya there are enzymes that aid in the digestive process.  I haven't researched that, but I will say, I've been here on days that I get the Papaya Creme, and I have days where I don't.  Let's just say that on the days we get the Creme, even if we have absolutely no room, I feel better when we go home.  I love the meat so much, I stuffed myself. But I fill in the gaps in my stomach with this ice cream, and it works. Not sure how.  But I love it.


Take the circle north. 

We enjoyed our lunch so much that when it was time to leave, we realized Eric had a meeting in Carmel, and we had to drive up there directly to drop him off.   So we took Meridian straight up. We never do that.  It was actually a nice drive up there, the bummer was staying there until rush hour and having to navigate back in that traffic with construction.  Good thing I'd had an amazing lunch. 


Two dates in one week! 

Yesterday, I had to go to Carmel again.  It's an even longer story.  Let's just say my Doctor is making me jump through a lot of hoops, so I had to get to get a little work done.  I had it done last year, and it was by far the worst procedure I'd ever had done.  I anticipated feeling pretty terrible afterwards.  So I figured we'd have lunch together afterwards.  However, this procedure wasn't as bad as last year.  
I didn't feel so terrible.  

Eric suggested sushi. 

We'd tried Miracle Sushi last year for the first time on our 20 dates for 20 years. 
And it was so Good, I wanted to go back. 
So I put it on our Date List for this year.  
The goal being that we want to go on at least want to go on one date a month. 
For our mental health. 

So Miracle Sushi it was. 


Two salads. 
I love Seaweed Salad.  
Eric seemed to recall us trying this seafood salad, which was cucumbers, tuna, salmon in a hint of spicy sauce.  We got both.  And they were GOOD!


Isn't that Pretty! 

The White and Green was the Miracle with white tuna and wasabi. 
The Crispy Unagi was covered with our favorite, Eel.  
We got a fancy spider roll called the Creamy Crab.  
And E always has to get spicy things, so we got a Spicy Californian.  

We ate well and it was good. 
I can't wait to go back. 
I want to go back right now. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

The Mixtape Tour


For my Birthday, Kathleen wrote me and asked if I wanted to go to the New Kids On The Block Mixtape Tour show that was coming this weekend.  
I was like YES!!! 

Then I realized we had other things going, but blessedly, my family and Kathleen were flexible, and we were able to make it all happen.  
So she kidnapped me and we went downtown for my Ultimate Youth Extravaganza! 
Picture it - NKOTB, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, Salt -n-Pepa, and Naughty by Nature. 
It was Cathy of 1991's Ultimate Dream Come True! 



There was so much Awesome stuff!  
It was Vintage Awesome. 

Going in, I decided I wanted a Concert T-shirt.  
I had never seen any of these performers live before.  We had always been too broke to ever see NKOTB in concert, ever.  Nor get a fancy Tshirt if I was privileged to go to a Concert. 


So Kathleen and I waited in the world's longest line to get a T-shirt.  
We got matching T-shirts.  Because we haven't done that in a while. Also, waiting in line wasn't too terrible because I had so much fun people watching. #GeekingOut


Would it be terrible to hunt them down at a different concert and go again?!


Oh yes, we're ready now! 
And yes, I'm totally sporting my vintage hypercolor t-shirt that I pulled out of the bag of stuff I want to make into a quilt, but haven't yet.  Don't think I will with this one.  <3

Beautiful lights. 
So, there was this app that NKOTB recommended.  It didn't want to cooperate on my phone, but in theory, it turned on the flashlight for all participants.  It worked for Kathleen. I just opted to take a photo of everyone else's. 


They gussied up the Stage so it looked like a Mix Tape. 
Brilliant! 


The lights and confetti, how fun is this?!  
It really was the most amazing concert.  



Debbie Gibson sat down at the piano for her second performance, and started playing Lost in your eyes.  At which point, Joey McIntyre came out and began singing with her. 
And I cried. 


It was the most awesome duet ever.  
Even though I couldn't really hear it well, I still cried.


So truthfully, the sound kind of sucked.  Can you even tell which songs these are? 
I don't know if you can, or if not.  I could, because they've been driven into my bones. 
That's what growing up in the 80s and 90s was. 
True great music driven into our bones.  
And half of them came back to town on this night.  
So freaking awesome. 


I didn't go to any concerts between Weird Al and the Monkees in 1987, and John Denver in 1993. 
I was never cool, I never got invited, and we were broke.  
That's a crucial thing for a teenager to miss.   I don't doubt I missed out.  
But this event, this amazing gift, I made up for it all one night. 
For once, I got to be one of the cool kids. 
And it was Awesome.  

Thank You Kathleen. <3

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A Quiet Day at Home

2/365

We did nothing most of the day .  We worked on putting things away on New Year's Day.  
And Daddy had to go to back to work today.  
It was weirdly quiet all day.  The kids were doing their own thing, playing with presents, being quiet.  It was weird all day.


Except this one.

Of an entire nicely organized closet for him to choose

But what he really couldn't wait to wear....

his new yellow bathrobe.  

And just so you know, I love his baby curly hair.  

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Liquid Resolutions

1/365

It's a New Year, another year for great New Year's Resolutions.   I always get a little overwhelmed when thinking about what I want to do in the new year.   It never fails I fizzle out come spring.  This year I decided to participate in my Young Living Leadership Support Team Challenges for January.  I can commit to a month.

One diamond leader is doing a Water Challenge.  I've done this before... but always in summer.  I'd not thought of upping my water intake in winter.  Rather brilliant really.  I know the effects.  I guess I'm so dehydrated, I'm just not thinking that something as simple as water is what I need.  But I do.  So I am all in.  In fact, I just pulled my decorated jug out of the cabinet, didn't add anything fancy.  I've done this before, set the numeric goal, drink half of my body weight in ounces of water per day. Gotta tell you, after hopping on the scale this morning, that number was HIGH.   But I've been eating Holiday style for days, and my body is done, I just need to stay home. And that is the Plan. Luckily, we have little going on, so staying home and drinking  and peeing all the time sounds Great. 


Step 1 - Water with a drop of Slique Essence Essential Oil blend.  
This blend contains Grapefruit, Tangerine, Lemon, Spearmint, Ocotea, and a tad of Stevia extract.
It's refreshing, and balancing to the blood sugar, while supporting the whole body during weight loss. 
So, I thought I'd start my day with this. 
130 ounces is a Lot of Water. 


Plus, I've been sick. 
Even my tissues are talking to me. 
I'm tired of being sick and tired. I'm weaning off the prednisone and I feel terrible. 
I lost my voice right after Christmas. Drinking and peeing all this toxic crud out of my body sounds Fantastic.

The other YL leader Challenge is a Ningxia Red challenge.  That one won't be hard for me to hit, as I've been drinking it daily since I started feeling crummy anyway.  I don't have stash enough to get all 5 of us going on it. I should've started drinking it in November to keep my immune system supported through the season, maybe I wouldn't have gotten sick at all.  Who knows? 

I want to jump start my YL business again, I want to get off my duff, I want to take more photos, (thus starting the count again), and I want to do these drinking challenges.  
Hopefully,  the combination of these liquids, drinking good things will lead to getting healthier, and moving my butt will help me lose weight too.  These are all my New Years goals.  Wish me luck!   

Monday, December 24, 2018

Happy Christmas Eve

The weirdest thing just happened.  I got fired from my previous gig as #1 Elf for Santa.   The presence of #1 son was requested to act as #1 Elf.  WOW.  I was told I could go to bed.  Is it because I've been sick?  Is it because #1 son is now 13 and such a great helper with a better spine and more energy than me?  Probably both.   Still, I have to stay awake a little longer to get my replacement off his flush, so I thought I'd get started with a blog story of our day.  It has been a Wild One! 
Being sick on Christmas Eve is something I'm not used to.  Not having a voice to sing Christmas carols at church also stinks.  I am not making the most of these holidays.  I like to sit back and relax when we're on vacation because I want to, not because I have to.  And lately, my energy level is so low, I have to. 
Still, today, we made a good dent in vacationing and enjoying some festive holiday time together.


 A Snappy Dresser.
So we started the day, fairly typically, with yelling to get dressed, insanity as we try to coordinate Holiday fashions.  Jacob picked out his pants.  Vintage Awesome.  They belonged to Eric, probably Ryan, and or Karl too.  My mother in law saved a bin of awesome old clothes from her boys to give to my boys.  And we're almost through it.  This is one of the last pieces to survive.  And Jacob rocked it today.  He learned to snap, and was dancy pantsy all over the house.  
We voted him, "Best Pants" of the day.


Ryan and Amy hosted Christmas this year.  And it was so nice. 
Maybe it was just that they made it so easy, a buffet of appetizers, and kids playing happily with eachother for a while before we even opened presents. 
I got to catch up with my girls and love on my nephews. 


The boys were content wherever there was a screen.  
At least they were getting along. 


For a brief moment, they were all quiet, while presents were distributed.  
Then suddenly, the flurry began, and they all opened with a vengance. 


Then it got crazy. 
I practiced panoramic shots of all of it, which surprisingly turned out well. Amazing considering how everyone was moving while I was shooting.  


Bryce loved his Pikachu. 
If you ask Cole, he will tell you that Bryce is 2, and doesn't talk that's why he does First Steps. 
Yep.  Since 2 of our 3 did that, we completely understand.  But Bryce is beginning to really communicate.  Sure, it's not always in English.  But he made his thoughts known when he opened his present from us.  And it made my day, he hit the box and said Pika!  The sweetboy has like 5 words in English and Pika was one of them.  <3  I guess we chose wisely. 


It was a very Harry Potter day for Chris.  
He got new legos, and a Snitch.  


Sam raked in the Harry Potters too.  
He got a Snitch like his brother, and some classic HP books homemade by Aunt Erica. 
I saw the "Monster Book of Monsters" from a distance and thought Mom had gotten it at Universal. 
Nope. 
Instead, Erica MADE it!   And apparently, Bryce LOVED it, especially when she would take the box and have it growl at her.  Later, he walked by it, and growled at it, and giggled.  It was fantastic. 
I hope I remember how enchanting Bryce was today for a long time.  He's really growing into such a neat character.  And he plays well with his cousins.  The kids all got along so well today. 

I couldn't last the entirety of the festivities.  At one point, I was talking to my sister in law, and I started to swirl and drift into the couch, I knew I needed to nap and cough.  Big coughs.  I coughed all the way home, and crashed for a 2 hour nap on the couch.  


All the cousins in one place, getting along. 
Meanwhile, Eric and Mom helped coordinate this photo for me. 
Historic. 

After my nap, I went and grabbed the boys.  
We got home just enough to do their Kumon homework, then they were ready for dinner. 


Fa ra ra ra ra ra ra ra ra.

We've started a new tradition, inadvertantly.  
A couple years ago, we partied with the fam most of the day, and didn't have dinner, until we discovered we were hungry on the way home from Church.  Surprise!  The Chinese Buffet was open. 
Last year, we went on purpose.  This year too. 
My friend was telling me that it's become a tradition for Jewish families to go out for Chinese at Christmas, because it's what's open.  I just keep thinking of that Christmas Story scene where they end up at the Chinese restaurant.   By the time we get to Christmas, we don't feel like cooking much.  
This works.  
After my big nap, an egg roll tasted great to me.  I haven't felt like eating deep fried anything in days. 


They had a selfie station at the church for us. 
The boys cooperated pretty decently for us. 
Jake's pants and Chris's shoes make me smile. 


We even had a friend (a tall friend) take a picture take a picture of all of us together. 
I never get myself photographed at these things, I'm always behind the camera.  

When we got home, Eric put the trains together, and the boys and I got cooking on some of the holiday traditions.  Like watching Charlie Brown!


Three sweetboys watch Charlie Brown. 


"Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you're the Charlie Browniest." 
My Mom got us all matching Charlie Brown Jammies last year. 
I love them. I'm even wearing snoopy Jamberry wraps on my nails right now since I knew they'd match.   I'll be bummed when they outgrow them.  I plan on wearing mine for a long time! 


Reading the Polar Express together. 
This one moment of sweetness was so good, I quickly grabbed my phone and snapped without really looking, as we were all reading, taking turns on different sides of the pages, really making a shared work of it.  And it was so nice.   
It's this kind of cuddling, quality time, and togetherness that I really love about Christmas Break.


This year, Eric set up the trains upstairs.  
And he got them working just before bed for the boys. 


We sat in the light of trains and tree just watching them go around and around. 
This is one of their favorite Christmas Eve traditions.  
They can't wait to see what new train cars and goodies Santa will bring tomorrow! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

#19 Out of 20

We crossed another one off our Date List.  
Saturday morning. 
The Church borrowed all the boys so they could practice for the Christmas Pageant. 
In return for giving them our kids, we get to go shopping for a couple hours, and have lunch. 
Best deal ever! 


First we went to Target, and stopped at the Starbucks there, and finished up some shopping for the boys.  I got a Medicine ball, which I must confess has really been help opening my chest and throat. It's half steamed lemonade and half two teas, Defense with Pineapple and Jade Citrus Mint.  And honey.  It's not the sweetest beverage they offer, the combo of peppermint and citrus can overwhelm. But it does the trick. 

I felt good enough to have a date lunch with my hun. 


For lunch, we went to Thai Lanna. 
It's a great Thai place on the west side, but since word has gotten out it's good, it's usually crowded when we go by.  They don't staff for crowds, so we hadn't been in a while. 
But it was dead quiet at 11 a.m. on a Saturday morning. Luckily for us. 
So we got some crab rangoon, which was so yummy.  And tried the last Thai curry puff in the place. And of course, my chicken on a stick.  Aka chicken satay.  
I wish I knew how to make that cucumber sauce they serve.  It's like sugar and vinegar and tiny bits of cucumber and red pepper.  I love it, I could drink it! 


I got this. Eric got his usual Pad Thai so Thai Hot flavored it makes him cry. He likes it that way. 
Mine was Thom Yum soup with Pad Thai, was it Thom Thai, or Pad Yum, Thom Pad?  I don't remember. 


Whatever you call it, it was magical soup with noodles. 
That stuff clears my chest out too.  And my sinuses. 
Thom yum is magical, and I liked having it with noodles. 

We love getting out for Thai food, but it's not very often. 
I really crave oriental food in winter. I don't know why. 
And the soup whenever I'm sick helps. So I guess it all works out. 
And we crossed another date off our list. <3

1 more to go....

Saturday, December 15, 2018

1, 2, 3, Yum!


They were eating their advent chocolates like some folks drink shots.  
1,2,3, Yum!  
And on Yum, they were all pounding back their chocolates. 
We'd gotten behind.  It's hard for me to want to sugar them up, right before bed.  So this time, they ate their dinner, and were all begging for dessert, so I let them eat their chocolates.  5 days worth.  
Oy, we'd gotten behind.  Still, it's not Christmas yet, so we're still on schedule. 

They make me smile.