Two things motivated me to actually grab my laptop and blog today. The first and primary reason was that a friend texted me and said I needed to blog. She’s right. It’s been awhile. The second reason is that I had one of those overwhelmed by gratitude moments. Moments where life is good and joy overflows.
The first trivial but happy event this weekend was we sold our bug. Gone are the days of swapping the precious spots in the garage. We both fit again! I suppose too gone are the summer days zipping around in a convertible but with this rainy and snowy spring I’m not convinced we’ll have any of those summer days anyway. Someone remind me in July when I’m nine months pregnant, hot and huge, to be grateful for the cool spring. At any rate, bye bye bug.
Event number two in the weekend was a date night with my spouse. We’re celebrating our thirteenth wedding anniversary. We shipped the dog and the kid off to Grandma’s and we went and saw a movie (Hunger Games….as usual, I liked the book better than the movie) and then headed into Portland for a night out. I redeemed some reward points and got a free night in a hotel. My husband scoured the internet and found a fun and funky place to eat. Hot Pot City. This place had several of the must haves for my perfect type of restaurant.
2. They gave me lots of utensils and our own pot to cook in right at our table. I love food that you can mess with. My spouse said this was why he picked the place. This is one of the reasons I love my spouse.
3. Really good food. Fresh ginger and garlic sauce. Homemade peanut sauce made with hand pressed sesame seeds and peanut butter. Steak and noodles. Thai peppers. We met the owner. She said that having people compliment her cooking is her payback for hard work.
We walked back to our hotel, curled up on the couch to watch Drive-ins, Diners and Dives. What is with the host? He always talks with his mouth full. The episode we watched made me crave a good sandwich. I had just eaten my weight in beef and chinese noodles. I was working my way though my half of a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream tub. Oatmeal Cookie was the flavor for the record. My spouse said I can’t believe you can even think about food with as full as we are. What can I say, I’m pregnant.
Saturday we met up with my parents and my daughter for her early birthday tea party.
My parents are going on vacation and are missing the soon to be six-year olds actual birthday so naturally they decided she had to have a bonus party. Guess what was served? A whole variety plate of yummy sandwiches. Yet another pregnancy craving fulfilled.
A full weekend. Family. Fun. Food. Grateful heart. Full tummy.