Happy Presidents Day!
I’m coming to you later in the day than normal, but that doesn’t mean that we’re off from work today. (Plus, better late than never, right?) I wasn’t feeling awesome this morning, but I’m much better after some rest, so I wanted to at least say hello and share some weekend snapshots.
Did you have a good weekend and Valentine’s Day? Ours was pretty scheduled, but it was also filled with with lots of friends and food, making it a success in my book.
I finished working around 6:30 p.m. on Friday, so Scott picked me up and we went straight to our friend Liam’s house for a dinner party. Chicken and steak fajitas were on the menu, and we contributed Mexican rice and chips for homemade guacamole (one of my favorite things ever).
It was nice to catch up and hang with people that have quickly started to feel like family up here. (Thanks again for hosting, Liam!)
My Saturday morning started earlier than I cared for after a late bedtime the night before. Once I got going, however, I was happy to be working at the gym. I had two group training classes, a 1 on 1 personal training session, and then headed out to complete a KempoX (cardio kickboxing) DVD with Scott at home all before Noon.
I love when my weekends start out on a productive and active note!
I had just enough time to change and grab Roadie to get over to an appointment at the vets soon after. He had a random growth (they think it’s an infected gland?) on his eyelid appear last weekend, so he’s been on meds and we went in for a follow-up to see how it’s healing.
(He always gets so nervous and sad at the vets. Poor guy.)
Here’s hoping the next week of meds continues to do the job without having to do further measures.
I had a little time to rest in the afternoon before it was time to get ready for dinner. We weren’t planning on doing much to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year until we got an invite to join our friends Alex and Alex for dinner and drinks at our favorite late night spot in the Detroit area.
It was a challenge to find reservations for four on the night before Valentine’s Day, but we were grateful that Alex snagged the last reservation at a new-to-us restaurant in the Royal Park Hotel called Park 600 Bar + Kitchen.
We had a cozy candlelit booth complete with a rose and specialty Valentine’s menu. It was a great environment!
Our table of four split a bottle of red wine, a few appetizers (beef tartar, calamari, and oven brussels sprouts), and Alex and I shared an entrée with sides for dinner.
The pan-seared scallops on savory sweet potato pancakes were amazing. I highly recommend them to anyone dining here in the future, along with a side of the goat’s cheese mashed potatoes. Yum.
We still had some room for dessert, so we ordered a chocolate mousse cake, crème brûlée (not pictured), and some kind of apple fritter goodness for the table. Everything was so good!
Thanks for letting us join in on your V-day celebration, friends!
After dinner, we made plans to have a round of drinks at The Oakland in Ferndale. I’ve mentioned this place a few times, and it continues to be one of my very favorite spots to visit on a night out. Hidden speakeasy types of bars are always fun, right?
Without fail, Alex and I ordered our go-to Juliet & Romeo (if you ever pay a visit you have to try it) and the boys enjoyed trying some new items from the menu, per our server’s suggestion.
(Polka dots & stripes? Kind of obnoxious, but sure.)
We ended up making a few more stops throughout the night and had a blast being out and laughing way too hard.
It was so nice to be able to spend time with them and enjoy time away from home after being cooped up in the below freezing weather all week!
I was looking forward to meeting our friend, Natalie, at church on Sunday. It was the first time she had ever been to a very contemporary, non-denominational church like ours. She seemed to like it and we planned on grabbing brunch in Birmingham afterwards.
We didn’t wait too long and loved the ambiance of the (covered and heated) outdoor patio. They always have the best tunes, too. They had an 80s playlist rolling that’s very similar to mine on Sunday. Good times.
I suggested the create-your-own skillet option to Natalie, and we were both happily on board.
(I loaded mine with almost every option, and the best part is the toppings: avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, and roasted red salsa)
We eventually wrapped things up mid-afternoon and headed back home to get some things done around the house. I ended up taking a nap (which was glorious) after doing a few loads of laundry, and our friend, Sarah, came over for dinner and to watch the 2016 NBA All Star Game soon after.
Scott and I have traveled to a handful of them in the past, and it was weird not being there in person with some of our friends since we only live 4-5 hours from Toronto, Ontario (Canada).
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Maybe next year!
I was more than ready to turn in as soon as it finished, and just like that… the weekend was over. *blink*
All right. I’m about to head off to work a longer-than-normal shift at the gym, but I’m hoping to be back to posting more of a “normal” schedule this week. Thanks so much for popping in to keep up with what we’ve been up to. Have a great rest of your day!
Questions of the Day
• Did you do anything special for Valentine’s Day?
• What is one of your favorite sporting events of the year? Have you ever attended it in person?
Scott and I have watched and traveled to the NBA All Star Games together since we started dating in 2008! It’s too bad that I never got to share our adventures here, as they all took place pre-blogging. Maybe we’ll get around to going to one again in the future… it’s always a fun, eventful weekend!