Last night, when I told Chris how long it had been since I blogged, he said: “that’s okay, they need a break from you.” LOL Is that true, guys?!
I hope not, because I’m back! I’m sure you can all understand the brief hiatus—the holidays are just so busy. Thankfully, I’m all caught up and finished with my Christmas shopping. All that’s left to do is a little wrapping and I’m good to go.
Let’s take a look at what I’ve been up to…
On Thursday evening, I met my friend Sara for dinner. I got a garden salad (they’re big) with steak skewers. I always need to get salads at this place (Austin’s, for any locals) because I’m obsessed with the strawberry dressing they have.
Of course I needed dessert, too, which came in the form of a delicious brownie.
I just downloaded the “A Beautiful Mess” app on my iPhone, hence the graffiti and <3
Friday was my long-awaited half day at work + Christmas shopping. Who knew Christmas shopping could be so exhausting? I was out from 12:00PM-5:30PM, and I came home and went to bed immediately. I went to bed at 5:30PM—who does that?
Saturday morning, I was up early (obviously, with a 5:30PM bedtime), and eventually made my way to spin class. Then, Chris and I had some errands to run, followed by lunch back at home. After our lunch (Subway sandwiches), I dug into one of my Christmas gifts from Sara—a piece of chocolate from my “chocolate library.”
I spent the rest of the afternoon making cookies, and before I knew it, it was time to get ready for our dinner reservations.
So, funny story…
I mentioned in Tuesday’s post that we had reservations at a restaurant named Lotus. Yeah, no. I didn’t realize until I went to find our gift card on Saturday afternoon that the restaurant was called Nectar. Where did I get the name Lotus from?! It’s one thing to be confused—it’s another to actually book a reservation at the wrong restaurant you came up with off the top of your head. Luckily, I was able to cancel our reservation at the wrong restaurant and set one up at the right place.
I started dinner with a cranberry margarita.
I told Chris this “tasted like college”—whatever that means (it was a good thing, though)
I went with sushi for my entree—a seasonal pumpkin roll and a tempura shrimp spicy salmon roll. I’m no sushi connoisseur, but this was the best I’ve ever had.
Tempura shrimp up top, pumpkin below
We also shared some lobster fried rice.
It had decent-sized chunks of lobster
I never go out to dinner without getting dessert, and even though I was pretty full I couldn’t pass up the mini doughnuts.
The coffee caramel dipping sauce was my favorite
It was a wonderful dinner and I definitely hope to go back to Lotus Nectar soon!
Today was spent at my parents house, celebrating Christmas Eve a few days early. I somehow managed to take zero pictures. We ate chicken marsala with penne + side salads and rolls. I also consumed enough cookies to last a lifetime… or at least until tomorrow.
Fingers crossed tomorrow passes quickly, although I have a feeling it will be slow with so many people on vacation. My schedule for the next two weeks is work a day, have off two days, work two days, have off two days… not bad.
How often do you order dessert when you go out to eat? 100% of the time for this lady.