Restaurant Hopping in Napa

Rory: Well, tonight I’m meeting him in Manhattan to celebrate.
Lorelai: Fancy restaurant?
Rory: Rutabaga farm, actually. –Gilmore Girls

I feel like I’ve been bouncing around like a yomega yoyo this month. It’s only halfway through the month but I feel like I’ve done more in the past 2 weeks than I did for the entire month of May.

Last weekend we went to Napa with Walking Couple. We had this idea to go restaurant hopping; where we’d eat appetizers at one place, dinner at another, and dessert at another. We ended up having to wait too long to eat, so we had appetizers and dinner at one place. We were able to eat outside, and the weather was lovely.

It was an off night for Walking Couple. They were both tired from spending all day at a theme park with their kiddos. I think we all got a little bummed out when we saw the prices at the restaurant too. Poor Match-his meal was ridiculously overpriced and all he got were 5 sad little raviolis.  It didn’t help that Walking Buddy said her and Walking Guy had been fighting all day. There was an undercurrent of tension between the two of them that normally isn’t there.

The highlight was that we both got dressed up and Match couldn’t stop cuddling me. Sometimes it pays to fix my hair and wear uncomfortably tight jeans. 😉

We did have fun at a sushi place we found after the restaurant, where we ate dessert and shared drinks in the lounge.

I think we’ll definitely try restaurant hopping again, but next time when Walking Couple is fully rested, and in a town with more reasonable prices. Napa is a bit bloated and full of itself!

 

2012 To Do List Progress: Paint Kitchen Hinges

Emily: That’s amazing. What did you use?
Rory: I don’t know. We got it from one of those late night tv-ads. Apparently it also gets rust off nails and hinges, waxes your car perfectly and weather-proofs windows and doors. -Gilmore Girls

I’ve actually knocked out quite a few things on my 2012 to do list. Thank you 2nd trimester energy burst! One task that I thought would take forever ended up only taking one day, and I’m pretty happy with the result. Instead going out and buying new hinges for our cabinets, I decided to spray paint them. They don’t look perfect if you look super close, but I think they look pretty nice.

Before

I know it’s hard to tell-but the old hinges were this bronze color, and they didn’t match our stainless steel appliances.

After:

It’s a very subtle change, but I like the effect. Of course doing this project made me hate the color of our cabinets even more. I would love to paint them white, or stain them a dark espresso. If I went with espresso I think it would make the kitchen feel too small. Once we update the lighting and add granite counter tops, hopefully I’ll be happier about the cabinet color.

We also finally finished the lighting in the downstairs bathroom. Once we get the frame added to the mirror, and replace the paper blinds with real ones, that room will be DONE. I love how much the lighting brightened up the half bath and made it look bigger.

Before:

Ugh, I still can’t believe they put that fake “stain glass” sticker on the window. It smelled like chemicals and it was peeling. That was the first thing to go! Now it smells like soap, thank you very much.

After:

Match replaced the light and I painted the vanity a nice espresso color to match the other bathrooms. I’m so happy with how it turned out!

I still have a lot left on the list, but I’ve made some headway. I can’t wait to make more progress on the nursery, but it will have to wait until we know if Roo prefers pink or blue. Other than that, we’re just waiting on that money tree to buy the rest of what we need for the house. 😉

2012 to do list: 

1. Replace the lighting in all 3 bathrooms.

2. Replace the hallway light fixtures.

3. Install an overhead light in the master bedroom.

4. Replace the dining room and front entry light fixtures.

5. Install a custom closet organizer.

6. Buy Monkey a new kennel.

7. Paint mural for the nursery

8. Come up with family Halloween costumes

9. Do at least 1 or 2 Halloween Crafts before Roo is born

10. Increase online earnings to pay for all the stuff we need to buy this year

11. Start a savings fund for Roo

12. Sell the Focus

13. Pay off the Subaru

14. Save up a big down payment for a truck

15. Buy a truck

16. Start landscaping the backyard

17. Start landscaping the front yard

18. Get Nursery ready by September

19. Make decorations for Sassy’s bridal shower

18. Host Sassy’s bridal shower

20. Build up savings

21. Buy new couch for family room

22. Buy area rug for family room

23. Buy area rug for great room

23. Get certified in infant CPR

24. walk at least 5 times per week as long as the doctor says I can

25. Buy VHS to DVD converter

26. Convert old home movies to DVD as a present to our parents

27. Have wedding dress cleaned

28. Carve Pumpkins with Match

29. Write up our wills

30. Meet at least one bloggy friend this year

31. Go camping at least once this spring

32. Buy a side table or buffet table for the dining room

33. Learn to light a fire in our firepit

34. Make window seat for the nursery

35. Get at least 100 readers

36. Go on at least one trip with Match this Spring

37. Take prenatal classes

38. Finish pregnancy journal and have it printed or make a homemade book

39. Order mixbook from last year

40. Take pregnancy photo shoot

41. Do something special for our 2 year anniversary

42. Survive labor and delivery and have a healthy bouncing lil Roo.

43. Take Roo to a pumpkin patch

44. Have a family photo shoot

45. Make 2 to 3 handmade Christmas decorations before December

46. Make at least one homemade canvas print from one of my photos

47.  Sew bucilla stocking for Roo

48. Go back to the Christmas tree farm

49. Make Roo a Christmas Ornament

50. Make homemade gifts for Christmas

51. Spray paint kitchen hinges

52. Paint bathroom vanities

Friday Confessional-It’s Been One Hell of a Week

Luke: I’m just having a bad day.
Lorelai: Zzz.
Luke: What?
Lorelai: Days. You’ve been stomping around, barking at people for days.
Luke: I have not.
Lorelai: Yes, Cujo, you have.-Gilmore Girls

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I confess…

That I’m so glad it’s Friday. It’s been one hell of a week and I haven’t been sleeping much. When I don’t get enough sleep I can be a little bit snappy.

I confess…

that the house hunt is already frustrating me. I know it’s supposed to be exciting but it’s also a big giant commitment so it makes me all nervous and fretful. This could be why I haven’t been sleeping.

Then we met with our Realtor on Tuesday and she was a total biatch. It was our first meeting and she didn’t even bother to shake my hand or Match’s. She was rude and short with us and acted as if she were doing us a favor by showing us homes. She even told us she has a day job and then asked if we could schedule viewings around her schedule. I went home that night, emailed her and fired that bitch. BOOM.

I confess…

That Match isn’t making the house hunt any easier by suggesting multiple towns to look in. Finding a home in one town is hard enough, but now we’re branching our search to two…and they are in completely different places. In different counties. My head hurts.

I confess…

That after our meeting with BitchFace Realtor we went to Sassy Couple’s house where Sassy Guy got Match drunk on the drink Skinny Bitch. It’s some weird diet drink that is basically all vodka. This was actually really funny to watch. We played outdoor bean bags (sort of like horse shoes) for hours and it looked a little something like this when the boys would beat us:

It then ended with Match in the fetus position on our bathroom floor. The next morning he told me he was very grateful for my housekeeping prowess and the fact that he knew he was puking into a clean toilet. At least he can see the silver lining!

I confess…

That Thursday I got lost while running errands and spent an hour driving around wasting gas. It was one of those days I really wished I had a smartphone so I could just GPS my way out of there.

I confess…

That I called Match and told him so. He just laughed at my ability to get myself as lost as I had. “How did you end up two towns away?!” Then I hit every red light when I finally did find my way back. And all of the crazy drivers were on the road, and I almost got side swipped twice! Luckily I made it home in one piece.

I confess…

That I almost lost it in the grocery store later that day. The express lane is for FAST people Miss WhotheFStillWritesACheckTheseDays! And she had the nerve to ask for help out with her one bag of groceries. She was not elderly. She was in excellent shape, just whiney. I wanted to punch her. The girl in front of her forgot her pin number and smelled like stale cigars. At least the checker was nice!

I confess…

That the only good part about yesterday was my volunteer interview. I applied to be a volunteer at a crisis nursery. It’s a place where families in need can bring their little ones, ages 0-5 years. The family has to be in real crisis: newly homeless, domestic violence, and so on. My job as a volunteer would be to simply play with the kids and make their time enjoyable. The nursery is their happy place and it would be my job to help them forget what’s going on in their lives and just be a buddy. I cannot wait to start.

I confess…

That after this crazy week I’m SO ready for Geeky’s Bachelorette party this weekend. A little escape and a night out with the woo girls is exactly what I need!

Mellow Parties vs Lots of Drinking

Logan: I don’t understand why you won’t just believe me. I’m tired, I just want a mellow evening with my girlfriend.
Rory: Last time you were mellow you had a hundred and four temperature and even then, we were bar-hopping for an hour before you fainted. –Gilmore Girls

New Year’s day Match and I went to Sassy Couple’s house for a bbq and to watch the UFC fight. It was a really mellow evening and we had a great time. I feel like Match is just so much more comfortable around this new group of friends. Maybe it is because his co-recruits know what he’s going through in academy, or maybe it is because most of the couples are in the same place in life that we are. Married or engaged, kids or kids on the way, careers, or working towards them, and just past that college party phase.

I met one woman who was thinking of going to bsn online for her nursing degree, and another who runs a fitness business with her husband. Everyone there was just relaxed and mellow, sipping on beers and wine and just chatting. No one was there to get drunk or trashed. It felt nice to have an evening with grown ups. As much as I love our group of friends, there are times when we hang out that I feel there is a huge gap between us in terms of where we are in life. Sometimes I love partying and acting like I’m still 23, but most of the time I prefer the smaller, mellow parties. Plus my waistline likes not having a beer gut!!