Five on Friday #87

EINS

Thank you for all the anniversary salutations (do people even use that word anymore?)!  We went to Halls Chophouse for dinner and it was fantastic.  I wasn't aware that it wasn't as classy as I had envisioned, but the food more than made up for it.  Also, our bill was $234 with tip, which was a little less painful than our almost $300 bill at Charleston Grill, although both were so, soo, soooooo worth it.

Teh German didn't want to take a selfie since we were at a "classy" restaurant, but I managed to talk him into ONE stealth selfie.
Glad I did, this is the only photo other than a sweaty selfie I took of us after our run before work on our anniversary.
Champagne on the house since we were celebrating!

Dry aged ribeye

This is what a foodgasm looks like
Bison steak, perfectly medium rare, with black truffle butter on top, on a bed of mushroom risotto with some kind of gravy that was to die for. 
Seriously, every bite I had caused me to make dirty noises....
Even when I had my leftovers at work the next day.  #notsorry

Sides were:
Brussel sprouts with bacon or something piggy with a sauce Teh German liked.
Sweet potato cassarole w/ apples and walnuts

Dessert was a milkshake, which ended up being on the house since we were were celebrating.
#notcomplaining

Teh German said he wasn't going to help because he was too full.
Double strawing it was.
#notsorry

Overall, I was pleased with my life choice.  I'd definitely do it again if we had guests in town who wanted to drop some dollas on delicious foods.  I would NOT do it again for any type of celebration meal.  If I go out to a "$$$$" restaurant to celebrate, I want $$$$ atmosphere.



ZWEI

From the phone this week:

A VERY sweaty anniversary AM run.

New shoes for Teh Ville this past week.
Hopefully this will eliminate those knee pains from my 10 miler.

Surprise anniversary flowers from #bestboyfriendever

Get a roll, Tootsie Roll..
No?  Just me?  ok then

77777 miles.  Oh Yurtle, please be good to me forever, I love you so!
Also, a balmy 82 degrees at 0645. 
#SouthernSummersSuck

You can't really see it, but in this car is a lady reading her book.
Please note, she is sitting in the parking lot at Barnes and Noble.
#BookwormLife

Thanks Instagram for trying to be like Snapchat...  /facepalm

Snuggles with my Meri-Meri

150 photos ordered for our Ger-Merika flag project.
These are almost all of the photos of the construction of the house.
Teh German wants to pin them over the Germany/US flag then hang it on the wall
(I'm thinking on the landing in the stairs)

I also had a photo printed for our frame in the bathroom, one of my fave StoryPeople stories.

I was really struggling for hats for our costumes for Dumbo Dare weekend.
This genius man took my idea of mini witch hats and showed me how to do it right.
Now, we will be the most excellent Flora (Teh MD-AR), Fauna (Teh German (nope, not kidding, his choice)), and Merryweather (me (because I'm the shortest and youngest)).

Most importantly:

This was my anniversary gift from Teh German.  I actually collect these glass balls (which he knows) and it almost made me cry because this gift was so perfect.  More and more recently Teh Ville has become a real family.  No, we might not be married, but we're definitely a family, our kids being the dogs, of course.  The fact that Teh German considers Meri, Phil, and I his family is an even bigger thing for me.

After getting out of Shitty House and into House, Teh German told me he was feeling more and more like the US was home.  To have a family and a home?  Be still my heart.  Whew, it's dusty in here.


DREI

ALL THE DISNEY PLANNING!

Parks and rides and food, oh my.  Add to that fireworks, character stops, and general magic enjoyment and it will be a swell time.  I have been reading through all the Disneyland suggestions I can find and so far I've gotten 2 things:
1.  Ride Peter Pan first thing in the morning and while there grab Fastpasses for whatever ride it is.
2.  The parade and fireworks in Disneyland are not to be missed.

I haven't started narrowing down where we will eat yet, but I'm sure in between bleeding myself and getting high off spray paint fumes making creating costume pieces, I'll figure it out before we fly out on the 1st. 

We will be resting on Saturday, as in, not going to the parks, and after doing some research, I'm thinking we will drive out to Hollywood and Malibu and pretend to be B-list celebrities.  Ok, maybe C-list.  Whatevs.  We will have the rental car and the time and this is a golden opportunity I'd hate to waste.  I've only ever a shopping center, the cruise boat pier, and the airport in LA.. and it was with a grouchy pants, so it will be nice to be with people who can actually enjoy the adventure instead of biting my head off at every turn for breathing.

From what I hear, driving down Hwy 1 is a life changing experience, so I think I need to put a check beside that box on my life accomplishments list.  It's probably right there with drive on the Autobahn, which was checked in June.  I'm sure we'll hit some LA traffic snags, but honestly, I think the adventure will be worth it.  Finally, YOLO.

PS.  I'm still open for suggestions regarding Disneyland guidance.



VIER


I don't bring up politics ever much but this spoke to me in so many ways.

I'm not sure if I shared this with you when I discovered it, but you need to read this thing here about body confidence.  Don't let anyone tell you that you aren't beautiful just the way you are...  Any by ANYONE I mean anyone including yourself.  Talk to yourself the way you'd talk to your child.  Also, run out of fucks to give because #youdoyou, it's nobody else's business.

Hercules is probably my favorite Disney movie and this list of facts even educated me!


FÜNF

10 things that made me happy:
  1. Bison steaks topped with black truffle butter.
  2. Flex Fridays
  3. Teh Ville and family and home and love and all sappy things.
  4. Trips to NC
  5. RAIN
  6. Thinking, "Wow it's not the temperature of the sun out here," when I walk outside at 5am.
  7. Running with Teh German when it's too early to be awake.
  8. Books that are surprisingly good.
  9. In-house dog sitters.
  10.  Planning



Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.
Linking up with these ladies since it's FFFFRRRRRRIIIIIIDDDDAAAAYYYY!!!!!!!!!


Comments

  1. free milkshake?! Can't beat that!
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  2. This makes me so happy for you!!! I told you the right guy is just-well magical! It's hard to explain to others but it was/is the same for me. Absolutely no comparison to any other male even comes close! Sigh, I love the sappy!!!

    Did I mention I had a blast there? Even if you were busy with house and other people and family and I had some family issues myself. I would love to come back for more quality time. LOL You are special and I enjoy your company. That may be sappy too...

    Did you see The Smithsonian botanical garden ( Google it ) had a corpse flower bloom? I am beyond thankful for video! I really enjoyed that day many moons ago; taking pics and looking at spectacular flowers in that building and garden.

    Last sentiment is atmosphere of expensive restaurants; I totally get that. We went to Ruth Chris in Jax for an anniversary. The tables are practically on top of each other, which I found a little odd for the prices charged. All the sides there were a La carte or additional charges on the side. We struggle to spend $100 for the two of us when no alcoholic beverages are consumed. Drinking in public sucks all the funds! Ha!



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  3. This makes me so happy for you!!! I told you the right guy is just-well magical! It's hard to explain to others but it was/is the same for me. Absolutely no comparison to any other male even comes close! Sigh, I love the sappy!!!

    Did I mention I had a blast there? Even if you were busy with house and other people and family and I had some family issues myself. I would love to come back for more quality time. LOL You are special and I enjoy your company. That may be sappy too...

    Did you see The Smithsonian botanical garden ( Google it ) had a corpse flower bloom? I am beyond thankful for video! I really enjoyed that day many moons ago; taking pics and looking at spectacular flowers in that building and garden.

    Last sentiment is atmosphere of expensive restaurants; I totally get that. We went to Ruth Chris in Jax for an anniversary. The tables are practically on top of each other, which I found a little odd for the prices charged. All the sides there were a La carte or additional charges on the side. We struggle to spend $100 for the two of us when no alcoholic beverages are consumed. Drinking in public sucks all the funds! Ha!



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  4. Why do my posts double? I have a new phone and signed in again. Grrr sorry!!

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  5. happy anniversary! love your stealth selfie, that risotto looks aaaaaaaaaahmazing.
    yay disney! i haven't been to disneyland since 2011 so not much help, i wasn't crazy planner lady then.
    love the lady reading in her car. wonder why she was reading in the car park of b&n? couldn't wait to get home and read? or, reading and she was gonna return it? hahaha

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  6. I enjoy it too when it's not the temperature of the sun outside :) and yay for a free milkshake! that's the best kind :) Happy Friday!

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  7. Awww that anniversary gift is so sweet!!! And all of your celebration dinner food looks amazing! And your makeup looked so pretty :) I am slowly running out of fucks to give as well on the body image front. Ahhhh you and your Disney. I am so jealous! Have a great weekend!

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  8. First: Happy Anniversary! Second: the food looks so amazing! Third: I love these little glimpses into your happy family! And Finally: sleeping beauty is my favorite Disney film and I love that you are going as the good fairies! Merriweather is my fav!

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  9. Your bison steak and truffle butter look so delicious, as does that milkshake. Looks like a really nice evening was had.

    Life sounds like it's falling exactly in place for you. :-)

    Have a great weekend hun! Xo

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  10. Yum your anniversary dinner looks amazing! Love the stealth selfie!! :)

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  11. That is such a sweet gift! And holy shit! That food though!

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