Weekend Happenings

I say it every single time–so here’s warning you it won’t be any different every single time.  The weekend goes by far too fast.  It’s Friday night, then Saturday afternoon flies by, we want to relax the night away and then Sunday passes in the blink of an eye.  It’s a far cry from the work week, which can sometimes (always) seem interminable.

Friday night Dan and I set off to a friend’s house for a dinner party.  Our friends M and R recently bought a house and we participated in their move (I use the word participated, because I basically did as little as possible).  It was the first time we saw the house fully moved in and everything looked absolutely beautiful.  They also have a pool so our friendship just increased by about 1million.  Summer was rough last year in New Jersey and I can’t wait to take full advantage of their very kind offers to “just stop by”.  I have a feeling some people may be regretting their generosity come August.

Saturday we slept in (ahhhhhhhhhh) and enjoyed coffee and Kindle in bed.

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We all enjoyed the downtime.

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Dan had some manly project to do at his parent’s house on Saturday mid-morning, so I headed to the food store.  Although Dan usually heads to the store for us, he had an unusually busy day on Friday so I grabbed my notebook and headed to Shoprite myself while he was occupied with home renovations.  Since I’ve been to the store hundred of times, I was in and out pretty fast.

We spent the afternoon just laying around and found ourselves overly hungry at dinnertime since we neglected to eat breakfast and each ate a light lunch.  I desperately wanted to go to Verizon since my phone has not only been on the fritz, but I broke it about 1 month into my new ownership, so I was sincerely hoping Verizon would offer to replace my phone at no cost.  It ended up being a ridiculous quest because it was obvious to EVERY Verizon employee that I was just looking for an easy out to my silly mistake of breaking my screen.  Our Verizon store is next to a Chilis and although that’s normally not our restaurant of choice (we prefer local places since we can walk around town) we had a gift card so decided to just indulge our hungry stomachs.  I settled on the Mango-Lime Tilapia and Dan opted for the Burger with Bacon.  We had a great time people watching (our favorite!) and just enjoying a night out together.  Without the distraction of media Dan and I often have our favorite fun conversations while out.  I think a lot of times it reminds us of our first dates, and our first summer together which was a whirlwind and full of amazing memories.  We went to bed laughing and talking and it was one of my favorite nights in a long time.

Sunday morning Dan had basketball plans so I enjoyed some oatmeal in bed (so weird, but I love eating in bed) and I geared my rear up for my Dad’s birthday celebration.  I made Mujaddara which is my absolute obsession lately.  It’s cheap, easy and incredibly filling.

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I eat meat, but not very often (though I do eat fish quite often), so I was in charge of the vegetarian dish for dinner.  My sister (S) and brother-in-law (G) are vegetarians but, sadly, they came down with a quick and furious case of the flu so couldn’t enjoy dinner.  Mujaddara for the next time then!

We had a wonderful time with my parents, brothers and significant others.  Whenever I see my brothers I want to squeeze them tight and tell them to never let go.  They might be my younger brothers, but they rule my heart in a way they will never ever know.  Spending time with my family is a huge bubble of laughter that rises inside of me and falls into my heart.  Everything I am resides within them.

When we arrived home from my parent’s house we  immediately flipped on the Golden Globes and I gabbed during the red carpet as Dan tried to take the nominations seriously.  When it was apparent that wasn’t going to happen I made a family decision to play a drinking game!  It lasted about 30 minutes since we’re old and lazy.

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It’s been an amazing weekend filled with friends, family and time to just be.  I am thankful once again for everything I have.  Here’s to an amazing week!

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