What a week

February 5, 2017

The past week was definitely a little more hectic than usual…everything seemed to be happening at work and in my normal life.

I had some pretty big life changes happen, but even though I’m still figuring it all out, I think that it was good. Change is one of those things that just makes you uncomfortable, sometimes it makes you sad, but once you come around the other side, it all makes sense and you can usually see it’s for the better.

I’m not quite at the ‘this-was-a-good-thing’ stage, but hopefully sometime soon πŸ™‚

Anyways…work was just craziness. We have a lot of projects going on and I’m in the process of transitioning to a new project, so that’s been a rather long process as well. Last week is my last full week and then it’s on to learn something new at a different project! I can’t wait πŸ™‚

Lets start with Monday. I came home from work and was really tired…like so tired it was unbelievable. I had planned on just coming home and eating left over Chili-Mac from the weekend, but instead, a friend called and we met at IHOP for dinner.

Also, it snowed…just a little, but it was pretty πŸ™‚

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I shouldn’t have been surprised since we eat at IHOP about once a week…which is disgusting but also delicious and we’re definitely becoming regulars there πŸ˜›

My favorite thing to get is the pancake combo where you get two pancakes (I always get strawberry banana or blueberry), eggs, hash browns, and bacon or sausage. Hash browns with scrambled eggs are seriously one of my favorite foods. How do they always taste so good?! I just love them so much.

After IHOP I came home and chatted on the phone with a couple of friends because it had been a while since I had talked with them and then I went to bed…nothing too crazy on Monday, which was good since the weekend was long and exhausting.

Tuesday was another long day. I got to work early so I could make sure I had enough time to get to small group that night. One of my goals this year is to make going to small group and church more of a priority because being around the church and people who love Jesus is something special…maybe it’s just the like-mindedness of everyone, but nothing makes me feel more joy than spending time with people who love God.

That sounds cheesy…I’m aware, but it’s true. And as my life changes, having a community of people who are so supportive and help keep you focused on what really matters is an amazing gift.

I had missed the week before because of a training I had for work, so I was placed in a small group this week. The discussion was great and I met a whole bunch of new people, which I absolutely loved, so Tuesday was quite the success/

Wednesday was probably my favorite day…one of my friends texted me that he found out it was restaurant week (how I missed that I have no idea) and wanted to go to dinner somewhere fancy with friends. Of course I jumped on that opportunity!

We ended up going to the Ritz Carlton, which is such a nice place. I used to go there for Christmas tea with my mom and Yaya, but we stopped and started to try new places every year. It’s the most gorgeous place at Christmas and sometimes they even have life-size gingerbread houses!

Anyways, we went for dinner and it was AMAZING!

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The first course was a delicious baby kale and quinoa salad with sweet potatoes, walnuts, cranberries, and apple slices. I don’t know what the dressing was, but it was such a good salad.

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The second course that I had was chicken with mashed sweet potatoes, beets, onions, and bacon collard greens. Usually I don’t like collard greens at all, but these were delicious! The chicken itself was also so good! I don’t know what they did, but it was savory and moist and just downright fantastic.

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Dessert, as usual, was my favorite part. There were two choices, mocha latte creme brulee or chocolate caramel peanut crunch. I choose the chocolate caramel peanut crunch one. It was such a good choice!

It was this chocolate cake that had some sort of crunch peanut brittle-like crust, with peanut brittle on top and some vanilla ice cream. It was the perfect amount of dessert and it was so so so good! I loved everything about it from the plating (which was great on all of the courses) to the taste of all the flavors in every bite….I’m so glad we took advantage of restaurant week πŸ™‚

The rest of the week was relatively low key. Thursday I just hung out after work, went to the gym, and then watched Grey’s Anatomy, which is as intense and dramatic as ever πŸ˜›

Friday, a friend of mine came over and we went into DC to meet some friends at Sign of the the Whale. Apparently it has been around for forever because my parents and my friend’s parents had said they’d gone there when they were our age, which was more than 30 years ago, so that was kind of cool πŸ™‚

It was a really crowded and fun place to go! Our friend won a happy hour special so we were able to get half priced drinks from 6-9pm. It was so good to see everyone from school and meet some of their other friends while we were there.

Afterwards we went to some beer garden that was just down the street and I had this delicious grapefruit beer. I didn’t expect to like it nearly as much as I did, but it was good! I wish I could remember what the place was called.

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We got back super late on Friday night, so we just came home and went to bed. We slept in a bit and then just chatted over coffee and pancakes, which is one of my favorite things in the whole wide world πŸ™‚

Saturday I met up with some friends from work and we went ice skating out in DC. The Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art has a little ice rink every winter and I’d never been, but since I live so close now, it was the perfect time! It was also a gorgeous and sunny day, so that was perfect πŸ™‚

The rink in the Sculpture Garden was super tiny, but it was a lot of fun. We even saw a proposal happen! Honestly that was probably the highlight for me…it was so cute and all of her friends surprised her there, which was even more adorable!

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We had so much fun! We skated for nearly 2 hours…even with our hurting feet and freezing cold fingers πŸ˜›

Afterwards we walked to Gallery Place and went to Vapiano’s for dinner. The last time I went there I was in Germany, but it was just as yummy as I remembered. I got some sort of veggie and beef pasta that was really good, but I can’t remember what it was called.

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It’s been such a long time since I’ve had pasta…it was so so so good πŸ™‚

And now it’s time for Super Bowl parties! I made a buffalo chicken dip that’s always a hit with my friends, so I hope they like it again tonight πŸ™‚

Have a great Sunday night!


What was something fun you did this weekend?

Have you ever been to a restaurant week?

 

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