Lucky number 7, folks! Step right up and take a chance that TToT #7 is a worthy read.
I am impressed with myself that I have been faithful to TToT for seven weeks straight. It is practically a habit. I haven’t posted anything else during this time but I have been motivated to write four posts that are still in draft form, and one is ready to publish as soon as I take a few pictures to liven up the content.
Pictures will be a recurring theme-lette in this post.
The past week was a little less crazy as my daughter was away on a house sitting job and my niece sequestered herself in her room to finish her packing so she could move into her apartment near campus. She and I are not even in the same book on what the definition of packed is.
This is her idea of packed.
As we continue to look for a new job for my husband and discussing our options we are entertaining the idea of staying in this area. Knowing that staying is an option helps to narrow down what I search for. I am not opposed to moving but financially it would be prudent to stay here for at least five more years. Unless the Bellagio calls, then we are so gone. In light of this new option (staying here for now) I give you Thankful #1 – I have fewer job descriptions to read through. And reading job descriptions for his area of expertise is so fracking boring.
We went to dinner at Ruth’s Chris on Saturday. Just the two of us.
Thankful #2 – A bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon with medium rare steaks.
And this is where I am failing as a blogger – pictures. I don’t take enough pictures, or I think about taking a picture after it is too late. For instance, our waiter, Zach, had decanted the bottle of cab into a pretty decanter and it would have made a lovely picture especially as there were rose petals on the table. After we had finished the wine I had this fabulous lightbulb moment that I should have taken pictures before the meal was over. So, imagine if you will, a lovely decanter of cab on a white tablecloth, with rose petals. What you get from me is a picture of an empty wine glass as this is when I had my lightbulb moment. Boo to me for failing at pictures.
Thankful #3 – I love my husband and I love that he is a people watcher / listener like I am. Call us nosey if you want but when you can hear the conversation being held at the table over there then I don’t think it is being nosey as much as just primal curiosity kicking in. We snorked (thank YOU, Lizzi for this word. I love it!) when we heard their order. We might be a bit snobbish but I really don’t think that we are. It’s just that we know right from wrong when ordering steaks.
Thankful #4 – I am thankful that I would never order a filet mignon medium-well and drink a Coors Light with it at a restaurant that charges $50 for the piece of meat.
Thankful #5 – I am thankful that I would never order a filet mignon well-done and drink some wine punch served over ice with it at restaurant that charges $50 for the piece of meat.
You can judge me all you want; I don’t care. If you want to eat meat that is ‘well done’ then eat at nice restaurants. Nice restaurants always cook their meat ‘well’. If you want to eat meat that has been left on the heat until all the flavor has been cooked out of it and it is brown all the way through that is called shoe leather and you should not waste a good piece of meat because you hate tender flavorful beef. The Outback does not use Prime grade beef so you should go there to have your over-cooked steak. Moving on, then.
Thankful #6 – I am thankful that I never was the entitled teen girl at another table near us who was so unimpressed with her surroundings that all she could do was roll her eyes at the conversation happening at her table and order lamb chops, well done. Again, when you can hear the conversation happening it isn’t nosey. Since I failed to get a picture of the bored little princess you will have to recall a similar moment in your own life that you can substitute in here. I bet that everyone has experienced a bored and annoyed teenager. I am judging this situation because the nicest place my parents ever took us for dinner was Sizzler. Which for those of who don’t know, Sizzler is a chain of steak restaurants that are just one step up from fast food.
Thankful #7 – I took a picture of dessert. The thankful here is that I remembered to take the picture, not the picture itself. We ordered the dessert because it was calorie free. Fruit was the main ingredient, and everyone knows that fruit acts as a calorie deleter when it is used in desserts, smoothies, and ice cream. And boozy drinks.
Thankful #8 – I give you a before and after of Banana Cream Pie, à la Ruth’s Chris.
I believe that since we shared the calorie-free dessert that all of the wine calories were deleted as well.
Thankful #9 – Valet parking. Just screw parking yourself and walking when valet is available. I am not a snob but I know when to walk and when to valet.
Thankful #10 – All in all another week of good things. I am thankful for all the things, big and little when they serve to make life happier, calmer, funnier, more productive.
I hope that you all have a wonderful week ahead.
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