Monday, November 12, 2012

Long Weekend, First Snow and Zabar's Plus

First snow on the mountains this year! View from the dog park

We had an all around rough week last week that left us exhausted, thankful for our wonderful lives and appreciating each day together. We were both exhausted and so relieved after the stressful evening Tuesday (I don't think we even realized how stressed we were until we woke up so happy on Wednesday with a huge weight off of our shoulders). Andrew came down with a nasty bug that kept him up all night on Wednesday and led to a trip to the emergency room Thursday night. And, we received heart breaking news about a beloved and amazing aunt who passed away this weekend. Yeah, it's been a rough one.

Luckily we had a long weekend to recover. We slept an insane amount - starting Friday night when I went to bed at 7:30 - and laid around a lot, and cuddled with the dog girls, and talked about our next adventures. A year ago at this time we were in Nicaragua, and we are seriously missing the beach.

Such a sweet husband...

We woke up to the first snow of the year on Saturday morning. Up until this weekend, it has been in the 60s and 70s, and we have still been wearing sandals and summer outfits. Now it really feels like winter, and the holidays are just around the corner.

In between all the sleeping, dreaming of beaches, and talking about when the ski resort may open this year, we had a nice little birthday dinner for Andrew. We called it Zabar's plus because we had our normal Zabar's dinner PLUS steak on the salt block. We received a salt block as a gift for our wedding. I had never heard of it before, and honestly, it seemed pretty weird. But, we've figured out how to use it properly, and now that we've used it quite a bit, the food we cook on it is gaining more and more flavor. We bought a rib eye steak from the Whole Foods and sliced it into strips. We could each cook the strips to our desired rareness. So good!!

We drank Gruet sparkling wine and a bottle of Mas de Gourgonnier, which has a special place in my nostalgic heart. I drank it when I was in college, and the year I taught in France, when my mom was visiting, we visited the winery. I told the woman that we drank her wine in Minneapolis and loved it, and she was so pleased. Unfortunately, this wine is now $19.99 per bottle, and while it is a fine wine, it really isn't worth that much. I knew it when I bought it, but I ran into it at the liquor store, right next to the Chรขteau de Flaugergues of all wines - a winery that is just outside of Montpellier where I studied abroad. A huge nostalgic ka-bam! I couldn't resist!!

We spent today eating greasy hamburgers and taking a long walk in Diablo Canyon with the girls. We haven't been back there since Lola's surgery, and she did great! We were reminded of how happy we are that she had her surgery and is back to normal.

We'll go back to work tomorrow well rested and extra thankful for all of the blessings we have in life.

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