I posted infrequently over the break, and most of the time it was short and not so sweet. I decided since this is my morning back to reality that I would post a recap of my life since December 20.
The first day of our vacation, wasn’t a vacation at all. We spent the entire day at a funeral and reception for Jason’s Aunt Daphne. We had a pretty bipolar day as that evening we were celebrating our friend nuptials!
Lisette and Alex finally tied the knot since marriage is legal in DC now for everyone (I don’t like the term gay marriage, because Jason and I don’t use the term “straight marriage” so it seems dumb to use a different nomenclature for them). It was a joyous night that continued late into the evening.
We then went to a hockey game with my dad – where lost in overtime – but still it was nice to hang out with my dad for the night, drinking too much beer, and eating too much fried food. That Sunday I met up with Adie (of AdieCakesBlog fame) and her Fiance (and Jason too) for Hunger Games in IMAX. We had already seen it, but she hadn’t, and IMAX. I will see pretty much anything in IMAX. It was glorious.
We putzed around most days sleeping late and taking many target trips.
Christmas eve we did our normal thing of Church with my parents and then dinner at Tony’s Pizza in Manassas. We then meandered home to watch TV before passing out. We had to go to McLean in the early morning to pick up my Grandmother (so my dad didn’t have to do two trips out there) so our Christmas morning alone was pretty short.
We spent the morning with my family, and then evening with Jason’s. It was good day.
Then there was more putzing around, deciding what recipe I would use with my new French Oven (it’s French and not Dutch because it’s from France.) and then we went to TJMaxx randomly and found a KitchenAid Stand up mixer for more than 50% off. So then I became the proud mamma of that.
My Christmas continued with more La Crueset items, and general spending of money on random things at Target. We totally know how to manage our money responsibly.
New Years Eve showed up and we went to the Heritage Brewing opening in Manassas. I know, I am a loyal customer of BadWolf Brewing across the street, but I wanted to see what the new place was like (As did Jason and my Father in Law). So we eagerly waited in line outside to buy our drink tickets and head in. $7 a beer/flight/or experimental brew tasting, seemed pretty steep. The flights were only 4 beers (which I didn’t get to pick) out of the 6 + seasonal they had on tap. They were supposed to be 2 oz servings each, and instead mine were mostly head (the guy pouring had no idea what he was doing) and were not as good as expected. I had a few problems with that evening:
- The prices for the pints were too steep for an opening night- especially when we didn’t get a pint. It was more like 8 – 10 oz because of the people pouring.
- The flights should have included all the beers that they are regularly having on tap
- The sitting area should have been extended because of how many people there were. It was a total fire code violation
- Children should NOT have been allowed in. I witnessed too much running around in a location that is dangerous (exposed industrial areas) for kids.
- You had to go back outside and wait in line to buy more drink tickets when there was a woman inside with a register who could have easily done this indoors.
- No one knew what they were doing.
- The fact that there were “normal brews” and “experimental batches” was kind of confusing. This was there first night of being open. Everything was experimental.
I would and will go back, but most likely not for a while. It felt chaotic, unorganized, and the beer wasn’t as good as I thought it would be for having delayed the opening by 3-4 months. I donated 100 bucks to their kickstarter, so I think the people who did that should have had a private opening experience.
We then parted ways with Jason’s dad, and partied with Lisette and Alex again for some dinner at Sweetwater and then Champagne and coffee at their house. It was a nice relaxing evening. We don’t need or want flare. We are too old for flare.
After that night it was pretty much a whole lot of nothing. I got an extra day of “vacation” (I worked from home) because of a freak snow thing on the the 3rd (last Friday), so Jason and I built a fire, I worked on my laptop from the couch and we watched a crap load of the Tudors.
Yesterday (Sunday) we woke up late, and then headed to Mosaic District for lunch at Cava Grill and then Gelato at Dolcezza. They had a separate Dolcezza across the street that was basically a coffee shop that sold gelato as well. We ordered our drinks and settled down at a table and chair area and had one of the best afternoons that we have had in a long time. It’s the type of day where you realize the simple conversations over coffee were what was missing.
It was a great break, all in all, and here are some pictures recapping the experience:
Beef Stew – the dinner that took my French Oven’s virginity
There was a good amount of running. I’ve pledged to run 700 miles (at least) in 2014.
Cooking Extravaganza – Soupe au Pistou
Cooking Extravaganza – Mini Bacon, Onion Quiche
Cooking Extravaganza – Fluffy Drop Biscuits
Date Day – Latte Art
Date Day – Latte Art
Date Day – The love of my life, the reason I am here, and the motivation to be better.