we're actually headed out to a real out-of-the-home date night in a few minutes -- a double date at a newish restaurant in raleigh [mandolin -- i'll let you know how it is!]. but i am happy to report that not every date night requires a babysitter. as we continue to exit 'survival mode' and enter . . . life mode, i am looking forward to many more of these in the future.
last night's at-home feast: belgian style!
preparations began just before a's bedtime -- josh worked on slicing potatoes while i gave her a bath. by the time she was tucked in, the kitchen was in full swing. the meal was inspired by some very special belgian beer i had gotten josh for his bday. a coworker showed me the nor story behind the famous belgian brewery [in a nutshell -- the beer is usually only available at their abbey, in belgium, but was released to the public as a one-time deal on 12.12.12]. and since i love a good story [and so does josh] i was inspired to stand in line at 9 am at total wine & more to get some!
our totally uneducated review: it was delicious. and strong. i could tell after a few sips that our planned movie night was probably not going to happen.
in our household, cheese is a requirement for cooking during date night:
if you see this goat brie, i highly recommend checking it out. and it went SO well with the beer.
dinner - which was totally planned out and mostly executed by josh - involved tomatoes stuffed with shrimp salad:
plus oven frites:
and mussels. i don't know why, but mussels seem to be a standard 'special dinner' for us. and yet they are one of the easiest dishes to make!
as i foreshadowed above, we ended up crashing after the above meal instead of watching moonrise kingdom. i'm hoping movie night will take place tomorrow or even on new years' eve -- we'll see! heading out to raleigh now . . . but last night was a nice reminder that every date night does not require a babysitter and plans made far in advance. just the two of us at home -- and preferably not on call.
-- i got to hang out with the lovely kath on thursday! we of course chatted about all things BABY. more pix on her [much prettier] site!
-- i ran 7 treadmill miles today
-- josh ran 1 treadmill mile -- half of it BAREFOOT. he is reading born to run and i think he is inspired . . .
i'm not jumping on this bandwagon anytime soon
-- i got another dress for my 2nd interview
-- we bought out babygap. i really cannot control myself in there.
-- a is crawling EVERYWHERE. and thoroughly enjoying herself.