I always take my birthday off--so in the morning, hubby gave me the traditional two cards--one mushy and one silly. The mushy one made me cry! It says: To the woman I'd marry all over again...through all the changes life and love have brought us, one thing will always remain the same--you mean the world to me.
It was a wonderful reminder that he (for some reason I'll never understand) loves me as much as I love him. I am so lucky to have found such a wonderful man.
Anyway, I drove hubby to work (so I could keep the car). I picked up some breakfast on the way home (McDonald's sausage, egg & cheese McGriddle-yum) and was playing around on the computer when there was a knock on the door. It was the UPS man (drool--is it a requirement that the UPS delivery folks are all gorgeous? I mean, really--) bearing gifts!
My sister dragged me into the 21st century by buying me my very first cellular phone. Yep, I'm one of "them" now. It's a TracFone, so I don't have to fool with any kind of service contracts or anything--and she was kind enough to purchase some extra time for me, too. I put the sim card in and the battery and then plugged it into the charger.
Next, I worked on the pictures for my previous entry--which took several hours to compose. The time passed swiftly as I looked through and at all the pictures of my sister and our family and friends. It was a nostalgic trip down memory lane for me, so it wasn't a chore at all--I enjoyed every minute of it.
When I finished the LJ entry, I got into the car and went to the UPS depot to pick up a package that was there (we had the sticker on the door a couple of days before) which was one of my gifts from hubby. It was two bottles of my favorite cologne, Amarige by Givenchy
they came together in a set, the large 3+ oz bottle and the small 1 oz which is suitable to carry in one's purse.
Wonderful gift. Oh and he gave me chocolate, too. Some Guylian Twists chocolate truffles. YUM.
After I got back from UPS, I checked the mail (cards from family, two of which were bearing gifts of cash--W00T!) then I fooled around online some more until it was time to get ready to go get hubby from work and go out to dinner. So, I got showered, dressed and perfumed (hee) and then picked him up. At first I thought I wanted to go to Outback, but then I heard that the new Carrabba's
accepted "call ahead" requests--so I decided that's where I wanted to go. I had heard so many good things about this restaurant, but I had never been.
Everything I heard was proved true, and better.
The staff is friendly, they are knowledgable and they don't try to push the most expensive things on the menu on you. I had a glass of their homemade Sangria to start and hubby tried the Italian beer on their menu. Then we ordered a bruschetta appetiser which was so good, I'm still thinking about it today. The bread was grilled and practically dunked in extra virgin olive oil then spread with a pine nut and herb pesto and topped with fresh mozzarella, diced tomatos and fresh basil.
OH. MY. GOD.
It was so good. Now my natural instinct, on seeing anything green and leafy is to brush it off...but I sucked it up and tasted it...and I'm so glad I did. The bread was crunchy, the toppings were flavorful and the olive oil practically ran down my chin...it did run down my throat...heaven.
After the appetiser came the salad, luckily there was only one because Hubby ate it. I do not like Romaine lettuce, and that's what was in it. So he happily ate it. The house dressing was awesome, though. Oh, and they give you a quarter loaf of wonderful Italian bread, too.
Then we got our entrees. Now I have to say that each course's arrival was perfectly timed. The bread, then the appetiser, the salad and our entrees all were served just when we were ready for them and before we began to wonder where they were--if you know what I mean. Yet we did not feel rushed in any way. The service was fabulous. Anyway, our entrees. Hubby had their homemade pizza with all his favorite toppings. Oven baked with freshly made dough. He was in heaven. I had one of their daily specials which was not on the menu--I can't remember the actual name of the dish, but it was chicken breast, flattened and seasoned then grilled and topped with a light mustard (very light, there wasn't much of it, which was actually perfect) sauce and diced tomatos. It was served with a side of spaghetti. My mouth was, as Emerill would say: happy, happy.
And it wouldn't be a birthday without cake, so we also ordered dessert. (We did not eat all of our entrees--in fact we still have the leftovers which will be lunch today.) The dessert was called "Chocolate Dream"...and they were not lying. It is a fudge brownie brushed with Kahlua then topped with chocolate mousse, whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
Wow. That's all I have to say about THAT. We devoured it. Even my hubby, the man of "don't care about dessert" ate half. :)
I guess what I'm saying is...if there's a Carrabba's Italian Grill anywhere nearby---run, don't walk to partake of their wonderful food.
We came home, all full and satisfied...watched some tv and then fell into a feast-induced coma. hee.
Yesterday, Hubby went to work and I lazed around the house...well, got the laundry done, dishes, etc. But basically just lazed. :) Oh, and played my new obsession: Diner Dash 2.
Guess that's it for now...oh, the paperwork is done, Hubby is the proud owner of 6.9 acres of land...next step toward the house is...to the bank!