V-Day celebration! (and I should have had the baked chicken)

Hubs and I decided to go against the flow and celebrate Valentines Day on Sunday instead of Tuesday this year. We are so cutting edge. Outsmarting people across the country. That’s us. Deal.

Paul is pretty cautious when it comes to planning “celebrations” mostly b/c I am crazy planner girl who thinks of everything and plans stuff out like six months in advance. Also because of this.

So to compromise, we made a deal that we would switch off years. I would plan V-day one year, he would plan the next. We didn’t remember who planned last year me so I took the reigns and planned this year again.

In addition to being crazy planner girl, I am crazy Groupon girl, so our afternoon/evening out was planned around next to expire Groupons that we had. So romantic right?

First up. The Vow. I originally asked him if he wanted to see this or Safe House and then immediately realized how stupid that sounded coming out of my mouth. Then we had the opportunity to see a movie on Friday night and it was actually HIS idea to see Safe House Friday instead of Sunday since Sunday was our V-Day date and The Vow would be more appropriate. Swoon. Back off girls, hes mine!!

I will save you details of the movie, movie review soon to follow. Needless to say we had a good make-out session in the car afterward. What? We are married and fully allowed to kiss in public.

Then on to dinner. Oh boy, here we go.

So I will start out by saying we have been to this restaurant plenty of times and this experience is pretty a-typical. So much so that I don’t even want to say the name of the place b/c I don’t want it to tarnish anyone’s opinion or prevent them from going there. I’m sure it was a one off experience but an experience nonetheless.

We sat at the table for a good 15 min before anyone even came over and acknowledged us or took a drink order. IMO that is just WAAAY to long to wait. By the time the waiter came over we had decided what we wanted to eat like 12 min ago and luckily he didnt run away after taking our drink order so we were able to get it all done right away.

We had decided to get a salad and pasta and share both. I ordered the special “baked Alfredo” and Paul got the chopped salad. When I said “baked Alfredo” the waiter looked at me strange and said “baked chicken?” So I pointed to it on the menu and he then he seemed to understand.

When the waiter brought our drinks, (Iced -T) he said to me, “you had the baked chicken right?” I said, “no the baked alfredo” and he was like, “oh right! ok got it”

Then we asked for sweetener and were lucky enough to get the pre-opened stuff. Thank goodness b/c we all know that opening sweetener is really just time-consuming and tiresome and any good restaurant will make sure all your sweetener is opened beforehand so you just don’t have to worry about it!

Then about halfway through the meal, we had to deal with this.

We were trying to subtly send a message that we were dying of thirst. Didn’t work. When he came to take our plates (b/c by this time we were done with dinner) he asked, “can I get you anything else?” Didn’t even acknowledge the (by then) FOUR empty glasses on the table.

We asked for more tea and water and its a good thing, b/c we ended up staying at the restaurant for another 45 min or so.



He brought the bill and I told him I had a coupon. He wrote the number down and off he went and we thought everything would be dandy. We are obvs not that smrt.

He dropped the bill back off about 5 min later and when I opened it, it  said we still owed $45. This seemed odd since our dinner only totaled probably less than $40 and that was the amount my coupon was for anyway. I then realized that none of the food on the bill was ours and he gave us the wrong bill. And applied our coupon to it. Lovely. It also had baked chicken on it. What is it with this guy and the baked chicken?

He came back and I told him it wasn’t our bill and he scurried away to take care of it.

About 15 min later he came back and said, “Ok all taken care of now” and left. I reopened the bill and it was the EXACT SAME one he had left me 20 min earlier.



We flagged him down again and he mumbled something about how Steve the manager was supposed to take care of it and mumble mumble mumble and off he went again.

He came back about 10 min later and said your coupon is more than your meal and we can’t give you the money back so do you want to order something else? We were highly annoyed amused at this point so we just said, no we are good.

He came back about 5 min later with a fresh new bill and what do you know? It wasn’t the one before, but it was still wrong. It had Paul’s salad, some other random dish (surprisingly NOT baked chicken) and no drinks. And we owed $2 in tax. I was not willing to wait around for receipt attempt #4 so we just said forget it, lets just pay the tax and go.

I went to the bathroom while Paul took care of the $2. I came back to the table and Paul tells me that while I was gone the guy told him that he was sorry and that it was his first night. WHAT? Now he tells us? Plus I think I have seen him there before, but that could be just my imagination.

Afterward, we had a long intellectual conversation about tipping for something like this and should we accept the fact the he said it was his first night and tip big b/c we knew he was struggling? Or do we not reward his obviously terrible service? Stew on that one for a while.

Finally we left. On to a much happier experience.

Always a good time.

All in all, it was a great V-Day celebration. My cheeks hurt so bad at the end of the night from all the laughing, smiling and kissing. #marriedpeopleproblems.

If you have a sweetie, who plans your celebrations?

Have you ever had a waiter get your bill wrong 4 times?

Do you kiss in public?

Holiday Recap 2011

I know this is a little delayed, but I AM getting it done faster than the 43% of people who don’t’ take their Christmas lights down until March.  So really I’m ahead of the game.

Also, 79% of all statistics are made up.

Our holiday season through pics:

first tree I have had in years. I guess that is what getting married does to you? Makes you all domestic and stuff. Ugh. I mean YAY!!

Santa has to wear sunglasses in Seattle? hmmmmm

cheesy tourist photo even though we live here? Nah. Oh it's free? Sweet, we will take it!


coolest tree E.V.E.R?

my stack 'o presents. Obviously no one else's stack was important due to the lack of pictures of them

honey got me a map. I heart maps.

he is very emotional when opening gifts. Hates tearing the beautiful wrapping paper.

all my loot. yes that is a forever lazy. SCORE.


you can't even see his head. totally works.


K-dawg got everyone awesome bandanas. $1 each at Wally World. Kid knows how to shop. Everyone loved them.

Guinn also...ahem....."loved" his squirred from G-Ma. ***G-ma...please stop getting him squirrels. There are children in the house. Its just not right.

three pies for four people is totally normal right?


We haven't eaten in like 5 min and we are super cute.......pleeeeaseeeeee

two "small" slices count as one regular right?

"ok, you bite his ankles and then when he falls down we can climb up his body and get to the good stuff"

time to play in the snow!


I may or may not have had a snowball thrown at me

bear climbing

and bear planking

apparently bears eat children? who knew? Gloomy Bear knows.

it really is true about animals looking like their owners…..

had to be super stealth ninja to get that shot! they looked too much alike to not get it though!

Small towns =close parking spots. We were just coming out of the movie theater and our our car is the silver one. Usually we have to walk like 15 min to get back to our car in the big city.

went to Starbucks to hang and Pauls Mac died…CRISIS. Oh wait, we have all these other electronic devices. Crisis averted. We don’t have to have awkward coffee conversation after all. WHEW!

Gretchen (dog) telling Kyle- “you really should do something about that breath. Have you tried a dental chews? They worked wonders for me”

He used to play hockey. Showoff.

full time fancy airport gate

Happy Holidays from P&C. This shot just might make the 2012 Christmas Card. It will at least be a runner up. I NEVER look at the camera the right way!!

Christmas Survey

This little survey has been making its way around the blog-o-sphere, so I thought I’d take a crack at it….

Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you have an incredibly blessed day!

1. Eggnog or Hot Chocolate? HC fo sho. I had some eggnog recently and did not have a good next three days so I think I am done with it forever!

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? ummm, I have never seen any presents under the tree that weren’t wrapped, so duh, of course he wraps them? 

3. Colored or white lights on tree and house? is this question racist? 🙂 white lights. dont hate. 

4. Do you hang mistletoe? I would not have any idea where to even find mistletoe

5. When do you hang your decorations up? well up until this year, never. Not a big fan of decorating just for myself. But this year I went with my moms tradition and did most decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving. 

6. What is your favorite holiday dish, besides dessert? stuffing. Is that a holiday dish? I say yes.

makes me hungry just looking at it

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? lighting my hair on fire while we were outside lighting lumnarias in front of our house. I don’t know if that counts as a “favorite” but it sure is memorable!

Luminarias in Old Town in Alb

8. What’s on your Christmas wish-list? possibly a Garmin 405? but i think that will likely be more of a birthday gift…hint hint Paul….

9. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve? when i was younger we would go to Grandmas and open the “family” presents on Christmas Eve and then on Christmas morning it was opening time for me, mom and daddy-0. 

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? currently it is silver and navy blue with a few other random ornaments added in for flair.

nice stacking job on the presents huh?

11. Snow? Love it or dread it? love the look of it, dread driving in it, especially here with all the hills!

12. Real or fake tree? FAKE FAKE FAKE all the way! hate cleaning up pine needles. I can get the “smell” from a candle. 

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? of all time? that is a big question. But I have an answer….an engagement ring. BOOM. How you like those apples?

bling bling

14. What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you? well now, this question should really be the FIRST question…not sure why it is down here near the middle. Christ was born! Everything changed on that day and we should always remember that…best gift we could ever get. 

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? pecan pie!

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? don’t think I have one…I will have to do some research and come up with a good one for going forward. 

17. What tops your tree? right now? probably some dust

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? giving for sure. I feel embarrassed sometimes getting gifts, like I can never fully express the gratitude or thankfulness that I really feel about it. weird. 

19. What is your favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night. makes me cry every time i hear “fall on your knees, o hear the angel voices, o night divine, oooooohhh night, when Christ was born” 

20. Candy canes, yuck or yum? gross

21. Favorite Christmas movie? Home Alone

22. What do you leave for Santa? three loud barking dogs? 

23. Do you have a favorite Christmas morning tradition? opening presents? isn’t this everyone’s?  

24. Do you prefer to shop online or in the mall? i like online, but I also just like to buy things for people as I see stuff in the store that they will love. Who cares if its in July? I can save it for a few months for them. 

25. Christmas letter or Christmas cards? I’ve always wanted to do a letter, but never get around to it, so cards all the way for me.

Fake snow and Fro-Yo!

We decided to head out into the busy streets of Bellevue this evening to fight the crowds and see some fake snow. No better to kick off the holiday season right?

We made our way to Snowflake lane in downtown Bellevue.

Didn’t snap any photos of the lane itself while we were there so I stole the ones from the website to give you a general idea of what it looks like.

Its a fun drum line and then they “make it snow”. I would prefer if they would “make it rain” instead b/c I’m sure that would cause much more of a stir especially with all the last minute shopping going on.

Then we headed inside to warm up and get some fro- yo.

I didn't get a pic of the kids and Pauls. 🙂

J/K, these were for all of us. Mine is the one that is obviously the healthiest one. 10 points if you can guess which one it is.

Paul was kind of exhausted from spending all day with the kiddos while I was busy bringing home the bacon, but I assured him that after fro-yo the kids would just calm down and go right to sleep.

In other news…its been a great workout week so far. Here’s where we are at so far:

Sunday- strength train
Monday- ran total of 23 min, total workout 35 min
Tuesday- strength train
Wednesday- 30 min elliptical
Thursday- rest
Friday- Run workout 3 miles (plan)
Saturday – 45 min elliptical (plan)