what a great weekend! friday was the six-year anniversary of the night on which smartboy proposed. such a romantic night, and we continue to celebrate it every year. we also celebrate a lot of the first week of november, since that's when we met eight years ago. so saturday night, we went to legume for a *delicious* dinner; i had a mixed-green salad with bistro vinaigrette--a traditional french vinaigrette atop crisp, peppery greens, the kind of salad i could eat every day and still be wowed by its simple deliciousness--followed by a braised, browned chicken leg (the crispest i've ever had, though i FAR prefer breast to leg) atop a squash puree and fried polenta. SO GOOD. the portions are not huge, so i finished everything. clean plate club for both of us. smartboy had mussels as his appetizer, which he said were great--whole garlic cloves in the sauce and garnished with thyme sprigs--followed by scallops with a little pork. they were beautifully browned and he said that they were really good. he LOVES the scallops at eleven, and he said that these were almost as good. but we both love the fact that this is within walking distance of our house, and we agreed that the service is every bit as good as that at eleven, plus dinner was far less expensive. we shared a FABULOUS chocolate-truffle cake with fresh whipped cream (omg so good!), and he brought his own beer. i wish they took reservations, but we got there early enough that we didn't have to wait long, and it was a beautiful night to wait outside. for people who do have to wait, they'll take your number and call you, which is brilliant--you can go for a walk or go to one of the bars on the block. oh, and my drink was fizzy lemonade, in which they bring you a glass of fizzy water (san pellegrino, i think), a little glass of lemon juice, and a little container of superfine sugar for you to mix it to your own taste. i love things made at table :)
so that was our yummy saturday night. but we'd also spent a great day down at the waterfront, seeing bee movie, which we loved--it's no pixar movie, but it was good--in the late morning, followed by errands a-go-go. it was a gorgeous day, clear and cool, so i didn't even mind that some of my errands were foiled (victoria's secret wouldn't take the bra back that i'd bought online in exchange for one that fit, and i didn't even find one that i liked in my size; macy's found only the sale price of the skirt i wanted to exchange, and i didn't have the order paperwork or tags with me to prove that i'd paid more, so i had to bring it home, where i fortunately found the paperwork today; and i found no knitting books or magazines that i wanted to buy at barnes and noble). but i did unexpectedly find some adorable black rain boots with white polka dots! we went to dsw to find shoelaces, which i also found, along with some nifty gel inserts for my new heels and boots. little victories :)
and we went to lowe's, where i got some great advice for planting the little fall-planting perennials i'd bought from white flower farm (thanks, jen!!) and we looked at xmas decorations. i am SO getting into being the owner of this big old victorian! i have visions of christmas decorations in our beautiful living room, greens spread out on the white victorian mantle reflected in the mercury mirror above it, and candles glowing in every window. we found some nifty little ornaments (the characters from the rankin-bass "rudolph the red-nosed reindeer"), but not the candles or aluminum tree we're seeking :).
today, we planted the perennials, which was much more fun and soothing than i thought it would be. i am NOT a grower of things. i kill plants--not intentionally--this isn't murder, but plantslaughter. so i don't plant things often. but i've had this gift certificate for a long time, and i wanted to buy something pretty to plant. i'm really hoping that these do well, or at least some of them do. right now, they look like sweet little tiny plants surrounded by huge wreaths of cypress mulch keeping our young dogwood tree company.
edited to update stitch count: and now i'm knitting and browsing, the perfect way to stay cozy :) today: 2,253 stitches/50,000 for the month; 3 blog posts/30 for the month; still at the same number of words as before, though. too busy to write yesterday, and i might be too tired today.
so life is good. :) hope yours is, too.