Monday Musings: Weekend of Celebrations part deux and Hurricane Prep

I feel like this weekend was jam packed with things that we had to do, so I am appreciating this day home filled with relaxation that Frankenstorm Sandy has brought to the North East. 
More on that later. 
This weekend started with a few birthday celebrations– 
That means good food and good fellowship.
First we went to Ruth Chris Steak House in Downtown Washington, DC to celebrate with our good friend Aaron who is an accomplished Professional Drummer. 
The funny thing is that in my observation of our fellowships with our friends, you have to love Jesus as much as we do because some how church WILL come up. 
In addition to most of our friends being professional or touring musicians and singers or in production, a great deal of us are Pastor’s Kids as well… it makes for a very hilarious perspective on church and great conversation at dinners. 
We are sure to give an arousing prayer and embarrass the waiters as we shout (otherwise known as a praise dance) right there at the dinner table. 

So the next day we were supposed to go segway riding through D.C. with the Birthday Boy and his wonderful wife, but we are truly late every where we go so we missed the tour. 
Instead we decided to go to Brunch. We attempted to go to Founding Farmers – an organic restaurant, but it was so crowded — the wait for breakfast was an hour and a half.
We decided to walk around the Foggy Bottom area until we find another place to eat and came across a restaurant called District Commons.
I highly recommend this place for Brunch! It was AMAZING! I am so glad we accidentally stumbled across this place.
If I could suggest some of what we ate : New Orleans French Toast with Bananas Foster, they have a wonderful Raw Bar – Aaron had THEE biggest crab claw we had ever seen and I had the oysters on a half shell and the Pretzel Bread with a Beer Mustard Butter  =YUMMY!!!
Later that day, as in immediately after we left brunch we had to go home and change clothes because we all had to be at yet another birthday gathering for another good friend, Aryka. 
to see what I mean about our churchy antics, click here for the churchiest Happy Birthday Song ever. LOL

The news has covered this storm SO MUCH on the East Coast and National News, so I don’t have to tell you how crazy this thing is… Just know we are in that red zone! ugh!
The things that I love the most about Sunday is Football and Post-church naps. 
As you can imagine then, I was all the more excited to get out of church early to come home and enjoy just that.. 
That was until I received a text from my parents saying they were taking a train from New Jersey to get out of the storms way and were going to stay at their home down here. 
So being the good kids that we are, we went to the grocery store for their house so that they would have something to eat and went to go pick them up from the train station. 
This was all pre-nap though 😦
I tried the Peppermint Mocha and it was GROSS! I think that I am Starbucks bias. But it did its job in being a quick pick me up to get all that I needed to get done to prepare for my parents arrival. 
We had some time to wait and I had the bright idea to go and Early Vote so that just in case we cant get out post-storm, our vote would be counted. 
Clearly, I wasn’t the only one that had that bright idea. We were in line for about 2 hours before we got the chance to Vote.
Hubby was not too thrilled with me at this point since I pulled him away from a warm couch and cheetos while he watched football to do this! waiting outside in the cold with a Frankenstorm approaching.
He made it VERY clear that it was all my fault! LOL
We would take random photos throughout the wait just to pass the time.. 
This is my “he think he is slick posting that photo of me on Instagram” pic.
Eventually, we were so close to the warm building yet so FAR AWAY when its freezing.

In the end, WE DID IT! We voted.. Hubby had to cast a provisional ballot because his polling station was already in our new county since our move – oops! hehehe

It was time to get the parents… 
My beautiful mommy and daddy made it safe and sound. 
Time to snuggle up with our snacks and ride the storm out.. 

 For lunch today, I slow cooked over night this Adobo Pork utilizing a SkinnyTaste Recipe to keep the calories down despite being stuck in the house snacking for a few days.  I can’ t wait to taste this!

If you are about to be effected by Frankenstorm Sandy, please be safe and get out of low-lying areas. We are just praying for no power outages. 
The atmospheric pressure changes have DEFINITELY effected my health and my sinuses, so I may have to lay down for a little while. 

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4 thoughts on “Monday Musings: Weekend of Celebrations part deux and Hurricane Prep

  1. Kiki says:

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Wish i lived close to Washington because the restaurant sounds amazing! and crab claws YUMMM!

    hope you have a fabulous week



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