Another four day weekend! My in-laws are in town and they accompanied Luke to the TV station to film his promo for his NYE gig at La Cantera.
Pat and John watched the girls and I accompanied Luke to La Cantera - he dropped me off across the parkway at the mall (ostensibly to return a pair of shoes) while he loaded in his gear and had soundcheck. I went to Sephora to redeem a mascara voucher, bought a ridiculous patchwork rabbit fur purse from Jasmine, a super sweet salesperson I always chat with, and was caught bread-handed at the Bistro with a carb-bomb dessert by Luke. Nabbed! Anyway, solo mall-wandering plus mini date was just divine.
|photo by Mike Gomez|
And then! The next day Pat and John treated us to a night at the new Hotel Emma. The lobby is full of wonderful little nooks ('microenvironments'*, Luke tells me). I bought the current issue of Lucky Peach at grocer/coffee/eatery Larder and we read here for a bit.
*reminded me of an interesting book from a while ago with a discussion of the prospect versus refuge concept that I think about all the time.
*simultaneously the most expensive bottle of wine I've had and the cheapest one on the menu
A weekend in San Antonio -- it's a getaway I heartily recommend!
The long weekend was so restorative in terms of time away as a couple and home time with the fam, and I was able to cook a lot. The grocery planning, the trip to the store where Clem sings "Oh My Darling Clementine" at the top of her lungs, the cooking - I love the entire process. I made pork tenderloin with cranberry sauce, broiled steak, roasted Italian sausages Luke claimed were 'the best ever', roasted a lot of veggies, tried out ATK's paleo chicken wings, made my favorite sausage and squash sheet pan supper, whipped up baked custard in the blender (very similar to this), and a flourless chocolate cake because I had twelve bars of bittersweet chocolate in the pantry. Eight more to go. I need to work more fish and shellfish into our meals ... but, ugh, fish.
I'm off to a pretty good start with my January goals: one weekend of meal prep, finished Carrie Brownstein's memoir, one date with Luke, 1.5 days of weekday vacation scheduled to de-clutter the house. I'm following along with Apartment Therapy's January Cure.