What a day!!!
First, yesterday Kurt and I went on our date. Yesterday marked eight years together, so we decided to celebrate. He took me to downtown Newport, to a place called The Mooring.
Ohhhh, I wish I could have taken each one of you with me to this restaurant. The food was absolutely to die for. I got scallops, while Kurt got the bacon-wrapped hake, a kind of fish. I don’t like fish much, but this was awesome fish. We even got dessert! He opted for the egg nog gelato, while I couldn’t resist the Grand Marnier crème brulée. We were there for a good hour and a half! But every bite was yummier than the last. Really, it was amazing.
The only thing that marred the evening was a party going on at the table behind us. There were a lot of kids at that table (I was surprised at how many kids were at this “fancy” restaurant, and also how many people were there in jeans), and one was a little girl who kept bouncing around in her high chair and shouting. Instead of reining in her child, the mother had a dSLR camera with a big fancy-pants flash. She had the flash turned upward to bounce off the ceiling, and with every shot she took, she blinded the entire dining room. I ended up with spots before my eyes, and I had my back to this woman! She must have taken at least 30-40 photos in the hour she was there. The other patrons kept glaring at her, but I guess she either didn’t notice, or she didn’t care.
I took a gazillion photos too, but I had my pocket camera, and I also turned the flash off. I almost always have my flash off. I’m already hugely self-conscious about taking photos of my food that there’s no way I want to attract attention by using a flash, even the small built-in one!
After dinner, we walked around a bit to take advantage of the free parking at the restaurant. Typically you would have to pay for it, but since it’s the off-season it was free! There are so many people walking around at night in downtown Newport that I am really shocked at how early all the stores close. Even The Gap closes at 7pm at the latest! You’d think the stores would stay open until 9pm to really make some money. There were a ton of teenagers roaming the streets, and being Newport, I’m sure they had plenty of money to spend.
We did go into the local independent music store, where I was very pleasantly surprised to find a CD by the Kaiser Chiefs (the one with “Ruby” on it)! I also got Kate Nash on CD. Both CDs were only $10 a piece, even cheaper than you can buy at Best Buy! Yes, I know this is the age of digital music, but I prefer to keep mine on CD. For one thing, CDs don’t typically become corrupted the way digital media can. Also, I am too lazy to hook my mp3 player up in the car; I’d rather have a couple of really good CDs on hand to listen to when I don’t feel like listening to XM.
There was even a record I wanted to buy at the record store! An honest-to-God record! (And yes, I do know what a record is, though I don’t have a way to play them at the moment.) They had both LPs and 45s, and there were a lot of modern artists on vinyl, which surprised me. I was this close to buying “Fluorescent Adolescent” by Arctic Monkeys on 45. If I had had a record player, I probably would have bought it, just to say that yes, in 2008, I bought vinyl.
We checked out the local casino, since we’d never been there before. I liked how there were two separate floors, one for smoking, and one non-smoking. It meant that a careless gambler wasn’t going to drop his ash on my shoe while we played the slots! We went in with $20, which we managed to lose, but it took us a good hour to do so. $20 for an hour’s worth of entertainment isn’t bad; two people can’t even see a movie for $20 anymore!
So all in all, a good night was had by all. Grace had had a ball over at Ms Cheez-It’s house with her husband and sons. She didn’t want to come home!
Today we had over some sailors who are geographical bachelors at this time. One is our across-the-street neighbor, whose wife is still in Japan and won’t arrive till the spring, and the other was a guy who works with Kurt, who is here on temporary duty teaching a class. Since he’s only here for six weeks, he had to come by himself. But that means he’s living in a barracks room, which is really just a hotel room. A bed, a tv, a bathroom, and a microwave is all he has. I figured those guys wouldn’t say no to a home-cooked meal, so I got to cookin’!
I made this sage-and-onion chicken and sausage bake with roasted garlic potatoes, a salad with a homemade roasted garlic salad dressing, and my muffin-rolls. It sounds complicated, but it really wasn’t. You just throw the chicken into a ziploc bag with the ingredients for the marinade, let sit for up to two days, pour into a roasting pan, tuck the sausages around the chicken, and roast for an hour and a quarter. Easy! And boy, was it good! I’d only made it once before, for my friend Debbie and her kids when we were still living in Washington, and even though her kids can be picky at times, they loved it.
The guys loved dinner tonight. They kept raving about how good it was, so I sent them home with the leftover chicken & sausage. It means we don’t have any left for tomorrow, but they need it more. Once dinner was over, however, they decided to head out to the VFW, where there was a party going on to celebrate the Patriots’ win today. It was kind of an abrupt ending to the evening.
But now I have more time to catch up on blogs! I am still wayyyyyy behind on Diaryland blogs. Please please forgive me!