As I teased on Saturday, I made it to the next level - Purple Belt - in Muay Thai and I'm considered an Advanced Student. They changed up the testing this time and I liked this format so much better. The ten of us who tested were each put on our own bag. One sensei gave the instructions and the other 4 sensei's walked around and check us. So even though there were different levels (White-Brown) in the room, we each had to perform at the level expected of us. It just felt so much better to me than standing in a big room all by myself with people watching. Even though people were watching, the new setup made me feel more secure and I know I did much better! Here in photos is some of what I had to do:
Finally, our anniversary weekend was a smashing success. We left home around 2 on Saturday and drove the hour to check into the hotel. We had taken some wine and cheese and crackers with us and afer we got settled in our room, had that while we watched a movie on HBO. Then it was time to get ready. I wore the dress and shoes from my holiday party. Mr. Helen was appropriately appreciative and looked very handsome himself. We got to the Capital Grille just in time for our reservation and were seated promptly. I reached into my bag to take my camera out so I could take photos of our food and of course, get a shot of the two of us and no camera! I had left it sitting on the desk at the hotel. Boo. So you'll have to trust me when I say the food was delicious and beautifully presented. We ordered lobster bisque and a spinach salad with warm bacon dressing to share as starters. For our main courses, the Mr. got a grilled veal chop with Roquefort Butter and I had one of the specials - a filet mignon finished with broiled Blue Cheese and a Raspberry Demi-Glace. We ordered the Parmesan Truffle Fries and the Roasted Green Beans with Anise to share for sides. The food was every bit as yummy tasting as it sounds. I think those Parmesan Truffle Fries might be the best french fries I have ever had in my life. They were simply amazing. We also shared a bottle of Merlot. During the course of the evening, Mr. Helen mentioned to our server that we were celebrating our anniversary. Soon after she cleared away our plates, she brought us a champagne toast and flourless chocolate espresso cake! She did this at no charge to us so needless to say she got a nice tip. I think what I was most proud of is that I ate only half of each thing on my plate! I ended the evening completely satisfied but not stuffed. Plus I got a whole meal to take home!
It was a great weekend filled with fitness, fun, food and romance. What more could a girl ask for?