We started off by going to my sister's to celebrate Jacob and Gracie's birthdays. Hers is Sept. 28th and his is Oct. 1st so we've always had a combined family get together for them. This year the family time was abbreviated to cake and ice cream and gifts. I can't say I blame my sister because she let Gracie have 3 friends and go to Chuck E Cheese and made a guitar shaped cake for that party. Then she make cake pops - literally cake on a stick and sent them to Jacob's class. Saturday, she let him have a sleep over with 3 of his friends and had made a cake for that as well. She did however use cake mixes for the kids parties but the family got a homemade triple layer chocolate cake. It was so rich, it ended up being my dinner that evening! I guess blink and it's over applies here too... I can't believe Gracie just turned 5 and Jacob 8!
Saturday was our usual frenzy of Mr. Helen's special Black Belt Class, my workout, and house cleaning. I decided to give running a 10K a try, which I haven't done in a long, long time. I managed to do the 6.2 miles in 66 minutes. While that's still at least a minute per mile slower than my best 10K times, I'll take it! When we finally had a chance to catch our breath we decided to catch up on our TV shows that we hadn't watched and enjoyed a couple of hours just sitting together quietly.
Saturday evening we finally went out for my football picks winning dinner. Here's a photo of what I wore: My Butt is Too Big Jeans and a really cute sweater I found at TJ Maxx to cover that big butt.
I chose 2 Wives Brick Oven Pizza for two reasons: it's been open several years and we've never been (it's literally 1 1/2 miles from my house!) and even though it's pizza, Mr. Helen doesn't love brick oven pizza - which would explain why we've never been up until now. The area of Connecticut where we live is a melting pot of pizza styles. We have just about every sort except Chicago deep dish. Greek pizza places are in abundance around here. They make delicious pizza which is sort of a medium crust with the various toppings, mostly red sauce. That's what Mr. Helen grew up on and considers 'real' pizza. We also have New York style thin crust places and a couple of gourmet places like 2 Wives. Gourmet would be my choice all the time and since it was my choice, voila! I have to say he was a really good sport about losing...
When he asked me why I took his photo and I replied, "I'm putting it on my blog." He asked, "Does this mean you're showing it to Shelley?" I replied, "Ummmm, yeah, Shelley will definitely see it." He said, "OK, I'll prove I was the loser..."
I loved the ambiance of this place. Not a typical pizzeria at all and shame on me I should have taken more photos but I was busy having fun. Mr. Helen did not order a pizza off the menu but made his own pizza with red sauce, mushrooms and bacon. Mmmmmmm bacon. I ordered a Buffalo Chicken Panini and a Wedge Salad with Bacon and Blue Cheese Dressing. We shared everything and everything was delicious! Except for the pasta salad that came with my pannini. It tasted like cold ziti with red sauce, sort of weird. Oh, and they brought me the wrong pannini which I didn't even notice until I bit into it. It was replaced with the correct one, but when Mr. Helen ordered a second glass of wine, we were told it was complimentary due to the screw up, so score! And peeps, this is how sweet and genuinely nice Mr. Helen is. When the waitress said the wine was complimentary he said, "If I had known it would be complimentary, I would have ordered you your wine." None of the photos really came out that good but I promised Lori, so here goes:
It was good people.
Sunday is my day to do whatever since Mr. Helen works. It was pouring rain when I got up but then the weather cleared and I went out for a walk to move the lactic acid in my legs. I was going to walk a couple of miles but then I got going, felt good and ended up walking 4 miles!
When I got home I made some meals/items for the upcoming week: Chicken Cacciatore, Roasted Zucchini Soup, Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf, Roasted Butternut Squash, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, (ummm, yeah, I'm in my autumnal veggie roasting phase). Finally in the afternoon, I went out looking for Autumnal Scented Candles. I'm having the hardest time finding something I like this year - in candles anyway. To soothe my disappointment, I ended up buying the baddest pair of boots! I am now on the hunt for the perfect pair of skinny jeans (to tuck in) or perfect skirt to wear with these. Go Carlos Santana!