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We stopped at the bar/restaurant to get me a soda and some water to take back to the room. I'm surprised I haven't gotten sick yet from the food we had at the buffet in Shreveport. Maybe I got lucky!
It stopped snowing in the afternoon, unfortunately. I had a nice nap, and it's still pretty cold.
Later on, we went out to dinner at a really fantastic restaurant called Bellemore. I spent a lot of time online yesterday looking for possible gluten free restaurants. David mentioned earlier that he wanted a particular dish that he'd had before at one of the Greek restaurants here. Unfortunately, that restaurant has closed down, and I couldn't find that dish at any other Greek restaurant. However, they did have it at Bellemore's, which is not a Greek restaurant. It's just a fine dining place (upscale American food) with fabulous food. I mean, I'm not exaggerating when I say that this was one of the best meals we've ever had. And you know us, we eat out a lot, and we travel a lot. It had really great service and wine, too.
Our server was a handsome young man that reminded me a little bit of Joel McHale. He said that almost any of the dishes could be made gluten free (music to my ears!). Last night we had a pinot grigio, which is my favorite, so I picked out a riesling, which is one of David's favorites. The waiter helped us pick one that was the least sweet. It was still pretty sweet, but it was outstanding, very smooth. It was 2010 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett. I don't know that much about wines, but we enjoyed it, even if it was a bit overpriced.
I had the most wonderful appetizer I've ever had in my life. Again, I'm not kidding. It was more like a dessert. It was shaved foie gras over yogurt, almonds and berries. Oh, my god. It was melt-in-your-mouth wonderfulness. It wasn't a small dish, either. There was plenty of it. Then I had duck for the main course, and it was really good. It came with mushrooms. Even those were delicious, and I'm not a big mushroom fan. The sauces on it were great. I wasn't going to have dessert, but I had to because everything here was so good. I had a chocolate pudding dish that was spectacular. David really liked what he had, too (the cod) and he had some of my duck, too. Then if all that wasn't good enough, they gave us two little almond cookie/candy things at the end that were just so yummy. I would have bought boxes of those. It was so good, I wish I could eat three times as much as I did. I wish I could move there, just to eat at that restaurant regularly.
After that, we went to another pub called D4
and had drinks. I had a very good
cider. It's from the UK, called Samuel Smiths' Organize Perry Pear Cider.
Back at the hotel, we stopped at the 7-11 across the street for some snacks and
drinks. We also stopped at the hotel bar for one more drink. They have a really
delicious peach martini there that I like.
When I walked in to Reynolds, I saw that they had a Career Fair going on. One of the ladies I sit with before class said that they give away free stuff, so I went to check it out. I got a lot of pens and business cards for my collections, so that was nice. Most of the job tables were about nursing, insurance or local plants of various kinds. I had some nice chats with the people. It sounds like, if I wanted to quit doing my TV site, I could make money if I wanted to work for the Dallas Police or one of these other companies that I wouldn't necessarily have thought of.
Class was fun but also a bit embarrassing. We always read a summary of our blog for the class. This week we had to critique our classmates' blogs, so it was kind of weird. I was happy that many of the students chose mine. They had some very nice, complimentary things to say about my writing, which made me feel very good! One student said that my writing was inspiring, and another one said that I made them think about things from a different perspective. Awww!
After class, David took me home. He didn't have time today to pick up Brandy. Too bad because I miss her. I had lunch and then a nap. I was very tired. I slept way too much, though.
I was a little bit sick this afternoon...probably from something I ate at the airport. Still, I went almost a whole week without getting sick, so that was fantastic. We had so much good food in Chicago!
After David got home, I made dinner, and then we watched some of our TV shows that aired while we were gone. I was very relieved that my DVR was not too full after we were gone for so long.
I was planning to do the laundry, but I didn't. I definitely will tomorrow.
I worked on my blog/paper for tomorrow's class and then I worked a little on catching up on my own personal blogs for the weeks of 3/19 and 3/26, which I posted.
I'm having a little trouble adjusting to being back home. It was such a nice trip! I went to bed around 12:30....a bit early for me. I was so tired.
I can't believe that the week is almost over again.
I was very tired all morning, for no particular reason. I had the alarm set for 8:30 but re-set it for 9.
I had called the plumbers to come over today to fix the leak under the sink. I had said to the woman on the phone, "I'll be gone 10-1, and make sure they phone before they come." She promised to let them know. She didn't! They showed up at 9 am. I was barely awake, and not dressed, when I heard them banging on the door. I threw on some clothes and went out to see who was banging on my door. I said, "Sorry, I'm leaving in an hour and I have to take a shower." They said they hadn't been told to call first. I felt like saying, "Um, OK, that's not my problem," but I didn't. I asked if they could come back after 1, so they said they'd have to check with their company.
I was still very groggy and tired all morning, which is not usually the case. Usually, by the time I take my shower and my breakfast, I'm pretty awake.
I was very sick from eating something with gluten...first before class, and then during class. That was not fun. Hopefully it's something that I ate in the airport and not from something I have at home. I try to eat gluten-free completely at home. I don't even have very much food there, since we didn't go to the grocery store this weekend. I've mostly been eating turkey and cheese, which should be safe.
Class was fine, other than my being sick. The professor had a talk last night, with another professor, and some journalists, about Media and Democracy. I would have liked to have gone to hear it, but we were both too exhausted still from traveling. I can watch it on YouTube now, so I might do that this weekend if I get the time!
We picked up Brandy at the vet's, and then David took us home. She'd had a clump behind her ear, but fortunately it was only fur, so they were able to comb it out. It was a big mass, and I was worried that it was some kind of growth. She was very excited, as always, to come home. After I put my hair up, we went for a walk. She was pulling more than usual on the leash because of being overly-excited.
My right knee has been bothering me all day, and the walk didn't help it. It's probably bursitis. When class was over, I stood up, but my right knee gave out on me. I reached with my left hand to catch myself on the desk, but that's still weak, so I fell back into the chair. Thankfully, no one seemed to notice. I felt so old!
I changed into shorts and a tank top, and I put on the a/c because it was in the 80's, and we were hot from our walk. The plumbers showed up a little after 1, and the pest control guy was right behind them. He was supposed to come between 2 and 3, so he asked if he could do his job early. I had no problem with that, of course.
Turns out the garbage disposal was broken, and that's what was leaking. They went to the store and got a new one. The whole thing cost $293. UGH. At least they did clean it up before they left. The pest control guy, Michael, is very nice. I'm always glad to see him and chat with him. He loves Brandy (well, everyone does). I tethered Brandy to the treadmill, but she pulled enough to get off of it, twice. After the second time, I just put her in the room like I usually do when I'm gone for the day. She's usually fine on the tether if we're in the bedroom at night with her, but otherwise she can get loose if she pulls hard enough. It has to do with the leg of the treadmill I tie the chain leash on. I probably should look for another part of the treadmill and see if that works better.
I worked for a while after that, but then I got sleepy. Brandy was snoring next to me, so we moved into the bedroom and took a long nap. She was tired out from all of the excitement! David had a dinner for work, so he came home late, after 7:30.
I made some more lemonade with the last of my lemons...it's so yummy. I don't know why everyone doesn't make it, all the time. My juicer only cost $16, and you could probably get a cheaper one.
I've been straightening up the house, getting ready for Yolanda to come clean tomorrow. I put away all of the knick knacks and most of the other stuff in the master bathroom. I unpacked one of our suitcases and put all that stuff away. I'm sure I'll be up late doing the rest, and the laundry and dishes. I had hoped to also finish putting away the Christmas decorations, but I don't know if I'll have time for that.
My knee is really hurting tonight, so I took Aleve. Hopefully it will get rid of the pain. It seems to be throbbing less now, since I took it.
I have tomorrow off, yay! This semester went so fast. Wednesday the 25th is my last day in one class. The other one goes through May 3rd, finals week (even though it's just a blog due and not an exam). I have to remember to get supplies for cookies this weekend! I always make cookies for finals. Maybe next year I'll surprise everyone and make cake! ;)
It should be a nice relaxing weekend, once I get all of the stuff put back after the cleaning. Last time I was so busy and waited way too long to put everything back.
We might go to Little Rock next Friday and spend the night, so that'll be fun.
I stayed up way too late again...it was around 4am. I wasn't that tired, anyway, because I'd slept a long time. I had to get the place ready.
I woke up with the alarm at 8am. UGH. I still had a few things to do before the cleaning lady came, and I wasn't exactly sure when she was coming, so I didn't want to get up any later. I had breakfast and let Brandy out, then put her in the bedroom for a while. After the cleaning lady and her son arrived, I moved to the bedroom with Brandy. I slept for a few more hours. Brandy kept whining and waking me up, though. I put stuff on the other half of the bed to get it out of the way, so she couldn't sleep with me.... Spoiled mutt! :)
I've just been working on catching up with these blogs while I wait for the cleaning lady to do the rest of the house. I'm very tired, though. I've been sort of dozing off and on. We moved out to the living room so they could clean the master bedroom, but I had to keep a tight leash on Brandy. I should have tethered her a little better...I was just too tired to go to all that trouble. Next time, I will. Or I'll put the bark collar on her. I haven't tried it since I got the new one (I accidentally cut the old one too short when I trimmed it because it was too big). Originally, I got it so I could put Brandy outside while I was gone, but now I'm afraid to, after that time she stabbed her foot and bled all over the place. She could have bled to death while I was gone! Or worse. She digs a lot, but so far she hasn't tried digging by the fence. What if she does and gets out? I would be very upset.
Earlier she stupidly tried to jump on the couch, from the back side! She fell back and was fine, so I laughed. But what if she tried jumping on something else outside and hurt herself? She seems pretty dumb. :)
Brandy was really getting on my nerves today. Too much excitement for her, being at the kennel for a week, then having people in her house for two days in a row and mostly not able to sniff them...after they left, I walked her. It was nice to get out of the house, but she was a little more hyper than usual. The weather was pretty nice, after it stopped raining. There was a lot of traffic, for some reason, for 3:30. I guess everyone must leave work early on Fridays...? Or perhaps they were worried about the oncoming storms (or at least, used them for an excuse!).
David and I went out for dinner at the Japanese place because he wanted sushi. I shouldn't have gone, though. I always get sick after eating there. Next time I won't go, or I'll have him stop by McDonald's or something... I ran into Kayla, who works in David's office, at the buffet. Very nice woman and she has a cute little girl.
I put just a few of our things back where they belong. I was very tired and went to bed super early, about 8:30pm.
I slept until about 10:45am, so I got plenty of sleep.
We went to Flying Burger for lunch (one of the few places I'll eat at around here any more, without getting sick). We always like their grilled catfish plate. Then we stopped at Brookshire's as usual, to get a few things.
After we got home, I was sick from yesterday. I laid down for a little while and then did work on my site. I took Brady for a late walk around 6:15. It was a little chilly and windy outside; I should have worn a jacket or long-sleeved shirt. It made me walk faster!
We've been listening to music and just relaxing. Brandy sure enjoys the attention she gets from us... It was nice having a three day weekend. Well, only one and a half weeks left for one of my classes, roughly three weeks for the other 2. I am taking one summer class, but it's largely online. It involves taking videos of some sort. It's technically Fundamentals of Digital Cinema, but apparently it depends on who teaches it as to what you learn... the regular Mass Comm professor, Professor Reppert, whom I normally have for most of my classes, is teaching it this summer. We're required to make a certain number of videos from different social media platforms...I don't know all the details yet. Sounds fun, so we'll see.
I really went off my diet while we were on vacation. I'm struggling to get back to it.
I just spent the rest of the evening working on my site and watching TV. I caught up on quite a few things on my site that were overdue, so that's great!
Here are the courses I'm taking part time for my Mass Comm/Mass Media degree. The voice lessons are just for fun. My voice teacher isn't returning this Fall, so if there is no teacher for me, or one I like, then I won't take voice lessons. If they ever get a guitar teacher, I will probably take guitar lessons again. I would love to, in fact!
The second marketing class is not required; the business dean suggested I take it, for my business. The Physical Geography class and labs are the only classes I have to take for the General Education requirements. Everything else I took the first time around back in the 1980's at Stony Brook. I took two biology classes there, but they didn't have labs and don't satisfy Arkansas' state requirement.
The first three semesters here I've already taken, obviously.
It's chilly today... in the 50's and windy. It feels more like late February than mid-April. Yet it will get up to the 80's on Tuesday and we'll have nice weather in the 70's the rest of the week.
I stayed up way too late, until about 5 am. David woke me around 11, so I jumped in the shower and got ready. We ate lunch at El Compadre, and then we went to Wal-Mart for shopping. I wanted to get my hair cut, but the wait was too long.
It was funny this morning. The dog always wakes me up around 8 am, and I let her off her tether and let her jump on the bed with me. When David came in, he sat on the bed and the dog was very excited. She started jumping all over me to get to him, licking me in the face, etc. It was very funny and cute.
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After we got back from the store, and I rested a little bit, I took Brandy for her walk. Still way too cold and windy out there. Nice in the sun, though. After my body cooled off from the walk, I put the heat on because it's too chilly in our house.
I don't remember if I already said this or not, but our two neighbors finally got around to taking their Christmas wreaths down! I think it was a few weeks ago.
I spent a lot of time this weekend, catching up on the shows I recorded while we were gone...while I did work, of course. I hope next week I can get back to my diet and also my routine of keeping up my routine and schedule (for diabetes testing, doing my singing exercises, etc.) and finally put my Christmas decorations away!
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