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Steve and I unknowingly spent our last full weekend together already. After work today, Steve called to inform me that his deployment date was pushed up a few days so now he’ll be gone within the week. At first, I thought he was joking, but he was serious. I was mad/sad for a few seconds before it turned to numbness. By now, I should be used to the Army changing things around, but it still sucks when it does. Figures, the day I request time off for Steve’s deployment dates is when it all changes. I’m now hoping to get this Friday and Monday off instead.
And to make matters worse, Steve was almost home when he got a call and has to go back into work. Did I mention we live an hour away from Fort Hood? Yeah, so I may be eating dinner alone tonight. Cant they throw a bone and let everyone spend what little days left with their families? Especially when I just got robbed of a weekend and then some?
So, in light of things I’ll recap our weekend which was great ) I was just hoping for one more together, but it is what it is…
Friday night when Steve finally got home from work, he wanted burgers for dinner. At this point, whatever Steve wants, Steve gets since he wont get any choices for the next year. So, he decides on Steak ‘n Shake where we both get burgers for dinner–though I tried to be healthy with a salad and cottage cheese instead of fries…not that it helped much because I had a milkshake, too.
Afterwards, we go to the outlets where I said, “hey! I can get that Coach purse I’ve had my eye on” (I was there a few days ago and they had SUPER cute purses for 50% off). Steve gives me this look and then confesses that he was going to get me something else, but if I wanted a new purse, then I could get one. He had this very sweet plan to buy me a diamond necklace and “propose” to me with it ) I never really had an official proposal before we got married so I told him before I die, I want a real proposal. I dont care if I’m 100 years old and on my death bed, I want one! So, apparently he had a plan to do this all before our vow renewals, but work was so busy–he didnt have time.
We go to the outlets and we stop at Zales to take a peek to see if anything caught my eye. Aside from the humongo sparkley diamonds which was out of budget, we walked out empty handed, but not for long since Coach was right next door. Steve was a good sport and would hold my purse as I tried practically every one in the store. I thought about getting this ridiculously huge tote, but Steve said it was TOO big…bleh. After making a few more rounds, I got this purple trimmed purse–cute! I’m trying to branch out in color and plus I could use my Coach scarf with it P
lots of exterior storage so I dont have to stuff everything in the middle
The outlets closed shortly after so we just headed home and went to bed–we were both still exhausted and were not caught up from our lack of sleep from Vegas.
Saturday, I woke up early and put the Mariner up for sale on craigs list. When Steve woke up, we had a plan to go to the post office to get our passports. We had breakfast at the Eastside Cafe and then went to the post office–only to find out the passport offices were closed! I misread it online and by the time we realized we could have gone to the one in Pflugerville, it had already closed…phooey. We went ahead and got our pictures taken at CVS so at least we’ll be ready for either Friday or Saturday.
We went back to the house where we did some cleaning up and then relaxed before getting ready to head downtown to meet Carl & Milota (Carl works in the same batallion as Steve) for dinner at the Melting Pot. Steve made the reservations and didnt request any specific server, but guess who we got? LEAH! Figures the times we didnt request her, we get her ) I feel like it was only last year that we came down and had her as our server when Steve came home from Iraq *sigh* She was great and we were doing a lot of catching up. It was Carl & Milota’s first time there, but they really enjoyed it ) Oh! Leah let us in that the next Big Night Out will be MEDITERRANEAN! That was one of our favs ) It will be in the menu by March…yay!
4 people + 2 burners = lots of possibilities
After dinner, we met up with some more Army folks–I cant remember their first names–only their last names…lol. We went to go see Ester’s Follies which everyone just loved! They had some new skits so that was entertaining to see. Even the old stuff is still hilarious
) After the show, Steve and I headed home since they wanted to hit up the bars and walk around 6th St.
Sunday was my “secret” day where Steve had a surprise itinerary planned. This was also the day he was going to “propose” with the necklace, but since he didnt buy one, it didnt happen. I keep hoping for it though ) We woke up, got ready and got in the car. Steve wouldnt tell me where we were going–only that it was for breakfast. When we finally arrived on S. Congress Ave, I asked if we were going to South Congress Cafe and we were! He had been researching on Yelp and it got great reviews so we put our names down (45 min wait) and went to browse an antique shop next door.
Breakfast was really tasty! I got their “green eggs & ham special” which was an omelette with pesto along with cheese, ham, bacon and proscuitto. It also came with a potato pancake and some fruit. Steve got a meaty dish that was also really tasty!
I always make the poor guy wait before eating
After lunch, we went to location 2 & 3 of my surprise day which was a trip to Lady Bird Wildflower Center and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Musuem. I had never heard of either of those places, but I thought it was really sweet that Steve was researching of places that I had never been to before and thought I’d enjoy.
When we arrived at the Wildflower Center, we found out it was free to get in. When we got in, we found out why–nothing was in bloom! He felt silly because he didnt even think of it being January and the plants being dormant. It’s ok though–we still got to walk around and enjoy the greenery. We’ll come back during R&R when it’s more colorful.
us at the hub of the center
a few more pics