Monday, June 12, 2017

Weekend Adventures

Weekends are the ideal time for relaxing, running errands, seeing friends and family, and spending quality time with your significant other. This past weekend, June 10-11, 2017, was a good mix of all those things.


Chapin and I each have a weekend day where we get up at 6 a.m. to feed and walk the boys, then come back to bed. I normally do Sundays, so Chapin does Saturdays, meaning I can sleep in (relatively) uninterrupted most Saturday mornings.

I got up around 8:30 a.m., then did a Jillian Michaels video and ran outside. It's getting hot, so I am going to have to get up earlier if I want to continue running outside during the hot and humid Georgia summer.

Side note: Have you ever been attacked by a bird? 

We've been having a problem in our neighborhood with a bird actually attacking runners -- everyone thinks she is protecting a nest -- so I have been steering clear of the section where the attacks occurred. Unfortunately, it's also the flattest section of the neighborhood. The attacks have waned the past week, so I did do a test run over there and emerged unscathed. I am not a fan of birds and probably would have been severely traumatized had I been attacked. One day, I saw the bird out of the corner of my eye, and felt like she was getting close, but she never touched me... thank goodness. Runners in the neighborhood were actually chased and pecked, something I've never heard of before. Yes, I certainly hate birds.

Saturday night, we had dinner plans with our very good friends, Rahul and Vinnie, who had a babysitter for the night and were eager to go out. They let us pick the restaurant, so we chose Cooks & Soldiers, one of our more recent favorite restaurants (and fairly close to our house). The meal, wine and company were all outstanding, and it was a long dinner and a fun night out. I wore this new Herve Leger dress for the occasion. 

Outfit Details

Herve dresses are expensive, but if you can score one on sale, they are worth every penny, and are truly the best dresses for showing off your curves. Plus, it's like wearing Spanx on your whole body, so there are slimming benefits as well. You just can't go wrong in an Herve.

Sandals: Jimmy Choo Nude Tallow Sandals (no longer available)

Toenail Color: Me, Myselfie & I (coral) from the OPI California Dreaming Infinite Shine 2 Collection

Here were some of the small plates we tried at dinner; everything was so good!
  • Churro de Patatas: Potato churro, citrus aioli, mojo picon
  • Crudo de Hamachi: Japanese yellowtail, compressed cucumber, kumquat, dill, coconut meringue, serrano chili
  • Pez Espada: Seared swordfish, hazelnut romesco, swiss chard, hakurei turnip, salsa verde 
  • Vieras: Pan-seared scallops, ​sweet potato, ​B​russels sprouts, ​Maitake mushroom, parsnip 
  • Pulpo: Wood grilled Spanish octopus, lentils, charred carrot harissa, piquillo peppers, leeks

If you're in Atlanta, we highly recommend Cooks & Soldiers for a nice dinner out.


We had tickets to an 80s flashback concert Sunday night, and a chance to see Tears for Fears and Hall & Oates in concert. We joined our friend Elizabeth at the venue, and it was a fun night for all... although I definitely enjoyed myself more than Chapin. Concerts are just not his thing.