Sunday, December 09, 2012
We had a great weekend vacationing where we live! I'm not calling it a "staycation" because we stayed at a hotel about 40 minutes away, and not at home.
Friday we slept late, did a few things around home, and ate an early lunch. Then we set off. First stop was the Newport Aquarium which was really cool. Then we went to the bookstore to kill a little time. Checked into the hotel and put on nice clothes for the evening. We went to a fabulous restaurant with a great view of the city. It was a little rainy and foggy when we first got there but it cleared up quite a bit. I had pine nut-encrusted salmon with green beans and fettucine with pesto. Also a salad to start. We were good and skipped dessert. After dinner we went to two short one-man holiday plays which were very entertaining. To finish off the night we stopped at a hotel bar where they had a jazz band playing holiday songs. Very fun!
Yesterday we went to a cute little cafe for breakfast. I had a santa fe style breakfast burrito with eggs, cheese, and black beans. It was really good and exactly the right size. After that we went to the museum of the Underground Railroad. Very moving and very educational. We spent several hours there and by the time we left it was almost 4:00. So we had a very late lunch - I got a sandwich with pulled chicken cooked in beer (it was a brewery.) Very tasty, maybe not the healthiest choice but it ended up pretty much being dinner too! We went back to the hotel and took a bit of a nap then went to see a movie. After the movie we stopped at a bar for a beer then headed home.
Today we checked out of the hotel and then got breakfast. I had a sandwich that was sinfully good. Two pieces of sourdough toast with gruyere cheese and ham, topped with two eggs over easy. It was easily one of the top five things I had had to eat this year. Again, not a super healthy choice, but really yummy! After that we went to the Taft Museum of Art where they had two special exhibitions - one of black and white celebrity photos by an artist whose name I don't remember, and another of Christmas trees and other decorative items. Plus the normal collection itself is remarkable.
After that we came home and i spent the last couple hours grocery shopping and doing laundry to get ready for the week.
Hope everyone else had a great weekend and have a super week!