Marissa texted me probably a solid like two months ago asking if Paul and I would like to meet up with her for dinner some Saturday night, and obviously, we were totally up for it. The catch is that, as usual, between our two families, there was always something going on. Like, I almost texted her last week to see if last Saturday was doable, but then before I had the chance, Paul’s family decided to do their Easter dinner that night, so there went that. And so it goes.
But this weekend, we found ourselves completely free. Friday night, we went to the mall to hit Sephora’s spring sale and stock up on my makeup staples for 20% off, and then last night, we finally had dinner with Marissa.
Paul and I love Lawrenceville, which I know I’ve said before is one of our favorite neighborhoods because of all its hipster stores and restaurants, so we were eager to go wherever Marissa had in mind. I mean, our plan of attack when we’re there is to eat at the first restaurant we see because it all looks great, so hey, whatever. She suggested B52, a vegan place with a Mediterranean-inspired menu and a solid reputation even among non-vegans, and it was one of the places in the area I had heard about and definitely wanted to try. It lived up to the hype. Marissa and I both tried house-made fruit sodas, which I really liked, and Paul and I both got kabob platters with rice, hummus, salad, cucumber yogurt sauce, and kabobs made with bell peppers, zucchini, and seitan, a sort of meat substitute that is apparently pure gluten. We really, really liked them, and we found them to be really filling without that sort of heavy, overstuffed feeling you tend to get with other foods. We even finished by sharing a slice of their chocolate cake, which was great.
A few months ago, Tina was cooking at a brewery down the road, Full Pint, on a Saturday I had to work, so Paul headed out without me and got himself some food and had some beers, and he suggested it for some post-dinner drinks. He tried a few small, sample-sized beers, and Marissa and I tried the same pomegranate cocktail we were both bigs fans of. So we had a couple drinks each, hung out a bit longer, and then Paul and I dumped our recycling at our usual drop-off spot before heading home and enjoying the last couple hours of the evening.
It was a really nice night out with good conversation and just kind of a nice, chill hangout. Marissa and I are on the some wavelength in a lot of ways, and of those is wanting to try to hang out more, so hopefully as summer rolls around, we’ll be doing that. Of course, Paul and I are mostly booked for the next few weeks already. So it goes.
Today was mostly a lounge day with errands thrown in. I wanted to get started planting a garden, but rain got in the way of that. And so I realized there are still a few projects around the house that need tackled with a free day, the most obvious of which is the kitchen wall we never finished painting. After we pulled the wallpaper down and patched up some tiny cracks, we got so focused on stuff like getting the floors redone and emptying out our apartment that repainting that wall got totally forgotten about, and I figure the near future is a good time to do it. All we really did with it today was try to match the paint color of the wall right next to it–because open-concept houses with different things on different walls are awesome–but it’s more than we’ve done since that wallpaper came down.
Maybe next weekend we’ll have one day without rain to tackle that garden, but otherwise, it’s off to my cousin’s new baby’s christening.