Thursday, June 6, 2013

Impromptu Date Night

Life outside the nation's capital is quite fast and busy at times.  There is always something going on.  Just so you have an idea of what's been happening in the recent lives of me and Mr. Man, I'll give you a little breakdown.  He works in security - I work in HR.  We live not far from where we work, which around here is a godsend.  I like to run and have recently started a running club with our church.  We do that every week.  We try to have date night once a week, and since getting married in November, we have only spent one Saturday at home with no plans at all.  (Yes, if you are wondering, that has been one of my favorites.)  We  have a great, wonderful, beautiful yellow lab, who - although loyal and adoring, is not the smartest tool in the shed some times.
Recently, we have had a roommate.  While you may be thinking - ahhhh!  Roommate for the newlywed couple in their tiny two-bedroom condo = nightmare... we have enjoyed it.  Roomie is only sticking with us until about July 5 weekend since she is in the area for a super awesome internship at a local international hotel chain's HQ.  I have known roomie for - LITERALLY - her entire life.  She is my best friend's sister, and so is an extension of my family. 
Another thing you should know is that Mr. Man and I are excited to try to save enough money over the next year to get out of debt and buy a house.  In the meantime, we are learning to watch our dollars, but still want to enjoy our time being young, single, and free.  So when we both have a long day, get stuck at work, and don't get home until 7:30 or 8pm.  First thing we do is apologize profusely to the pup, and then make plans to let someone else do the cooking for us.  So we headed out to Rockville yesterday for some fine dining at Founding Farmers.  If you are in the area - I highly reccomend that place.  They have fantastic brunch, a nice bar, and they promote the ever-struggling family farmers and are select about where they get their food.  We were seated outside - which was perfect for a clear night in the low-70s.  I opted for a Chardonnay paired with my Scallop and Risotto dish.  Mr. Man got a MEAT salad (seriously... you had to dig under 1/2lb of meat to find the lettuce!), and a sweet tea.  I thought I was full enough to skip dessert, but when our waiter brought out Mr.  Man's carrot cake slice that was as tall as my head - I guiltily gave in.  It was a fantastic way to unwind after a stressful and frustrating day for both of us, and we were able to laugh, joke, reminisce, and then mosey over to an outdoor firepit after dinner.  Summer is here, and so is summer dining, and since the cicadas aren't taking over this particular area, that let's us people swarm around outside.  Mhmmm summa nights are the BEST - especially when your dinnertime sunset is as beautiful as this:

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