Monday, March 7, 2011

When Life Gives You Mushy Bananas

Make some banana bread!

Not that my life deserves "mushy banana" status at the moment, but I thought I was pretty clever when that line popped into my head while I was smooshing way-too-ripe bananas this evening into a gooey pulp. (Now I know why Aldi had them on sale for .39! They were "normal" for like a day.)

I'm beginning to realize that I'm more and more like my mother. A year ago I probably would have tossed those browning nanners right into the trash can, but when I noticed the pitiful things on the counter tonight a lightbulb went off in my head. Now we're enjoying a delicious sweet treat...super yummo in my tummo.

Okay, enough of that. Yeah, yeah, give the girl a prize...she made some stinkin bread. 

So I did have a nice, long blog post prepared for you all which I incoherently typed up late last night. But upon waking up this morning and rereading it, I promptly decided to flush it down the toilet! Seriously. I wouldn't torture you all with my jumbled up late-night ramblings. So I'm going to tell you about our date night this weekend and then try again tomorrow. :)

Both Eric and I had been looking forward to an actual thought out, well planned date night for quite a while. We had been sitting on a Ruth's Chris gift card for nearly 3 YEARS, and we decided we better use the dang thing once and for all. When Saturday rolled around I spent hours trying to figure out what in the world I was going to wear. Little black dresses are not enticing when it's fa-reezing outside. And since that was what I was planning to wear all along, naturally I was in a bind. (I ended up wearing pants, so even though I DID shave my legs, it didn't even matter. Haha.)

All I can say is that our Saturday evening was marvelous, and boy am I glad that Eric has to eat at fancy places all the time for work, because I'm more accustomed to grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch - not filet mignon. By the time I get to enjoy the places he goes to, Eric has the menus memorized, haha. I'm also glad that Eric works downtown, because we can always find parking! And I was super happy that I chose to wear pants, because only valet parking was available when we arrived so we decided to drive a few blocks down to Eric's parking garage and hoof it. Sure, we may have been enjoying a fancy evening out, but we're still Dave Ramseying it up!

Random picture of the girls from this weekend, because I SO did not take the camera on our date, haha. 

I giggled when they took my coat at the door (and had no clue what the little numbered tag thingy was for when they handed it to Eric. True story: I asked Eric how in the world they would know which coats were ours when we left. Doy. Use your brain, Adrien.)

Then when we were shown to our table, our assigned waitress exchanged our white cloth napkins for black ones, because we were both wearing dark colors and "We don't want you to get white lint on your pants." Seriously? I'm not even sure those things are capable of producing lint, but okay! I really wanted to say, "Lady, I spend my days covered in baby puke, a little lint won't hurt," but I didn't. :)

It is so wonderful to get out for a little while and talk about something other than the kids. (I can't believe I just typed that. I feel like an old geezer.) And if there is one thing I enjoy more than anything else about my relationship with my husband, it's that conversation flows freely and easily. It always has. And when we're alone together we can dream up the craziest things. Being married to super goal-focused Eric Robert means that the crazy things we dream up tend to come true eventually. At least, that's been my experience so far. :) Talk to me in two years, and I'll let you know if our conversation came to fruition or not. Haha.

I inhaled lobster for the first time (swore I would never eat the cockroach of the sea - but I did, and it was delish.) And after bread and salad and appetizers, Eric and I hardly touched our steaks. We ended up bringing most of it home, where Evelyn would get to enjoy some with us the next evening. I don't think our toddler has quite yet acquired a taste for filets that cost more than a week's worth of groceries, but she sure did chow down on the CANNED green beans we heated up for her!

Random picture, take two.

I really do wish I could rewind time and play life over. It'll be a looong time before we set foot in that place again, haha. Eric, maybe we'll make reservations for the day we become DEBT FREE. Whaddya say?

So for one night I was able to sit among the folks that have so much money they don't know what to do it with it. And now I sit back at home with my two babies on our college furniture in our little duplex. I've always been pretty good at pretending. :)

There's some banana bread calling my name in the kitchen. So...we're just going to leave it at that! Hope everyone has a great week!


Heather Rahn said...

Mmmm...banana have my mouth watering once again!

Anonymous said...

Glad you two enjoyed your night out.

Greg & Joan

Anonymous said...

Please tell me one of you ordered their side of sweet potatoes with the brown sugar crusted pecan topping??? oh my's one of the best things I've ever tasted and Stephen and I order it every time we go (at least one of us does so we can share!!!) Also, we went about a month ago and ordered the calamari appetizer. It had this spicy sweet chili glaze....sooo good...and I'm not a huge fan of squid. lol Glad you enjoyed your date night!!!

(Liz Walker)

Joyce said...

Every girl deserves a special night out with her special someone from time to time, glad you enjoyed your time together.

Sarah said...

haha, you crack me up!!!
i'm glad you enjoyed your date night, those are needed every once in awhile! and whhhhhy did you entice me with banana bread?! i've been craving it something fierce the past couple of weeks and i'm just to lazy to make it.

Adrien said...

Oh my gosh, Liz, Eric tried to talk me into the calamari and I just couldn't do it! One day I might get brave enough to eat squid, haha. But the sweet potatoes sound AMAZING! We'll have to get that next time! (We got the creamed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes.) :)

Thanks, everyone. We had a great time. :)

Jeroen and mirella said...

Hello Adrien,

Hmmm that banana bread looks great.
I love baking cakes myself, and my children love that LOL.

I hope you understand me my english isn't fantastic anymore but I'm trying.
I have a website for 5 year now, and now I'm trying to do it in english.

Hugs from Holland


Adrien said...

Hi, Mirella! Thank you so much for stopping by! I'm definitely going to check out your website. :)

(And your English is GREAT!)


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