Michael’s last day of work! We decided to use our free SW flight credit to go to
for a long weekend. I’m bummed we weren’t able to do a Boston trip like we originally hoped but we weren’t sure what kind of vacation Michael would be able to take with his new job. We flew out Thursday night. Our flight out was delayed, so we didn’t get to Houston until a little after 11:00 (rather than 9:30) but it all worked out. We ordered room service a little after midnight because we were both hungry & our airport stores/restaurants shut down after 8:00. We ordered a ham panini sandwich & a tomato/mozzarella salad. Well, the panini sandwich wasn’t grilled, so I couldn’t eat it (the bread was slightly toasted but the ham was cold & no cold lunch meat for me). BOO. I really wanted to eat it. But the salad was good. I was irritated that the hotel labeled the sandwich as a panini – wouldn’t most people think it would be a hot sandwich?? Houston
We slept in & then decided to walk to the Houston Galleria once we realized how close we were. We just basically had to cross the street & go down a block. We ate at La Madeline’s in the Galleria. It was good but I wished I had gotten the strawberry dish but the cream cheese sauce on top had alcohol in it. I later realized that the alcohol was cooked out of it, so I could have had it. It looked so good! Oh well, I liked my sandwich. Then we shopped – Michael actually held up really well. We went to Macy’s & did some shopping for him. We got a great deal! He found several slim cut nice shirts & pants that are hard to find in our Macy’s. Most everything was on sale & then we got an extra 25% off! We were both excited. J Then we saw a
& Murphy shoe store that was having a sale. Michael really likes their dress shoes. He found a pair he liked on sale for a good price & he loves them. He was loaded up with shopping bags – people probably thought he was being a good husband by carrying my bags but little did they know the bags were all for him! But I have almost as fun shopping for him as I do for myself, so I was happy. I did look for shoes & found some super cute nude pumps at Nine West (plus, I had a $10 off coupon). Hurray! Then Michael had his fill & we went back to the hotel. We stopped at the CVS for water & snacks. Glenn & Mariel picked us up to take us to the Astros game. Paul got us great tickets – club level! We dropped their daughter off with Ruth & headed to the game. Then we ate a lot of food! I had a giant baked potato. Then nachos. Then ice cream. I really wanted a funnel cake but I had no room. Oh well! The game was fun (the stadium has A/C). They opened up the dome at the end to do fireworks. It was a great night! I definitely look prego now – strangers have starting asking me when I’m due, what I’m having, etc. At least I don’t just look fat! Johnston
Took my monthly belly picture. There’s definitely no denying it now! We went over to Glenn & Mariel’s house to see it & spend some time with their daughter. We went to lunch at a local spot & the food was good. I got a burger but later wished I had gotten the nachos since Glenn & Mariel said they were really good. But I had nachos at the game, so I was ok. I also got a strawberry milkshake that was amazing. Glenn ordered chips, salsa & queso for the table so really no complaints from me. Their little girl is really well behaved & we all had a good time. Then Michael & I went back to the hotel, spent a little time at the pool (the water was freezing so I just put my feet in), took naps & got ready for dinner. We went to a seafood restaurant at the Galleria & the food was great! The calamari was some of the best we’d ever had. And the side dishes – mac n cheese & cheesy au gratin potatoes. YUM!! My shrimp & pasta was delicious & Michael liked his fish. I really wanted a glass of wine but settled for sniffing Michael’s several times. J I don’t think Michael would have minded if I drank a small glass but I followed my doctor’s orders. I agree it’s all about moderation & I think a small glass here & there would be ok. But I don’t want to feel guilty or worry that I hurt the nugget. I guess I’ll just wait… I’m glad I didn’t have a glass because on the way out, I went to the bathroom. Right by the door of the women’s bathroom (leaving) was a sign that warned that pregnant women should NOT drink, etc, etc. It was so random. It wasn’t a sign about the dangers of drinking (in regard to anything else) – just pregnancy. You don’t usually see that in bathrooms. Anyway, I guess it was a sign that I made the right choice (for me) & I’ll just have to enjoy sniffing wine like a crackhead for another four months. Sigh… The Cheesecake Factory was near our restaurant, so we picked up some strawberry cheesecake to take back to the hotel. Then we lounged at the hotel, watched TV & enjoyed our dessert. It was a great night!
August 15th – 23 weeksWe were going to go to Kemah (beach area near
Ahh, our "babymoon". Our last trip... It was a great weekend! I didn't enjoy the food at all (ha!!) This is about the time I really popped & definitely looked pregnant. Check it out.
Heading to dinner
Michael & Glenn
Mariel & me
Astros gear for Alex!
Fantastic mac n' cheese
Delicious shrimp & pasta
Ok, now I'm really hungry. J