Monday, September 9, 2013

Weekend Recaptured.

Carmel on Saturday with my seester was so much fun, and even though I forgot my phone on the charger, I found that I didn't miss it at all. We hardly hit any traffic going one way or another and the weather was brilliant when we arrived. We hit up Nico Restaurant for lunch where I devoured a delicious sandwich of grilled zucchini, avocado, red onion, and mozzarella on the freshest bread. I may have been slightly starving, but it would've hit the spot even if I wasn't famished. There were several items on the lunch menu I wanted to try, but that just means I have an excuse to venture down the coast another day! Not to mention, the blended beverage we got from the Carmel Coffee & Cocoa Bar before heading out was to die for. The Chocolate Truffle tasted as good as I hoped it would. My stomach is growling for one right now!

In between meals, we walked our butts off around town, hitting up some shops we didn't make it into last time and discovering some new ones as well. I walked away with a new pair of boots (just in time for fall!) and an adorable cardigan. Quality purchases and they were both on sale! T held tight to her money that day and didn't even indulge in a skein of yarn for me to knit her a scarf. I was impressed. The day was fantastic, even though the fog rolled in while we were having lunch and didn't roll back out until we were leaving. It was crazy weather, but it sure beat being in the heat back home!

We wrapped up our evening with a smelling party of all of my perfume samples before indulging some more with pizza and a movie. The perfect way to wrap up the perfect day.

Sunday I woke up with big plans in mind - wash my car, drive out to HMB, pick up a coffee, stroll along the beach, and head to see one of my besties at work. Then I glanced at the time and realized I had woken up a bit later than I wanted. I didn't let that deter me from giving my new baby a bath, but before I could hop into the shower to get ready, I had a bit of a hitch in my plans when this happened:

So, I had a major clean up to undertake before I could do anything else. I may have nixed my plans for HMB, but I did manage to make it up into the mountains to hang out with Raye while she tended bar. I had only intended on staying for a few hours in the afternoon, but I ended up staying well into the evening. Thankfully, I had enough sense not to drink a ton of booze and instead spread out my beverages and consumed more water than I usually do on any given day, although the heat may have played a role in my abnormal hydration habits.

Anyway, it was great to see Rachel in action (her drinks were amazing), eat some more heavenly food, and meet some of the people I've heard her talk about from time to time. The overall vibe of the bar/restaurant is fantastic and the people there were truly wonderful. The locals were friendly and the out-of-towners from across the pond were great (and I hope they conveniently missed when I broke into my own British accent). We played some jukebox tunes and I even engaged in conversation with other patrons. I know, it's a shocker, I actually came out of my shell for a while and comfortably talked with strangers. Crazy.

It was quite a social weekend for me, but I think I needed it. It felt good to get out and be around people. Now it's back to the daily grind and today was unbelievably busy. It seems a little torturous that I still have to make it through another four days of work until the weekend rolls around again. Call me crazy, but I think every weekend should include Monday in the mix. Just saying.


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