Friday, April 12, 2013

Good News Thursday

Another week went by - and get this - I went to yet another spa !  I am a secret shopper, and one of my assignments this week was a shop at a casino.  While it wasn't as grand as the Red Door Spa last time, it was nice to get away from the kids for an evening.  While the hubster and I again didn't have dinner together, we did spend the morning together ordering room service and having breakfast in bed ! 
While they didn't have any King Size beds left when I checked in, so I had to settle for 2 doubles, we did spend some time alone in the Jacuzzi's and the swimming pool before going to the spa, so it was a successful day to reconnect.  Oh, and I got paid for spending some time with the hubster - can't beat that !

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Good News Thursday

Although it's not Thursday anymore - but I was lucky enough to spend a couple days away from home on a little mini-retreat.  Of course, with 4 kids at home, I still stopped by one day (we were only 15 minutes away) and kept in constant contact, but overall it was wonderful to just relax.

We stayed at Harrah's Waterfront Hotel and Casino.  We don't gamble, so it was simply to relax and enjoy ourselves.  The hubster had to work both days, and had tennis matches both nights, so I was mostly on my own.

Day one consisted of a pedicure for me.  If you've never been to the Red Door Spa - I urge you to go!  It's more expensive then your local nail place - but it's soooo worth it.  Next time I'll make my appt. on a day where I can also use the spa ... more on that later !

Dinner on day one consisted of me going to our local Olive Garden - with a stop at home to drop off sodas and a credit card so the kids could order pizza the next day.  I ate my dinner back at the hotel, and the hubster ate part of his a few hours later (we found a fridge disguised as part of a dresser - behind doors - classy!

Day Two - I woke to a beautiful sunrise - this was the view from our room on the 38th floor. 

Beautiful.  After a breakfast of leftovers from Olive Garden - I decided to check out the pool.  The hubster had to leave as he was expecting an appliance delivery at one of our rentals.  The pool was also magnificent -

Although I did learn that in order to have a lounger type chair - you either need to get there pretty early, or else reserve one the day before for $10.  I found a table and a booth and chairs, so I made myself comfortable - if I had found an empty lounger - it would have been a perfect day all around.  The hubster made it back around 3 - tried the pool which was cool, spent a few minutes with me in the jaccuzzi - which was a warm 102°, and then went next door to the Red Door Spa to check out what they offered (with our Living Social Deal we had 2 free day passes!)  He was back about 90 minutes later encouraging me to go - he had to leave for yet another tennis match - so I went.  The hot tub was wonderful, and much quieter since it was women only.  The steam room was awesome as was the sauna.  Love the robe and slippers - I could have spend way much more time here. 
Dinner the final night was at the waterfront buffet.  The hubster made it back in time to eat with me - it was nice.  One guy cooked me a perfectly rare steak, hard to find these days when everyone burns the crap out of your meat so that there is no chance of any diseases.  The seafood was good.  The desserts awesome of course.  I will be going back again - soon if Living Social posts any kind of deal!  But until then, I'll just relax with my memories, and work outside getting the yard ready for summer - and burn off all those awesome desserts !

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Get It Done - April 2013

With all the Championship Swim Meets I had to attend in March - there wasn't one free weekend.  April should be better - next swim meet isn't until the end of May - so should be able to complete a few of the things I was supposed to do - here was my beginning list of the year -

  • Continue working on Amanda's quilt.  Have at least 8 of the blocks completed
  • Stay caught up on both BOM's I've signed up for (of course, April 1, I decided to sign up for yet another BOM - that makes 3 ??)
  • Get the taxes ready and dropped off to the tax man DONE
  • Use Plan to Eat more often and plan healthier menus  

These were the Items I wanted to get done in March -

  •  Continue working on Amanda's quilt.  (Didn't work on it at all during March)
  • Stay caught up on both BOM's Behind One - Two months
  •  Use Plan to Eat more often and plan healthier menus  - Another Big NO for the Month
  • Participate in Judy's What's Cooking Challenge each week - And Another No for the Month
So - For April I'm sticking to my March's Items - but adding one more
  •  Continue working on Amanda's quilt. 
  • Stay caught up on both BOM's 
  •  Use Plan to Eat more often and plan healthier menus 
  • Participate in Judy's What's Cooking Challenge each week
  • MOVE MORE - Garden, Gym, Yard - whatever it takes !

The What's Cooking challenge is pretty simple - Judy names an ingredient, and we all try and come up with a recipe using that ingredient.    The ingredient for next week, Week 14, is “something with Ranch Dressing Mix”. The ingredient for the following week, Week 15, is “Cook something with Rice”.  It can be white rice, sweet rice any kind of rice and it needs to be used in a dish, not something served over rice!