Monday, March 13, 2017

12th anniversary weekend

We celebrated our 12th anniversary with a somewhat low key weekend this year.  It was my turn to plan something, but we really didn't want to spend a ton of money yet we still wanted a little get away for just the two of us that was within a couple of hours drive. Since there was a large Munzee event happening in Tyler the following weekend, I decided that we would head there so we could deploy some munzees ahead of the event and still spend some time just the two of us. Plus, Tyler isn't all that far away. Nick napped while I drove us.

On Friday night, after checking into our hotel, we went to dinner at Grub Burger and discovered a new favorite place to eat. They have sort of gourmet burgers, and they have the most amazing sweet potato waffle fries. They also serve all kinds of cool shakes and stuff, but we didn't have any of those. I had a Guacapotle Burger though, and it was amazing. I forget which burger Nick had but it he enjoyed it too.
 On Saturday, we got up and headed out to do some munzee stuff and goof around town. We were in the parking lot of a Mexican grocery store around 11 am, the Super Mercado de Pueblo, when Nick spotted a guy outside with a smoker and some chicken. He decided he could use a snack, and from the car it looked like you could just walk up and order a piece of chicken. So off he went, while I was waiting in the car. Several minutes go by and Nick has disappeared....turns out he had to go into the store to order. I wait, and wait, and wait....text him to make sure he's alive, and he tells me he's waiting in line.

Several minutes pass and out he comes with a huge bag full of food. He couldn't pass up a deal - $10 for a whole smoked chicken with beans, rice, flour tortillas and 3 hot sauces. That's not a snack....that's lunch. So apparently that's what we were having for lunch, only now we have to find somewhere to eat it. So we stopped by McDonalds and bought $1 drinks and headed over to a large park to have a picnic. I wasn't completely pleased, but it tuned out okay.
 We did some more munzee stuff after lunch and then it was time to clean up and figure out dinner. Since Nick chose lunch for us, I was in charge of dinner and we ended up going to have hibachi at Kawa's Hibachi Grill & Lounge. We waited for quite some time for a hibachi table to open up, and when they finally seated us we were seated at a table all alone. If you've never done hibachi, this is really weird because there's usually 6-8 of you around the table. Anyway, it was fine, there was a full table next to us of folks celebrating a birthday or something. Our chef came out and realized he knew the people at the next table, so he asked if we minded if he cooked for them and he'd go get someone else to cook for us. We didn't care, so off he went and sent out another chef.

Dinner was delicious, and we ate until we were stuffed. We were just about ready to head out when a lady came out with a piece of cheesecake for us - they felt bad that we had to wait for a new chef (it honestly wasn't that long) so they comped us a dessert: banana's foster cheesecake. It was pretty dang good, and even though we were both stuffed we managed to eat it.
 We went to church on Sunday morning, and then we headed north to go to Mount Pleasant to visit with Grandma and Papaw. Papaw had been in the hospital with some heart issues (congestive heart failure) and we thought it might be a good idea to visit since we were going to be close-ish. We stayed a little longer than we anticipated and didn't get home until later on that evening, but it turned out to be a good weekend and we were thankful for the time together.

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