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"I lived!" --Agnes Gooch

So Mr. S surprised me with a weekend away at a hotel. Let me preface this with the following disclaimer:

We haven't celebrated our anniversary in about five years or Valentine's in about four because we are quasi-lame. (read: without babysitters or he's out of town on business.) I feel it important to justify why I deserve things because my neurosis can hog-tie your neurosis. Hah.

We dropped the kids off at his folks' house and headed to the new W downtown, which I was very paranoid about, because it's where the hip congregate currently. I am anything but hip as of late. And when I say Dallas hip I mean tall, blonde, thin, dressed to the nines and attitude. Yep, that's me. *eyeroll* Oh, I had also just come back from a 7 mile walk with the dog and was exercise-stinky and dirty. And we left, him promising me a hot shower there (he had packed my bag for me.) O_O I practically crawled into his back-pocket while we checked in, trying to hide from The Pretty People. The good thing was the head turns I got from the concierge when I came back downstairs after cleaning up. No, I don't normally have stinky pits and mud-caked running shoes with a ballcap over my ponytail. (Okay, yes I do. But they don't need to know that, hahaha.)

I'm beginning to ramble, so let me bullet point this:

  • cocktails at their bar, where I began sipping Nectar On Ice (champagne- Moët - with half a fresh peach squeezed into the glass. Holy YUM.)
  • taxi'd off to Fuse, which is a Texan/Japanese fusion joint and... oh my god. We had for starters brisket potstickers. Good LORD, food should not be that tasty. I'm as shocked as you are reading that.
  • Jess: don't read this bullet point! Foie Gras "sushi" which basically was foie gras over formed rice. Perfect. I've had it once before, and this was even creamier and better than at The Mansion. Just... don't think about what it is. Fan-freaking-tastic.
  • A red snapper with lemon grass and a habañero sauce
  • dessert was - okay, I could have bathed in it. French toast with pecans, a brandy-fried banana, hazelnut ice cream, and brandy caramel sauce drizzled over all of this. Not one bite left.
  • tried out the "Cool Bar" at the W - The Ghost Bar. Um, yeah. I'm just really really REALLY not into hip clubs anymore. Not even a little bit. Everyone standing around hoping to be noticed, the music was really lame - it was "retro" and ... I'm sorry, but early 90s isn't retro. "Stacy Q" isn't hip, no matter how you slice it. The waitresses are hired for their bodies and faces and I was done after one drink. Pretty views of the city, but meh.
  • one problem we had was a wedding party that got out of control. A bunch of the bridesmaids and groomsmen were staying on our floor and started a fight at 5am. They'd been getting louder and louder from 2am on. I threw on a robe at 5 and stomped into the hallway and asked them to shut it up, and security guards were pinning unruly guys to the floor. WOW. There's a memory for the scrapbook. How embarrassing for the bride and groom.
  • we woke up, brushed our teeth, and got in-room massages. Okay, that is TOTALLY the way to get a massage. I haven't had one in years, and she commented on how tense I was, and how she could tell I don't pamper myself* (*obligatory justification) You get all loosened up then roll back into bed. YES. Yes, please.
  • Brunch, back home, and a three hour nap. THANK. YOU.

I feel like a bon vivant. "And they stepped on the ball. Well, it was just ghastly!" [/clenched jaw] Fifty points to those who get that reference. Oooh, and moosesal? If you're still up for doing the 3-Day with me, we are TOTALLY staying here the night after it's over and getting massages. YES. I would like that, thanks. :D

I love the W. Excellent staff that really takes care of anything you could think of, comfortable and cool rooms, and their own soundtrack. It's very mellow background electronica, but it's just great to smooth out to. So I upped their latest CD and made cover art to share. Slap some cucumbers on your eyes, coat your face in a mud mask and mellow out.

(I've never made cover art before, and I'm not the artist in the family so. Go easy. :D)
Here's the zip file. Let me know if it runs out. And hey - let me know if you're taking it so I can keep track of who's awesome. Hahaha.

I've been so scatter-brained that I've been forgetting all sorts of important things. My brain has been like a ball of tangled yarn. My 'getting-divorced' friend and I spent Friday together, and after crying and getting enraged on her behalf for several hours, I really REALLY needed the downtime. (Crap! Brandi! I forgot to call you. See??? Gah, I suck all over.)

I have a most important question: chocolate chocolate chip muffins? Or healthy bran muffins? OR BOTH? *taps chin* Also, I need an idea to write. *hunts for one*

[ETA] I missed The Police last night!! Stewart Copeland - UNGH. (It's the high hat, y'all. Mmmmm)



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Feb. 12th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)
My 'getting-divorced' friend and I spent Friday together, and after crying and getting enraged on her behalf for several hours ...

... this isn't the one with the skeevy boyfriend you were talking about before, is it? Whose husband is your friend too?
Feb. 12th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
Yes - there was an additional post to that. Basically, her husband is delusional. None of that was true. Which... O_O

He just can't accept that he's being rejected. At first I just felt badly for him, but after a few months of him badmouthing her (and lying) I'm just angry on her behalf.
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Feb. 12th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
It sounds like a really lovely weekend, and well-deserved. I'm happy for you. :)

(I'm also grabbing the music - thanks!)
Feb. 12th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
I'm really embarrassed by the decadence of the weekend, but dammit, I don't EVER treat myself, so... I post. Hahahaha. I'm a bundle of nerves thinking people are going to stone me.

BUT LET THEM EAT CAKE. Heee! I'm glad you're taking the music! It's excellent rainy day/pedicure/puttering about music.
Feb. 12th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
I'm awesome! I mean, I'm snagging the tunes.

I am also awesome. Like you, baby.
Feb. 12th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha. *tewtally puts you in the Kewl Pile*

Feb. 12th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
Stewart Copeland + glasses = OTP! GUH.

I'm so glad you had a good weekend! :)
Feb. 12th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
SERIOUSLY. Stewart Copeland is in my Top 5 HoOtness of All Time. He still looks all pranky and evil intentions, too. Mmmmmmmmmmm.

HI, SUGAR!! *hugs* Man, I feel so recharged. I'm the embodiment of cat stretching. :D
Feb. 12th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
That sounds like an amazingly lovely weekend and very well deserved.

I can't believe I got your Mame reference. *g*

Chocolate Chocolate chip muffins all the way, babe.

You love the Copeland, too? I knew there was a reason I loved you. Sting is awesome but Stuart Copeland has always been my favorite member of the band.
Feb. 12th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
You're AWESOME because you got my Mame reference! *sends you a ticket to Upson Downs*

Choc. Choc. chip it is, then. Mmmm.

See, it's Copeland for me because of the drumming. He's a frickin' legend. Also, the naughty behavior. Mmmm. Sting is great, but give me a drummer over a lead singer any day.
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Feb. 12th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
Ok that weekend just sounds *FABULOUS* GO GO YOU!
Feb. 12th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
Also, HELLO, chocolate chip muffins - ALWAYS.
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Feb. 12th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
The Police were great- except they didn't play long enough- I guess it was better to save the air time for all the lame-ass acts that came later.

Chocolate chocolate chip muffin. Thanks very much.

Your weekend sounds divine- and you totally deserved it.

My feet are cold.

Feb. 12th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
Gah, they should have let The Police have at least two sets. I'm sort of glad I didn't watch all the lame acts. Wait, I'm VERY glad I didn't. *g* (We're going to see them when they go on tour soon, so I'm saving up my glee for that. YAY!)

Choc. Choc. Chip muffins are clearly in the lead here. I'll get to baking and try and send you all some. :D

POOR FEET!! I do not envy you your snow, that's for sure. Here - slip them under my legs. *tucks blanket around us both* Now I'm just going to stare at that icon of yours...
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Feb. 12th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
My husband said to me Saturday, "We haven't gotten rid of the kid and checked ourselves into a hotel for a week-end in awhile...we need to do that again." I absent-mindedly agreed.

Now I'm thinking it's time to make some reservations...your week-end sounds like it was awesomely fantastic.

And I missed The Police, too. Waah. When the Grammy's were on I thought, "Oh, nothing I care to see" and dug out another disc of Rome to watch instead. ::Forehead slap::

Feb. 12th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
Oooh, yes yes yes!! Go and do it. I'm in a fantastic mood today as a result of completely relaxing for 24+ hours. May I recommend an in-room massage? :D

See, I did the same thing re: Grammys. Just not interested. And then I remembered The Police was on! But fortunately, you can watch them on that link and skip all the crap.
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Feb. 12th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
What a lovely, lovely weekend you had! YAY YOU!! *squees with you*

Also, I love Bellinis like whoa. I first discovered them at Harry's Bar in Venice and OH MY GOD SO GOOD.

Re: muffins. Chocolate all the way. Wait, they have healthy muffins???
Feb. 12th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
Man, I was going CRAZY. I really needed something special. *cough* it was about damn time, too. *g*

I loooooove Bellinis, but these weren't blended and didn't have Peach Schnapps in them. He squeezed the peach into the bottom of a tall, thin glass. put in two ice cubes, and topped it with the champagne. So fresh on the tongue, MMMMMMMM.

They DO have healthy muffins! At least I do. (I'm baking these later today) But there will have to be the choc. muffins, because come on. WHO DOESN'T NEED CHOCOLATE? <-- I don't want the answer to that. *g*
Feb. 12th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
I am snagging the music! The cover art, she is pretty!

And, excuse me, you TOTALLY deserve to have a weekend at a hotel. Go, Mr. Stoney! Smart man. (I do get your neurosis, though.)
Feb. 12th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
Heh - see, I feel like I'm bragging, or something. I just have issues. Deep seated issues. Hahahaha. We had a nice time, I must say. And the W sells their CDs - just pleasant background music. (Aw, thanks! Oh, the fun of paintshop...)
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Feb. 12th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
I was TOTALLY all "but! but!" Anne, I had taken Sally for a looong walk, including traipsing through a muddy field. I was disgusting. Excited, but disgusting.

The muffins are in the oven! I opted for both kinds. :)
Feb. 12th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
That weekend sounds like heaven. Just what the doctor ordered.
Feb. 12th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, you said it. I feel like the old me today - not stressed and agitated over every little thing. WHEW!

I highly recommend not going ages in between doing something just for yourself. :D *makes note to follow own advice*
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Feb. 12th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
Ahahahahah GREY. But there's yellow and pinks and blues in there! zomg, i am such an arteest. Bwah.

And yeah - Ghost Bar was SO lame. The glass room was cool, but I did NOT want to be there. And the bartender didn't make a good drink, so we went back down to the good bar. OMG, you HAVE to go to Fuse and get the brisket potstickers. Jesus H those were tasty.

I'm going to lunch with a friend tomorrow, so maybe I'll come swing by then? Like, after 1?
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Feb. 12th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a lovely weekend...so far I know two women (you and rainkatt) who were swept away by their significant other for a little romantic getaway. How awesome =)
Feb. 12th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
Man, it was so needed. We haven't done anything for ourselves in a long time. And I was just fried. I needed an escape.

*squishes you*
Feb. 12th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Yay for awesome weekend! Ha, I tewtally skipped the item you told me to skip. *follows directions*

Also, I forgot to tell you -- banana bread in my world, with this recipe? No nuts. The recipe makes a bread that is SO GOOD that, really, any additions would distract you from the delectable crumb and the banana taste. TFMN wanted chocolate chips, and I said no. *is totally hardcore*
Feb. 12th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
ZOMG, you are so strict!! *hides pecans from you* I've never even THOUGHT of adding chocolate chips to banana bread, clearly I need to open my eyes to the world of possibilities!! Except save the purist of the pure bread for you, yes.

If you have posted your recipe, I will go searching. If not, you should post!! Oh, I came across a recipe for BANANA PUDDING PIE. Just, what? What are you doing to me, world? *eats all of that, every last bite, are you kidding??*
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