Saturday, September 22, 2018

Anniversary Continues with BORNS concert, and Seafood Dinner at Fin and Pearl


Friday was a great day - went by fast.  I had this for lunch and it was really good!  Needed a little more protein.


Just a pic of the Gulch area.  We ate at Fin and Pearl.  I was thinking the prices were reasonable but I must have been looking at the lunch menu.  Everything I wanted had a price tag.  Here was the place below coming around the corner from where we parked.   

Fin and Pearl, 12th Ave, Nashville



Fresh Ceviche, Fin and Pearl, Nashville
 George got the Ceviche Salad and I had the one below.
Crab, avacdo, mango salad with dijon mustard vinaigrette dressing
 Strangely a stray shrimp cocktail made its way to our table with confidence and hurried off.  lol  I said to George "Did you order that?"  He said "no we didn't order one? But we'll let that be our anniversary present."  A manager soon came over.  Not sure if he noticed our confusion or if someone had discovered the shrimp cocktail delivered to our table.  I told the manager that we wanted him to know that someone brought us that but we didn't order it - we like it but just wanted them to know.  George said "how did you all know it was our anniversary?"  He started to take it but said "well it's already been set on your table so you can keep it if you like shrimp cocktail and we typically do a free dessert for anniversary.  So you will get that too."  Swwwweeeeet.

Shrimp Cocktail, with a very special cocktail sauce, Fin and Pearl, Nashville
 I got the scallops dish with potato cakes and Brussels sprouts.
Scallops, potato cakes and brussel sprouts, Fin and Pearl, Nashville
 The waiter, who looked like Cody, our son in law, lol...suggested either the peanut butter cheesecake or the Angel Fish Cake.  We got the Angel Fish.
Angel Fish cake, Fin and Pearl, Nashville, TN
 The bill was brought inside this book.  Is that not cool?  lol


Sign inside the restaurant.  



George photo bombing the pic. 


Twin Shadow opened for the Borns concert we went to. 


They had a good sound.



I took this between sets, so many were getting refreshments.  But there was a packed house inside the Ryman in Nashville. 

Ryman Auditorium, Nashville


Interesting that he had qualities of Elton John (even played one of his songs).  He had qualities of Mick Jagger, Elton John, David Bowie, and Michael Jackson.  I looked at his Concert info on one website (perhaps Stubhub) and his tickets were sold out along the West coast.  












I took these below mainly to show the fans.  Those below and all around knew the words to most every song.  George and I were really impressed.  So was Borns.  He said he must be dreaming to play at the Ryman.  And he teasingly told the audience it was a little intimidating singing with such good harmonies out there.  




It was a very colorful, entertaining concert.  Very different from what we normally go to.  I loved it.  I think George enjoyed it to from a musical appreciation side.  I will say that my favorite was the Elton John he did and I hate to say it, but he did a better job than Elton - lol  It sounded sooooooooo good.  If Elton has not been to his concert - he should go.  He would love him.  I bet he has! 

Anyway, fun evening and we slept until six something.  

Better get on with my day.  I don't have a lot of time this weekend.  Much going on.  We have a couples wedding shower tonight, church in the morning and we are taking food.  We will come home, take the dogs out, change, and then head to Columbia to eat with Mom and my Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken.  And then back home.  Then work on Monday.  Again..  It all goes by fast. 

I obtained another customer yesterday too.  A coworker was interested so I enrolled her at lunch time.  She was excited and I was too!  My friend Lisa said I only needed one more person to enroll and I get free vitamins.  ;-)  Cool. 

Well I think the to do list is all the normal Saturday doings - getting ready for the next work week, cleaning and such.  I do need to open my IsaWallet card and figure out what I do next.  I need to get our Hot Springs hotel booked.  Need to do a lot of things.  

But it's been a great week.  A lot of fun.  A great anniversary week.  And now time to focus on the business a bit this upcoming week as much as I can.  Fitting it into nooks and crannies and it is literally paying off.  

Well ya'll be good!  Off to see what all I can get done and the first of that is to get some more coffee!  George made it this morning! He got up before me and that is rare.  He took dogs out and fed them and made coffee!  

Have a good one!



Friday, September 21, 2018

PSP and Computer Woes, Halibut Fish, Pirate Katy and Other Happenings


Well, I ended up working on the business a bit yesterday morning instead of blogging.  I felt pushed to get it done instead of waiting til I really had time.  I'm not sure that was the best decision.  However, it's done. When I got on the computer to do it I was going to make a graphic for it "real quick" for my Shopping Event invites but apparently my PSP program changed.  I couldn't get it to do what it normally would do.  It didn't look right, didn't feel right, and then the text tool was different.  Then it froze and I completely lost what had been finally an hour's worth of work.  So I just found a pic on line and went with that.  

And to add to the frustration apparently Chrome had also done an update and then it was slow and different.  This was for the Come and Go Shopping event in Oct at my house.  We've invited almost 200 people.  If everyone comes we are in trouble.  lol  But trust me, they won't.  

So needless to say, I did not get a blog entry done yesterday.  Why I try out new projects before work is beyond me.  I felt pressured so I did it and should have waited and gone with my original plan to do graphic last night at my leisure and then post on weekend.  But it's done.   It does not meet my look of "fall" I wanted nor does it have a French look to it.  But it's shopping themed so what I picked "will do". 

Wednesday night we were on the phone with a friend that needed us regarding a situation.  And then George set into cooking this fabulous fish dish.  Wouldn't that be a cool restaurant name The Fish Dish?  lol  Anyway George had bought this seafood pak a while back from Alaska.  A pretty pricey pak but oh so awesome.  He fixed the Halibut from it.  I had bought some panko crumbs made out of rice instead of bread and requested he do that.  He pan fried it in olive oil/butter.  We had garlic peas and a red rice with it. 

   

And it was served on our plastic fish plates.  lol

Work has gone well this week.  Everyone has been in meetings and out of town so it's been quiet where we could get a few things done. Mainly I think b/c I had two hours back into my week since I myself did NOT go to any meetings.  So I had time to do the Attendance Policy since there were no one to have meetings with and fewer people calling me, fewer with questions, and less interruptions.  Yay.  I love it when I can get in a zone and get stuff done!  Usually it just piles up over yesterday's and the day before and you have to peel it like an onion back down again on some random day when everyone else is busy so you can get caught up.  Loved it.

And, being in the zone requires that you are hydrated, have a snack, vitamins, stress formula, and vities and good music in your ear.  I'm still trying to determine if the Brain Boost is working.  I'll have to get back to you on that one.  You are supposed to take 3 a day but I'm not doing that.  I am not sure that too many supplements can be a good thing?   I don't want to over do it. So I started with one.    So far the e-shot works much better for me for a quick pick me up and clarity. 


Got my strawberry shake in.  I had it for breakfast yesterday at my desk.  Made it thick like ice cream. 


Katy had Pirate Day at school - in her first grade class.  Doesn't she make a cute pirate? Scoot over Johnny Depp.





Love it.

So the past two nights we have watched movies.  We have watched:  Snatched with Goldie Hawn and Vanishing Point.  It's been nice to have some "mind clearing" movies and it has been good for my psyche after having some intensely packed to do lists lately across the board.

I cycled again yesterday making even more $ while I slept.  ;-)  My friend Lisa sold a pak and it's on the leg of hers that I'm on and it paid me too!  This comp plan is so awesome.  I have taken some time out lately though to focus on the house and time with George during our Anniversary night.  We have another night tonight with special plans.

My Aunt and Uncle have arrived from Jacksonville, surprising Mom.  They will be up for a few days.  We will get to see them.  We will go down on Sunday afternoon after church.  We are taking food that day so we have to be there but will go down later.

We will not be taking the rented RV to Thanksgiving - but will drive and be staying in Hot Springs, AK while coming through each way at the half point going and coming from TX.  I had forgotten that George said his Dad was born there.  So George is excited to see the place.  This will break up the trip only making us do 6 hours of drive time per day - well maybe more like 7.  We can rest for a portion of the day and enjoy ourselves. I need to book this over the weekend.  So it's on my to do list. I finally turned in my vacation for that week.  OH someone asked about the dogs.  Tugie will be staying with Mom.  She is just going to be uncomfortable with the long drive.  And so will I with her.  So she will stay with Mom but Maisy and Roger are going with us. Had we done the RV she would have gone.  As I could make her a bed on the floor.  I don't think she would do well in the seat or the floor board of the car. 

I guess I need to get off of here and get ready for work.  Always rushing around - which is why I stopped to smell the roses this week a bit during our Anniversary week. Life is too short to not live a little toward your dreams and enjoy the journey along the way. All work and no play, make Sonya be in a moody way.  All work and some play make Sonya be cheerful along the way.  ;-)


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Indian Dinners, RV Rentals, Planning, and IsaWallet


Got through the day yesterday.  I am always so hungry the day after cleanse day.  It's been hard not to just eat everything in site.  I did eat some left over Italian stew for lunch.  And then had an e-shot after to give some extra mental energy for a project I was working on. 

We tried to make headway into our schedule some at dinner - when we ate at Persis Indian Grill for our "real" anniversary night.  I took a pic of our bucket list and we were going to try to fit things into the calendar.  We didn't get very far since they are pretty fast at Persis.  lol


I normally try not to eat bread or enriched flour - but I knew I'd be getting the Naan bread - which is spectacular.  I did not eat much jasmin rice though.  I had a chicken dish in Indian tomato sauce w/ medium heat.  It was really good.  George is getting my left overs.  



What I found I loved was George's Raita sauce.    I kept dipping the garlic Naan bread in it.



So we only were able to get a couple of things on the calendar and didn't really have a lot of time for planning.  One of the things we talked about though was renting an RV for our trip to Texas - which George had suggested so that we didn't get in the way of the kids too much.  I was shocked but excited.  I knew it would be too expensive though.  I had really already considered this but did not think of it as a good time to try out an RV.  I found a pet friendly place this morning and one that was fairly reasonable but it's more than what he wants to spend right now.  I knew that to be the case so I was not getting too excited.  lol  I DID look and there are 3 RV parks in Breckenridge TX.  Nothing real special but serves the needs.  Seemed like So we ix-nayed that!  lol   So it was fun to check into and we are now excited to rent one for a weekend close to home for trial basis only.  I am thinking we may have to defer this.  Our Oct is already booked.  November will be pretty booked as well going to TX.

So, anyway, my IsaWallet card came in from the nutrition business.  I think I made close to $500 this week off of my BV points from our team.  ;-)  All just for sharing with a few people.  I am close to cycling again too.  So now I can start to get my food free.  And eventually I'll be getting paid while I sleep.  lol The comp plan is so neat.  You get credit for sharing.  And if people only knew what they were missing they'd be consuming these nutrients and getting paid for sharing it.  I had no intentions of selling it til I fell in love with the system and saw what it was doing for me.  And when my friend showed me the comp plan and I realized I could get my food paid for and then some, and people were interested anyway - I wanted to get credit for it so I turned on my "associate button" to active.  And began looking into it and dreaming big ever' since.  Love it.  And what company pays on Monday?  lol  Mine does!

Well, I don't know a whole lot.  I do know I need to get off of here and get ready for work.  But now I'm all excited about RV'ng.  lol  Can't get my mind off of it.  But I'm gonna have to.  It'll happen soon enough.  I just need to focus on the tasks at hand.  ;-)




Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Feeling Accomplished: Worked Hard, Relaxing Evening


One of my favorites - I like to imagine being here.

Monday went great!  Had a lot of to do's and felt accomplished after getting many of them done.
Still very behind at work though and trying to get caught up b/c it comes in faster than you can get it whipped back out.

Worked some toward the Fall event Sip and Shop - just making sure one last time vendors are good and coming.  We'll have Lula Roe, Papparazi, Trades of Hope, and Isagenix and I need to see if my sister wants to come and do Rodan and Fields but they are really busy and not sure that will work for her to come.  It's a come and go sip and shop in October. 

George told me that he is pretty sure he's good for the week of November - Thanksgiving to go to Texas.  So that is good!  We can plan on that now. 

I went to bed early last night - I did get a lot done for the business yesterday  - at lunch and then I did laundry, cleaned kitchen, watched KYD (Keep Your Daydream), and read in my book so I was able to get a lot done across the board and that made me feel content and accomplished to have both crossed off to do's and have time to myself also! 

Not a lot to say.  Looking forward to my shake this morning after a big cleanse day.
It's our actual anniversary day!  27 Years.  I get confused sometimes.  But it's 27!  I need to change that on my bio. We are going to do something special tonight on our actual day.  You know that is how we roll. 

Ya'll take care! 


Monday, September 17, 2018

Irish Pork Stew, Things Not Done, Planning

Sonster's Afternoon Refresher while Chopping and Cooking

We went to church yesterday morning.  And then on to the store afterwards to get a few things.  Mainly I needed bottled water and tuna and salad mixings.  But we ended up with a grocery cart full of things.  lol  

We came home I did the laundry, ironed some pants, fixed a salad for lunch and watched Gone with the Wynn's on You Tube.  I've been anxiously awaiting their posts as they are on their Pacific Crossing - only their videos are two to three weeks behind.  I keep up with all my favorites on the Marine Traffic map just to see where they really are.  Sometimes you just want to peek ahead and know they made it safely across, lol.  

Despite my efforts at wanting to get some things accomplished for our future, I really do love our life. These episodes give me such joy b/c I have moments of travel without ever having to go anywhere.  
 Then I set into cooking up a pork stew.  

We had decided on the way from church that I would fix up a soup.  I was trying to use up things in the freezer in prep for room for our 1/4 of a cow coming in November.  George said that he thought we only had fajita meat.  So, I just bought some pork shoulder and cut it up and made soup anyway.  Everything else would take too long to thaw and I wasn't in the mood for Mexican.  


It tastes so good.  It's really good for a cold winter's day but it's also good on any day.  Even Chef George complimented the dish and I don't get much compliments on my cooking.  So Chef John is the real winner.  It's his recipe.  Instead of pouring onto mashed potatoes, I put some little potatoes (halved) into the stew.  Some of them were purple potatoes and that was really good in there. 

George went out and cut some fresh parsley.  I cooked some in and then we garnished on top.


Here is the final result.  It was great.  I'm cleansing today so I don't get seconds yet.  


We watched "Nurse Betty" while we ate.

Well, this week I guess is a little busier than some.  We are going to have a few things going on.  But as far as the weekend goes - what I didn't get done was: 

____Mopping the kitchen floor
____Windows
 (was hoping to do them yesterday afternoon, but church and store and cooking took up the day)
____Vacuuming
____Working on the business
____Reading.

I never get everything done unless it's a 3 day weekend as there is never enough balance.  After reading in Ecclesiastes which I strangely thought would be an encourager - makes me feel like everything is just folly and not important.  It certainly gives you perspective on things anyway.  
I mean we are all just really chasing after the sun right?  So I've decided to stop and enjoy life and not push myself so hard.  I have pushed myself in some weeks recently in that I was miserable and moody and frustrated b/c I could not get done what I wanted.  

I struggle with control and I know that I will always struggle with that.  I am a planner and will always be.  I have to plan what I want to do or I'm so laid back about it that it will not get done.  So lists have been the secret to my success where there has been any - so that I can get the planning done in my head so I can lay the tracks.  

So I felt bad that I didn't get any tracks laid for the week, but I did this morning.  Somewhat.  

So today I will be following up with some folks as promised. 
I will also be getting with the vendors for the Fall Sip and Shop and make sure they are on board. 
I will also do a power hour tonight when I get home. 
I've given my first Value Pak Customer what they need so far.  
Then I will watch KYD (Keep your Daydream). 

So it's all doable, sortof.  

Well, I am going to get ready and got to work, I'm 4 minutes behind schedule. Mainly b/c I had to plan the week since I didn't get that done yesterday.  :-O

Have a lovely Monday. 





Sunday, September 16, 2018

Vet Trip for Maisy and an Anniversary Evening Out


I had time to do a few things in the a.m. but about 12:30 we went to take Maisy for her shots.  You can't get an appointment unless you wait months for it but you can go and sit and be worked in.  For a rabies shot, usually that is pretty quick, but we ended up getting several shots and they wanted to do an exam too - which we allowed.  More money for them right?  For us we get assurance our pet is doing well so we agreed. And then it was close to 2 when they saw us so it was a long wait.  





They found she had a heart murmur and bad periodontis <----I'm not sure how to spell it.  But she has very bad teeth which can impact the heart and other things.  Due to the heart murmur they don't recommend cleaning her teeth.  So lots of greenies for this one.  Her breath has always been "knock you out".  Mom lost a dog to have her teeth cleaned and so it's always been a traumatic thing to even think about.  So we won't be doing that unless she gets to the point that she will not eat.  Then it will become critical to try to save her.  oh.  Bless her.  

I'm shocked at how the hurricane kept spinning into place and so many places under water.  It looks like TN will get some of this as well - but not near the rain - looks like just a few rain bands at this point before it goes off somewhere else.  It's moved further inland at this point.  This was yesterday mid day.


So we were a little late getting started for our anniversary out since the vet took so long.  But it all worked out.  We just rearranged one of our stops.  I requested that we go to CZann's for a beer.  It's one of my fav's.  


And we always laugh at the price of the Frozen Meal.  Codes require they have a complete meal.  The also have added pizza and I'm sure that counts.  But they keep a frozen meal in the freezer in case anyone wants to buy it but they make the price so that no one does.  The price goes up every time the menu changes, lol.  We crack up. 


If you ask about it, they will show you the frozen meal.  It's still around.  lol  Someone said the veggies are gone out of it.  lol



So George got a growler of beer from them.  He used the growler that Don and Lisa gave him.  Oh my gosh, he loves this thing b/c it will hold beer for 2 weeks.  


Once they started filling it up, the owner, shown here, had to come over and talk to George about it.  


They only charged us for a reg growler, even when George told him the size - that was kind of the owner.  He knows we are in there once or twice a year and love the place.  We talk to him every time we go and he and George both have a friend in common.  We've told all sorts of people about them.  He is wanting to move the location and may come more toward us.  However, he is also looking at places in Nashville close to where our plant is now.  I wonder if he noticed my cringing my nose up. lol He said it's supposed to be an up and coming place.  But right now it's not.  If he goes there, I likely will not go any more.  It's Sodom and Gomorrah over there right now in that area.  Very high crime, drugs, shootings, theft, people can't drive b/c they are so high on whatever.  But I understand he's in kindof an odd spot downtown right now.  

Just showing the pretty blue skies on the way to dinner at Rolf and Daughters


Well, very nice place - the food is so awesome.  It's a little loud and people are all close to  you, but it's ok.  We loved it and enjoyed conversation with others.  You can't help but converse b/c of the asking of "what is that you ordered?" lol


We exchanged our cards.


George wrote down for me the name of his band he wants to have one day.  
lol



A specialty cocktail is one of the favorites here.  They always have an interesting one.  This one had vodka and lavender in it.  Not sure what else.


The menu, which as you will see, is best explained by the waiter/waitress.


Cheers!  George had a very smoky drink with an orange peel.


Beef Tartar with thinly sliced green tomatoes.


This was an heirloom bean dish. 


This is the corn pasta.  The best dish I've ever had in my life.  We've had this before.  Oh my gosh.  


This was a pasta with blue crab and thai basil.  Very good also.


On the right - coconut and black sesame ice cream - oh so delicious.  The one on the left was a sour cream ice cream with chocolate gnosh <spelling? 


Then we went to Cork Dorks and bought some Italian wine and some rum.  George loves a good reason to go to this one.  They have a lot of interesting choices. A real Italian helped us pick good wines for the money.  And we got his business card as he will be teaching Italian cooking classes soon.  He was really nice.  He said he'd be bringing back some real Italian olive oil unlike what we have here.  Love the people we meet sometimes when we go out. 



And then we came home and watched a few YouTube shows and went to bed.  

We are going to church this morning so I need finish getting ready and make my shake before we head out.  Ya'll have a great day!