Well here we are nearing the end of November already! It seems like just yesterday I was complaining about having to see Christmas decorations and commercials before Halloween, and now we are less than a week away from Thanksgiving! So what have we been up to lately?
Well, last Friday, Derrick and I had a dinner/movie date night. We ate Texas-style BBQ at a really good place called Kinders (we also use Kinders marinade a lot when we cook in place of Dale’s sauce, which might only exist in the south because I hadn’t heard of it before I moved to Clemson and they definitely don’t have it out here) and then went to see Thor: The Dark World. It was AWESOME! I’m such a fan of all the Marvel movies (well, maybe not the Hulk, but definitely Avengers, Capt America, and most definitely Iron Man) and I’m also a pretty big Chris Hemsworth fan. It was great though and it had TWO easter eggs after the credits, which makes it even cooler. Excited for Captain America to come out in April and I think we have to wait till 2015 for the next Avengers movie, unfortunately. But I digress.
The rest of the weekend we took it pretty easy, just doing some housework and watching football. I did try a new recipe on Sunday. I made ricotta gnocchi from scratch. I saw a tweet from BHG or the Nest or something and found the recipe and decided to give it a try…using ricotta instead of potato means making the dough became a whole lot easier. Derrick cooked some sausages he got at the butcher counter at the grocery store to go with our gnocchi and it made a pretty tasty meal.
This week, Derrick’s company had a two-day workshop, which kept Derrick really busy (although he did get a few free meals out of the deal!) and he has more visitors next week, so I think he is definitely looking forward to the extra two days for the holiday. My boss was out of town this week and I changed my work schedule so that I can get in a little earlier and leave a little earlier. Most nights I was getting home after 6 and it made it hard to figure out when to go to the gym (or I had to try to get myself out of bed at 530 in the morning and some mornings that just doesn’t seem so appealing!). I like being able to leave a little earlier so I’m sticking to my new schedule. Work has been kind of slow for me, but I’m working on a research project/product development thing and I have had a lot of setbacks this week. I know that research means a lot of problems and failures before you figure out the right way, but it has been pretty frustrating. This morning, I finally thought I had it all straightened out, but about 30 minutes before I was going to leave, I had a problem with the instrument I use to analyze samples and the 70 samples I had hoped to run over the weekend are now going to have to wait till next week.
But tonight, Derrick and I had another date, but this time to celebrate our 6-month wedding anniversary. Maybe it is totally silly to celebrate it, but it seems like kind of a big deal because I honestly can’t believe it has already been six months (on Monday, but we didn’t want to go to dinner on Monday night) since our wedding. We treated ourselves to sushi, and it has been awhile since I’ve had sushi, so I was very excited about it. I was not disappointed! Our rolls were delicious! But I was pretty stuffed by the end, although I’m pretty proud that we didn’t leave any pieces on the plates 🙂