Andy and I had an incredible time with my parents yesterday. I received the rest of my gifts-- everything I wanted and more-- and we played a few games of progressive rummy before heading out to dinner. We split the calamari for starters (they have the best calamari ever) and for my meal I had the rockfish with a mushroom risotto, asparagus spears and creamy parmesan potatoes. You can't go to the Carlyle for dinner and not get dessert, so we had my favorite: the banana pudding. The waiter brought it out with a candle and the words "Happy Birthday" written on the plate in chocolate. Everything was perfect, as always.
The Holiday Pops concert at the Kennedy Center was such a fun experience. We picked up a little ornament for our tree at the gift shop and reminisced about when we both performed at the Kennedy Center when we were younger. Andy played in "A Tuba Christmas" in middle school and I performed a scene from "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat" with my fellow thespians in high school. Good times!
In support of our December budget challenge, my mom insisted that I take home a bag full of apples and potatoes. Andy will be buying milk tonight- our first purchase in the challenge!
Now I shall take a nap next to Casey, who is already fast asleep and dreaming puppy dreams.