Monday, November 29, 2010

My Atlanta Bucket List (Food Edition Part 2)

You have no idea how nice it is to be writing this post to be read by actual PEOPLE!  After I hit publish on my morning post, I spent the next three hours with this view ...

I was on my gmail phone trying to get internet set up at the Connecticut house.  Who knew it would be so complicated?  I spent the first hour either talking to an automated person or on hold.

Side note - yelling at the automated phone person doesn't help.  It confuses them and makes the process take longer.

Automated Person:  Please tell me your 10 digit account number.
Me:  I don't have one.
Automated Person:  I am sorry.  Can you repeat that?
Me:  I Don't Have One!
Automated Person:  I am sorry.  I am having a hard time understanding you.
Automated Person:  Let's start over.

Three hours later, I think we have internet set up at the house!  My order is being processed, whatever that means.

By the time the internet debacle was over, it was time for lunch!  We had one more serving of Thanksgiving leftovers left, so I washed some romaine and made another Thanksgiving Day Leftover Salad.

Mmmmmmmmm.  These are so good, I'm actually kind of sad all of the leftovers are gone.  I think I'm going to force my parents to host a big Christmas dinner so I can bring home the leftovers next month.

I love salads.  Like - literally love them.  As I was getting this ready this afternoon, I was thinking that one day I want to write a salad cookbook - 150 ways to dress up romaine lettuce or something like that.  Salads are just such a simple and delicious way to eat a hearty meal and still get fresh veggies in.  And I love it when the toppings are warm and the fresh veggies are cold and crispy.  The juxtaposition of flavors and textures are incredible.

I wasn't scheduled to work today, so after lunch I buckled down and packed.  We had a bunch of half-packed boxes that were driving me crazy, so I finished those off and filled up the rest of the empty ones we had on hand.

Sadly, it was time to pack up all of my earrings so I could pack the frames and spackle the holes (remember when Bruce and I DIY'd Goodwill frames into earring storage?).

I'm temporarily storing all of my earrings in a lined box.  I anticipate it being something of a puzzle to untangle them.

I couldn't help myself.  I put my finisher's medal from the Atlanta Half Marathon in the box.  I don't want it to get lost in the move!

Bruce came home and we decided to go to Maddio's for dinner.  We normally don't eat out this much, but it is our last week in Atlanta and we're trying to treat ourselves to some local places that we won't get to eat at soon.  Plus, Maddio's does an awesome "Maddio's Monday" special and it was our last chance to have it together.

I love the atmosphere at Maddio's.  You custom order your pizza at a toppings bar and then sit while it goes through the oven.  They bring it right to you!  It's also a great study or hangout spot - they've got TVs and wifi!

Date night!

That's amore!  Totally date-night friendly, because you can get individual sized pizzas and don't have to agree on toppings.

Individual pizza toppings.  The secret to a happy marriage.

We both got whole wheat crust, regular tomato sauce and mozzarella.

Cheddar cheese, onion and bacon for him ...

... and ham, pineapple and chicken for her.  I ate a little over half and took the rest home with me.  Tomorrow's lunch!

I didn't let myself drink diet coke for the last two weeks before the half marathon and I am totally making up for it now!  I keep telling myself I need to cut the diet coke from my life, but it is not going to happen in the midst of the move.

We are home now curled up in front of this ...


Isn't this a cool picture?  I was using a slow shutter speed to capture the movement in the flame and happened to snap the photo when something popped and sent sparks flying.  The slow shutter speed captured the trail of the sparks.  I'm pretty sure I couldn't do that again if I tried.

I hope your night is as cozy!  Goodnight all!


  1. OMG, Sarah! This has to be my favorite post on your blog! I love the way you told the story of your day through your awesome pics!

    That pizza and salad both look amazing!

    I've been addressing Christmas cards tonight today and the thought just occured to me that I should probably mail your card to your new address? Let me know and if so, just message me on FB with your new address if you can, or email...whatever works!

    I also feel like I've been living under a rock too. I had no clue gmail phones existed!

  2. Pizza date night is always a favorite for me and the husband! He's a total meat lovers and I love my veggies packed high...but I'll sneak some of his pepperoni sometimes ;) By the way, what kind of camera do you have? I hope I haven't asked you this and forgot. Your photos are always awesome!


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