Monday, September 26, 2011

Fun times

This past Saturday I went out with four of my fellow Mommy Pals and had a get away day.  We went to the big city where we went shopping, got pedicures, went to dinner at a Japanese place, did more shopping and then went and saw I Don't Know How She Does It.  It was a super fun day, and it was so nice to be pampered and splurge on myself.

On the shopping front I got some new Clinique mascara, some fun new things to wear for my anniversary next weekend, and some kitchen supplies including some new cooling racks, a grill rack to do fish/veggies/shrimp and a bagette loaf pan.

Dinner was AMAZING!  I have had Japanese a few times and only ever had one other good experience with it.  I really need to stick to the Tapan/Hibachi (I'm not really sure what the difference is?) style because that is what I have enjoyed the most.  We all got some sort of appetizer and I picked California rolls, I know pretty plain, but they were very yummy and I am not into the raw sushi.  Then it came with salad and soup and for the main course I got Hibachi combo of steak and shrimp.  The shrimp were actually pretty boring, but the steak was melt in your mouth incredible.  One of the girls I was with was very daring and into sushi and she got this catepillar roll:

It had raw eel in it and the orange things on top were fish eggs.  She tried to get me to try some, but that was way out of my comfort zone.  

The last time we did one of these outings we saw Bridesmaids, which I absolutely loved.  I wish I could say the same about I Don't Know How She Does It, but even though it had funny moments, it was just way too real and the whole purpose was to reflect on the role of working mothers and how they have to juggle their lives and deal with society's pressures and stereotypes.  I actually teared up three times during the movie and cried afterwards.  We all talked about it after and it hit home differently for each of us.  Four of the five in our group are working Mommy's and one stay-at-home.  It's such a hard struggle to decide to go back to work or stay at home and find balance and sanity in either.  Some days I think I would love to stay home, but then I also love my work and love that Austin has been learning so much at the Learning Center.  The one line I loved the most in the movie, she says she loves having a two year old boy because he makes her feel like a celebrity in a world with no critics, I TOTALLY AGREE!


  1. that is so much fun.. Uh no eel for me either really fish eggs.. I need to have a day like this again someday...

  2. Sounds like a great time! I am with you on the raw fish. I wouldn't have tried that either.

    Sorry the movie was too real and not really a break from reality. But what a great line! I never thought of it that way, but it's so true!

    For me, the choice to stay home was easy. I liked my job but did not love it. But now I love, love, LOVE my job! The only thing I cannot imagine in making the decision is having to leave your wee little one to go back to work. I think it's crazy that you all (Americans) have to go back to work between 6-12 weeks. Thankfully here in Canada, the decision can be made a little easier for working Moms because they only need to go back 1 year later. Never an easy decision either way... always some sort of price to pay.

  3. I haven't seen the movie, but I remember that line from the book too! I'm with you on the sushi. I keep trying it and can't make myself like it. I do love going to dinner with people who have adventurous taste though, keeps things interesting.

  4. No raw fish, eel, or eggs for me either! YUCK!

    But, I am so glad you had fun! I wish you were here, next weekend I am going to a quilt retreat...and so wish you could come!!!

  5. my husband LOVES the eel. Especially the BBQ styled. Me- I only eat smoked Salmon sahimi, and the hibachi.


Thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment!