We are one week away from the wedding day. I think we are actually even ready. It is a good sign that I don’t have some wedding planning horror story to blog about. Everything is just rolling along and we are both super excited about the week to come!
Last weekend I tried to have a little Bride to Flowergirl pow wow with Delaney. We talked about how Lulu would be there with her. She likes to talk about Lulu ever since they got along so well on our visit out to Dallas in October. I explained to her what her very important role as a Flowergirl would entail – how she, Lulu, and another little girl would walk down the aisle, drop flower petals on the floor, and then she could just walk straight to her dad at the end of the aisle. Then after the ceremony it means that her dad and I are married and I get to be her stepmom forever.
After this discussion, I asked her if she understood what it meant to be a Flowergirl. She said “Yes, it means that me, Lulu, Andrew, Jil, and Daddy are all getting married!” …That works for me!
So, I just have to vent about the fact that every time a restaurant changes their menu, I end up never getting to eat one of my favorite things again. It all started with the OG.
About two years ago, the Olive Garden took Chocolate Lasagna off of their menu. I didn’t even go there that often, but when people from work wanted to go, I was always happy to have the Chocolate Lasagna for lunch, and it became one of my all-time favs. It was layers of chocolate cake with marzipan layers in-between. YUM, and now I can never eat it again! Damn you Olive Garden!
Then the Cheesecake Factory followed in the footsteps of the OG – they had the nerve to take another one of my favs off the menu for good, the Boston Cream Cheesecake. I even complained to the manager at the Pearl Street store, but he was powerless against ‘The Cheesecake Man’. At that same time, David’s favorite dish there also vanished, the Sheila’s Blackened Chicken Pasta. He didn’t complain to the manager though 🙂
More recently was the upset at Walnut Brewery. I always order the Tuscan Chicken Salad, pretending to be healthy, but secretly knowing that I’m about to chow down on the delicious jalapeño beer bread that comes with it for free! Well, that is no more! We were just there and I was stuck eating a healthy salad with no beer bread and the waiter said that they changed the menu and they just don’t serve it as a side anymore. Why, why would they do that? If they can still make it, why don’t they just charge for it and let me have it? I would happily pay for their tasty jalapeno beer bread!
And that brings me to the most recent disappointment- Brasserie Ten Ten. They have taken the Roquefort Chips AND the Tempura Green Beens off of the menu forever!!!! When we looked at the menu, I just didn’t even know what to do with myself! The waiter was not very sympathetic either. He didn’t seem to realize what they had done! How could they just make a change like that without realizing what they were doing to their fans? Brasserie has been my favorite restaurant in Boulder for a while now, but no more!
For all you restaurant owners out there — if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it. What I would do for a Chocolate Lasagna right now! Anyone have the secret recipe?
My mom and sister kindly hosted my lingerie wedding shower. Katie did the adorable invitations (I stole her line as my title here!). The day was perfect. It started at my mom’s house with a great group of girls. My mom had set up a wine tasting that included my current favorite wine called ‘Bitch’ Barossa Grenache, very cute! Everything was perfect from the weather (a sunny fall, blue sky day of about 65 degrees) to the wine, to the cake, to the company! Did I mention how good the cake was – YUM! Cake
I got a ton of gorgeous lingerie and pjs. It was a really great mix of the sexy, the cute, and the cozy. I even got some leopard print from my mother-in-law to be 🙂 When I opened it, someone yelled out ‘Looks like she wants some more grandkids’, it was really cute!
After the shower a bunch of us hopped on the Banjo Billy Bus Tour of Boulder. It is a funky Boulder tour that tells a mix of crime and historical stories of Boulder while riding through town in a tricked out old school bus that looks like a hillbilly shack on wheels. We brought a cooler of jello shots and champagne, so we were quite the rowdy bunch, smartly placed in the back of the bus. John the tour guide gave us a drinking game to play – every time he mentioned a dead person (from a crime story), we would all cheer and take a drink ‘to dead people’. Check it out – www.banjobilly.com Bus inside Julie & Katie Judy, Me, Mom, Maureen
After Banjo Billy, we went back to my house to get ready for the night. We had a tea room at Zanmai, a Japanese Steak and Sushi house in downtown Boulder. It was a great time. Cindy, Me, Judy Cindy Koehler had gone wild with decorations, including Raoul the blow-up doll, that ended up out and about with us all night long. Kris & Raoul She also brought some ‘art’ to hang to the wall of each place we went for the night, and of course I was decorated as well – with a purple wig, tiara, boas and body stickers (sexy!). Me After Zamai, we went out to Trilogy for drinks and dancing Katie & Raoul. After a late night, a group of us (including a deflated Raoul)went back to my house for a PJJ (Pajama Jammy Jam). It was such an amazing night. Having my mom and my sister and my girlies all together was really special! Sis, Me, Mom, At Trilogy
It was a day and night to remember! Special thanks to Mom and Julie for the shower and Cindy K for the crazy bachelorette night!