By: Revanche

Taking a moment: Celebrating the good in life

February 15, 2013

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It was a big week here at the house. A week and a half ago, we got great news that PiC’s being recognized at work for kicking butt. The reward won’t come down the pike for a little while yet but his selection for this particular recognition was definitely confirmed.

I’m VERY proud of him.

Then I had a major milestone at work, prefaced by many long days running into nights, attached end to end like the longest-running, slightly depressing train. And I wasn’t even the hardest working one on the team if you’re counting hours. Taking on one of the most risky and interesting challenges of my career has been a heck of a trip and while we won’t know for a long while whether it’ll pay off, we’re quite proud of the progress made so far.

PiC, good guy that appreciates life that he is, insisted we go out to a nice dinner to celebrate. We’re on a new budget and on deadline constantly which means he has to pick up the slack now and again but it doesn’t stop him from reminding me it’s important to celebrate our wins.

We both decided that this was the right move but I do still need to remember to feel grateful for the opportunity and to enjoy the ride instead of just working all the time.

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A friend had recommended a restaurant but sadly, it closed not too long ago. He found an alternate restaurant that was really right on the shore. Absolutely amazing view, and on a quiet night, we got excellent service. We missed the prix fixe and happy hour timings but we enjoyed a lovely dinner anyway.

We tried squid ink pasta for the first time, paired with an old favorite: bolognese. He also insisted we indulge in an alcoholic bevvy and refused to split one like we might usually when drinks are called for, so I tried a cocktail with blueberries and vodka. YUM.

Their rolls, by the way, were exceptionally delicious. Piping hot, crusty on the outside, warm and a little doughy but perfectly baked inside. Salted butter on the side.

The gingerbread creme brulee was perhaps a wee bit disappointing because I foolishly believed there would be actual gingerbread involved. In fact, no, there was not, it was simply gingerbread flavored which anyone who’d ever HAD a creme brulee before might have known.

This was also our faux non-Valentine’s Day dinner. If that confused you, I understand. We don’t love or hate Valentine’s Day, we just don’t love the overpaying and underserving that tends to happen on the day of so we did our own little things. I guess PiC still feels a nice dinner is the right thing to do so this got to stand in for the dinner everyone else might have gone out for on Thursday.

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Cloud of Wandering Scientist has some great announcements for big things going on in her life too.

How was your week (month)? Have you got any news to brag about? Do share!

9 Responses to “Taking a moment: Celebrating the good in life”

  1. My hubby loves dining out as well. I am the one who is always trying to keep us on a budget. Sometimes it is hard being the party pooper.

    • Revanche says:

      I don’t like being the “party pooper” either and I felt like one a lot in the past. Creating our budget together with predetermined amounts that we agree on made it a lot easier to stick to it without having one or the other person be a bad guy all the time.

  2. Shelley says:

    Oh, I think the blueberry cocktail and the perfect bread rolls with *salted* butter would have been heaven enough for me! Congratulations to you both.

    • Revanche says:

      If I’d had a whole basket of those rolls, I could have been set too. But we’d already ordered so I just *had* to soldier on somehow. 😉 Thanks!

  3. Kris says:

    Can’t announce anything yet, but things are afoot and it looks like several years of very hard work are about to pay off in the next few months. 🙂 And that dinner looks INCREDIBLE… Congrats to you both!!!!! You deserve it!

  4. Glorioski! That looks so lovely! Happy day…and good work on the career projects.

  5. That dinner looks worth every penny. Yum.

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